What is Colon Hydrotherapy?

The colon (large intestine) is the last part of the gastrointestinal tract. ‘Hydrotherapy’ means treatment with water. It is the process of cleaning the large intestines and is an important support treatment in both digestive tract dysfunctions and immune system diseases. With the colon hydrotherapy device, the large intestines are cleaned by means of water given at controlled pressure at human body temperature. The nutrients that pass through the stomach and small intestine passage are finally processed in the colon, and the important nutrients in it are absorbed and mixed with the blood. In chronic constipation and when the intestines do not work well, residues constantly accumulate in the colon wall. These residues (mucoid plaque) adhere to the colon wall and cause the microorganisms (flora) on the wall of the colon to change (autointoxication). The most common cause of poisoning in our body is the toxins accumulated in the blood as a result of the intestines not working properly. Colon hydrotherapy cleans the body from toxins in adults and children.

The large intestine is the channel where solid wastes in our body are excreted. Today, there is an undisputed issue in the medical literature that a clean gut is needed for the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of wastes. A healthy functioning intestine is also a prerequisite for a healthy purification. It is normal to go to the toilet 1-2 times a day, but it does not indicate that the person does not need colon hydrotherapy and purification. An unhealthy diet, wastes with high adhesion properties (chemicals, drugs, plastic, etc.) When the colon fills with waste materials, bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites and dead cellular material, the result is the gut absorbing its own venom. Damage to the surface of the colon and normal absorption of nutrients, secretory function and normal contractile functions of the colon are impaired by this inflammation. These create the environment for other health problems. There are about 1014 microorganisms in our body. This figure is 10 times more than the total number of cells in our body. Microorganisms are mostly found in the gastrointestinal tract, skin, genitourinary system and respiratory system. The colon alone contains 70% of the microorganisms in our body. More than 400 bacterial species could be cultured in the GIS. The importance of this subject is increasing in current medicine, and even fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is used as a classical treatment in a wide variety of diseases. Fecal bacteriotherapy, fecal transfusion and stool transplantation, with other names in FMT terminology, is the process of placing stool from a healthy donor in the gastrointestinal tract of the recipient.

In order to increase the effect of colon hydrotherapy, large intestine massage is performed continuously during the application. Thus, both the water is delivered to the deep folds of the intestine and the emptying of the intestine is supported.

How to apply colon hydrotherapy

In a colon hydrotherapy session, a thin rectal tube is inserted into the person lying on a stretcher. This tube is combined with a device that adjusts the temperature, volume and delivery frequency of the water, and the person’s intestine is filled and emptied with water for approximately 30-35 minutes. Colon hydrotherapy is a comfortable application performed with disposable consumables and in an extremely hygienic environment. Intestinal washing is generally done with 37-38 0C water and 250C water given for short periods in between. In this way, the intestine is stimulated, preventing its flattening and swelling, and increasing the force of contraction by increasing the circulation of the intestine. With colon hydrotherapy, the waste materials accumulated in the intestinal folds are cleaned with the given water. Thus, the environment is prepared for the formation of a healthy intestinal flora. With colon hydrotherapy, the large intestine is completely cleaned. Applications such as Enema only clean the sigmoid colon, which is the first 20-30 cm of the intestine.

How do digestive systems work?

The human digestive system is more than 600 cm from end to end and converts the food you eat into the nutrition your body needs before eliminating any remaining waste. It is a complex process that is easily disrupted, causing familiar digestive problems.

Stomach and small intestine Stomach and small intestine Its main role is to break down and absorb the nutrition in your food. This is done by mechanical and chemical processes, including chewing and shaking, the release of acids and enzymes. When the mixture leaves the small intestine, your body has absorbed 95% of the available nutrients.

large intestine Its role is to absorb the last remaining water and nutrients. The colon also neutralizes the digestive acids and enzymes in this waste, ensuring safe ejaculation so it can pass through your body without causing any damage. Bacteria in the colon work with waste to produce essential vitamins such as biotin and vitamin K. In addition, they ferment the waste with approximately 1.5 Liters of gas every day.

digestive problems
The normal transit time for food is about 24 hours, and you should move your bowels at least once a day. Problems occur when transit time is too fast, causing diarrhea, or when too slow, causing constipation or bloating. This can be caused by poor diet, illness or infections, as well as lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, disordered eating and missing meals. Colon hydrotherapy is a great way to encourage your colon to work normally again. Your therapist encourages you to reconnect with your body and make the changes you need to prevent future problems.

gut and mind
Besides physical causes, digestive issues can also be the result of stress and emotional issues. “I drank it”, “I’m sick of it”, “I’ve got a stomachache” or “my stomach was like a stone”, “I couldn’t digest it”, “it got stuck in my throat” and many other slang phrases are strong emotional expressions that can negatively affect our normal digestion. It tells you there is a bond.

Conditions for which colon hydrotherapy is used: 
1. Bowel-borne diseases

  • chronic constipation

  • Gas

  • chronic diarrhea

  • atonic colon

  • irritable colon disease

2. Diseases caused by the accumulation of toxins in the intestines

  • Chronic polyarthritis, rheumatic diseases

  • allergic ailments

  • In chronic skin disorders: Acne, eczema, skin rash, psoriasis and itching

  • Migraine

  • chronic headaches

  • Chronic prostate infection

  • Asthma

  • Poisonings

  • Kidney disease and stone formation

3. In order to examine the intestines:

  • Prepare for coloscopy

  • Before imaging the colon with contrast medium

  • Before rectoscopy

  • Before sigmoidoscopy

What are the situations (contra-indications) in which colon hydrotherapy cannot be applied?

Young or old, male or female, healthy or suffering, colon hydrotherapy is for almost everyone from all walks of life. However, there are some situations where treatment is not recommended. There are a few people who are advised not to receive colon hydrotherapy. Common examples:

  • uncontrolled high blood pressure

  • severe hemorrhoids

  • severe anemia

  • rectal bleeding

  • In heart diseases (heart failure, advanced heart rhythm disorder)

  • strangulated abdominal or inguinal hernia

  • Anal Fissures or fistulas

  • Kidney failure/failure

  • Bowel or rectal cancer

  • Hirschsprung’s disease (Megacolon) and Small Bowel Obstruction (Ileus)

  • In liver diseases (Cirrhosis)

  • In Active Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Diverticulitis)

  • After new surgery (intestinal surgeries that have not passed 6 months)

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding / perforation

  • Spinal injuries especially those above T6 due to the risk of autonomic dysreflexia.

  • Pregnancy

  • Those who use steroids and diuretics

  • Children under the age of 15 should not be made, and it should be done under the supervision of their parents in the 15-18 age group.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COLON HYDROTHERAPY

It’s perfectly normal to be a little apprehensive about colon hydrotherapy at first, and you will naturally have some questions about the treatment.

Some of the more frequently asked questions about colon hydrotherapy include:

How do I prepare for colon hydrotherapy?

You do not need to do anything special before the treatment, but for your own convenience, you should avoid eating a heavy meal or drinking too much right before your appointment. You should also avoid alcohol.

What can I do if I am constipated before colon hydrotherapy?

Especially if you are constipated, you should ask your therapist for advice on what you can do beforehand to maximize the benefits of your treatment. You should take medicine to increase your bowel movements the night before.

What kind of procedure is colon hydrotherapy?

The colon regularly fills and empties as part of its normal function, so treatment is nothing new. During the treatment, you may feel various sensations of fullness and movement in your abdomen.

Is it embarrassing to have colon hydrotherapy?

You will wear a specially prepared disposable shorts for the procedure. It is administered in a private treatment room by a trained therapist who understands the sensitivity of the procedure. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little embarrassed, but your therapist will understand and try to comfort you. After the tube is placed, you will remain closed for the remainder of the treatment.

Are there any messes and odors in colon hydrotherapy?

Not in any way. The modern colon hydrotherapy device creates a closed system that cleans all waste in a clean and hygienic way.

Does colon hydrotherapy hurt?

You will not feel anything because of the anesthetic cream applied before the procedure. It may feel a little awkward when the small tube is inserted and you may have a natural urge to tighten it again, but this passes quickly. Your therapist will then closely check the filling and emptying processes to ensure you are comfortable at all times. Sometimes the colon may contract and feel cramping during treatment, but this will pass when the bowel is emptied again and is easily accepted.

 

What happens after colon hydrotherapy?

In general, you can resume your normal life as soon as your treatment ends. There may be an increase in bowel movements in the first few hours to remove any remaining water or waste. This is completely normal and does not cause any emergency or inconvenience. You may not need to go to the toilet for a few days after the procedure, as your bowels are emptied.

Does colon hydrotherapy clear beneficial bacteria in the intestines?

Most of the important gut bacteria reside in the gut wall and are not removed during the colon hydrotherapy procedure. Because these good bacteria grow best in a balanced environment, colon hydrotherapy can actually improve their environment and increase their numbers. However, if your therapist thinks that your gut bacteria may be out of balance (dysbiosis), they may recommend a pro-prebiotic after treatment.

How long does colon hydrotherapy take?

The treatment itself can take up to 45 minutes, so you should wait at least an hour with varying times. Your initial treatment will normally take longer as your therapist will need to review your medical history and assess your current bowel health before continuing with your treatment.

What type of water is used in colon hydrotherapy?

We filter the mains supply and use drinking water. This is then thoroughly filtered for your complete safety, heated to body temperature for your comfort.

Can I eat after colon hydrotherapy?

After therapy, you can resume your normal daily life, including eating and drinking. However, you should avoid foods that you know irritate your stomach and stay away from alcohol. Your therapist will make suggestions about healthy eating options to help you maintain the benefits you gain from treatment.

How many times will I need colon hydrotherapy?

It depends on what colon hydrotherapy is for and how successful it is. Your therapist will decide if you need more treatment sessions, when and how often.

Does colon hydrotherapy affect emotional state?

Many people feel good after colon hydrotherapy because of the regeneration and vitality. Sometimes, however, some people may feel a little uncomfortable for about 24 hours. If you have any concerns or feel unwell, talk to your therapist who can explain your body’s reactions to you.

Are there any situations where I should not be from colon hydrotherapy?

Some medical conditions prevent you from receiving treatment. Please call us for professional advice if you have any doubts.

Is colon hydrotherapy applied during pregnancy?

It is not applied during any period of pregnancy.

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