How to Prepare For Your Colon Hydrotherapy Session

Contraindications for Colon Hydrotherapy
 

Are there conditions that prevent a colonic?  YES.

 

A contraindication is an indication or symptom that forbids the method of treatment usual in such cases. 

If any of the following contraindications applies to you, we will not be able to provide colon hydrotherapy, unless you obtain a written prescription from a supervising MD or ND for the contraindication. 

 

  • Abdominal Hernia– diagnosed with or has had surgery.

  • Abdominal Surgery– A minimum of 12 weeks should pass after surgery.

  • Abnormal Distension/Masses– diagnosed with an abnormal colon.

  • Acute Abdominal Pain (please call us to clarify)

  • Acute Crohn’s Disease-  a type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the digestive tract, and can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.

  • Acute Liver Failure– the liver suddenly begins to lose its ability to function. This often happens right after an overdose of medicine or poisoning.

  • Anemia– diagnosed with severe anemia (blood is low in red cells).

  • Carcinoma of the Colon (cancer), GI (gastrointestinal) tract or rectum

  • Cardiac Condition– a heart condition such as uncontrolled hypertension or congestive heart failure.

  • Cirrhosis of the Liver– a late-stage liver disease in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue and the liver is permanently damaged. 

  • Congestive Heart Failure- occurs when the heart muscle doesn't pump blood as well as it should. Blood often backs up and fluid can build up in the lungs, causing shortness of breath

  • Crohn’s Disease– patches of inflammation in the intestines which can later cause narrowing of the intestinal tract.

  • Dialysis– used to purify the blood for patients with kidney failure.

  • Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis– pouches (diverticula) in the intestinal wall. When the pouches become inflamed (diverticulitis), they cause pain and sometimes,  rectal bleeding.

  • Epilepsy or Psychoses- a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness.

  • Fissures– minor lacerations in the rectal lining.

  • Fistulas– a passageway that develops between the rectal wall and the skin surrounding the anus. 

  • General Debilitation

  • Hemorrhaging– flow of bright red blood discharge.

  • Hemorrhoidectomy– removal of hemorrhoids–a doctor’s release should be obtained.

  • History of Seizures (see Epilepsy)

  • Intestinal Perforation– tears in the intestinal wall.

  • Lupus– chronic inflammatory, autoimmune disease that usually affects the kidneys.

  • Pregnancy (in first and last trimesters)

  • Recent Colon or Rectal Surgery– should wait a minimum of 12 weeks.

  • Recent history of GI or Rectal Bleeding

  • Recent Heart Attack

  • Rectal or Abdominal Tumors

  • Renal Insufficiency– any deterioration of the kidneys. ***

  • Severe Hemorrhoids

  • Ulcerative Colitis– inflammation of the colon (usually starts at the rectum).

  • Vascular Aneurism– a sac formed by an enlargement in a weakened wall of an artery, vein or the heart.

***IF YOU ARE RECEIVING TREATMENT FOR YOUR KIDNEYS (DIALYSIS) OR YOU HAVE ONLY ONE FUNCTIONING KIDNEY, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ADMINISTER COLON HYDROTHERAPY TO YOU.***

 

If you do not have any of the listed contraindications and would like to make an appointment, please click the link to complete the Colon Hydrotherapy Questionnaire.

Contraindications

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How it Works:

Colon hydrotherapy is a very simple, safe, comfortable, and hygienic way to irrigate the colon for endoscopic, radiological, or other medical purposes.

The procedure introduces warm water, by way of the rectum, into the colon (large intestine). This washes the colon, resulting in the evacuation of its contents.

            

Colon hydrotherapy supports peristalsis (the contraction of the muscles in the digestive tract). If peristalsis is slow, bowel movements are affected. When peristalsis is regained, an atonic colon (one that has lost muscle tone) will encourage regular elimination. Good health truly begins in the colon.

Before Your Session

Drink lots of water at least 24 hours prior to your session. Aim for 90-128 ounces. Don’t gulp the water; instead, drink slowly throughout the day, so that your body can absorb some water and put it to use. You will also urinate less, if you drink slowly.

We recommend that you eat lightly on your appointment day. Do stop eating two hours prior to your appointment. This will enable the majority of your earlier food to travel from your stomach to your small intestines. This lessens the pressure on your abdomen and decreases chances of discomfort.

Before

  • Drink plenty of water (one gallon, during the 24 hours prior to your session is recommended).

  • Avoid soda, coffee, alcohol for 24 hours prior to your session. 

  • Eat a light breakfast and lunch, depending upon your appointment time. Avoid processed foods

  • IMPORTANT: Do not eat 2 hours prior to your colonic.

Your First Visit…

Your first visit is always longer (1 hour) because it includes a review of your health information. Depending on your diet and lifestyle, we will discuss nutrition and strategies to help your digestive system. We will also verify that is is safe for you to have colon hydrotherapy. 

Secondary Visits...

A colon hydrotherapy session generally takes 40 minutes. The length depends on the dryness of the colon and fecal impaction.

Easy Steps...

Your colon hydrotherapy is performed with dignity. You are covered at all times.

Women: Wear a two-piece rather than a dress, as you will need to remove everything below the waist. A thick cover cloth is provided so that clients always maintain modesty. The Angel of Water is a medical device, therefore, your session will be a therapist-assisted procedure. A pilot does not leave his passenger to fly his airplane.

The therapist may gently rub or manipulate the abdomen to encourage release or just to relax the muscles so that more water may be taken. See "How it Works" video, below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Your Session

We recommend that you:

 

  • Be gentle with yourself for the remainder of the day. Limit strenuous activity and rest, if possible. A mild walk is fine.

  • Drink plenty of liquids – pure, alkaline water, fresh vegetable or fruit juices, herbal teas, coconut water or coconut water kefir.

  • Fortify with probiotics (intestinal flora), such as kombucha, kefir, cultured vegetables like sauerkraut or kimchi, or a probiotic supplement.

  • Avoid eating raw vegetables for 2 days; steam them, lightly. Raw fruit (a small amount) is fine. 

  • Eat light meals and soft food such as pureed soups immediately following the colonic session and for the first 24 hours after your session.

  • Lighter meals include steamed vegetables, soups, broths, berries, smoothies and fresh fruit or vegetable juices. If desired, you may re-introduce fish, chicken and eggs into your diet on day 2. Small servings of raw vegetables may also be re-introduced, then, gradually working your way back to the amounts that you generally consume. If you do not eat raw vegetables, consider including some in your diet. Mix with lightly-steamed vegetables.  Chew food thoroughly to aid digestion.

  • Wild-caught, fresh fish is the preferred animal protein after the first 24 hours.

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 48 hours after your session.

  • Add a Health step to your bathroom. The proper squatting position during eliminations will reduce stress and straining, and help with complete eliminations.

  • If you can, take an Epsom salt or baking soda bath the evening after your colonic. You’ll feel great and the bath will aid your sleep. Do not soak for longer than 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Will one colon hydrotherapy session completely empty my colon?

No because everyone is different. Dr. Lawson will make recommendations regarding sessions, based on the results of the initial session. Remember: your body did not develop constipation or sluggishness overnight.

 

Many people have a considerable amount of impacted waste in the colon. Some will need more sessions than others, depending upon dietary habits, hydration levels and lifestyle. “First timers” receive 4-6 colonics on alternating days. Severe constipation issues require 12 colonics, over a period of 8-10 weeks. Take the time to learn about yourself and your body through this process.