There are many myths surrounding colon hydrotherapy, colonic irrigation or colon irrigation. Many of the warning are unfounded and propagated by drug companies that don't what you to make use of many of the natural detox and cleansing methods that have been in use for years with exceptional safety record and a high degree of success.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that clients always have about The Colon, Colonics and Colon Hydrotherapy!

What is a colon?

The colon, or large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract. The colon is approximately 5 feet long and 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

What is a prolapsed colon?

A prolapsed colon is a condition in which the transverse, or middle section of the colon, has dropped below its natural position inside the abdominal wall. In its most severe stage the colon has lost all of its tone and drops completely into the pelvic bowl sitting on top of the bladder and reproductive organs. This condition can cause headaches, colds, the flu, low energy, lack of libido, infertility, chronic urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, varicose veins, spider veins, and a host of other problems. Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diverticulitis, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Colitis, Chron's Disease, and Colon Cancer are all symptoms of a prolapsed, weak, and degenerated colon. Colon Cancer has become the number one cancer among men and women combined.

Normally the digestive process takes 18 to 36 hours if everything is working properly. However, due to poor dietary choices, stress, lack of exercise, and nutrient deficiencies, we find that food stays in the colon much longer than intended. Food that is low in fiber, like meat, starch, and processed food can take up to 3 times as long to pass through the colon and becomes much more toxic as it putrefies. This delay causes the colon to secrete extra mucus. All of this adds weight in the colon, worsening the prolapsed condition.

The colon's tone is dependent upon calcium and L-Glutamine as well as other nutrients. Deficiencies in these nutrients cause our colon to weaken. As it loses its tone it begins to droop. Lack of tone decreases peristaltic action making waste move slowly and fewer and smaller bowel movements. This added weight increases the drooping of the colon. The pressure of the prolapsed colon on the veins that bring blood back from the lower extremities limits blood flow and blood begins to pool up causing varicose veins.The lymphatic fluid and other waste from the lower body stop flowing as well . A resulting protruding lower abdomen, or gut, is possible. If you work out and still have a protruding lower abdomen it is very possible that you have a prolapsed colon.

Most if not all of the things mentioned so far can be prevented by a simple colon cleansing program administered by a knowledgeable therapist.

How can I tell if I have toxic material in my colon?

Common signs include: headaches, backaches, constipation, excess flatulence, fatigue, bad breath, body odor, irritability, confusion, skin problems, diarrhea, sciatic pain, abdominal bloat and discomfort, protruding lower abdomen, varicose or spider veins, chronic urinary tract infections, hemorrhoids, yeast or fungal infections, stiff joints, mood swings, skin problems, anxiety, insomnia, low libido, depression, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, excessive mucus, excessive stress, cloudy urine, or unexplained weight gain.

Is intestinal toxicity a common condition?

Yes it is. In today's world of fast and processed foods coupled with high stress levels intestinal toxicity has become quite the norm. The use of colonics can effectively eliminate large quantities of toxic waste thereby positively affecting the condition of the entire body.

Will colonics help chronic constipation?

There are three factors involved in having a well functioning colon: diet, exercise and attitude. Colonic hydrotherapy is excellent for cleansing and healing the colon so that diet, exercise, and attitude can facilitate change and end constipation.

What can I expect after a session?

As soon as the colonic is finished you can carry on with daily routine. The colonic may trigger several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours, but there won't be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. You may feel light-headed or chilled for a few moments following a colonic.

Who administers a colonic?

Similar to massage, colonics are administered by both male and female colon hydro-therapist. Most state regulations require a minimum of 100 hours of training. When choosing a hydro-therapist, look for a certification in colonics, and sometimes other areas such as massage, nutrition, and other holistic practices. Find a therapist you are comfortable with as you will be sharing a somewhat intimate therapy and your comfort and safety are the most important consideration. If you have a preference of male or female therapist make sure you make your preference known.

Why not use enemas, suppositories or laxatives instead?

Enemas and suppositories are useful for emptying the rectum (the lowest 8 to 12 inches of the colon). Chemical and herbal laxatives are potentially addictive. For a full cleanse colonic hydrotherapy is the best option, clearing the entire colon.

What are the characteristics of a healthy, well functioning colon?

One characteristic is a bowel movement shortly after a meal. The elimination should be easy and take no more than a few seconds. The stool will be long, large in diameter, light brown in color, without offensive odor and should float or sink very slowly. When the toilet is flushed the stool immediately begins breaking apart.

Is a colonic painful?

It rarely is. Usually painful experiences are the result of resistance and tension. A professional colon therapist is skilled at putting you at your ease and minimizing discomfort. Sometimes during a colonic, the colon muscles will contract suddenly, expelling considerable amounts of liquid and waste into the rectum. This may feel like cramping or gas, creating a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum. Such episodes, if they do occur, are brief and easily tolerated.

Are colonics dangerous in any way?

Being an essentially natural process, there is virtually no danger with a colonic. Cleaning and sterilization of the necessary equipment and linen is done as normal procedure.

Will a colonic make me constipated or give me diarrhea?

A slight delay in bowel movements and then a resumption of a somewhat larger, easier to move stool is common. Sometimes there may be no bowel movement for several days. This is not due to the colonic but rather to the weakness of the colon and is an indication that the colon requires strengthening and healing. Rarely will diarrhea or loose bowels due to the extra water introduced into the colon or to the stirring up of toxic waste be experienced. If it does it usually stops quickly.

Will a colonic wash out intestinal flora and valuable nutrients?

Yes. A colonic will wash out all flora in your colon. This is extremely important to understand. Most people have very few good bacteria in their colon and a very large amount of the unhealthy bacteria, like E-coli. Once a cleanse has been completed it is important to take healthy doses of probiotics so that you can re-colonize the good and necessary bacteria in your colon. Healthy bacteria can only breed in a clean environment which has been washed free of toxins and harmful bacteria. When you clean out the toxins and make a better environment for the good flora, they start to multiply and in doing so keep out the unhealthy bacteria which will find no room to grow in.

Since the colon isn't the only organ of elimination, what makes the colonic so important?

While the lungs, skin, kidneys and liver also serve to eliminate toxins, many of the toxins they eliminate are the result of insufficient elimination of the colon. For example, skin eruptions can be a result of a poorly functioning colon.

What effect does colonic hydrotherapy have on our immune systems?

Recent European studies speculate that 65% of immune tissue resides in the intestines. Therefore it is logical that this type of therapy could influence immune deficiency diseases. Colon hydrotherapy is not a cure-all, but an important complementary therapy in the overall health of the client.