A brief history of colonics

Colon cleansing is not a new idea; in fact, it has been carried out for thousands of years by people across the world who have enjoyed the health benefits of the treatment. Today, the treatment is safer and simpler than ever.

An age-old treatment
The ancient Egyptians and Greeks practiced inner cleansing, as did traditional Chinese and Indian civilisations. Each of these cultures realised the many health and wellbeing benefits of this natural treatment, and the fact that it has endured for so long, and has spread so widely, is a testament to its effectiveness.


Around the turn of the 20th century, the first present day colonic equipment was developed. Up to the late 20's many doctors had colonic systems in their surgeries and similar equipment was found in hospitals too. Articles dealing with colon health frequently appeared in prestigious medical and scientific journals until the early 1930's. Today, hospitals have largely replaced colonics with cheaper purgatives and laxatives, although some people find these unpleasant and ineffective.


Modern Colon Hydrotherapy
While the treatment has taken many forms over the centuries, the essence of the therapy has remained the same – a gentle wash out of the colon or large intestine, using warm water to remove waste matter, rehydrate and exercise the bowel.

Today’s therapists use hygienic closed systems, with clean, filtered water to cleanse the colon quickly and easily, with no fuss, no mess and no smell, making modern colon hydrotherapy safer and more convenient than ever before.

This makes a modern colon hydrotherapy treatment as normal and natural as any other part of your regular health and wellbeing regime. Many of my clients have colonics on a regular basis, to complement other healthy lifestyle choices such as healthy eating, stress management and regular exercise.

How the digestive systems works

The human digestive system is over twenty feet long from end to end and converts the food you eat into the nutrition your body needs, before eliminating any leftover waste. It is a complex process that can easily be disturbed, causing familiar digestive problems.

The stomach and small intestine
The primary role of the stomach and small intestine is to break down and absorb nutrition from your food. This is done through mechanical and chemical processes, including chewing and churning, and the release of acids and enzymes. By the time the mixture leaves the small intestine, your body has absorbed 95% of the available nutrients.

The large intestine (colon)
The role of the colon is to absorb water and nutrients from what’s left as it passes through. The colon also works to make this waste safe by neutralising the digestive acids and enzymes, so that it can pass out of your body without causing any damage. Bacteria in the colon work with the waste to produce essential vitamins, such as biotin and vitamin K. They also ferment the waste, producing around three pints of gas every day.

Digestive problems
The normal transit time for food is around 24 hours, and you should move your bowels at least once a day. Problems occur when the transit time is either too fast, causing diarrhoea, or too slow, causing constipation or bloating. This can be caused by poor diet, disease or infections, as well as by lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, irregular eating and missing meals. Colonics are a great way of encouraging your colon to work normally again, while your therapist encourages you to reconnect with your body and make the changes you need to avoid future problems.

The gut and the mind
As well as physical causes, digestive problems can also be the result of stress and emotional issues. There is a strong link between the gut and the mind, which is seen in our everyday language in phrases such as ‘butterflies in the stomach’ or ‘stomach in knots’, which reflect the way our state of mind can adversely affect our normal digestion. As part of your consultation, your therapist will often talk through any external factors that could be affecting your internal processes.

Colon hydrotherapy FAQ

It is perfectly normal to be a little apprehensive about colon hydrotherapy at first, and naturally you’ll have some questions about the treatment. Alison has lots of experience with clients who are new to the treatment and will be happy to talk you through any concerns you have.

Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about colon hydrotherapy:


How do I prepare for a colonic?


You don’t need to do anything special before your treatment, but for your own comfort you should avoid a heavy meal or drinking a lot immediately before your appointment. You should also avoid alcohol.


What if I am constipated?


If you are particularly constipated, you should ask for advice on what you can do beforehand to maximise the benefits of your treatment.


What does a colonic feel like?


Most people find the procedure to be quite relaxing, with no discomfort. The colon fills and empties regularly as part of its normal function, so the treatment is nothing new. You may feel varying sensations of fullness and movement in your abdomen throughout the treatment.


Isn't it embarrassing?


Not at all. Your therapy will take place in a private treatment room.  It is perfectly normal to be a little embarrassed, but Alison will completely understand and will try to put you at your ease. Once the tube has been inserted, you’ll remain covered for the rest of the treatment.


Is there any mess or smell?


None whatsoever. Modern colon hydrotherapy equipment forms a sealed system that carries away all the waste cleanly and hygienically.


How do I know if a colonic will help me?


Everyone is different and colonics help some people more than others. We do not make any promises or wild claims for our treatments. The best way to find out if they will benefit you is to book a treatment and see for yourself.


What can I expect afterwards?


Generally speaking as soon as your treatment is completed you can carry on with your normal routine. You may experience an increase in bowel movements over the first few hours, to eliminate any remaining water or waste. This is perfectly normal and shouldn’t involve any undue urgency or discomfort. After that you may find that you don’t need to go to the toilet for a while, perhaps as long as a few days, as your bowels have been emptied.


Does a colonic wash away ‘good bacteria’?


Most of the important bowel bacteria are present on the bowel wall and are not removed during colon hydrotherapy. Since these good bacteria breed best in a balanced environment, a colonic cleanse may actually improve their environment and increase their numbers. However, if Alison thinks that your bowel bacteria may be out of balance, she may suggest a pro-biotic after your treatment. See treatment page.


How long does a colonic take?


The treatment itself takesat least 45 minutes, so with changing time, you’ll need to allow at least an hour. Your first treatment will normally take longer as Alison will need to review your medical history and assess your current bowel health before proceeding with your therapy.  Alison allows longer as she finds that everyone is different.  So can be over this time if you are slow to release, or need time to talk, and relax.


What kind of water is used for colonic hydrotherapy?


We use drinking water from the mains supply. This is then thoroughly filtered for your complete safety and warmed to body temperature or just above for your comfort.


Will it be okay to eat after having a colonic?


After a colonic, you can continue with your normal daily routine, including eating and drinking. However, you should avoid any foods that you know irritate or upset your stomach and avoid alcohol. Alison will offer advice on healthy eating options to help you maintain the benefits you have gained from the treatment.


How many treatments will I need?


This depends on your reason for having a colonic in the first place, as well as how successful the treatment was. Alison will advise you on whether you need further treatments, as well as when and how often you need to return. 




Are there any after effects?


Most people feel great after a colonic, with renewed energy and vitality. However, occasionally some clients may feel a little under the weather for around 24 hours. If you have any concerns, or you feel unwell, speak to your therapist who will be able to explain your body’s reactions to you.


Are there circumstances in which I shouldn’t have a colonic?


Yes, certain medical conditions would prevent you from having the treatment. If you are in any doubt, please feel free to call us for professional advice.


Can I have a colonic during my period?


Yes. There is no reason why the procedure would not be successful.


I’m pregnant. Can I still have a colonic?



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