What is colonic irrigation?

What is colonic irrigation? 

Colonic irrigation, also known as colon hydrotherapy, hydrotherapy of the colon, or simply colonic, is the process of cleansing the colon by passing several gallons of water through it with the use of special equipment. It is similar to an enema but treats the whole colon, not just the lower bowel. This has the effect of flushing out impacted faecal matter, toxins, mucous, and even parasites, that often build up over the passage of time. A colonic should only be undertaken by a qualified practitioner. 

What happens during a colonic? 

During colonic irrigation, a small speculum is passed into the bowel through the rectum. This is attached to a tube, which leads to a tank or machine that pumps temperature-controlled filtered water into the colon at a controlled rate. This process, although sometimes uncomfortable, is not painful. It triggers peristaltic action and the body will begin to expel the water along with faecal matter back through the tube. The faecal matter is flushed out via a transparent pipe or viewing tube so that what is eliminated may be monitored. At Aqua-Tox we use a state-of-the-art closed system which is odourless and modesty is preserved at all times. During the treatment, the therapist will gently massage the clients abdomen to help dislodge any impacted faecal matter. In addition to massage, sometimes acupressure or lymphatic drainage techniques may be used to loosen deposits and stimulate the bowel. 

What are the main benefits of colonic irrigation? 

One of the benefits of colonic irrigation is increased hydration. During the procedure, water is gently infused into the colon, which helps to hydrate the body by absorbing water into the bloodstream. This can be particularly beneficial for clients who may be experiencing dehydration or have difficulty maintaining optimal hydration levels. 

Another benefit of colonic irrigation is the removal of stagnation. Over time, waste materials and toxins can accumulate in the colon, leading to a stagnant environment. Colonic hydrotherapy helps to flush out these accumulated waste products, promoting a cleaner and healthier colon and alleviating symptoms such as bloating and constipation. By eliminating waste buildup and toxins, the colon’s capacity to absorb essential nutrients from the digested food is also enhanced. This can lead to improved overall nutrition absorption and may benefit individuals who struggle with nutrient deficiencies or malabsorption issues. 

Colonic irrigation can also contribute to increased bowel motility. The gentle infusion of water into the colon stimulates the muscles in the intestinal walls, encouraging peristalsis, which is the wave-like contractions that propel stools through the digestive tract. This can help to restore normal peristaltic action to a sluggish bowel, reducing the need for more hydrotherapy treatments over time.  

Colon hydrotherapy is also known to have a general well-being effect. The cleansing and detoxifying nature of this procedure can help clients to feel rejuvenated and revitalised. It may contribute to a sense of lightness, improved energy levels, and a general feeling of well-being. However, it’s important to remember that individual experiences will vary.  

How many colonic treatments are recommended?  

Normally, several treatments will be required to achieve desired results regarding the elimination of impacted matter, and restoration of bowel regularity. Initially, only gas and recent faecal matter may be expelled. Impacted faecal matter can cause an imbalance of the natural organisms that normally populate the bowel, causing what is known as dysbiosis. Decomposing matter can cause a toxic condition and may lead to many health problems, as constipation causes backed-up pollution of the body cells. 

How hygienic are colonics?  

Hygiene is vital to the colonic process. The tubes, pads, and of course the speculums that we use are all disposable. The treatment room and linked bathroom are thoroughly sanitised between each treatment to maintain optimum hygiene.  

Will I need to leave my modesty at the door? 

No, you will not. When choosing a colonic with a trained professional in a clinical environment you can expect professional care where your modesty and comfort are maintained throughout the treatment. The colon hydrotherapist will leave the room as you undress and get yourself comfortable to begin the treatment. You will be asked to cover yourself before the therapist enters the room and you will remain covered & warm for the duration of the treatment. Toilet and washing facilities will often be in a side room directly linked to the treatment room. At Aqua-Tox we have a private bathroom exclusively for the use of colonic clients inside the treatment room.  

What are the contraindications for colonic irrigation? 

While colonic irrigation can offer many benefits, there are certain contraindications to consider. Individuals with specific medical conditions may not be able to be treated or may be required to consult further with a doctor prior to treatment. Some contraindications of colon hydrotherapy include: 

Severe cardiac disease 

High blood pressure not controlled by a doctor 

Low blood pressure causing the person to pass out habitually and severe anaemia 

Aneurysm (a cardiovascular disease characterized by a sac-like widening of an artery resulting from weakening of the artery wall) 

GI haemorrhage or perforation 

Severe haemorrhoids 

Cirrhosis of the liver 

Carcinoma of the colon 

Active fistulas and fissures 


Abdominal hernia 

Recent colorectal surgery 

Renal insufficiency (serious kidney problems) 


Ulcerative colitis 

Crohn’s disease 


How to find a colon hydrotherapist? 

A colonic should be carried out by an experienced professional. The International Register of Integrative Colon Hydrotherapists and Trainers (RICTAT) is a respected body within the industry and provide a directory of registered professionals. At Aqua-Tox our Colon Hydrotherapist Natalie has been a RICTAT board member for several years and is continually developing her professional practice. Natalie has been offering colonic irrigation in Hertfordshire for over 7 years, supporting thousands of clients to improve their digestive system and feel better.  

How to book a colonic at Aqua-Tox? 

To book a colonic at Aqua-Tox use our online booking system, contact form or give us a call. Following a booking we will send you a medical questionnaire which must be completed ahead of your treatment to ensure that the treatment is safe and suitable for you. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.  

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