Your questions, our answers
Q. How do I prepare for a colon Cleanse session?
A. Follow these suggestions for an optimal colon cleanse session:
- Avoid food for 3-6 hours before your appointment (including smoothies/anything from a blender). If you must eat, keep it light and stay well hydrated.
- Avoid liquids 1 ½ hours before your appointment.
- Avoid processed starches (breads, pastas, etc), shellfish, red meat, dairy, beans, fried food, cruciferous vegetables, carbonated beverages and alcohol in the days leading up to your appointment.
- Drink 16-32 oz. of fresh, raw vegetable juice daily (from a juicer, not a blender.) Raw juice helps loosen waste in our bodies—like soap for the intestines. One great possible cleansing juice is approximately 50% carrot 48% spinach and 2% beet.
- Eat a large, raw salad before every meal. Raw fiber acts like a broom through our intestines, helping sweep up unwanted waste.
- Eat plenty of whole foods: salads, steamed veggies, yams, and hormone-free proteins.
Q. What is the colon and what is its function?
A. The colon, or large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract. The colon is approximately 5-6 feet long and about 2.5 inches in diameter. Its major functions are to absorb water and nutrients, and to form and eliminate waste. Additionally, the colon houses colonies of bacteria which synthesize valuable nutrients such as vitamin “K” and portions of the vitamin “B” complex.
Q. What is Colon Therapy and what method do you use?
A. Colon therapy is a safe, effective method for cleansing the colon of waste material without the use of drugs. Repeated, gentle flushing with highly filtered water releases waste gently. This internal bath for the colon relaxes the nervous system as well.
We use the Woods Gravity Method, which is a gravity-based, closed system. It is a Class 1 device of non-invasive, sterilized equipment in which clean filtered warm water is introduced to the large intestine. The water softens any retained wastes and stimulates the release of this material through a contained exit tube.
What also makes the Wood Gravity Method of Colon Hygiene unique is that there is always a continuous inflow and outflow of water. The focus is on the exit, rather than the intake, allowing for a more comfortable and thorough experience. Your colon directs the treatment in conjunction with the water. A gravity-centered colon hygiene session offers the best result.
When you receive a gravity colon hygiene session with the assistance of the colon therapist, your body is doing the work. The water and abdominal massage from the colon therapist act like a trainer for the intestines. This repetition not only assists you in expelling toxins, but it also makes your intestines stronger. The cleansing effects of colon therapy should produce better colon flow, tone and elimination.
The Woods Gravity Method of colon therapy provides a superior way to depressurize your body. Emptying the intestines can have a rejuvenating and positive effect throughout the entire system. After several visits, clients claim to have noticed lowered blood pressure, better skin and a feeling of lightness. Not only is the colon depressurized but many clients report that they notice a change in the level of general stress and anxiety after a few sessions.
Also, some people use the general term of “colon hydrotherapy”, “colon irrigation”, "colon hygiene" and “colonic irrigation” interchangeably. There are slight differences in all but generally speaking, a gravity colon therapy session is the gentlest, most effective way to support the body in cleansing.
Q. How long does a Colon Therapy session take?
A. 60-75 minutes
Q. Do I need Colon Therapy?
A. Colon therapy sessions are like exercise—it takes more than one workout to get in shape, results are cumulative, and lifestyle and consistency of treatment play a vital role. Everyone could benefit from a series of colon hygiene sessions, and creating a schedule of regular sessions that are right for you.
Waste material, especially that which has remained in the colon for some time, (i.e. impacted feces, dead cell tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms, etc.) are quite toxic. These poisons can re-enter and circulate in the blood stream making us feel ill, tired or weak. Secondly, impacted materials impair the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and bacteria-produced vitamins. A build-up of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action. This can cause sluggish bowel movements and constipation. A wide range of issues begin with the colon: headaches, backaches, fatigue, bad breath, body odor, irritability, brain fog, skin problems, abdominal gas, bloating, diarrhea, and more. We are only beginning to understand the relevance of gut microbiota and mental health, neurological illness and weight gain.
Q. How many Colon Therapy sessions do I need?
A. It varies from person to person and your prevailing condition, diet and lifestyle. In some cases, waste matter is dehydrated, hard and affixed to the colon wall, which can take six to ten (possibly more) sessions to sufficiently soften. Also, keep in mind that the benefits of colon therapy are cumulative. Those undergoing lifestyle and dietary changes, such as detoxification programs, juice fasts or liver/gallbladder flushes, may benefit from more frequent sessions. Most people feel the benefit of doing a series fairly close together and then choosing a maintenance schedule suitable to their lifestyle.
Q. Does Colon Therapy have harmful side effects?
A. No, colon therapy has no known side effects. Some people may experience mild detoxification symptoms after a treatment, as toxins that have been lying dormant in the colon are now being flushed out. Some waste deposits may only be partially removed, which is why a series of treatments is advised, especially if the client is new to colon therapy.
Q. Does Colon Therapy remove friendly bacteria from the colon?
A. Good bacteria can only breed in a clean environment. Colon therapy sessions clean out the putrefying waste material and “bad” bacteria (yeasts, E. coli, etc) and make a better environment for good intestinal flora to thrive. A probiotic supplement can be taken after a session to help good bacteria proliferate and thrive.
Q. Can I do Colon Therapy sessions if I am menstruating?
A. Yes. Menstruation is a form of cleansing, and there is an absorbent pad placed underneath you for your comfort.
Q. Are there circumstances when Colon Therapy is not advisable?
A. Yes. Certain conditions like active infections or inflammation (Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Diverticulitis), painful fissures or hemorrhoids mean treatment cannot be comfortably carried out until they've healed or are in remission. Diseases such as congestive heart disease, severe uncontrolled hypertension, severe anemia, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, severe hemorrhaging and colorectal cancer are also contraindications for treatment. Some physical conditions such as severe abdominal or inguinal hernias make it unsuitable. Treatment is not advised for women in their first or third trimesters of pregnancy.