Colon Hydrotherapy

What is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Warm, purified water is slowly introduced into the bowel under low pressure. Once the colon is full the water then flows out through a tube taking with it any old faecal debris that has been congesting the bowel.

The Colon

The colon, large intestine or bowel is situated in the abdomen and forms the last part of the digestive tract. It carries out a number of vital functions, including the completion of the digestive process involving absorption of water soluble nutrients as well as the synthesis of certain vitamins. The colon is a major part of the excretory system, and is responsible for eliminating food and other body wastes, as well as protecting us from infection and disease. In an efficiently functioning colon, all this is achieved with the help of billions of friendly bacteria which inhabit the colon and make up some 70% of the dry weight of our faecal waste. However, the delicate balance of this internal ecosystem can very easily be disturbed by a number of factors including stress, pollution, electromagnetic influences, poor food and drink choices, certain drugs, smoking and exposure to toxic substances.

The results of this imbalance may be seen as follows:


  • The healthy transit time of food through our bodies should be less than 24 hours. On average in the UK it is now 60 hours for men and 70 for women.
  • The United Kingdom is the most constipated nation in the world.
  • The U.K. has the highest incidence of bowel cancer in the world with 20,000 new cases per year.
  • One in three people consulting GPs have a bowel problem.

The repercussions of a toxic bowel may be seen throughout the body system in a wide range of health problems, and in general malaise, affecting so many in our society.

illustration of the colon and rectum

How can Colon Hydrotherapy Help?

Colonic Hydrotherapy, or irrigation, is a gentle internal bath using warm, purified water that can help to eliminate stored faecal matter, gas, mucus and toxic substances from the colon. A practice dating from around 1500BC, colonics can also help retonify and reshape the colon. However, colonics have a much broader effect than simply cleansing the colon. Additional benefits can often be observed throughout the body

Sometimes your body tells you that it would benefit from certain therapies. Colonic hydrotherapy is certainly one that can send a very clear message. Sometimes your body function is sluggish and your mind is clouded. This may indicate that you would benefit from a treatment just to give your body a cleanse and boost, perhaps after an indulgent holiday or a naughty patch with your diet! Many patients are referred to colonic practitioners by other alternative therapists, including homoeopaths, acupuncturists, herbalists and so on, since by detoxifying the system using colonics, these therapies tend to be more effective and the body more responsive.

What is involved?

Your first visit to a registered colonic therapist will involve discussing your case history followed by an explanation of the procedure. The colonic itself will take 30-45 minutes during which time water will be gently introduced into the colon via the rectum. Meanwhile your therapist uses special massage techniques on your back and tummy to stimulate the release of stored matter. Your modesty is preserved at all times. Herbal and probiotic remedies may be used and your practitioner may advise beneficial dietary changes to further enhance your treatment. No fasting or special measures are necessary prior to a first treatment but a colon cleansing program may be advised between sessions. As with most therapies, keeping your water intake up to a maximum would be a benefit to your body as a whole, both before and after your treatment.

How many treatments are needed ?

This depends upon each individual case and advice will be given at the first consultation. This may vary from only one treatment to a number, spread out over a period of time, after which preventative or maintenance treatments may be required in order to keep your system at its optimum level.

Is it safe ?

Yes. The water is introduced at a low gravitational pressure, so there is no danger of bowel perforation. All equipment used is in sterile packs and disposed of after each treatment. Colonic hydrotherapy, unlike the use of laxatives, is not habit forming and actually improves the tone of the colon. If you have any concerns, for example, pregnancy, previous operations or medical problems, we advise that you telephone Tess prior to making your first appointment. Tess wil be very happy to discuss issues or concerns both before and after your appointments.

Tess Rogers also practices Allergy Testing. She often uses her extensive knowledge of nutrition and food supplements to support her Colon Hydrotherapy.

Please note when booking a first appointment for 2 people (ie 2 x 90 mins) a 50% deposit will be required.


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