FAQS(Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the Colon?

The colon, or large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract. The intestines are long, hollow tubes that run from your stomach to your anal opening. There are two intestines: the small intestine and the large intestine. The small intestine is about 25 feet long. It is about as big around as your middle finger. The small intestine empties into the large intestine, also called the colon, which is about 5 to 7 feet long. The colon is about two inches in diameter and connects your small intestine to your anus. The large intestine (colon), is shaped like a large question mark and starts out near your right hip, moves up to your ribs on the right side, goes across to the left side by your ribs, then down to the left hip where it makes an S-curve down to the anus. The last portion of the colon is called the rectum. The anal canal is one to two inches long and is surrounded by the anal sphincter muscles which squeeze the anal canal closed to make sure that stool does not leak out accidentally. When you are ready to move your bowels, you relax these sphincter muscles and release the stool.

The small intestine absorbs the nutrition from your food. The large intestine recycles water and electrolytes back into your body, and stores the waste-products of digestion until your body is ready to empty them out. There are bacteria living in the colon which digest fibers to produce energy and create valuable nutrients, such as Vitamin K and portions of the Vitamin B complex.

How do the intestines get out of shape?

Everything we put in our mouth touches and affects the walls of the stomach, small intestine, and colon (large intestine). When these substances, or their by-products are toxic, they damage the intestinal wall and cells; intoxicate the nerves and glands; and can be absorbed through the walls into the blood and lymph, and ultimately to the cells and tissue.

As a result, peristalsis, the movement of food through the digestive system, declines. Elimination becomes incomplete and waste remains in the intestines, resulting in dehydration and stagnation. This creates an erratic condition we call disease.

How is the lymph system related to the intestines?

The lymph system is part of the circulatory system and a major organ of the immune system. Its clear-to-white fluid is composed of many different types of white blood cells and other substances. One of its main jobs is to transports nutrients from the blood to each cell and removes its waste. Some of the waste is transported to the intestines via the lacteals, that part of the lymph system which empties into the small intestines. It then passes into the large intestine for elimination.

When the intestinal walls are impacted, the lymph system retains the cell waste. Lymphatic fluid becomes thicker, and if accompanied with dehydration, sets the stage for an impaired immune system because it makes it impossible for the lymph system to cleanse any impurities. Keep the lymph highly fluid by focusing on daily fluid intake, diet, and exercise.

If colonics are so good, why haven’t I heard about them before?

In a way, the answer to that is a commentary on our present day lifestyle. Historically, artifacts and records show that people have regularly purified their bodies, including cleansing the colon. Around the turn of the 20th century, the present-day colonic machine was developed, providing a significantly improved method of accomplishing colon cleansing. Up to the late 1920’s, many doctors had colonic machines in their offices, and machines were found in hospitals as well.

Articles dealing with colon health frequently appeared in prestigious medical and scientific journals until the early 1930’s. At that time, modern man introduced drugs and surgery. These seemed to offer relatively instant relief for body ailments, resulting in purification and prevention techniques becoming less attractive. Recently, however, there has been a resurgence of interest in using natural approaches for healing the body, and colonics have rapidly been regaining the respectability they have already earned.

What is constipation?

Constipation is any form of congestion and is usually accompanied by dehydration. It extends to the cellular level. One bowel movement a day is a sign of constipation, and incomplete elimination is a form of constipation. Symptoms are overweight, fatigue, irritability, mental confusion, bloat, gas, indigestion, lethargy, headaches, migraines, earaches, sinus drainage, allergies, cellulite, anxiety, depression, pessimism, whining, unsatisfied hunger, or poor circulation. Have I named a familiar problem yet! A colon hydrotherapy session begins to hydrate the system and break up the impacted and dehydrated fecal, mucous, and other waste materials that layer the walls of the intestine. Once again, the intestines are capable of receiving and disposing of waste from the body, stopping the backup and re-absorption of toxic materials. Assimilation of nutrients improves and the liver and kidneys are relieved.

Why not use enemas, suppositories or laxatives instead of having a colonic?

The over the counter products are not substitutes for colonics. Enemas are useful for emptying the rectum (the lowest part of the colon). Suppositories are intended to do the same thing. Laxatives, particularly herbal laxatives, are intended to undo the effects of temporary constipation. But the most successful and natural method to cleanse your colon is colon hydrotherapy.

Why can’t I just use herbs to clean out my colon?

Herbs can help clean out the colon, but many times are far too harsh and can stress the organs and the body’s immune system. They are especially hard on someone who may already have a compromised immune system. The cleansing process should rest the body, not add undue stress to it. On occasion we may recommend that a one time use of an herbal laxative may be used to “kick start” a cleansing program, however, this is usually reserved for a person that has excessively slow bowel elimination

How do I restore my intestinal health?

Hydrate, dissolve, disinfect, soothe, and tone intestinal tissue. The colon hydrotherapy sessions with water and abdominal massage break up this matter within the small and large intestines with excellent results. People attain the most success with colon hydrotherapy when done in conjunction with fluids, exercise and diet.

Is it embarrassing to have a colonic?

No, you will maintain your personal dignity at all times. You will be in a private room with only your therapist, who fully appreciates the sensitivity of the colonic procedure and will help you feel more comfortable. The therapist leaves the room while you gently insert a small tube into the rectum and cover yourself from the waist down.

Is it safe?

Yes. Colon hydrotherapy is one of the most gentle body therapies, and thus extremely safe. Safety is a relevant term, though, that is dependent upon the equipment used and the therapists handling the equipment. ACM uses only top of the line equipment, the LIBBE, with built in safety mechanisms that exceed the FDA standards. The LIBBE is an open system. Rectal nozzles are prepackaged and are only used once, then disposed. Our staff of colon hydrotherapists are professionally trained, certified and tested on the equipment to ensure they know how to handle the equipment accordingly. However, for some, colon hydrotherapy is not advised. Click Here for a list of the conditions and symptoms that can exclude you from colon hydrotherapy.

An interesting fact is that with new colon therapy equipment treatments are much safer than the common enema!

What can colonics do to help the colon?

Specifically, a colonic is used to accomplish the following:

1. Cleanse the Colon: Toxic waste is broken down so it can no longer inhibit assimilation of nutrients or effect elimination. Even debris built up over a long period is gently removed through a series of 12 treatments. Once impacted material is removed, your colon can begin to work efficiently.

2. Exercises and Strengthens the Colon Muscles: The build up of toxic waste weakens the colon and impairs its functioning. The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves peristaltic (muscular contraction) activity by which the colon naturally moves material. Thus, colon hydrotherapy can ASSIST the colon to eliminate rather than TAKE OVER the responsibility of elimination.

3. Reshapes the Colon: When poisonous waste exists in the colon, it tends to alter the shape, which in turn causes more problems. The gentle flow of warm water helps to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed, spastic constrictions, finally enabling the colon to resume its natural shape.

4. Stimulates Reflex Points: Every system and organ of the body is connected to the colon by reflex points. Colonics stimulate these points, thereby affecting the corresponding body parts by allowing every system (except the urinary tract) to dump into the colon where their toxins are eliminated.

How can I tell if I have toxic material in my colon?

This condition is prevalent in all civilized societies, and particularly in the American diet and lifestyle. Common signs include: headaches, backaches, constipation, fatigue, bad breath, body odor, irritability, confusion, skin problems, abdominal gas, bloating, diarrhea, sciatic pain, and so forth. As you can see, intestinal toxicity is a part of many people’s everyday experience.

It sounds to me as though intestinal toxicity is a common condition.

Yes it is, but toxicity is not limited to just the colon. Toxic material is found throughout the body, particularly in fat tissue, joints, arteries, muscles, liver, etc. Colonics effectively eliminate large quantities of toxic wastes, affecting the condition of the entire body.

What I would like to know is what are the characteristics of a healthy well-functioning colon?

Healthy babies, animals and adults not subjected to the “refinement” of civilization (i.e. aboriginal peoples) have bowel movements shortly after each meal. So, assuming there is sufficient fiber and water available to the colon, one characteristic is a bowel movement shortly after a meal is eaten. Once the urge to eliminate is honored by a trip to the toilet, the elimination should be easy and take no more than a few seconds. The stool is typicaly long, large in diameter, light brown in color, without offensive odor and should float or sink down slowly. When the toilet is flushed, the stool immediately begins breaking apart by the action of water movement. As incredible as this may sound, it is true and commonly experienced in cultures where people live more naturally.

Can one colonic completely empty the colon?

Almost never, in fact some people do not release at all during their first colonic. Many of us have a considerable amount of impacted feces in our colon: a hardened, rubbery or dark sludge material. Substantial work must be done to remove it. Secondly, many people hold emotional trauma in the abdomen and therefore emotional release becomes part of each session. In essence it is very important to relax and become more aware of what is going on in your abdomen. As your body learns how to allow the cleansing experience, more material is released.

How will I know when the colon is empty?

It will probably never be completely empty as it’s an organ in continuous use. As more of the old impacted material is released, you can actually feel the water enter higher regions of the colon without any sense of obstruction. The objective should not be an empty colon, but rather a well functioning colon.

How Many Colon Hydrotherapy Sessions Does One Need?

It takes more than one session to internally cleanse your system. After all, you have had the same colon since birth and it has taken years to get your body in the state it is in now. Most people benefit from a series of sessions. After your first session, the colon hydrotherapist will typicaly discuss and assist you with your personal internal cleansing program.

Most doctors recommend a series of 12 colonics over ten weeks or less. Two the first week, back to back, then repeated the second week, and one for the next eight weeks. The reason for this is the human body is exceptionally smart when we clean out the colon. The body starts pulling waste out of the tissue and putting them into the bloodstream. The waste heads for the liver then back to the colon. Therefore, the second session on the second day is necessary so that the digested waste is eliminated rather than reabsorbed. The same reason applies to the following two the second week. This slows detoxification to a gentler, tolerable rate. If preferred this process can be achieved at a quicker pace, i.e., two a week for 6 weeks. Of course, the number of colon hydrotherapy sessions desired depend on the individual. Every person’s goals differ. Just as some people exercise on a daily or weekly basis to tone and tighten their outer body, some people follow an ongoing cleansing, toning and rebuilding regimen for the inner body. Colon hydrotherapy could be used as part of any regular maintenance program.

Is there any possibility of bacterial or viral contamination from prior use of the colon hydrotherapy machine?

No. Our colon hydrotherapy machines utilize pre-sterilized, disposable hoses and rectal tubes. These disposables are used only once during a single therapy session. The equipment is disinfected between clients. Properly administered, there is absolutely no danger of contamination.

With all this talk of bacteria, I wonder what effect colonic hydrotherapy has on our immune systems?

The removal of stagnant waste material and hardened, impacted toxic residue could rejuvenate the immune tissue that resides in the intestines. Recent European studies speculate that 80% of immune tissue resides in the intestines. This is much higher than previously thought and makes it logical to believe that this type of therapy could influence such immune deficiency diseases as M.S., cancer and AIDS. Colon Hydrotherapy is not a cure-all, but an important adjunctive therapy in the overall health care of the client.

How long does a treatment take and do they hurt?

The procedure is about 45 minutes, but you should plan a total visit of one hour in duration. Overall, colonics are pain free, but few have experienced cramping during some sessions. Many people report their colon hydrotherapy sessions as being both refreshing and relaxing.

Is there a special kind of water used for colonic hydrotherapy?

We use triple filtered water which passes through sediment filter, carbon filter and UV light which provides further sterilization and activation of the water. This kind of water is capable of absorbing and flushing more toxins out of the colon because of its drawing effect on solid particles, chemicals and other matter. Tap water is not used because it already has numerous chemicals and inorganic substances present.

Should I see my doctor before my first colon hydrotherapy session?

If you have a concern about your health or the appropriateness of colon hydrotherapy, you should consult a doctor. If you are diagnosed with diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, severe hemorrhoids, or rectal or intestinal tumors, you would not be a candidate for colon hydrotherapy treatments. Click here for a more detailed list of contraindications. Professionally administered colon hydrotherapy is safe if you are free of the above sited conditions. If you are unsure or have any questions about any contraindications, a medical examination prior to colon therapy is recommended.

Does having a menstrual period at the time of a colon hydrotherapy session have any effect on the treatment?

No, in fact it’s usually a good time to receive a treatment, since your body is already cleansing. Your flow may not interfere with the success of the treatment.

What if I am unable to release during the first colonic?

Many people come in for the first time and expect the colonic to instantly release all waste from their large intestine or colon. When it doesn’t happen, some clients say, “Why should I come back if nothing came out the first time, I’m empty, it’s not really that effective.” When nothing comes out, it is a more difficult case. The ability or inability to release is one of the ways to assess a colonic session.

The first job is to get the gut muscles to respond by creating what we call a “flow through”. “Flow through” is the ability of the person to eliminate or have material flow through their alimentary tract from mouth to anus without restriction. Dehydration could be a reason for a difficult first cleanse. If a client states they drink one quart or less of fluid daily, we know that the colon is probably dehydrated. The lack of fluid allows hardening of waste in the gut. Dehydration may also affect the quality of intestinal muscle tissue and its ability to expand and contract properly.

Another cause is what we call the peanut butter effect. Some low fiber diets, and likely combined with insufficient fluids, can create a very sticky and thick elimination that gets stuck in the intestines. If this may be suspected, you can prepare before the first session by: drinking half your body weight of water in ounces daily, and making fruits and vegetables 50% of your diet. This is not necessary, but assists in the success of your first colonic.

How Will I Feel After a Colonic Session?

Like you just took an internal bath; clean, light, increased energy, clarity and a sense of well being are just some of the common responses. Most people feel more relaxed because they hold tension in their gut.

Some people feel fatigue, toxic, sick or weak after a colonic. They fall into the 5% or less category. What does that mean?

Generally, that person is more toxic and the gut wall is more compromised. Often their electrolytes are imbalanced and their pH or acid-alkaline balance is upset before the colonic. Some feel tired because the stored waste or toxins irritate the colon, and when they are removed or stirred, the person can feel fatigued from incomplete elimination. These clients usually have environmental illness, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivity, dehydration, advanced candida or dysbiosis – imbalance in good/bad flora.

At the end of your colonic session, you can carry on with daily routine. For some, the colonic may trigger subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours, but there won’t be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort.

Can I work directly after having a colon hydrotherapy treatment?

Certainly! You can work just as you would after a regular bowel movement.

Will I experience any intestinal discomfort or fatigue after the cleansing?

Usually not, but since the cleansing may stir up a lot of old debris and toxins, you might experience some minor nausea or fatigue. If any discomfort occurs, it is recommended to rest and apply a warm heating pad to the abdomen. If you wish, a mild vegetable broth and/or peppermint tea is usually soothing at this time. Any minor discomfort typically passes within 24 hours.

Is it okay to eat after having a colonic?

We suggest that you eat at your normal meal time, and consume a moderate amount of whatever seems gentle and nourishing to you. Just as it doesn’t make sense to have your car cleaned and then immediately drive it through mud, eating a meal known to cause trouble in your abdomen directly after a colonic isn’t an intelligent choice. Water, vegetable soups or broth, fruit, or juices are the best choice.

Do I need to take acidophilus after a colon cleansing because intestinal flora has been washed out of the colon?

Acidophilus mainly resides in the small intestine. As a colon hydrotherapy session only flushes your large intestine (colon), then this is not really an issue. However, colon hydrotherapy does wash out both beneficial and non-beneficial bacteria from the colon. We at ACM strongly advise you to replace beneficial bacteria in the colon by taking some form of probiotics. At any point in time we carry around 3-4 pounds of bacteria in our intestines. Most people are out of balance with their bacteria and aren’t doing much to change that. In the “olden” days we would have been getting beneficial bacteria from fermented foods, raw milk, and foods picked fresh from the garden without being heavily washed or radiated. These days it is rare to meet an individual that is getting bacteria into their system this way. So, we highly recommend to all of our clients, and you, to take probiotics orally on a daily basis whether or not you are getting a colon hydrotherapy session.

What are probiotics?

Residential bacteria form colonies in your gastrointestinal tract, mouth, and vaginal tract. Transient bacteria are travelers that are just passing through. Friendly bacteria, including Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifido-bacterium bifidum, are your body’s first line of defense against the potentially harmful microorganisms that you inhale or ingest. Probiotics are another term for these friendly bacteria that live and work in your gastrointestinal tract every day of your life. Think of them as the “home guard”. A mighty bacterial army that defends your body against dangerous invaders. Having sufficient numbers of these friendly bacteria in residence can help prevent a wide range of health problems. Not all bacteria flourishes throughout the intestines. For example, Acidophilus loves the small intestine. Bifidum loves the large intestine. ACM offers oral probiotics to allow you to directly put beneficial bacteria into your colon following a colon hydrotherapy session.

Can colonics upset the electrolyte balance?

Electrolytes are minerals in the body (mainly sodium and potassium salts) that maintain the proper electrical charge and pH balance (acid and alkalinity balance) in the various organs and tissues of the body. A major function of the colon is to reabsorb the fluid and electrolytes from the unformed stool that is moving into the colon from the small intestine. After the fluid and electrolytes are reabsorbed and stool is formed, the colon moves the stool into the rectum and out of the body. The majority of the material released during a colonic is formed stool that has already had the fluid and electrolytes removed from it, so the amount lost is very minimal and easily replaced by the body from the food and fluid we ingest. ACM provides replacement electrolytes after every session.Can 

Can a colonic clear up my skin?

Your skin actually breathes and is an important organ of elimination of waste material. Sometimes, if the colon, liver or kidneys are functioning poorly, the skin is required to make up the difference. Surface eruptions on the skin of various sorts may occur due to toxins being released. Cleansing and healing the colon diminishes the burden placed upon the skin as well as the other organs of elimination: lungs, liver and kidneys. As elimination is accomplished through its proper channels, the skin may often clear up.

The colonic is a tool intended to be used to create a clean and healthy colon. Some of the benefits of a colonic are to tone the colon muscles, increase muscular action in the colon, and prevent the large intestines from performing sluggishly. Colonics actually promote your natural movement of waste material through your large intestine by increasing peristaltic action. It may take a few days for bowel movements to return after a good colonic. This is when people think they are becoming “dependent” on colonics. One good colonic is worth several bowel movements, so it may take some time for fecal matter to move through the colon to be eliminated. Once a series of colonics is completed, the colon may begin to function like Mother Nature intended, leaving you with the ability to eliminate after every meal.

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