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Colon Hydrotherapy
Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from Colon Hydrotherapy?

Colon Hydrotherapy is not a cure all procedure, however a healthy colon is foundational to your path to optimal health from a traditional naturopathic medicine perspective. Colon Hydrotherapy serves as a valuable procedure to assist the body for a wide variety of conditions. By improving the tone of the bowel walls and improving colon function, the entire body will function more efficiently.

How does Colon Hydrotherapy differ from enemas?

Enemas serve as a good way to clean out the sigmoid and rectal areas of the colon, which represent the terminal end of the colon and extend to about 1ft in length. A series of colon-hydrotherapy treatments can clean and remove impacted material from the whole colon, which is approximately 5 1/2 ft long. Additionally, colon hydrotherapy promotes colon peristalsis (smooth muscle contraction to propel colon contents) and assists the colon muscles to improve and regain tone. This effectively results in assisting the return of regular bowel movements.

Will a laxative or bowel flush accomplish the same result as a colon hydrotherapy session?

Laxatives cause emptying of the colon short term primarily through an irritant action to the colon. This action leads to the production of a thin watery mucous substance that goes through the colon and leaves behind impacted waste and toxins. Colon hydrotherapy uses pure water that does not irritate the colon or body, actually resulting to promote body hydration.

How do toxins accumulate within the colon and potentially cause other systemic health concerns?

A primary factor in the accumulation of toxins along the colon surface is pH balance and a general acidity formed by a poor diet. The consumption of the Standard American Diet ("SAD" Diet), rich in acidic food, such as sugar, red meat, white flour, caffeine and alcohol becomes a chronic stress and irritant to the colon surface.

When the bowel becomes unnaturally acidic, it attempts to protect itself by secreting a glyco-protein substance that coats and lines the entire intestinal wall. This forms what is referred to as mucoid plaque. The formation of mucoid plaque affects the colons ability to absorb vitamins and nutrients, which in some cases is associated with micro-nutrient deficiencies. As the bowel becomes more toxic, it begins to become less efficient and allows toxins to begin to contaminate the blood. This decreased efficiency is referred to as "leaky-gut syndrome" by many alternative practitioners. As the toxins enter the blood they rapidly spread to the vital organs (heart, lungs, brain, muscles, etc.) as the blood serves to deliver nutrients and remove waste to every cell of the body.

As the daily chronic load of various toxins become an overwhelming burden for the body's elimination processes (i.e. More daily toxins coming in than what the body can eliminate each day), the body begins to deposit and store toxins primarily in fat cells. After years of relentless accumulated toxicity, the body's storage capacity becomes exceeded and progressively higher concentrations of toxins circulate in the blood. The end result of this process is chronic liver and kidney stress where the organs become sluggish, congested, and inefficient, which further decrease the body's ability to detoxify.

Throughout this accumulated toxin period the body will present with symptoms based on the parts of the body most heavily burdened, attempting to let you know it can't handle the toxin load, or that it doesn't have the needed nutrition and/or defenses to continue without symptoms. All the while, each affected cell is doing what it can, based on its current nutrient and stress level, to be as healthy as it can in an attempt to heal. This is considered the "disease" process, which will manifest wherever an individual is most genetically susceptible or as previously stated in the most burdened areas of the body. This is why the eclectics and founders of naturopathic medicine placed such high emphasis on the health of the colon and especially the blood, or life of the body.

Colon Hydrotherapy cleansing allows you to begin the healing process by removing accumulated mucoid plaques and improving colon health. This then allows you to begin rebuilding your bowel, to improve your blood and organs, and to serve as a way to protect yourself from "disease."

Are colonics painful?

As with any colon-related procedure, the possibility of discomfort during a colon hydrotherapy session exists. However, painful experiences are usually the result of resistance and tension, which should be addressed by your professional colon hydro-therapist to reassure and ease your concerns.

Occasionally during a colon hydrotherapy session, the colon muscles will contract suddenly expelling considerable amounts of liquid and waste into the rectum. This sudden expulsion may feel like cramping or gas and thus create a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum. These possible episodes are generally brief and easily tolerated. Our choice of using the state of the art colon hydrotherapy equipment, called the LIBBE, was to directly address these concerns.

Clients who have experienced colon hydrotherapy with the LIBBE's open system have all reported virtually no discomfort, and actually report it to be a comfortable experience! Because there is continuous inflow of water during the procedure, the LIBBE provides a more natural and gentle evacuation than closed system colonic sessions. Additionally, if cramping and urgency to expel occur during use with the LIBBE, the increase pressure with bearing down will automatically begin colon evacuation to relieve any discomfort.

Is it embarrassing to have a colonic?

Not in the least! Another reason we chose the LIBBE was your privacy and to allow you to fully maintain your personal dignity. You will be in a private room when you undress, get dressed, and will be draped at all times when the therapist needs to enter the room. Your emotions will be acknowledged and honored. The beauty of the LIBBE system is that you can insert the "pencil thin" rectal tube by yourself.

Is there anything preparation prior to my colon hydrotherapy session?

No! However, it is recommended emptying the rectum with a bowel movement just prior to your session as this will save time and improve what is accomplished during your session. Another consideration is to consume only a small meal within 2 hours preceding your session as abdominal massage potentially performed during your session may cause discomfort on a full stomach.

What can I expect after a colon hydrotherapy session?

In most cases, you'll feel great. Most people report feeling lighter and enjoy an increased sense of well-being. Many times after receiving a first colonic, most people state it was one of the most wonderful and healthy experiences of their life.

Immediately after the colonic it is normal to feel the need to completely evacuate after getting up off the table. To accommodate this we have conveniently attached our colon hydrotherapy room to a private toilet room. Afterwards, you may carry on with daily routine.

Some people experience several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours, but there should not be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. It is also possible to feel light-headed or chilled for a few moments following a colonic due to changes in mineral status affecting circulation. To address this potential concern we provide a replacement mineral supplement after every colon hydrotherapy session.

If colonics are so good, why haven't I heard about them before?

The answer to this question lies in our present day lifestyle. Historically, archeology artifacts and records show that people cleansing the colon goes back as far as 5000BC during the Babylonian empire. Even Egyptian writings suggest that Pharaoh had a servant to specifically administer some form of enema for cleansing.

Around the turn of the 20th century, the present-day colon hydrotherapy machine was developed. This provided a significant improvement in the methods used of accomplishing colon cleansing. Until the late 1920's many doctors had colonic machines in their office, and machines were also found in hospitals. Several articles dealing with colon health regularly appeared in prestigious medical and scientific journals until the early 1930's. In 1938 with the development of the Food and Drug Cosmetic Act the direction of health changed.

A time of modern medicine began with a focused medical approach using drugs and surgery as the path to health. This pathway seemed to offer relatively instant relief for body ailments and concerns, resulting in the time-honored purification and prevention techniques becoming less attractive. However, this approach has also led to frustration and a feeling of hopelessness with the increased prevalence of chronic diseases and poor long term symptom control. This frustration has led to a resurgence of interest in using natural approaches for healing the body, and colon hydrotherapy treatments have rapidly regained the respect they earned throughout time.

Are colonics dangerous in any way?

As a therapy supporting a natural process, there is virtually no danger with a colonic. Our intent is to provide you with a safe and healthy service and to alleviate any fears or concerns. Our choice of introducing the LIBBE to the Pittsburgh area shows our commitment to safety and cleanliness with this procedure. With the benefits of automatic temperature shutoff controls, ultraviolet treated and filtered water, and pressure sensitive evacuation under your control, the LIBBE is considered state of the art in colon hydrotherapy equipment.

Additionally, every colon hydrotherapy session uses a clean sterile single use disposable nozzle to prevent spreading of potential pathogens, and cleaning and disinfection of the equipment is done as normal procedure after every session. Finally, we always use fresh and clean linens for every patient.

Can colonics become habit forming?

Colon Hydrotherapy is a tool intended to create a clean and healthy colon. Our commitment comes with assisting you in improving colon function, not in making you dependent upon colonics. One of the benefits with colon hydrotherapy is its ability to improve muscular tone within the colon. Many health complaints originate due to sluggish and congestive patterns of organs systems under stress, especially the colon. In some cases, it may take days for bowel movements to return after a good colon hydrotherapy session, which creates the perception in some people that they are becoming "dependent" on colonics. It has been said that "one good colonic is worth 20 regular bowel movements," so it may take time for colon fecal material to build up if the patient has a sluggish colon.

This suggestive pattern of a sluggish colon is an indication that extensive colon stimulation and support is needed to remove debris within the bowel that may have accumulated over years. The build up of fecal material and mucoid plaques will decrease the muscular action in the colon. The purpose of a series of colon hydrotherapy sessions is to restore function like God intended. Colonics give you a feeling of being lighter, cleaner and healthier with an improved sense of well-being. When colon cleansing is coupled with a diet and lifestyle as outlined in the 5 Phase Optimal Health Programę, long lasting and vital health, changes occur.

Will a colonic give me diarrhea or make me constipated?

The most frequent post-colon hydrotherapy experience is to have a slight delay in bowel movements before they resume as a somewhat larger, easier to move stool. Many people have a weak and sluggish colon, which may result in no bowel movements for several days following a colon hydrotherapy session. However, this response is not due to the colonic but is rather associated with the weakness of the colon. This situation should be interpreted as an indication of need for colon muscular strengthening to improve tone and healing. A series of colon hydrotherapy sessions is recommended in this case.

On a very infrequent basis, diarrhea or loose stools may be experienced after a colon hydrotherapy session. This can be due to the extra water introduced into the colon or to the stirring up of toxic waste and the body's wisdom to eliminate efficiently and quickly to prevent absorption of these toxins into the bloodstream. If this should occur, it is usually of very short duration and should resolve on its own. At Pittsburgh Alternative Health, Inc. each colonic is followed with a therapeutic dose of replacement colon flora to aid in colon restoration and decrease the potential for diarrhea and associated dehydration.

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