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Colonic Irrigation


What is it?

Also known as Colonic Hydrotherapy or Colon Therapy, this practice was reputedly used in Ancient Egypt, China and India. However, the method common in the West today has its origins in 19th Century European spas.

What to Expect

A treatment will begin with a detailed case study, and an explanation of the procedure. The client is then asked to remove all clothing and wear a gown provided by the therapist. The client then lies down on a treatment table and warm, purified water is introduced into the colon via the rectum, the therapist will use special massage techniques during the procedure to stimulate the release of stored faecal matter. The colonic will take between 30-45 minutes. Herbal and probiotic implants may be used and advice will also be given on dietary changes to enhance the treatment. Advice will also be given on how many sessions will be necessary, and a colon cleansing programme may be recommended to support the treatment.

To be registered, a therapist must have satisfactory training in anatomy and physiology, and considerable training and experience in a body based therapy. Subsequently they will have been trained at one of the approved and inspected Colonic Hydrotherapy training colleges. The premises of therapists are inspected prior to their admission to the Register, and these are periodically re-inspected. Most therapists have experience in treating such conditions as chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, headaches, skin problems and back pain.

An excellent document on the subject of colonic irrigation can be found at www.meridianinstitute.com


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