We often get asked questions about Colon Hydrotherapy. We're happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure, benefits, what you can expect during a session. Here are a few of the more common questions and answers to get you started.
When beginning to detox the colon we recommend anywhere from 4-10 colonics sessions, depending on your level of toxicity. The colon is 4-6 feet long and because the waste inside the colon can get very compacted it often takes multiple sessions to break it down. Scheduling your sessions as close together as possible will give you the best results.
During your first session you may feel some discomfort from the breakdown of the gas wall that has built up in your intestines over time. After introducing more hydration to your colon your sessions will get much easier.
At VIVA Wellness, we utilize single-use, sterile rectal nozzles and a multi-stage sanitation protocol. We use sterilized disposables, detailed sanitation protocols, and EPA-registered disinfectants to remove any danger of contamination.
It is impossible to become dependent on colonics. We use nothing but filtered water during our colonic hydrotherapy sessions. In fact, colonics help strengthen the muscles in the colon wall. This will help the peristalsis movement and you will be able to have more bowel movements on your own after the old matter is released.
Getting colonics will actually help re-balance your gut flora. The human body needs a balance of 70% good bacteria and 30% bad bacteria. Good bacteria cannot grow in a toxic environment, so by flushing out the bad, changing the diet and taking probiotics you can create that good and healthy environment for your gut.
A healthy colon has three bowel movements a day.
Your first session will take a little bit longer, followed by shorter sessions. For your initial colonic you should plan for approximately 75 minutes. Follow up sessions will be approximately 60 minutes each.
We recommend that clients that have more questions or wish to jump start their wellness journey schedule a session with our Nurse Practitioner to discuss your goals. You may also wish to add an Enema Infusion or Implant to your session.
We recommend avoiding caffeine and dairy products for 24 hours before your session. If you have a juicer at home or have access to freshly pressed juice we recommend having multiple juices in the days leading up to your appointment. Please come to your session on an empty stomach (no food 2-3 hours before your session and no liquids 30 minutes prior to your session).
There is usually no down time after a colonic. Most people tend to feel amazing after their sessions. If you are on the more toxic side you could have some general detox symptoms which include: headache, fatigue or nausea.
We recommend that you consult your physician or licensed healthcare practitioner if you have any concerns about your health or the appropriateness of colon hydrotherapy.
Our nurse practitioner, Jennifer Hruz FNP-BC, APNP, is available to answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions or concerns, we recommend you set up 30 minute complimentary consultation in office or as a virtual visit to discuss your concerns.
Contraindications include, but are not 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; ulcerative colitis; Crohn’s disease; diverticulitis; blood in stool; first or last trimester of pregnancy; and cirrhosis of the liver.
Here is a full list of contraindications:
- Cancer of the colon or GI (gastrointestinal) tract
- Acute abdominal pain (please call us to clarify)
- Recent history of severe GI or rectal bleeding
- Congestive heart failure
- Uncontrolled hypertension
- Carcinoma of the rectum
- Abdominal surgery within the past 6 months* (please call us to clarify)
- Intestinal perforation
- Abdominal hernia
- Recent colon or rectal surgery
- Acute diverticulitis
- Recent heart attack
- Vascular aneurysm
- Renal insufficiency
- Fissures or fistula
- Pregnancy (second trimester could be eligible with clearance from NP)
- Acute Ulcerative colitis
- Acute Crohn’s disease
- Rectal or abdominal tumors
Our office policy is that a client be 16 years or older. A legal guardian must be present the entire session. A consult with our nurse practitioner is REQUIRED with both minor and parent prior to booking your session.
An enema is a therapeutic procedure to deepen your detox. We use a stainless steel enema bucket with 32oz of liquid (coffee, herbs, etc.) and insert it into the colon. After about 15 minutes it is released on the toilet. We do this procedure after the colonic so you have better absorption after the removal of waste.
An implant is a small amount of liquid that is inserted into the colon after a colonic. We use different mixtures including probiotics, lavender, essential oils, chlorophyll, etc. Implants help with anxiety, insomnia, balancing of gut flora, inflammation, repopulating good bacteria after the use of antibiotics, parasites, and more.
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