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What is a colonic?

A. The colon is our "main drain". It is the lower part of the large intestines and is the primary means of detox for the body. Toxins from environmental pollution, undigested food and fecal material can collect for years of chronic or even occasional constipation, improper diet, poor digestion, and sedentary lifestyles.

These factors can reduce the peristalsis, or wavelike motion which propels matter through the intestines and out through the colon. Toxic matter remains in the colon and can be reabsorbed into the body and cause fatigue, foggy-headedness, attention problems, and irritation in the colon as well as digestive and other disturbances in body functions.

A colonic is the only method available for cleansing the colon. Colon cleansers can be helpful but only move large matter through. Colon hydrotherapy is the only therapy which actually eliminates the toxic residue which has adhered to the internal walls of the colon.

A series of three Colonics is the recommendation of the International Association of Colon Hydro-therapists. The series is important because with each colonic it is possible to get further into the colon and eliminate another layer of the plaque which has built up. Three Colonics provide optimal cleansing!

Q. Why do Colonics?

A. By virtue of living, as humans we eat, breathe, and absorb. Unfortunately these days most everything that we eat, breathe, or absorb is toxic. The air we breathe is polluted by industry and automobiles. Our food supply is poisoned with pesticides, chemicals, growth hormones, antibiotics, preservatives or harmful bacteria. The cosmetics and self-care products we use have harmful chemicals in them and often we are putting them directly on the skin where they are being absorbed into the body and into the blood stream. Ultimately most of these toxins are being filtered by the body in one way or another and find their way into the colon to be eliminated.

Toxins from environmental pollution, undigested food and fecal material can collect for years due to chronic or occasional constipation, from improper diet and poor digestion and from just plain living. Years of eating refined, processed, fried, and overcooked foods, also eating mucous producing foods such as meat, dairy products and flour, cause dense, sticky bowel movements, and is a sign of trouble. When they are expelled, they leave behind a glue-like coating on the internal walls of the colon. This residue accumulates layer by layer, into a black hard rubbery crust. The body cannot eliminate these layers of hardened matter on its own. This toxic residue most often remains in the colon for the duration of a person's life and can be the cause of many ailments. The colon is your "main drain". An unhealthy colon is thought to be the cause of 90% of all diseases.

The normal stool transit time for a physically active person is 12-18 hours. Transit time is the time that it takes from the time you eat until the time you eliminate what you ate. Physical activity increases "peristalsis" or movement of matter through the colon. In Western society where our lifestyle has become sedentary, the average transit time is 18-36 hours.

Q. What are the benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy?


  • Removes toxic matter from the body.
  • Restores PH balance in the body.
  • Strengthens peristaltic contractions, which improves bowel efficiency.
  • Reshapes the colon.
  • Hydrates the colon and the body.
  • Stimulates reflex points to other organs.

Q. What additional benefits may I expect?


  • Accompanied by proper diet and regular exercise, a colon hydrotherapy treatment can assist the body with detoxification and therefore may offer these additional benefits;
  • Enhanced immunity
  • Enhanced weight loss outcomes
  • Improvement in skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis
  • Increased energy and reduction in the symptoms of fatigue
  • Improvement in memory
  • Headache relief
Q. How Many Colon Hydrotherapy sessions are recommended?

A. The number of sessions will depend on the individual's personal health goals and the condition of their colon. After the first session the therapist will make a recommendation based on individual needs and may also recommend specific products to enhance the subsequent treatments. However, a series of three Colonics is generally recommended for optimal cleansing.

Q. Is Colon Hydrotherapy painful or embarrassing?  What is the procedure like?

A. A colonic is rarely described as "painful". Most would describe the first session as "a little uncomfortable". Mostly, the first session is psychologically uncomfortable as one does not really know what to expect from the session and it is unusual to have the urge to eliminate when laying on a table and with another person in the room. However, an impacted colon can cause physical discomfort. During the session, some mild cramping may occur as the colon contracts to eliminate the waste. Once the major impaction is removed, many actually find the session pleasant.

The Colon Hydro-therapist oversees the entire 45-minute procedure, adjusting the volume and temperature of the water that is pumped in. The client is asked to lie on their back in a comfortable position so that they can relax. The Colon Hydro-therapist will then perform some massage to the abdomen to encourage the accumulated residue and fecal matter to break up.  Reflexology is used on the feet to stimulate the colon and "with gentle pressure, the water is released through an evacuation hose in cycles, washing impacted waste from the colon walls."  There is no pain involved with colon hydrotherapy,  just a steady, gentle flow of water washing the inner walls of the colon.

Q. Can Colon Hydrotherapy improve "intestinal flora" or bacterial balance in the body?

A. Yes. The body is host to many types of friendly bacteria such as Acidophilus, Lactobacillus, and Bifidus. These friendly bacteria support the immune system by helping white blood cells fight disease, they control putrefactive bacteria in the intestines, provide important nutrients for building blood, they assist in digestion, protect intestinal mucosa, prevent diarrhea and constipation and contribute to proper bowel elimination. They also facilitate the absorption of important B vitamins.

Antibiotics which are used to treat bacterial infections do not discriminate. They kill all bacteria including the good friendly bacteria that our body needs. One course of a strong antibiotic can disrupt the balance in our bodies completely. When waste, toxins and yeast overgrowth are removed through Colonics, it is a great time to introduce "probiotics" or friendly bacteria into the body as beneficial bacteria have a more hospitable environment in which to thrive and re-populate.

Q. Is Colon Hydrotherapy safe? What about Sanitation?

A. Our Colon Hydrotherapy equipment is manufactured through compliance with strict FDA guidelines.  Palm Holistic Healthcare Center uses the Dotolo Research, closed system and single use, sterile, disposable hydrokits. This state of the art system features temperature sensors, a built in chemical sanitizing unit and water purification unit. We use only sterile disposable hydro-kits and specific cleaning supplies that are FDA compliant.

Q. Are there any contraindicated conditions and colonics? 

A. The list below shows conditions which may be a contraindication for Colon Hydrotherapy:

  • Acute abdominal pain
  • Recent history of GI or rectal bleeding
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Anemia (Severe)
  • Carcinoma of the rectum
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Acute Crohn’s disease.
  • Cancer of the colon or GI tract
  • Rectal or abdominal tumors
  • Recent colon or rectal surgery
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Dialysis  
  • History of eating disorder
  • Recent heart attack
  • General debilitation
  • Vascular aneurysm
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Diverticulitis
  • Abdominal hernia
  • Epilepsy or psychoses
  • Severe hemorrhoids
  • Cirrhosis
  • Fissures or fistula
  • Pregnancy
  • Intestinal Perforation
  • Anticoagulation (Blood Thinners)

Please let your colon hydrotherapist know before you receive the treatment if you have any of the above conditions or any other that causes you concern.

Q. What should I do to prepare before a Colon Hydrotherapy session?

A. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water before and after and for your comfort that you refrain from eating at least two hours before the session.


The Mayo Clinic
says you're constipated IF...

"You're probably consti­pated if you pass hard and dry stools less than three times a week. In some cases, you may also feel bloated or sluggish or experience discomfort or pain."


Dr. Al Sears says
poop won't come out

"If you don't listen to your bowel signals the poop gets big and hard and won't come out. This weakens the donut muscle around the bowel. It doesn't feel when the bowel is full and you get all plugged up. It's called constipation."

The flabby colon can't push
the hard
poop out..." says The Daily Star

"The colon's job is to remove water from the poop before it is passed. The longer the poop is stuck there, the more water is removed. Because the flabby colon cannot push the hard poop out, it is painful to pass..."


Dr. McDougall warns that it takes
"enormous effort and harmful straining."

"They become dry and hard and more difficult to pass. To get them out requires enormous effort and harmful straining - grunting and groaning - your face is flushed red from blood pushing up..."

CNN warns:


"Bowel problems occur because your "bad bac­teria" outnumbers the "good bacteria" in your digestive tract. Dr. Bernard Jensen warns, "When the bowels are dirty, the blood is dirty and so are the organs and tissues."


The Mayo Clinic says:

"Think of what a narrow colon and digestive tract does to you. Food is harder to push through, so it remains in your body much longer. It slowly builds up on your colon walls in layers that get thicker. Your stools come out too thin because the "tube" they go through is too narrow. Your colon is constricted. Your body works much harder to expel stools".



Interesting Points To Ponder

1. Our colon (large intestine) is as long as we are tall.

2. The diameter of our colon is equal to that of our wrist.

3. For every foot of colon we can store approximately 5-10 lbs. of feces.

4. A healthy person will have 2-3 bowe movements each day.

5. A healthy "bowel movement" will measure 12 - 18 inches long.

6. The colon re-absorbs fluids 8-10 times every 30 minutes.

7. The colon has referral areas that a similar to the reflexology points on our hands and feet

8. To the degree your colon is clean, is to the degree your bloodstream is clean.

9. One "coionic" (colon hydrotherapy) equals three days of fasting. The ascending colon controls the aging process in the body.


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