FAQ’s of Colonic Irrigation
Colon Hydrotherapy, traditionally known as Colonic Irrigation, gently fills the colon with warm sterile filtered water through a small sterile rectal tube. When the water is flushed out, it carries with it any material that has built up in the large intestine (the colon), waste matter, toxins, trapped gases, etc.
The Libbe device open system is considered to be the Rolls Royce of Colon Hydrotherapy treatment devices, providing more privacy, dignity and efficacy whilst offering the client a more relaxing, safe and comfortable treatment session. This system allows the client and or qualified therapist more control of their treatment. One distinct advantage with the LIBBE device is the pencil-thin rectal tube, which clients find extremely comfortable, compared to other systems. One of the key factors is that your privacy is protected at all times, the specially designed bed allows you to easily insert the lubricated thin rectal tube by yourself. Many people find this deeply reassuring and comforting. Once the water flow is turned on, there is no need to interrupt the cleanse. Your colon will gently take in as much water as it can tolerate. When you feel the need to evacuate, you simply release. Because of the continuous inflow and release during the treatment, the body’s own muscles are used to provide a more natural, gentle release. At the same time, the peristalsis (action of the muscles of the colon) is greatly stimulated and this provides an excellent workout for the colon. Because of the nature of the LIBBE device, the qualified therapist does not need to be with you all the time. This affords you as much privacy as you may desire.
The water is extensively filtered & purified. It passes through a 5 micron carbon filter, and separate UV purification light, before being heated to the correct temperature. This filtered & purified water is capable of absorbing and flushing more toxins out of the colon because of it’s drawing effect on solid particles, chemicals and other matter.
Enemas are good to clean out the sigmoid and rectal areas of the colon, which extend to about 1ft. A series of colon-hydrotherapy treatments can clean out and remove impacted material from the whole colon which is approximately as long as you are tall. Additionally, colonic irrigation promotes peristalsis and helps the colon muscles regain tone, therefore assisting the return of regular bowel movements.
Laxatives empty the colon short term but are an irritant to the body. This irritation to the Intestinal lining, will cause the colon to go to sleep after the initial irritation, causing an endless need for laxatives. Colon hydrotherapy uses pure water and does not irritate the body. Two of the tremendous benefits is that it actually hydrates the body, and exercises the colon.
Colon Hydrotherapy is not a cure, but a valuable procedure, used to assist the body for a wide variety of different colon-related conditions. By re-toning the bowel wall and improving colon functions, the entire body is able to function more efficiently.
Toxins accumulate in the body as a result of stress, consuming too much acidic, Genetically Modified & processed food, such as sugar, white flour, caffeine, meats and alcohol, chemicals in our food, atmosphere and more. When the bowel becomes unnaturally acidic & toxic, it attempts to protect itself by secreting a glyco-protein substance that lines the entire intestinal wall. This is known as mucoid plaque. This substance is what makes it hard for the body to absorb vitamins and nutrients, which could result in chronic malnutrition. When the bowel becomes toxic, it contaminates the blood, which in turn, spreads the toxins to the heart, lungs, brain, muscles, etc as it delivers nutrients throughout the body. In the end, the liver is left to deal with toxic blood, and after years of relentless toxicity, it will become sluggish until it will no longer function. At this point, the toxins will begin to collect in other parts of the body. Disease will manifest wherever they settle. Overall, cleansing allows you to remove accumulated mucoid plaque in order to rebuild your bowel and liver to protect yourself from dis-ease.
When one feels the urge to eliminate and immediately honours the urge by a trip to the toilet, elimination is quick and painless and will feel complete. Stools are medium to light brown have very little odour and will break up in water. You should eliminate after each meal.
A healthy bowel may have two to four bowel movements daily, depending on what you eat.
We recommend the first two sessions to be taken over consecutive days, this will ensure you get the most out of your treatment, after this, we offer a bespoke treatment plan best suited to the individual’s condition and needs. For a generally healthy individual it is recommended to have 5 – 6 sessions over a 3 week period for one complete Colon Cleanse, for someone with bloating and / or constipation complaints, it is recommended 10 – 12 sessions.
Please speak to the therapist about your individual goals and current health complaints. Alternatively you can book a session whenever you feel the need.
Please allow 10 – 15 minutes prior to your first visit for consultation and one hour for your first treatment, this includes the operation of the machine and what to expect during the session. Please allow one hour for each subsequent visit. The treatment itself will last between 35 – 45mins.
Colon Hydrotherapy is perfectly safe during this time, and will help decrease the cramps and the bloating accompanying the menstruation.
Colon hydrotherapy does not flush all good or bad bacteria out of the body. Once harmful toxins are removed from the colon, the beneficial bacteria have a cleaner habitat facilitating their reproduction and multiplication, therefore achieving a positive bacterial balance. The ideal balance of bacteria in a persons bowels, is thought to be around 80% good and 20% bad, due to diet and lifestyle choices, most peoples bowels are far from this balance.
When a regular diet of stimulants such as coffee, tea, alcohol, sugar and others are eliminated from your diet, some clients comment about having headaches, flu-like symptoms and even mild depression. At this stage of a detox, cleansing through Colon Hydrotherapy helps to flush toxins out of the system, hence Colon Hydrotherapy is recommended with back to back sessions for the first two – four weeks.
This is due to the body discarding toxins which are removed from the tissues, which are then transported by the blood to the liver and then the colon for elimination, whilst these toxins are in the blood, this is the time you may be subject to these temporary symptoms. All symptoms generally pass by the third or fourth session of Colon Hydrotherapy. Clients often comment on their increased energy levels after the second session onwards.
No, colon hydrotherapy is not habit forming. On the contrary, one of the features of colon hydrotherapy is the toning of the colon muscles, which helps in maintaining and resuming regular bowel movements.
The colon will probably never be empty, as it’s an organ in continuous use. As more of the impacted material is released clients comment on feeling the water enter higher regions of the colon without any sense of obstruction. The objective should not be an empty colon, but rather a well functioning colon.
Only in the case of an impacted colon you may experience a slight discomfort. Some cramping may occur as the colon contracts to expel waste. Once the major impaction is removed, you will find the session pleasant and relaxing.
Your dignity and privacy is completely maintained at all times in the comfort of our calming and soothing private treatment rooms. During your bowel movement there is no odour with the Libbe Colon Hydrotherapy Device.
There are a few contra-indications to keep in mind when considering colon hydrotherapy, including recent colon and abdominal surgeries, hernias, uncontrolled high blood pressure and other conditions. We thoroughly check the suitability of each individual prior to starting any treatment. In some cases, we may refer you to your doctor for further examinations to assess suitability for treatment.
We will provide you with an easy to follow dietary regime to best prepare you for the treatment. No fasting is necessary prior to a treatment, although for greater results and a deeper tissue clean, once you are comfortable with using the machine and most symptoms have passed, fasting and Colon Hydrotherapy can be practiced together. The few dietary adjustments we recommend will greatly enhance the programme’s results. We believe these are very important and we encourage you to commit and to follow them in order to get the maximum benefits from the course of treatments.
It is advisable to refrain from eating or drinking anything two hours prior to your scheduled appointment. This is to avoid feelings of nausea, as well as ensuring maximum comfort during your Colon Hydrotherapy session.
You may leave your treatment session feeling rebalanced, rejuvenated, re-energised, and lighter, sometimes you may feel a little tired after a session, due to old toxins being released, and the colon muscle being worked.
Following a cleansing of the large intestine, the body may feel weary or relaxed. This is simply your body working out and processing through it’s cleaning period; proper rest is important at this time to give your body time to rejuvenate. Once you have rested an hour or two, it is recommended to follow a diet of no meat, no alcohol, no strenuous activity, and any other harmful substances including artificial food substances and processed foods, for the 24 hours.
A simple smoothie, a light Green juice, some whole fruit, or a light salad are best to enhance the bodies ability to cleanse itself, keep you hydrated and nourished sufficiently.
Drink plenty of liquids (purified water, juices, herb teas and naturally occurring electrolyte liquids). Eat a warm healthy vegetable soup. Raw / Steamed vegetables and raw fruit are sufficient. (To be chewed very thoroughly). Avoid all meat consumption for 24 -48 hours (I.e, beef, pork, lamb, chicken as well as fish, etc). Avoid alcohol, caffeine and unnatural sugar intake, within the first 24 hours after treatment. We will provide you with a programme to follow for the duration of your treatment if necessary.
In the 1989 study – “Effects of Colon Hydrotherapy on Serum Electrolytes” conducted by National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, USA: “No patients experienced any clinically significant symptoms or disturbances”.
Our qualified therapists are professionally trained in the use of the state of the art open LIBBE system / device – the most comfortable and technologically advanced colon hydrotherapy system. Our qualified therapists have undertaken training in the United States with the I-ACT International Association of Colon Hydrotherapist nurses, which is the largest association of colon hydrotherapist nurses worldwide.
The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT) membership recognises the many and varied approaches to the age-old profession of colon hydrotherapy. Therefore, we subscribe to the following basic tenets regarding our profession and vow to uphold them to the best of our ability to achieve a common, mutual awareness within the colon hydrotherapy field:
- The health, welfare and comfort of our clients is our primary concern.
- We will treat our clients as we would treat ourselves.
- We will obtain a good, basic education in colon hydrotherapy and will assist schools in maintaining the highest standard of education for this purpose.
- We recognise the ever-changing nature of, approach to, and attitude towards health care.
- We will continue our education accordingly thereby keeping abreast of all new developments and advancements in this field.
- We will share our knowledge and awareness with others in the colon hydrotherapy profession.
- We recognise the necessity of maintaining a professional relationship with health care practitioners in other fields and of keeping pace with the latest developments in health care.
- We will work as colon hydrotherapists as our education and training allows and demands.
- We will not infringe upon other professions we are not qualified to practice.
- We honour this profession and promise to uphold these tenets. If our work in colon hydrotherapy does not uphold this standard of professionalism, we will leave the profession to those who can.