Are you interested in Kolonics and want to learn more? A kolonic offers a quick cleanse but the lack of published evidence on their benefits is discouraging for many people. So, what are Kolonics and why do so many people do them?
Kolonics (Colonics, Colon Hydrotherapy, Colonic Irrigation)
A dictionary or thesaurus look-up reveals that co·lon·ic (ko-lon’ik) is an adjective referring to or arising from the colon. Kolonics (colonics) is a term used to define a procedure whereby purified warm water is allowed to flow slowly into the colon to encourage it to cleanse.
Colonics is an alternative medicine procedure. In the United States, the FDA regulates the production of equipment used in colon cleansing but does not regulate their use procedures etc.
Proponents of Kolonics Say…
Proponents say that colonic irrigation cleanses colon of harmful bacteria and toxic waste. They advise undergoing the procedure to lose weight, maintain health, detoxify, maintain youthful appearance and even tackle serious illnesses and autoimmune diseases. Proponents suggest that colon hydrotherapy may even reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Heaps of people with various issues do it on its own or as part of the Holistic methods of treatment.
The technique is claimed to remove “toxins”, parasites and pathogenic gut flora resulting from accumulations of putrefied feces lining the walls of the large intestine. Advocates of the procedure state that over time, pounds of fecal matter may accumulate in the large intestine and toxins can be trapped by the lining the intestinal walls and then enter the blood stream. They say that blockage can also hinder the body’s absorption of nutrients.
All of this can supposedly be alleviated by eliminating toxins and harmful bacteria from the colon via a kolonic.
Another reason some people undergo a kolonic is instead of laxative. For some patients that are about to have a surgery, their doctor may suggest that they either do laxatives or colonics. This may be the case if the patient is sensitive to laxatives and may feel nauseous afterward. Getting ill from a laxative is rare, but it does happen. For example, the laxatives they give you before colonoscopy are more powerful than regular laxatives and you have to take a lot. Also, they do not taste very nice…
Skeptics say that this cleansing technique has no scientific evidence to support the alleged benefits. They also say that overuse can lead to dependence on this method to defecate. Improperly prepared or used equipment can actually cause infection or damage to the bowel. Colonic irrigation can also disrupt the bowel’s normal flora and result in electrolyte depletion and dehydration.
History of Colonics
Colonic irrigation is not a new concept. The concept of “auto-intoxication” provides a rationale for colon cleansing. Even the ancient Egyptians believed that toxins needed to be expelled from the intestines for better health. The Ancient Greeks expanded the idea. In the 19th century, the auto-intoxication hypothesis seemed to have been supported by some studies and some of the mainstream physicians started to promote the idea.
Kolonic has been quite popular in the past decades. On the Tyra Banks show a few years ago they had a lady who had a kolonic done right on the show. You will find numerous videos on YouTube showing the procedure.
Many modern alternative clinics all over the world offer Kolonics.
Difference Between a Colonic and an Enema
The basic principle is the same: to flush waste from colon using water introduced via the rectum. However, you can give an enema to yourself, while Kolonics must be administered by a professional.
A colonic injects larger amounts of water into the colon and cleanses the entire length of the colon.
Enemas are free while colonics cost around $50 USD a session.
Undergoing a kolonic is generally not dangerous, as long as the patient selects an accredited and trusted service provider with certification and high safety standards.
Kolonics are not painful, but can be uncomfortable, both physically and psychologically. The procedure usually starts with the provider offering the customer to fill out a form. The form may ask if the patient ever had a colonic before, if they have any major physical complaints, surgeries, if they take any prescription medications, supplements, laxatives; if they have any allergies or sensitivities. They may also ask the reason the client has chosen to have colon hydrotherapy.
The client is then asked to change into a gown and lie on their side on a treatment table. The therapist will use a small instrument with a long disposable plastic hose attached to create a flow of warm water in and to take waste out. A disposable speculum will be inserted into the anus. The water will start causing peristalsis and start “pushing” feces out to be disposed through the hose in a closed waste system.
The therapist may comment on the color and size of waste. They may lightly massage the client’s abdomen to facilitate the process. Typically there is slight some abdomen discomfort during the therapy. The practice involves flushing the colon with around 50 liters of water. The equipment and water has to be sterile or purified and safe for treatment.
After the irrigation, the client will be left on their own for a while, so they can use the toilet and get rid of any residual water or waste.
After the procedure, it is common to feel “lighter” that usual.
Contraindications and Side-Effects
Kolonics are usually contraindicated for the people with Severe Hemorrhoids, Fissures, Fistulas, Abdominal Hernia, Kidney Disease, Heart Disease, Rectal/Colon Surgery, Rectal/Colon Cancer, Chron’s Disease, Hypertension, and some others. Pregnant women are usually also discouraged from undergoing a kolonic.
Overdoing the procedure may deplete the body of the vital element potassium a mineral that helps the digestive system and regulates the kidneys and heart functions. It is never a good idea to have more than one Kolonic a month, to avoid risks of depletion your body of vital minerals that need to stay in balance.
The therapist you choose for the procedure has to be knowledgeable and give you a lot of advice. The process needs to be thoroughly explained, as well as you need to know what you can expect to achieve and any any possible complications you may experience.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant for advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should seek consult your doctor before using medicine.