Colonic Frequently Asked Questions

What is colon irrigation?
How is a colonic administered?
How many colonics do I need?
What are the benefits of colon irrigation?
Are there any side effects to colonics?
Will colonics damage the normal intestinal flora?
What disease is second only to heart disease?
How the health of our colon affects our total health?

What is colon irrigation?
Colon irrigation is an internal bath that helps cleanse the colon of poison, gas, and accumulated fecal matter. Unlike and enema, it does not involve the retention of water. There is no discomfort, no internal pressure, just a steady gentle flow in and out of the colon. At the same time, an abdominal massage is sometimes given to stimulate the colon to recover its natural shape, tone, and peristaltic wave action.

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How is a colonic administered?
A person receiving a colonic lies on a table below the temperature-controlled input tank. A sterilized speculum is gently inserted in the rectum. Water flow, which is always under the direct control of the practitioner, flows into the colon via a small water tube and out through the evacuation tube carrying with it impacted feces and mucous. As the water flows out of the colon, the practitioner may choose to gently massage the abdomen to help the colon release its contents. It is possible to see this expelled waste matter as it passes through a special viewing window in the evacuation tube. The person is well covered and their modesty is given top priority during the procedure.

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How many colonics do I need?
The number of treatments will always very with the individual and his/her condition. Often the waste is so hard and well lodged in the colon that it may take a series of colonics to sufficiently soften and loosen this accumulated fecal material. Some people may not have startling results for the first few treatments. This is why a series of treatments is necessary and advisable. Though individual colonics have their benefits, it should be understood that colonics taken in succession have a cumulative effect toward improved health. For these reasons we generally recommend at least one colonic a week until our objectives are realized. Colon irrigation is most effective when employed in combination with exercise and a proper diet of non-mucous producing foods. Fresh fruits, vegetables and certain herbs are suggested to help loosen and dissolve accumulated fecal matter. Once the colon is clean, it is advisable to have a colonic at least once a month to maintain the environment. A good time is at the change of seasons when diet and exercise patterns often change. You should have a colonic before, during, and after a “fast” to hasten the removal of toxic waste and it would also be beneficial during the cold and flu season.

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What are the benefits of colon irrigation?
Colonics offer relief from a variety of disturbances by cleansing the colon of impacted and putrefactive fecal matter. Fatigue, gas, headaches, irritability, skin problems, cold hands and feet, lethargy are among a few of the problems, cold hands and feet, lethargy are among a few of the problems people have found relieved by colon cleansing. Constipation, of course, is another as well as chronic diarrhea. Your sense of well-being is often dramatically improved with colon irrigation. You feel lighter, more energetic. The body can again assimilate food in the colon and better defend itself against disease. Natural peristalsis, tone and regularity are restores and many serious diseases may be averted through this general sterile and scientific technique. Colonics are a key factor in the restoration of the body’s natural balance or what we call good health.

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Are there any side effects to colonics?
There are none! It is not uncommon, however for some people to start to feel like they have a cold or headache after a colonic. Toxins which have been lying dormant in the colon are now being flushed out and a small amount may be re-absorbed into the body’s system. This healing crisis passes quickly and the person will realize a feeling of well-being with further treatments.

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Will colonics damage the normal intestinal flora?
No. One of the functions of the first half of the colon is to gather the intestinal flora needed for the colon. When the accumulation of feces in the bowel leads to fecal encrustation, it is difficult for the colon to function normally and the glands in this lining cannot produce the necessary intestinal flora. The resulting lack of lubrication intensifies a state of constipation and generates toxemia. This upsets the normal acid –alkaline balance and the growth of the friendly bacteria is stunted. Cleansing the colon will help bring the acid-alkaline ratio back into balance. In this environment, the friendly bacteria will again thrive and disease causing bacteria will find it difficult to develop.

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What disease is second only to heart disease?
The desire for good health is something we all share. We spend countless thousands of dollars treating the symptoms of disease and a portion of our income to health insurance to cover our expenses for cancer, heart disease, etc. in the event our bodies should succumb to these diseases. Yet, very little is invested in the prevention of disease which costs far less than the treatment. One example of this is cancer of the colon. We don’t hear much about it, yet it is second only to heart disease as the most common cause of death in the United States. This need not be so. While few would argue the importance our diet plays in our health, the removal of toxic waste from our bodies is important too. You see, good health is as much a function of how well we eliminate wastes from our bodies as how well we eat.

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How the health of our colon affects our total health?
The colon is a tube approximately five feet long and 2 ½ inches in diameter. A healthy colon has uniform size and tone. It extends from the cecum, where it joins the small intestine, up and across the abdominal cavity and down the left side of the body until it reaches the sigmoid and rectum. The three main functions of the colon are:
1. The final digestion of our food.
2. The elimination of digestive residue.
3. The discharge of toxins and wastes from the body.

We experience better health and well-being when the colon is clean and functioning normally. When the colon is congested with stagnant wastes, poisons back up into our system and pollute the inner environment. This is called autointoxication which literally means “self-poisoning.” All of the body’s tissues are affected by the autointoxication. The following chart shows the organs affected and the impact on our well-being:

Poisons Backed up into the:

Affect to the body

Nervous System

Irritable, depressed

Heart

Weak

Stomach

Bloated

Lungs

Breath foul

Skin (elimination organ)

Sallow, wrinkled

Glands

Tired, feeling old

Autointoxication can be a causative factor in numerous serious diseases and is considered by many to be the underlying reasons for disease. The colon is the largest perpetrator of disease of any organ in the body and is said to be the initiator of 80% of all critical illness.

Cautions
If you have any questions about how colon therapy may affect your health, discuss them with your doctor first.
Colon therapy is not recommended if you have blood in your stool, severe hemorrhoids, Crohn's disease, congestive heart failure, severe anemia, abdominal hernia, heart disease, high blood pressure, amoebic dysentery, gastrointestinal cancer, tumors of the large intestine or rectum, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, or recent colon surgery (less than three months).
If you are in the first or third trimester of pregnancy, colon
therapy is not recommended because it may induce labor.

Colon therapy is not known to react with any drugs or
medications. Among the possible but remote complications of colon therapy are perforation of the intestinal wall, disturbance in the body's fluid balance, and heart failure caused by excess water in the blood.

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