Our bowels are filled with harmful toxins.  Colonics are supposed to flush the toxins from the intestines and restore healthy vitality. A colonic is an intestinal irrigation procedure where lots of water is infused into the colon to cleanse out accumulated waste.

Warm, filtered water is slowly infused into the colon. The water causes the muscles of the colon to contract and feces out through the hose inserted in the rectum which is disposed in a closed waste system.

History of Colonics

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, founder of the Kellogg cereal company, is credited with promoting the use of colonics for longevity, better health, and disease prevention. Even though the benefits of colonics is debated across the medical and healing spectrum, the practice continues.

Colonics was widely prescribed by physicians as a treatment option in the 1930s and 40s.  It became the medical adjunct for a lot of people until the emergence of laxatives.  I think the ease of use and lower cost for a laxative to relieve constipation contributed handily to the decline of colonic therapy.

Even so, colonics are still used today.  Colonic practitioners and colonic clinics can be found in every country of the world.  Alternative healers, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, traditional physicians who use natural modalities in their practice, and many others recommend colonic cleansing.


Colonics are touted to relieve arthritis, constipation, sluggishness, depression, and even cancer.  Water hydration into the colon to clean out old fecal matter, flush pills or tables that did not dissolve, remove mucus, clear out sinuses, and rehydrate the organ are some of the reported benefits.

Other reported benefits include:

  • Weight loss
  • Removes parasites
  • Takes out mold yeast infections
  • Minimizing digestive problems
  • Clearing skin problems

It is Not an Enema

Colonics and enemas are therapies that both involve introducing water into the colon through to rectum in order to cleanse the colon.  Beware; colon hydrotherapy itself is not regulated.

The key differences between colonics and enemas are:

  • Colonics cleanse the entire length of the colon. Enemas cleanse the lower part of the colon.
  • Colonics add multiple infusions of water into the colon. Enemas add a single infusion of water into the colon.

Be Cautious

Dr. Mark Groven, a naturopathic doctor, urges caution and advises that you consult your physician in advance of beginning this “home remedy.”  He cautions that the treatment is not appropriate for people with medical problems such as appendicitis, hepatitis and ulcerative colitis and should be used only under the supervision of a naturopathic or traditional doctor.

There is not much study data to validate the benefits of colonics so weigh this option and read extensively before beginning your search to select a hydro-therapist.  Once you have investigated the risks and benefits of colonics, again be thorough in your search.

Some questions to ask a hydro-therapist:

  1. Where were you certified?
  2. How long have you practiced?
  3. What products, if any, do you add to the water?
  4. How often do you recommend that a client use colonics?
  5. How do you decide if the treatment is right for each client?
  6. Are you affiliated with a doctor or hospital?
  7. May I get references?
  8. What is the cost?

Pay attention to the cleanliness, smell, and advancement of the colonic machines in the facility.  Two consistent dangers of colonic therapy is the risk of infection from contaminated equipment and harmfully altering the chemical balance in the colon.

Colonics is an Option

Your health is your wealth. Colonics are a health improvement option that is gaining popularity as an alternative methodology. Scientific proofs of lasting benefits are sketchy at best.  Yet, there are many who attribute the infusion from colonics as the cause of revitalizing their life.

A colonic is not surgery. Typically colon irrigation from a colonic takes about 30-45 minutes. Practitioners also recommended that you drink plenty of fluids and eat very lightly prior to the appointment.

After the colonic, you should rest as the irrigation stirred up stored toxins and caused rapid elimination which could cause a feeling of lightheadedness for a short time.  You should also eat very light foods, AVOID eating raw veggies for a few days, and take probiotics to restore the good bacteria in the colon.

Another immediate post-colonic effect may be loose bowels for a short time. Stay close to a bathroom until you know how you will react to the procedure.

Powder or Pill Colonics

Health food markets and independent vendors sell powder or pills to cleanse the colon. There is no medical evidence that powder of pills show any benefit over hydrated colonics. The downside is the time it takes using powder or pills to take effect over the instant flushing that comes with colon irrigation.  These products are widely sold, you decide which form is better for you.

Final Word

Colon hydrotherapy dates back to biblical times. It has gained popularity since the 1930s and is often used as an adjunct healing method by naturopathic doctors and alternative health practitioners. As with any practice, colonics involve risks and should be investigated before you begin its use. Colonics is an unregulated practice. Talk to your doctor to ensure safety.

The colon is a living organ. When it does not function properly, the digestive system and every living cell and organ can be affected according to many practitioners. When food is not fully digested, it begins to putrefy and create an over acidic colon. Thus, accordingly the friendly bacteria begin to die off in the colon, creating an anaerobic environment for disease producing bacteria, virus, fungi, mold, parasites or yeast infections.

Colonic treatment can be water irrigation, powder or pills to activate elimination of built up toxins and feces in the bowels. Impacted bowels are toxic according to experts.  You decide.