frequently asked questions
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What is colonic irrigation?
Colonic irrigation, also called colon cleansing, cleanses the colon –also known as the large intestine— by utilizing specialized equipment to flush it with filtered water with added minerals or herbs.
Why is it important to take care of the colon?
The colon is a major organ within the digestive system which plays a key part in overall health. If the colon is impacted, it can prevent proper elimination of waste, and this can lead to toxicity in the body. A backed up or partially obstructed colon can also prevent the body from properly absorbing nutrients. This can deprive the body of nourishment essentially effecting the function of every other body system.
How can one determine if colonic irrigation will be helpful?
Cleansing the colon might be helpful if the following conditions apply:
- Chronic (or even acute) constipation: Over the years, mucus and sludge can accumulate in your colon. This condition is known as an impacted colon, and it can narrow the pathways available for defecation, leading to chronic constipation. If you experience infrequent bowel movements, colonic irrigation may flush out the waste and provide relief.
- Fatigue, headaches or backaches: These might be symptoms of an impacted colon, and colonic irrigation may work to expel the toxins that can cause these issues.
- Acne or excessive body odor: The skin is the largest elimination organ in the body. If the colon is not properly eliminating waste, the skin will attempt to make up the difference. This may result in excessive oils and bacteria within the skin causing breakouts or even acne. A constipated or impacted colon may also result in excessive body odor as the skin attempts to release the accumulated toxins. Colonic irrigation can reduce or eliminate these conditions.
- Bad Breath, bloating, belching or gas: When the digestive system is functioning at a subpar level, the waste stays in the system longer than it should. This environment not only allows for toxic build up but also bacterial growth. Both of these create foul gas and can result in bad breath, bloating, belching and gas. Cleansing the colon flushes out the build-up and can improve the function of elimination which may correct these issues.
What is required to prepare for a colonic irrigation session?
For at least one hour prior to a colonic session, do not eat anything. Drinking a little extra water is a good idea. It is not essential but may be beneficial to avoid eating red meat or consuming carbonated beverages or alcohol within 24 hours prior to a colonic.
How long does each colonic irrigation session take?
One colonic session takes between 30 and 45 minutes. You will need to allow at least an hour at the office as you will change out of your clothing into a gown provided by The Healing Gardens and then afterward you will have clean-up time and will be changing back into your clothing.
Could colonic irrigation equipment reuse lead to cross-contamination?
All colonic irrigation equipment that makes contact with the body and bodily fluids is disposable and intended for one-time use only. The hydrotherapy device has a one-way check valve and an internal self-cleaning system to ensure that only purified water is dispensed. These safeguards protect people from cross-contamination.
Does it hurt?
No. There may be some mild cramping as the muscle of the colon contracts to eliminate the liquids and broken up waste materials. Some clients feel no cramping at all. Most cramps are no more intense than what would be experienced with a mild stomach virus.
How will I feel while having a colonic?
Many people are slightly anxious as they begin their first session but quickly realize that there is no reason to be nervous and then settle down. Many people express relief even as the session is going on.
How will I feel following a colonic?
This depends on how each individual’s body responds to the detoxification and cleansing process. Some people feel energized while others feel like taking a nap. Many report feeling “lighter” and “much better”.
How many colonic irrigation sessions are usually needed?
The number of colonic irrigation sessions needed will depend on the overall health of the colon, as well as one’s overall health goals. If there is a short-term goal, such as relieving constipation, a therapist may be able to provide an idea of how many sessions it will take to achieve the desired result. If there is a broader goal, such as boosting overall health and vitality, it might be helpful to make monthly or bi-monthly colonic irrigation sessions a part of one’s routine. As a general rule, it takes a minimum of 5-6 colonic sessions to cleanse the entire length of the average adult colon which is approximately 5 foot in length. It is suggested to have the first two sessions no longer than about 2 weeks apart. After this, for most clients, the sessions can be spaced further apart. It is safe to have two colonic session on the same day as long as there is at least one hour between the end of the first session and beginning the second. The Healing Gardens will work with each client to help determine what would be the best frequency to achieve the individual’s own personal goals.