Frequently Asked Questions
What Exactly is Colonic Hydrotherapy?
It is a safe and effective method for cleansing of the colon’s waste material through repeated gentle flushing with water. Build up on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements that can result in constipation and related disorders. $85 per session (Please ask about our Series Specials).
What is a Colon? The colon, or large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract (food carrying passageway extending from mouth to anus). The colon is approximately 5 feet long and 2 and ½ inches in diameter. Its major functions are to eliminate waste and to conserve water. There are essential bacteria living in the colon that synthesize valuable nutrients such as “K” and portions of the “B” complex.
What is a Colonic Irrigation? A colonic irrigation is a safe, effective method for cleansing the colon of waste material through repeated, gentle flushings with water. They are also referred to as a “colonic”, a “colon lavage”, “colon hydrotherapy” or a “high colonic”.
What is the Purpose of Getting a Colonic? Waste material, especially that which has remained for the colon for some time (i.e., impacted feces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms, etc.), poses several problems. First this material is quite toxic. These poisons can re-enter and circulate in the blood stream making us feel ill, tired, or weak. Second, impacted materials impair the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and bacteria-produced vitamins. Finally, a buildup of materials on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements and constipation.
What Makes a Colonic so Special? In a thirty to forty-five minute session, as much as twenty to thirty-five gallons of water is used to gently flush the colon. Along with the appropriate use of massage, pressure points, reflexology, and breathing techniques to work loose trapped matter, an experienced colon therapist is able to assist the client in eliminating far more toxic waste than any other short-term technique.
What Can I Expect During My Colonic? You will be in a private room with only your therapist, who fully appreciates the sensitivity of the colonic procedure and will help you to feel at ease. After the gentle insertion of a small disposable speculum into the rectum, disposable tubing then carries clean water into the colon and with a gentle force of gravity, carries the waste out. Your body is covered completely during the entire session. There is no mess or odor. Most people are especially pleased with the sensation of feeling lighter, cleaner and more focused after their session. Sometimes during a colonic the colon muscles will contract suddenly expelling considerable amounts of liquid and waste into the disposable tubing. This may feel like gas pains or cramping, and may create a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum such episodes, if they do occur, are brief and easily tolerated.
How Many Colonics Will I Need? If your objective is to recover from the flu, lower a fever, eliminate a lower backache, or resolve a headache, very possibly one or two colonics may be all that is needed. If you are looking to overcome a lifelong battle with constipation or other bowel problems, regularly scheduled colonics along with possible changes in dietary and exercise habits may prove valuable.
Having colonics regularly for a while, such as weekly or multiple times per week, is referred to as a “series”. Many colon therapists believe that to obtain results of lasting benefits, a series of colonics must be undertaken. Again, this can only be properly considered once an objective has been identified.
Are Colonics Dangerous? As it is essentially a natural process, there is virtually no danger with a colonic. However, colonics are never performed on a person with active ulcerative colitis or following recent colon surgery. Our intent is to provide a safe and healthy service so that you do not have to worry.
Is There Anything I Need to do Before I Have a Colonic? Since abdominal massage is an essential part of a colonic, it is a good idea to eat or drink lightly in the two (2) hours immediately preceding a colonic.
What Can I Expect Afterward? Most likely you’ll feel great. You may feel lighter and enjoy a sense of well-being. Frequently, someone getting their first colonic will remark that it was one of the most wonderful experiences of their life. Any activity you would ordinarily be doing, such as work or exercise is just fine to do following your colonic. It is possible that you may feel light-headed or chilled for a few minutes following a colonic. For some, the colonic may trigger several subsequent bowel movements over the next few hours but there won’t be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort.
Is It Okay to Eat After a Colonic? Absolutely. We suggest soups, broths, juices, salads, fruits, and/or veggies. Just eat a moderate amount of whatever seems gentle and nourishing to you. Keep in mind that it does not make sense to wash your car and then drive it through mud, neither does eating a meal known to create digestive problems immediately following a colonic.
How Long Does a Colonic Take? Usually thirty to forty-five minutes based on the judgment of the therapist or wishes of the client. However plan to spend about an hour for the appointment, as you will need time to change in and out of the gown.
How Much Does a Colonic Cost? Colonics in the Southern California area range from $90 to $160 per session. Insurance Companies usually do not reimburse for colonic irrigations. At Introspective Health the price of a single colonic is $85 however, we do offer a "Prepaid Series Special" of $235 for a series of three (3).
What Should I Expect From My Colon Hydrotherapist?
Since getting a colonic is an intimate experience, it is important that your therapist be someone whom you can develop a good rapport with. Someone who makes you feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed. Sensitivity, skill, knowledge and experience as well as their background and health philosophy are also important things to consider.
Disclaimer: The preceding is to provide information about Colonics and the benefits that may be derived. It is not intended to claim a cure for any disease or condition.