Colon Hydrotherapy, Colonics, or Colon Irrigation.
A colonic gently cleanses by flushing the large intestine with warm water, and sometimes herbal preparations.
We use the Toxygen system, which is FDA approved, sanitary and simple to use. An experienced therapist is with the patient the entire time, controlling the water flow,
while massaging the stomach area.
The large intestine, or colon, is the last two meters of the digestive tract. The primary function of the colon is to absorb water, electrolytes, and some vitamins.
The colon also prepares and stores fecal waste for elimination,
vital in liver and lymphatic system elimination. The colon is a hollow tube-like organ, made of muscle that moves digested food and waste along, by a wavelike motion called
Due to modern processed foods and stress, most people suffer from sticky, long-term waste in the colon, causing toxicity and difficult absorption.
Stagnant fecal matter putrefies giving off toxins, which can then be reabsorbed into the body.
Repeatedly filling then draining the colon with water not only flushes wastes, but also stimulates the colon to contract and relax, strengthening the colon muscles. Colon cleansing is not addictive, unlike like chemical laxatives, but instead strengthens and rejuvinates the colon. Laxatives use chemicals to stimulate bowel movements. Using water to cleanse the colon brings about optimal bowel function.
Consider that 400-600 million dollars are spent annually on laxatives in the United States. Every year 126,000 Americans are diagnosed as having colorectal cancer. Of this population, 44% will die as a result of the disease. At least two million Americans suffer from colitis and diverticulitis, and 100,000 Americans are the victims of radical colostomy surgery each year. Periodic cleansing of the colon prevents stagnation, minimizing exposure to potential carcinogens within the colon wall.
Anatomy & Pathology, 5th Edition. Wolters Kluwer / Lippincot Williams & Wilkins
Laxatives are the method of colon cleansing that is most popularly used today. They
work by irritating and stimulating the body, by drawing water from the body to produce a thin watery substance that clears only the
most recently digested waste from the colon. This chemical process leaves
behind the results of bad eating habits, and accumulated toxins and mucus in the small intestines, stomach, and colon.
Laxatives certainly don't promote bowel health. Enemas are fine to clean out the lower part of the rectum and colon, but may not penetrate
the beginning meter of the colon.
After lying down on a comfortable padded table, you will be assisted in gently inserting a lubricated disposable speculum, having a tapered end, into the rectum. The tapered end is actually a separate piece that is removed after insertion and discarded.
The speculum is then attached to two tubes. The smaller tube delivers the filtered, temperature-controlled water to the speculum and your colon, while the larger tube carries the fecal waste to the colon therapy machine. You will remain draped through the entire session to maintain privacy.
The colon therapy machine is attached to the building’s plumbing system so that all waste is discretely moved from your body into the plumbing without offensive odor or embarrassment. During your colonic sessions, your therapist will always make sure your modesty and comfort needs are addressed.
A colon hydrotherapy session usually takes between a 30 to 50 minutes.
After a session many people express feeling relaxed and refreshed with more energy and greater mental clarity.
Before taking a colonic, we recommend:
* Don't eat a meal within three hours of the session.
* Don't drink anything within one hour of the session.
* If ther colonic is scheduled in the afternoon or evening, and you would like to eat breakfast or lunch, then eat light foods such as fruit, salad or steamed greens.
* Fasting before a session is recommened and may increase confort.
* Stay well hydrated both before and after.
* After the session it is normal to be very hungry; the same foods recommended prior to the colonic may assist in healing the colon and avoid over-working the digestive tract.
Two to Three days prior to your colonic, we recommend:
* Lots of leafy greens.
* Whole grains such as whole grain bread and brown rice.
* If necesaary, only lean meats such as fish or chicken.
On the day of the colonic, we recommend refraining from:
* Refined carbohydrates (white bread).
* Processed foods (cookies, cheese, etc.).
* Refined sugar.
* Fried foods.
* Dairy products.
* Carbonated beverages.
* Red meat.
* Soy and bean products.
Before the use of laxatives was common, enemas and colon therapy machines were common in hospitals. For a more detailed account of medical opinion, go to www.tldp.com, read the article entitled, “Value of Colon Hydrotherapy Verified by Medical Professionals”.
Regular colon cleansing can be an excellent part of ongoing health care. However, there is no one prescription for all. Every individual has different goals and health challenges. The International Association of Colon Therapy (I-act.com) suggests two sessions during weeks one and two, subsequently one session per week during weeks three through ten. Most find that after a colonic experience, they feel much better. It is this renewed vitality that is your guide.
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