Colonic irrigation, also known as colonic hydrotherapy, is a treatment that involves using water to flush out waste from the intestine. Usually, colonic cleansing is carried out as preparation for medical procedures such as a colonoscopy. However, this treatment is alternatively promoted for digestive issues such as bloating, constipation and indigestion. It can also be beneficial for unrelated issues such as allergies, lethargy, and skin conditions.
In this article we will explore the many benefits of the treatment and what to expect when going in for a colonic irrigation, including preparation, procedure, and aftercare.
What are the benefits of a colonic irrigation?
- The procedure removes toxins and build-up from the gut – which will ease, relieve, or eliminate symptoms of issues such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), constipation, and bloating.
- Your guts natural PH will be restored.
- Your gut will be able to absorb nutrients better and the cleansed environment will promote healthy bacteria to grow.
- It can aid weight loss after a successful course of treatments.
- Increased energy, advanced mental clarity, clearer skin, and improved circulation.
- Enhanced immunity.
- Movement of the bowel is stimulated and strengthened – promoting regular bowel movement in the future.
What to expect when going for a colonic irrigation
Preparing for your treatment
Before you go for your treatment, you will be advised to prepare using these steps:
- Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your treatment.
- Eat healthy and nourishing foods the day of your treatment.
- Do not consume any food two hours before the procedure.
- Where possible, avoid red meats, dairy, processed foods, and alcohol leading up to your treatment.
During your colonic irrigation
- A brief rectal examination will be carried out.
- A tube is inserted into the rectum.
- A controlled amount of filtered water (sometimes mixed with additives such as vitamins, probiotics, enzymes, or herbs) is pumped into the colon.
- The therapist will gently massage your abdomen during a waiting period to move the fluid around.
After the treatment, faecal matter, gas pockets and the liquid that was used during the procedure is flushed out of your body. You will be taken to a toilet in order to complete this process.
The entire session generally takes around 45 minutes from start to finish.
Colonic irrigation aftercare
Most of the time, you will feel fine after this procedure and will not suffer any adverse side-effects. However, there are some recommended aftercare tips that will ensure you continue to benefit from the treatment and don’t suffer too much discomfort in the days following your colonic irrigation.
- If you feel as though you need to urinate more than usual, don’t worry. This is normal and will subside quickly.
- Take probiotic supplements to help with any flatulence you may experience post-treatment.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours after treatment.
- Don’t worry if you have no bowel movements for a while, this is expected and will return to normal after a few days.
- Avoid any rigorous exercise or heavy lifting for 24 hours after the treatment.
Possible side effects
Colonic irrigation is a safe and gentle procedure (for those who are medically fit enough to undergo the procedure). However, some patients may experience side-effects which can include mild abdominal cramping, bloating, or feeling full, and pain in the rectal area.
All of these side effects subside after a few days, but if they last longer than usual it is advised you call a healthcare professional.
You should NOT undergo a colonic irrigation if:
- You have had colon surgery.
- You have kidney or heart disease.
- If you have gastrointestinal conditions such as diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, or colitis.
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