The colon (or bowel) is an important part of the digestive system approximately 5 feet in length by 2½" in diameter. It completes the digestive process and handles food waste and other bodily waste, is normally populated by billions of friendly bacteria, synthesising certain vitamins and helping us guard against infection.
The colon is an extremely important organ, considering that we take care of our outer self on a daily basis, washing our hair, brushing our teeth, but do we ever consider our colon?
The delicate balance of the colon can easily be disturbed by a number of factors, including stress, change of diet, certain medication and congestion which can be caused by the inability to empty the colon properly due to problems caused by constipation, irritable bowel symptoms and other bowel disorders. This environment can contribute towards many unpleasant symptoms.
Assuming a healthy balanced diet is followed, in health, bowel transit time from eating to defecation should be around 24 hours or less and bowel movement should be at least once daily.
- 1 in 3 patients visiting GP surgeries have a bowel condition.
- 20% of the UK population suffer with IBS type symptoms at any time.
- The colon doesn’t just store waste. Correct function of the colon is a necessity for health to enable proper absorption of nutrients.
What is involved?
On your first consultation, we will complete a case history noting any medication you may be taking, lifestyle, ailments and any conditions past and present. Advice may be given in areas such as dietary, fluid intake, exercise and probiotics, etc.
Warm, filtered water is gently introduced into the rectum which progressively softens and helps stimulate the bowel to expel faecal matter. The carefully regulated temperature of the water is introduced under gentle gravitational pressure. Special massage techniques help soften and cleanse the colon of faecal matter and old deposits which are piped away with the waste water.
Equipment is single use and disposable. Water pressure is very low, and is pre-filtered twice and since a colonic involves simply cleansing the colon using warm water at low pressure. Your therapist will ask you about your medical history to check that you do not have any health problems that might make the treatment inadvisable.
Also bed linen is changed after each patient and modesty is preserved to the utmost during the procedure.
Will I be okay to drive?
Absolutely, you should be able to resume your normal day.
How long does it take?
Approximately one and a half hours.