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Holistic Health Questions

What is a Colonic? :

What is the purpose of getting a Colonic?

Waste material, especially that which has remained in the colon for some time (i.e. impacted feces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucus, parasites, worms, etc.) poses several problems. First, this material is quite toxic (poisonous). These poisons can re-enter and circulate in the bloodstream, making us feel ill, tired, or weak.

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

This condition is prevalent in all civilized societies, and particularly in America. common signs include: sinus problems; headaches; backaches; constipation; fatigue; bad breath; body order; irritability; confusion; skin blemishes; abdominal gas; nausea; dizziness; vomiting; low energy; bloating; diarrhea; sciatic pain; protruding gut, cellulite and so forth.

What makes a colonic so special?

In a 30 to 50 minute session as much as 15-20 gallons of water are used internally to gently flush the colon.  A cup to no more info than two quarts at any one time.  Filling of the colon is accomplished through appropriate use of massage, pressure points, reflexology, breathing techniques, suggestions, etc.  The colon therapist is able to work loose and eliminate far more info toxic waste than any other short-term detoxification therapy. 

Having an experienced colon therapist available as an assistant can be likened to having a professional mechanic repair your auto's engine.  Subsequent colonics will remove more info waste.  How many you may wish to have will depend upon your personal objectives and condition or regaining, rejuvenating, and maintaining your health.

What will colonics do for the colon?

It Cleanses the Colon: Toxic material is broken down and removed so it can no longer harm your body or inhibit assimilation and elimination.  Even debris built up over a long period is greatly but surely removed in the process of a series of irrigations.  Once impacted material is removed, your colon can begin again to cooperate as it was meant to.  In this very real sense, a colonic is a whole body rejuvenation treatment.
It Exercises the Colon Muscles: The buildup of toxic debris weakens the colon muscles and impairs its functioning.  The gently filling and emptying of the colon improves the peristaltic activity (muscular contraction) by which the colon naturally moves material.  This will help speed up the transit time of fecal material once the colon muscles have been toned, strengthened, and rejuvenated.
It Reshapes the Colon: When problem conditions exist in the colon, they tend to alter its health problems.  The gentle action of the water, coupled with the massage techniques and experience of the colon therapist, help to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and eventually narrowed, spastic constructions, finally enabling the colon to resume its natural state.  Other manipulative and massage techniques can help to reshape the colon structure over time.  Cooperation from the client/patient is required.
It Stimulates Reflex Points: Every system and organ of the body is connected to the colon by reflex points.  A colonic irrigation stimulates these points, thereby affecting the corresponding body parts, organs, tissues, glands, etc. in a beneficial way (similar to reflexology).
It Hydrates the Body:
Our bodies are made up to 60-70% water and with the use of pure water in the colonic our bodies are able to absorb much needed clean and pure water to hydrate the cells of the body so that they can function at higher rates as well as dilute the toxins already present within the body.  Read Water Can Undermine Your Health by Norman Walker, D. S. to get a full account of what water does within our bodies.

Is there anything I need to do to get ready for a colonic?

Since your abdomen will be massaged it is a good idea to eat or drink lightly within two hours immediately preceding a colonic.  Emptying the rectum with an enema or a substantial bowel movement just prior to the colonic may save time and permit more info to be accomplished.  Do not eat any bread or meat 24 hours prior to your treatment.  You can consume fruits, vegetables, juices and lots of water.

What can I expect afterwards?

Most likely, you'll feel great.  Probably you'll feel lighter and enjoy a sense of well-being.  Often, someone getting their first colonic will remark that it was one of the most wonderful experiences of their life.


Any activity you would ordinarily be doing, such as work or exercise, is just fine to do.  For some, the colonic may trigger several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours; but there usually is not any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort.  It is also possible you may feel lightheaded or chilled for a few minutes following a colonic.

I have been told that, to be beneficial, one needs to 'take a series' of colonics. What does that mean, and is it true?

However, if your objective is to overcome a lifelong habit of constipation, to learn to create multiple daily bowel movements and to achieve vital health, this may require-in addition to possible dietary, exercise and attitudinal changes, regular colonics for some time.  How many depends on the condition of your body and how well it responds to treatment.

Having colonics regularly for a while, such as daily, weekly or several times a week is what is referred to as a "series".  Many colon therapists believe that to obtain results of lasting benefits, a series of colonics must be undertaken.  Again, this can only be properly considered once an objective has been identified.

Are colonics dangerous in any way?

Being an essentially natural process, there is virtually no danger with a colonic.  Skilled therapists will exercise extra care with an elderly person who is severely constipated.  Colonics are occasionally performed on a pregnant woman to relieve constipation.  Colonics are never performed on a person with active ulcerative colitis or following recent colon surgery.

I'm worried that I could become dependent on colonics. If I get too many, the colon may stop functioning on its own. Are colonics habit-forming?

No, colonics are not habit forming.  In fact, colonic therapy is like the colon doing push ups because the colon is all muscle and tissue.  This will make your colon stronger, not weaker. 

Will a colonic make me constipated or give me diarrhea?

The most frequent post colonic experience is to have a slight delay in bowel movements and then a resumption of a somewhat larger, easier to move stool.

Sometimes if the colon is weak and sluggish, there may be no bowel movement for several days following a colonic.  This is not due to the colonic, but rather to the weakness of the muscles in the colon, and should be interpreted as an indication that the colon requires strengthening and healing.

Infrequently diarrhea or loose bowels may be experienced.  This could be due to the extra water introduced into the colon or to the stirring up on toxic waste.  If this should occur, it is usually of very short duration.  However, since severe diarrhea dehydrates the body, it must be carefully monitored.

Some people say that colonics wash out the intestinal flora and valuable nutrients. Is this so?

Truth of the matter is the average person has no friendly bacteria in the colon due to their destructive diet.  Therefore the  washing out of putrefied material in the large intestine, which is only reached in colon irrigation, increases the good intestinal flora.  Good bacteria can only breed in a clean environment that has been washed free of putrefaction and its accompanying harmful bacteria.  That is why the intestines of a newborn baby immediately begin to grow good intestinal flora.  Each time you clean out the putrefying garbage and make a better environment for the flora, they start to multiply immediately in their natural media.  It also stands to reason that valuable nutrients can better be absorbed in a clean environment than in a putrefied one.

With this in mind, it is a good idea to supplement with a good intestinal bacteria after a colonic or series of colonics so that colonization can take place in a healthier medium i.e. the intestinal mucosa.  Prevention is much easier by assisting your colon in maintaining healthy bacteria rather than waiting until bad bacteria have changed the environment of the colon to an unhealthy state.

I'm wondering what will be okay to eat after getting a colonic?

After a colonic we suggest that you drink preferably over eating.  Drink fresh fruit or vegetable juices, coconut water and distilled water.  Eating only raw green leafy foods like salads and sprouts are the wises choice for the next eight hours.  Keep in mind you don't want to detox and go out and detox.  Just as it doesn't make sense to get your car washed and then immediately drive it through mud, eating a meal known to cause trouble in your abdomen directly after getting a colonic isn't an intelligent choice.