What Exactly is a Colon?
The colon, or large intestine, is an important part of the digestive system; some five feet in length and 2.5 inches in diameter, situated at the end of the alimentary canal. It completes the digestive process and handles our food waste and much other body waste. It is normally populated by billions of friendly bacteria which assist in detoxifying waste, synthesise certain vitamins and help us guard against infection.
These same bacteria make up some 70% of the dry weight of our faecal waste. The colon structure is smooth muscle and it is broadly divided into three segments: the caecumand ascending colon into which food waste enters in a fluid state through the ileo-caecal valve, the trans-verse colon where water, minerals and vitamins are re-absorbed and the descending colon where mucus is secreted to coat the faeces prior to defecation through the rectum and anus. In health, bowel transit time from eating to defecation is 24 hours or less and bowel movement is at least once daily. In disease, poor digestion yeast overgrowth, spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation and diarrhoea are usually accompanied by auto-intoxication, literally, "self poisoning" - the re-absorption of soluble wastes into the bloodstream - which places a heavy burden upon the other eliminative organs of the body, the kidneys, the skin and the lungs.
Chronic Constipation can lead to further direct complications: diverticulitis, haemorrhoids, fissures, atonicity, spasticity, prolapis, colitis and even bowel cancer as well as chronic toxic conditions in the rest of the body, like the skin (e.g. acne and eczema), the cardio-vascular system, the nervous system and the liver.
Correct function of the colon is a necessity for health, for truly "disease can begin in the colon". It has been said that colon malfunction can lead to 80% of all diseased states.What is the purpose of getting a colonic?
Waste material, especially that which has remained for the colon for some time (i.e., impacted feces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms, etc.), poses several problems. First, this material is quite toxic. These poisons can re-enter and circulate in the blood stream making us feel ill, tired, or weak. Second, impacted materials impair the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and bacteria-produced vitamins. Finally, a buildup of materials on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements and constipation.What can I expect during my colonic?
You will be in a private room with only your therapist, who fully appreciates the sensitivity of the colonic procedure and will help you to feel at ease. After the gentle insertion of a small disposable speculum into the rectum, disposable tubing then carries clean water into the colon and with a gentle force of gravity, carries the waste out. Your body is covered completely during the entire session. There is no mess or odor. Most people are especially pleased with the sensation of feeling lighter, cleaner and more focused after their session. Sometimes during a colonic the colon muscles will contract suddenly expelling considerable amounts of liquid and waste into the disposable tubing. This may feel like gas pains or cramping, and may create a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum such episodes, if they do occur, are brief and easily tolerated.How many colonics will I need?
This all depends on your objective. If you are a healthy person just looking to cleanse, then we recommend 3 sessions in a 2 or 3 week period, and once a month for maintenance. If you are looking to overcome a lifelong battle with constipation or other bowel problems, regularly scheduled colonics along with changes in dietary and exercise habits may prove to restore better health.Are colonics dangerous?
As it is essentially a natural process, there is virtually no danger with a colonic. However, colonics are never performed on a person with active ulcerative colitis or following recent colon surgery. Our intent is to provide a safe and healthy service that can benefit one’s health not endanger it.