Colon hydrotherapy, also known as a colonic, colon irrigation or high enema, is a method of removing waste from the lower part of the large intestine without the use of drugs. It is a gentle way of instilling filtered water through a small (pencil-size), sterile, disposable rectal tube or speculum. As the water softens the waste matter, it is loosened resulting in elimination through natural peristalsis (describes the wave-like muscular action the colon uses). This process is repeated throughout the session. It is cleansing, yet clean and soothing.
Besides the colon being the “sewer system” of the body as it is referred to, a healthy colon absorbs water and hosts good bacteria that produce vitamins, such as K and some B vitamins. A healthy digestive tract helps support a healthy immune system.
The colon is a reflex organ with electrical connections to all body parts and systems. When waste material builds up over a long period of time the colon starts to weaken, breakdown and become toxic. The body reacts by slowing down other functions and becoming sluggish.
Some of the effects seen are: coated tongue, fetid breath, sallow complexion, abnormal body odor, dark circles under the eyes, cold hands and feet, brittle nails and hair, sagging posture (pot belly), tension, fatigue, allergies, indigestion, chronic headaches, irritability, nervousness, nausea, depression, asthma, and backaches.
First and foremost, clients are treated with dignity and respect. Most clothing can be left on and a cloth is draped around the lower body, or a gown may be worn to ensure modesty. We strive to maintain a calm, relaxing environment with meditation music, aromatherapy diffusers, oils and lotions. A session is a tranquil experience for most, as the pace is controlled by the client’s holding and releasing of water.
After the therapist instructs the client to ease the rectal nozzle in, water is gently instilled. The water is purified with an Ultra Violet Water Purification System and is monitored and safely regulated by the Certified Colon Hydrotherapist for water flow, pressure and temperature. Aromatherapy warmed pillows are used for relaxation as oils and lotions are utilized to stimulate pressure-points in the arms, hands, legs and feet. Though the LIBBE device is comfortable and may be operated in privacy for those who prefer solitude, the therapist may enhance the session with proper techniques to promote peristaltic action and facilitate a more therapeutic release. There is NO odor!
Each individual is different and may require or desire different amounts. Just as some people exercise on a daily or weekly basis to tighten and tone their outer body, some people may also have their own ongoing cleansing, toning and rebuilding regimen for their inner body. Many physicians suggest twelve sessions over a ten week period (two weekly for two weeks then one weekly for eight weeks). However, after many years of experience it is evident that some individuals may not need a full twelve colonics. So, another recommendation is a series of six, that is three in ten days, then one a week for three weeks. Colon Hydrotherapy should always be done in conjunction with a holistic diet including increased fiber and water as well as exercise.
It is recommended that clients refrain from eating two to three hours before each session and drink plenty of room-temperature water to facilitate better emptying of the lower bowel. The last two meals before a session should exclude white flour (pasta, pizza, etc.), white sugar, animal flesh, such as, beef, poultry, and pork (white fish and salmon are acceptable), dairy products, carbonated beverages and any food that may be gaseous to the individual.
The same protocol should be followed after the session for at least two meals. To replenish any nutrients, we provide our clients with a probiotic.
The LIBBE is registered with the FDA as a Class II medical device. LIBBE’s are manufactured in compliance with strict FDA guidelines that dictate rigorous accountability. Features include temperature controlled water mixing and back flow prevention valves, pressure and temperature sensors, water purification, and disinfecting standards. Each client has a new single-use nozzle. Each device is thoroughly cleaned in accordance with standards from the FDA, I-ACT and Tiller Mind Body (LIBBE manufacturer). We also maintain very high standards not only for each device, but for each room, bathroom and the facility as a whole.