What is Colonic Hydrotherapy / Colonic Irrigation?
- The digestive system
- How can colonic help
- Treatments offered (Open/Closed system)
- Preparation - Before your treatment
- What to expect during /after a colonic
THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
The large intestine, also known as the colon, is a main part of the digestive tract, also including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and rectum. Measuring roughly 1.8 meters in length, our colon's primary role is to eliminate waste, toxics and unwanted fecal matter. It also plays a crucial role in absorbing water and balancing electrolytes, along with the housing a complex microbiome that aims to prevent the growth of harmful pathogens, including bacteria, fungus and parasites.
When there is poor digestive function and improper elimination from the colon, we start to see re-absorption of toxic waste, resulting in metabolic stress on our body and contributing to illness and disease.
HOW CAN COLONICS HELP
Colon Hydrotherapy works by a series of gentle filling and releasing of warm filtered water into the colon, to assist in the elimination process. Having the colon flushed out and ultimately reach a state of regularity and optimal health, not only improves overall health and wellness but it may also work on improving:
Constipation and Diarrhoea
Reducing gut inflammation
Reducing gut permeability or “leaky gut”,
Supporting digestion and absorption of nutrition
Supporting the management of SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)
Encouraging beneficial bacteria to grow and proliferate
Supporting surrounding organs to work optimally (liver, gallbladder)
Strengthening neuronal pathways between the brain and the gut to support bowel regularity
Improve peristalsis (strengthen and tone of the bowel muscles)
Supplying adequate hydration in the colon
Skin support: Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne
Colon hydrotherapy is a safe, gentle and well tolerated method of removing waste from the colon or large intestine through the gentle infusion of water. It has been used clinically as a safe and well tolerated approach to colonoscopy preparation.
Genbiome offers both an open and closed system of colon hydrotherapy.
The Angel of Water “open system” is a state-of-the-art system equipped with both a UV and activated carbon filtration system. During an open-system session, the water flows automatically at a constant pressure and is gravity driven, flowing from a tank located at the end of the unit.
The disposable speculum used in open-system is thinner than a closed system, similar to pencil size, and is self- inserted about 4-5cm into the rectum using lubrication. There is a basin located under the buttocks and this where the client will release waste into. Although the waste is “open” to air, the unit is designed with a vented system to ensure odors are removed immediately.
The Open system allows the client to be alone or have a therapist stay with them, in accordance to individual needs.
The Gravity fed Colonic method “closed system” is supported by a therapist throughout the entire session.
Water enters the intestine from a water source located above the body. This allows water to flow in and out of the body based on gravity and without the use of pumps or motors. The gentle introduction of water into the bowel stimulates the body's own peristalsis reaction, resulting in the clearing of waste from the large intestine.
Within the “close system” a highly trained therapist will administer the treatment, guiding the patient through and applying gentle stomach massages and adjusting the water temperature and pressure to suit the patient's need.
The close system allows the client to be supported the entire time and to utilise different methods (applied by the practitioner) to stimulate a release.
Ultimately it's an individual preference, as well as the practitioner's clinical assessment that determines which system to use.
PREPARATION - BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT
For the best preparation it's advised to start preparing 2-3 days before your treatment.
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Although colonics work on hydration, the more hydrated you are prior to a colonic, the better the outcome. 1.5 - 2 Litres minimum of water needs to be consumed in the 24 hours leading up to your appointment.
Come on an empty stomach!
The best outcomes with a colonic are found in a fasted state. Therefore, no food 2-3 hours before your treatment.
It is also advisable to consume a light breakfast or lunch if needed, prior to your appointment.
Examples: Eggs, smoothies, juice, broth, soup, miso soup.
Foods to consume:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables - Fish - Smoothies - Juices - Broth - Soup