We at Merge Medical Center strongly believe that the body is generally capable of healing itself if the right conditions are met! Those conditions primarily include being diligent to cleanse the body regularly…in other words clean it out and keep it clean (internal cleansing as well as external). External cleansing is known almost universally, but internal cleansing which includes colonics (colonic irrigation or colon hydrotherapy) is likely even more vital to well-being.
So in order to assist the body in the self-healing process, what’s the FIRST step? Get the “dirt” out!!! We have found this to be true in virtually every instance as we confront the variety of health challenges that our patients face, including various intestinal and digestive problems e.g. constipation. How can we begin to fix our health problems when we ignore the “dirt” issue for so many years?!? We believe it is imperative that we FIRST address the “dirt” with colon cleansing or detox program.
The Importance of Colon Hydrotherapy to Your Body
Colon irrigation or colon hydrotherapy is such a simple, yet amazing process. It is putting back water into our bodies , hydrating us and most importantly it cleans out the garbage stuck to the colon!
Our bodies have paid the price by eating foods that rob us of the water we need:
|Foods that are over-processed||Microwaved foods||Donuts|
|Foods that are dry and lacking water||Candy||Chips|
|Foods that lack nutrients and enzymes||Frozen foods||Dried, cured meats etc…|
The price paid has been poor health, disease and feeling tired all the time. Why? Because our bodies were never designed to consume these types of foods to begin with.
How can the colon perform it’s important function when our diets are composed of dry, overcooked, over-processed foods? It can’t. Internally, by eating these foods, we can become dehydrated leading to constipation and the bowel walls become full of sludge that needs to be washed out. The Average American has an estimated 10-40 pounds of decayed feculent material in the bowels.
Even if we eliminate every day, most people – eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) – are not eliminating all of the accumulated toxins. The result? Waste builds up in the bowel.
What are some conditions that Colon Hydrotherapy helps?
Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe and an extremely effective method to rejuvenate the body and assist with weight loss, immune function, lymphatic congestion, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and rehydration of the body.
Through the Colon Hydrotherapy procedure, harmful toxins will be removed from the body preventing them from infesting the blood and degrading internal functions. A clean Colon will remove harmful bacteria, yeast, parasites, and promote “friendly” bacteria necessary for proper digestion.
For fatigue, improved circulation, brittle nails & hair, clearer skin & eyes, rashes, brain fog, inflammation, unpleasant breath or body odor, backaches, weight gain or even health issues like depression, insomnia, allergies, candida overgrowth, arthritis, headaches, and irritable bowel (IBS), Colon Hydrotherapy may be the Natural Solution to choose.
We have been offering Colonics at Merge Medical Center since 2016
We offer the “Open” method of colonics, which is safe, effective and much less daunting than the old fashioned “Closed” method of colonics.
The patient lies down on a treatment bed and self inserts a lubricated small tube into the rectum about 2 inches. The tube is made of soft, flexible plastic with a rounded tip, about the size of a thumb. You don’t even feel it once it is in there, and it is not painful to insert. Then you cover up with a sheet, press the buzzer and we’ll come in to turn the water on. Its a very gentle flow of warm, filtered water that fills your colon and then you push it out. This process repeats itself over the 30-45 minute session. If the patient so chooses for additional effect during the treatment, our therapist will assist in the release of the feces by massaging pressure points on the feet or abdomen.
If you’re interested we can order through your insurance a DNA based, comprehensive digestive stool test that analyzes what is in your gut to give clues about what is the root cause of your digestive problems. Our functional medicine practitioner will review your results with you and collaborate with our physician on staff.
“Open” Colonics verses “Closed” Colonics?
The Two VERY Different Methods of Colonic Irrigation Therapy
Why chose “Open” colonics?
Patients love that our “open” system has the option to self-administer in privacy. It makes the process of colonics a lot less daunting. Our staff are available to assist you if you press the buzzer at any stage during your session, so you can feel safe that help and professional advice is available if required. Most people prefer to be left alone during colonics though – as they feel that pooing is a private process!
In Contrast, for the “Closed” system, it can be very embarrassing to bear your butt to a stranger, have them insert a large speculum, and then be there with me the whole time while you are having an enormous poo. Colonics is all about letting go, so the more you can relax into the process the more water you allow into yourself to complete the cleaning process and the less likely you are to experience cramping and other side effects. This is why we chose to have “Open” over the “Closed” Colonic system.
Safety of “Open” vs “Closed” system:
The water used in the “Open” method is gravity fed, so there’s no pressure at all. This makes it safer than the “Closed” method where the practitioner is basically pumping you full of water to the pressure they deem appropriate. In the “Open” method you will feel when you’re full and naturally push out then, rather than rely on the therapist’s judgment. The “Open” method is also safer in that you’re putting the tube inside yourself, so will feel what is the right angle etc. and of course will stop and seek assistance if there is any discomfort. This helps to prevent any damage to the rectal opening. Also the tube used in “Open” colonics is small, soft and flexible, unlike the hard, rigid speculum used in “Closed” colonics.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is colon hydrotherapy safe?
Yes. In fact, with the Angel of Water, sessions are much safer and easier than the common enema.
- How does a colon hydrotherapy treatment compare to an enema?
An enema only reaches the lower section of the colon and rectum, whereas with colon hydrotherapy the entire length of the colon is reached and it is many more times effective.
- Do the treatments hurt or cause any pain?
No. In fact many patients describe their colon hydrotherapy sessions as being both refreshing and relaxing.
- How much of the intestines are actually cleansed during a colon hydrotherapy treatment?
It is possible to cleanse the entire length of the colon during a professionally administered session.
The small intestine is not specifically involved; however, the small intestine may be cleansed with the help of an oral intestinal cleanser that we can provide after the session at request.
- Are there any contraindications to colon hydrotherapy using the Angel of Water?
If you have a concern about your health or the appropriateness of colon hydrotherapy for you, you can consult with our physician or licensed health practitioner. Contraindications for the use of the Angel of Water include, but
may not be limited to: recent colon, rectal or abdominal surgery, congestive heart failure, intestinal perforations, carcinoma of the rectum, fissures or fistula, severe hemorrhoids, abdominal hernia, renal insufficiency, first or last
trimester of pregnancy and cirrhosis of the liver. Professionally administered colon hydrotherapy is otherwise very safe.
- Is there any possibility of bacterial or viral contamination from prior use of the colon hydrotherapy equipment?
The Angel of Water system uses single-use, sterile rectal nozzles. The use of sterile disposables coupled with the implementation of the Angel of Water’s multi-stage sanitation protocol with EPA registered disinfectants leaves
no danger of contamination.
- How long does a colon hydrotherapy session take?
Actual session time is about 30-40 minutes, but you should plan on about 1 ½ hours for your first consultation with session.
- Does having a menstrual period at the time of a colon hydrotherapy session have any effect on the experience?
No. Some consider it a good time to have a session since your body is already cleansing. Your menstrual flow will not interfere with the success of the session. However, some women prefer to wait until after their period is over to do a cleansing session.
- What should I do to prepare for a colon hydrotherapy cleansing?
Refrain from eating about 2 hours before the cleansing, be as relaxed as possible and maintain a positive, cheerful attitude.
- Will I experience any intestinal discomfort or fatigue after the cleansing?
Usually not, but everyone is different. Some report a slight feeling of tiredness, but this is similar to the feeling you have after exercising vigorously. After a session, sipping warm liquids is usually very soothing. If you have concerns,
consult with your colon hydrotherapist.
- Can I work directly after having colon hydrotherapy?
Yes. You can work just as you would after a regular bowel movement.
- Will I be left alone during the Angel of Water colon hydrotherapy session?
No. Our colon hydrotherapy practitioner will be monitoring you throughout the session for both your comfort and safety.