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What is Colonic Hydrotherapy?
Who can benefit?
Why not just take laxatives to empty the bowel?
How many treatments will I need?
How long does a colonic last?
Is there any aspect of the treatment which could be embarrassing?
What is the quality of water used?
Will the colonic 'wash out all the goodness'?
Is the treatment painful?
Will I leak after the colonic?
Will I have a bowel movement the day after a colonic?
Will I lose weight?
Will my skin improve with colonics?

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What is Colonic Hydrotherapy?
A gentle, safe internal bath of the colon (or large intestine or bowel) by means of warm, filtered water. It is not habit-forming, nor does it disturb the electrolyte balance.

Historical records concerning the practice of washing out the lower part of the intestinal tract are found in a papyrus from ancient Egypt (as early as BC 1500), in the annals of Hippocrates and Galen, in the Gospel to the Essenes and in ancient Chinese and Indian writings.

Colonic Hydrotherapy or Irrigation should not be confused with an enema. Enemas empty only the lower 12 inches whilst Colonic Irrigation cleanses the entire length of the 5-foot colon. To quote Dr. Norman Walker, a noted American physician and naturopath: “One colonic irrigation is equivalent to 30 enemas!”

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Who can benefit?
Everyone. Of all the organs in the body, the colon is the largest perpetrator of disease. Most people do not remember what it is like to have a clean, healthy colon and a feeling of true well-being. The colon is the sewage system of the body. Ideally, we should eliminate after every meal – two or three times a day. Most consider themselves to be in good working order with one bowel movement a day - many do not even achieve that frequency regularly. Like any rubbish bin, if it is not emptied it produces stagnation with subsequent decay, putrification and the formation of poisonous substances.

If the colon is not kept clean, the decay and putrification are not contained just within the colon, but spread rapidly to other organs, causing auto-intoxication or self-poisoning. This self poisoning can eventually lead to depression, irritability, lack of energy, lack of enthusiasm, bad breath, breathlessness, bloating, spotty, unclear looking skin, stiff joints, premature ageing, to mention but a few effects.

Apart from the preventative power of Colonic Hydrotherapy, it is also a great help to anyone who wants to: maximise physical efficiency and performance, such as sports people; or those who want to look their best and glossiest such as actors, models etc; or anyone who needs to maintain a sharp and alert mind for professional tasks; or anyone on a detox or slimming programme; or those who spend hours exercising and still cannot achieve ‘a flat tummy.’

All this comes about because the body has been relieved of a great burden of toxic matter.

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Why not just take laxatives to empty the bowel?
Laxatives are habit-forming, weaken the bowel, can be irritating and not always effective. Colonic Hydrotherapy is not habit-forming, it strengthens the bowel because it works by stimulation, is always effective and leaves people feeling lighter and brighter immediately.

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How many treatments will I need?
This is a question often asked by people calling in for an appointment. No one can realistically determine how many treatments a person will need until they actually have a first treatment and their condition has been assessed. But, even one treatment is better than none.

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How long does a colonic last?
The colonic itself usually takes about 45 minutes – but could be shorter or longer depending on the person’s diet and lifestyle..

Margie had a client who was drinking three litres of freshly prepared vegetable juice per day and had one meal per day consisting of grains, beans, seaweed and vegetables. His colonic would take not more than 20 minutes.

She also had another client who hadn’t had a bowel movement in a month – and the colonic took almost two hours.

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Is there any aspect of the treatment which could be embarrassing?
It is so discreet and streamlined – you could be seen on TV. A hospital type gown open at the back is provided and is worn for the duration of the treatment. Thus, the client’s modesty is preserved at all times.

It is so discreet that some people like to come with friends, spouse or family members and chat throughout the session.

Unlike an enema, there is no mess or odour.

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What is the quality of water used?
The water employed is highly filtered, having passed through 3 separate filters. To revitalise the filtered water and to remove the ‘memory’ of contaminants prevalent in mains water, a Grander purification unit is also used.

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Will the colonic 'wash out all the goodness'?
Some people are concerned that colonics may wash out all the healthy intestinal flora.

What happens is just the opposite: A clogged-up colon encourages the formation of harmful bacteria and inhibits the formation of healthy flora. Colonics, by cleaning out the bowel, inhibit the formation of harmful bacteria and promote the proliferation of friendly flora.

This improved condition then allows a better absorption of nutrients and provides better elimination.

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Is the treatment painful?
During the course of the colonic, there is the feeling of having to go to the toilet, which is not painful but just a bit uncomfortable. Constipated people sometimes enjoy this feeling, because they do not have it often.

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Will I leak after the colonic?
Some water usually remains in the colon at the end of the treatment. This is eliminated on the toilet.

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Will I have a bowel movement the day after a colonic?
After a good colonic, it may take a couple of days for a bowel movement to return. In such a case, it usually indicates a weak and sluggish colon requiring strengthening and healing. However, for those with a normal functioning colon, bowel movements should return quickly.

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Will I lose weight?
Colonic Hydrotherapy is the most rapid and effective way of cleaning out waste matter, gas, mucous and toxic substances from the colon. This is what is lost during a treatment, not body fat.

Dr Bernard Jensen speaks of one of his patients losing 34 pounds of waste matter during a colonic. Margie has had a number of cases in which people found themselves to be 8 pounds lighter after a colonic. Someone who has three bowel movements per day will obviously lose less than someone who has one bowel movement every two weeks.

To lose excessive body fat, however, requires colonics accompanied by healthy eating and exercise.

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Will my skin improve with colonics?
The skin is an important organ of elimination of waste material. Skin eruptions may occur due to toxins being released from the colon, liver and kidneys, but after their elimination, any skin complaint should swiftly disappear.

Cleansing the colon diminishes the burden placed upon all organs of elimination – skin, liver, kidneys, lungs. This is why people come in grey...and go out pink.