What is Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy (CHT) has also been referred to as colon irrigation, a colonic, colon therapy or high enema.  Regardless of the term used, they all refer to the gentle flushing of  the colon or large intestine to help remove retained stool or waste material.  In this procedure warm, filtered water is infused into the rectum via precisely calibrated equipment.  With colon hydrotherapy, the colon is cleansed, hydrated, soothed and tonified.  It may be the most complete method to detox the whole-body when used in conjunction with proper diet, exercise, fluids and lifestyle change.    

Colon hydrotherapy also stimulates neuro-reflex points that connect to all other parts of the body.  It is a safe, gentle, sanitary and odorless procedure. 

Indications for colon hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy has been shown to be beneficial for the following conditions.  These indications DO NOT require a prescription from a licensed physician.

  • Frequent indigestion
  • Abdominal distention/flatulence or gas and abdominal bloating
  • Acute fecal impaction
  • Constipation
  • Foul-smelling, compacted stools
  • Colitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Preventive health maintenance for colon health
  • Atonic colon
  • Fever from acute illness
  • Hyper/hypo-thermia
  • Diarrhea
  • Intestinal toxemia
  • Parasitic infections
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • coated tongue and 'bad-breath'
  • Skin problems
  • Preparation for surgery
  • Preparation for endoscopic procedures (sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy)
  • Following barium enemas
  • Preparation for other intestinal diagnostic procedures
  • hemorrhoids (mild to moderate severity)
  • To facilitate balance of the intestinal  flora or biome

Contraindications for Colon Hydrotherapy

If you have any of the following conditions or contraindications, you SHOULD NOT consider colon hydrotherapy unless prescribed or approved by a licensed physician.

  • congestive heart failure
  • Intestinal perforation
  • Carcinoma of the rectum or colon
  • anal fissures or fistulas
  • Intestinal fistulas
  • Severe hemorrhoids
  • Abdominal hernia
  • Diverticulitis, acute
  • Intestinal or rectal surgery within the previous 6 months
  • Abdominal surgery within the previous 6 months
  • Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy within the previous 3 months
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Liver cirrhosis 
  • Abdominal ascites
  • First or third trimester pregnancy

Preparing for a colon hydrotherapy session

The day BEFORE your appointment:

  • please eat lightly
  • Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water
  • Avoid meat, dairy, bread, pizza and pasta
  • suggested diet: Salads, fruits, vegetables, soups, smoothies
  • consider doing a castor oil pack over the abdominal area before and after sessions.

The DAY OF your appointment:

  • follow the same dietary recommendations as the day before your appointment
  • Avoid eating 2 hours prior to your session and less you are a diabetic or hypoglycemic.  In this case, please eat lightly up to 30 minutes prior to your session and bring food for after your session.
  • Avoid any liquids one hour before your session.

What to do AFTER a colon hydrotherapy session:

Most people leave the session feeling better than when they came in and go back to work or resume their normal activities following the appointment.  They often claim that they feel much "lighter" and experience an increased sense of energy and/or well-being.  However, some people, particularly if they are very toxic or typically more constipated, may experience a "healing crisis" or "detox symptoms".  These symptoms include: Headache, fatigue, body aches or flu-like symptoms.  These symptoms may be alleviated by taking additional vitamin C, sea salt or epsom salt baths, saunas, fresh vegetable juices, and drinking additional fluids as well as rest.