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Colonic hydrotherapy is a completely natural treatment that is enjoyed by thousands of people every day. People of all ages reap the benefits of having colon hydrotherapy treatments.  You may be a little nervous at first, but the more you learn about the treatment and its many benefits, the more you’ll see that it is a very normal and natural way to take care of your health and wellbeing.



The digestive system is essential for maintaining all processes in the body. It converts the food you eat into the nutrition your body needs, before eliminating any leftover waste. It is a complex process that can easily be disturbed, causing numerous. digestive problems.



The primary role of the stomach and small intestine is to break down and absorb nutrition from your food. The digestive enzymes and gastric acid in the stomach aid digestion. It takes around 6 hours for the small intestine to digest a small meal. During this process all nutrients from the food are absorbed into the bloodstream and all that is left is water and indigestible substances.



The role of the colon is to absorb water and nutrients from what’s left as it passes through. Waste should spend no longer than a day in the colon. Digestive acids and enzymes neutralize the waste so that it is safe to exit the body. Bacteria in the colon work with the waste to produce essential vitamins, such as biotin and vitamin K. They also ferment the waste, producing around three pints of gas every day.


Digestive problems

The normal transit time for food is around 24 hours, and you should move your bowels at least once a day. When this process is too fast it causes diarrhoea and when it is too slow it causes constipation and bloating. Digestive problems can be caused by poor diet, disease or infections, as well as by lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, irregular eating and missing meals. Colonics encourage your colon to begin functioning properly again. During treatments, your therapist can also give advice on lifestyle changes that can improve the health of your colon thus improving your overall health and quality of life.


The gut and the mind

Many people don’t realise that digestive problems can also be the result of stress and emotional issues. There is a very strong link between the gut and the mind. As part of your consultation, your therapist will often talk through any external factors that could be affecting your internal processes.


Why have a colonic?

People have colon hydrotherapy for a wide range of reasons. Some are looking for relief from the symptoms of IBS and other gastro-intestinal problems such as bloating, constipation or diarrhoea, while others simply want to maintain and improve their digestive health and enjoy the fresh, light feeling and enhanced energy levels that often comes from the treatment.


Unhealthy modern lifestyles

Even with the best will in the world, few of us eat as healthily as we should, or take enough exercise. Unfortunately, our bodies simply aren’t designed for this sedentary lifestyle fuelled by processed and refined foods full of chemically synthesised ingredients. Inevitably, this upsets the natural way your digestive system works, leading to a range of negative effects on your health, from digestion and bowel problems, to lethargy and headaches.


How a colonic can help

Colon hydrotherapy works with your body, helping to return your digestive system to a more natural, healthy state. The gentle flow of water works in two ways: firstly it cleans out waste matter in the colon, and secondly it stimulates the natural nerve and muscle action of the bowels to encourage proper bowel function.   Unlike an enema, colon hydrotherapy, combined with gentle abdominal massage from your therapist, can reach the full length of the large intestine, ensuring a thorough cleanse and the maximum benefit.


Benefits beyond the bowel

Colon Hydrotherapy gives many people a sensation of overall well-being and energy and it’s often the inspiration for a healthier diet and lifestyle all round. What’s more, since your digestive system is closely linked with the rest of your body’s functions, the therapy may also help you with headaches, allergies and acne, and improve mental and physical sluggishness. And when you feel good on the inside, it shows on the outside, bringing out your natural beauty through clearer skin and brighter eyes. What does a colonic involve? Colon hydrotherapy is a simple, safe and convenient treatment, taking up to 45 minutes. Modern, professional equipment means that there is no mess or smell, and your therapist will work discreetly, protecting your safety and dignity at all times.


What will happen at your appointment?

Your first appointment will usually last about an hour and a half and will include a consultation, medical questionnaire and a full explanation of the equipment and procedure. ARCH therapists have a friendly, open-minded, listening approach that helps us consider some of the possible causes of your digestive problems, and suggest some positive changes you need to bring your lifestyle back into a natural balance with your body. Following your consultation, the therapy itself takes around 45 minutes, during which modern, hygienic equipment gently cleanses your colon using warm filtered water, in a simple, dignified procedure.


How does colon hydrotherapy work?

Warm filtered water is introduced into your colon through a small tube called a speculum that is gently inserted about an inch and a half into your rectum. As the warm water enters, you’ll feel a fullness as your colon fills up, then a relaxing feeling as it empties. The water pressure and temperature are carefully controlled and all waste is drained away discreetly in a closed system with absolutely no mess or odours. This filling and emptying is repeated several times and massage is applied to your abdomen. Unlike an enema, colonic hydrotherapy reaches the whole length of your large intestine, with the massage from your therapist helping to ensure you benefit from an effective cleanse.


Your complete discretion is assured

There’s no need to be concerned about the treatment as your therapist understands the sensitivity of the therapy and will work to preserve your dignity at all times. You’ll be given privacy to change and have access to private toilet facilities. You will only be exposed for a few seconds for the insertion of the speculum, and after that you’ll remain covered throughout the treatment. At PuraCleanse our therapists appreciate that you’ll feel a little embarrassed by such a personal procedure and they’ll do all they can to put you at your ease.