About Colon Hydrotherapy
Colon Hydrotherapy is a hygienic method of cleansing the colon through gentle infusions of purified water, which introduces water the entire large intestine to be cleansed.
Colon hydrotherapy uses specialized equipment that has been cleared/approved for legal use in its location (i.e., F.D.A. Class II cleared*, C.E., T.G.A., Health Canada, etc.). Colon hydrotherapy is similar to an enema; however, colon hydrotherapy should only be administered by a qualified practitioner, such as GPACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapists who have been trained to administer the entire therapy with due diligence and observe the client’s progress during the session.
One may experience more cleansing benefits from the very first session, while others take several sessions to hydrate sufficiently but usually, three separate sessions are recommended for complete cleansing.
Description of Closed System Therapy Process
Colon hydrotherapy entails that the client lye on the treatment table. A small, lubricated, disposable speculum/nozzle is gently inserted into the rectum via the anus 2-3 inches. The speculum/nozzle is connected to a long disposable plastic tubing to the colon hydrotherapy device. Warmed and filtered water is slowly released into the colon via the rectum. Whereby, the water assists in softening the feces. In addition, the water also causes the muscles of the large intestine (colon) to contract, called peristalsis. This “pushes” the feces out through the hose to be disposed of in a closed waste system.
Depending on the reason for a Colon Hydrotherapy session, a therapy session lasts around 45 to 65 minutes. During the session, approximately 25 to 30 gallons of water is passed into and out of the large intestine (colon) helping to restore the colon’s natural function by strengthening peristalsis. A trained and certified therapist will use several light massage techniques to get the colon moving while filling and releasing the water several times during the course of the therapy. They can support the client to determine how many and how often the colon hydrotherapy sessions may benefit the most.
After each procedure, the colon hydrotherapy unit undergoes a complete disinfection process.
Other names for Colon Hydrotherapy
- Colon irrigation
- High colonic
Side Effects and Safety of Colonics
People with certain conditions should NOT have a colonic unless given prior approval from their physician. These conditions are called contraindications and they include pregnancy, acute diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, painful hemorrhoids, painful anal fissure, congestive heart failure, severe anemia, kidney failure, on dialysis, and acute prostatitis.
Possible complications, which are similar to the risks of a colonoscopy, are the perforation, electrolyte imbalance, allergic reactions, or infections.
The GPACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapists only use GPACT Certified Equipment that is approved by the member’s government’s laws other different authorities for different countries. In the U.S.A., GPACT Certified Equipment is Class II Medical Devices as approved by FDA. There are Open, Closed, and Closed Gravity systems.
GPACT does not have a knowledge database of laws and has always indicated that it is the responsibility of the member to know the laws and follow them.
A typical colonic device is comprised of various water purification systems [charcoal filter, particle filter, UV light chamber] and is designed for easy cleaning to prevent any contamination being carried over from one session to another. It also contains a lighted viewing chamber which helps the colon hydrotherapist to view the waste and give the colon hydrotherapist complete control over the temperature and pressure of the water making the therapy very safe.
For more information on Colon Hydrotherapy, please refer to our collection of various articles and clinical studies or contact us.
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