What Is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Colon hydrotherapy, or colonics, is a centuries-old therapy using filtered water to flush accumulated fecal waste, harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites, gas and mucus from the colon. It is a safe and gentle yet powerful way to cleanse the body, and to make all body systems and organs more efficient.

The colon, or large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract (food carrying passageway extending from the mouth to the anus). The colon is approximately 5 feet long and 2 inches in diameter. Its major function is to eliminate waste and conserve water.

After completing a health history form and consulting with the colon hydrotherapist, the client is asked to wrap themselves with a towel and lie face up on a treatment table.

The colon therapist inserts a disposable speculum into the anus. The speculum is connected to a long disposable plastic hose connected to the colon hydrotherapy unit.

Warm, filtered water is slowly released into the colon. The water causes the muscles of the colon to contract, called peristalsis. Peristalsis pushes feces out through the hose to be disposed in a closed waste system.

The client and the colon therapist do not smell the feces. The therapist usually looks at the feces.

The client typically feels some discomfort in the abdomen during the therapy.

The colon therapist may apply light massage to the clients abdominal area to facilitate the process.

After the treatment, the therapist leaves the room, and the client may sit on the toilet to pass any residual water and stools.

A typical treatment lasts 45 minutes.