When considering colonic hydrotherapy for the first time, your mind may immediately revert to a very uncomfortable place. You consider the awkward embarrassment, the pain you imagine must be involved, and you really don’t want to think about how to deal with all that waste. This is normal. It’s not a topic that’s often broached in polite conversation, so most people really don’t know much about what it entails or how it will affect their lives.
Now, with no sugar coating, here’s the truth of the matter.
As first time patients, it’s OK to be nervous. It would be strange if you weren’t cautions or tentative about a new treatment for your body. It’s your body after all. However, there are some things that you should be aware of and know to do before going in for the procedure.
When First Considering Colon Hydrotherapy:
- Be sure to consult your doctor beforehand.
- There are certain conditions under which colonics are not safe or recommended. Your doctor should know better than anyone if you fall under one of those restrictions. He or she may also have a facility in mind for you.
- Find a licensed hydrotherapist.
- There is a program that hydrotherapists go through designed to educate and train themselves to protect you. Don’t trust just anyone.
Schedule a consultation first.
- Diving right in is rarely the best option. Come prepared to ask as many questions as need be for you to be comfortable. Developing a relationship of trust with your hydrotherapist, as with any doctor, is essential to your comfort later on. If it’s weird now, how awkward will it be for the actual procedure?
Once You’ve Schedule the Procedure:
Every hydrotherapist has varying instructions on what you should do to prepare for colon hydrotherapy. The general consensus is that hydration is key. Most recommended a gallon of water a day and upping your intake of fruits and vegetables to around 50% of your diet. It is also advised that you guide your diet away from complex carbohydrates like bread and rice.. Most of these are simple suggestions to help your first visit to be successful.
What’s essential is hydration, The will also ask you to fast for 2-3 hours prior to going in for your colonic hydrotherapy. This should be covered in detail during your initial consultation.
What to Expect During the Procedure:
- Your colon hydrotherapy will be done in a private room.
- There is no one there to feel embarrassed in front of. Your hydrotherapist and the staff are very conscious of the need of a client to retain their dignity.
- You will be in a gown and be asked to lay either on your back or side.
- Some therapists provide heating pads for comfort.
- The hydrotherapist will insert a speculum a few inches into your colon and attach a tube with in and out flow capabilities.
- There is no mess or smell to worry about. Everything will be contained in the system of tubes and waste disposal.
- The hydrotherapy will last approximately 45 minutes.
- It takes time for the water to naturally soften and aid in removing the bowel contents. Nothing should be forced.
As a first time patient, there is the possibility that very little will actually be evacuated from your colon. For some, because of the condition of their colon contents, several sessions will be needed in order to properly cleanse everything. The first session is actually an important diagnostic tool, and helps your hydrotherapist determine what type of treatment will work for you in the future. It’s not that it’s just not working, or that your bowels are empty, it’s that your case may take a little more time depending on your diet and other factors in your daily life.
Is colon hydrotherapy a little less scary now? As with most unfamiliar situations, being prepared and knowing what you’re getting into is more than half the battle.