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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. Your Clean Start Cleansing therapist has lots of experience with clients who are new to the treatment and they’ll 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?

Make sure you're well-hydrated at least a day before your appointment. Hydration varies by person, but we recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces. In addition to water, fluids from herbal teas, fresh fruit, vegetables, and healthy soups count toward your daily intake. For more inforamtion, please visit Colonic Care for a detailed list of before and after intructions.

What if I am constipated?

If you are particularly constipated, you should ask your therapist 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 by a trained therapist who understands the sensitivity of the procedure. It is perfectly normal to be a little embarrassed, but your therapist 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. We use the Angel of Water open system where you can comfortably lean back on the ergonomic basin, in a lounge position to fully drain the colon. The Angel of Water carries away all the waste cleanly and hygienically.

Does it hurt?

Not at all. It may feel a little strange as the small tube is inserted, and you may have a natural urge to squeeze it out again, but this passes quickly. Your therapist will then closely control the filling and emptying to ensure that you remain comfortable at all times. Occasionally the colon may contract during the treatment, giving a cramping sensation but this is easily tolerated and passes as soon as the bowel empties again.

How do I know if a colonic will help me?

Everyone is different and colonics help some people more than others. Clean Start Cleasning does 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 your therapist thinks that your bowel bacteria may be out of balance, they may suggest a pro-biotic after your treatment.

How long does a colonic take?

The treatment itself takes up to 45 minutes, so with changing time, you’ll need to allow at least an hour. Your first treatment will normally take longer as your therapist will need to review your medical history and assess your current bowel health before proceeding with your therapy.

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. Your therapist will advise you on whether you need further treatments, as well as when and how often you need to return.

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

Yes, certain medical conditions would prevent you from having the treatment. Persons with certain medical conditions (contraindicated conditions) are prohibited from undergoing colon hydro-therapy unless they are given approval from and/or by prescription from their physician. This includes but not limited to: Anemia, Aneurysm, Carcinoma, Cardiac Disease: Severe (e.g. Uncontrolled hypertension or high blood pressure) Crohn’s Disease, Congestive Heart Failure (e.g. Organic Valve Disease), Diverticulitis, Epilepsy/Seizures, Fissures/Fistulas, GIHemorrhage/Perforation, Hemorrhoids (when excessive bleeding is present), Hernia: Incarcerated Abdominal, Prostatitis, Surgery: Recent Abdominal (6 months or earlier post-surgery) Tumors when it is located in the Rectum or the Colon. and Ulcerative Colitis: Severe.

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?

No. Clean Start Cleansing therapists do not treat pregnant women during any term of their pregnancy.