Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of water to cleanse the colon.


Colon hydrotherapy (also known as a colonic) is carried out with a machine that is known as a closed system. It involves the administration of water into the colon through a speculum inserted in the rectum.

A closed system delivers double, sometimes triple, filtered water at a controlled temperature and flow rate through a tube, to slowly fill the colon. Once the colon is filled, the flow of water is stopped to allow for the contraction and release in the colon thereby allowing faecal matter to flow back into the tube and into a drain.

An unnatural diet, an unhealthy and/or sedentary lifestyle, ignoring the natural urge to defecate and exposure to environmental toxins often results in constipation. This can lead to a build-up of faecal matter in the colon and create toxicity in the body.

In fact, the contents of the colon are so toxic that if one drop got into the blood, it would trigger an emergency which would probably require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). Therefore, cleansing the colon is a highly important part of any holistic healing program.

About the Colon

When we refer to the colon it means approximately the final 5 feet (1.4m) of the gastrointestinal tract. One of most important functions of the colon is the reabsorption of water. Reabsorption of water in the colon continues even if a person has not emptied their bowels. Therefore, if you are constipated and there is a build of toxic waste in the colon there will be reabsorption of waste products and toxins.

A healthy colon should be emptied at least 3 times per day if we eat 3 times per day. A day should never go by when you do not empty your bowels. Otherwise, constipation will cause a build-up of toxins in the system, which will contribute to sickness and impede your ability to heal.

The Colon and The Liver

The design of the colon is such that the veins that drain it coalesce into a system of veins (portal circulation). These veins join near the liver into one large vein called the portal vein. The portal vein enters the liver directly for the contents to be detoxified before then being circulated throughout the system.  

Therefore, toxicants in the colon lead to a process of “autointoxication” affecting predominantly the liver, but also eventually contributing to systemic toxicity.

As a result of autointoxication, the liver expends a great deal of its resources on detoxifying reabsorbed waste and toxins. This means that it has less capacity to deal with the constant barrage of toxins that are being continually ingested in today’s modern and polluted world. These toxins come from the food we eat, the water we drink, our environment and many other sources.

The result is an overworked, inefficient liver and the accumulation of toxins throughout the body. Colon hydrotherapy helps to address and reverse this problem, cleansing the colon, taking a burden off the liver and thus supporting healing and health restoration.

The Colon and Cancer

The contents of the colon become harder and harder as each hour passes making it more and more difficult to pass a stool. Waste that has accumulated in the colon is a resource rich paradise for pathological microorganisms, which multiply exponentially producing environmental conditions that are favorable to themselves rather than healthy bacteria. For example, bad bacteria cause pH changes in the colon and produce certain chemicals that actually inhibit the growth of healthy bacteria. 

Furthermore, healthy bacteria such as Bifidobacterium bifidus produce substances that serve as food for the cells on the colon, specifically the SCFA (small chain fatty acid) butyric acid. When there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria the cells of the colon do not “turn over” as frequently as is optimal (every 3 days). This results in cellular proliferation, which is one of the hallmarks of cancer.

Do we really need enemas or colonics?

The answer is in the physiology of the human body and for most people the answer is yes.

The human colon is approximately five feet in length and one of its primary functions is to reabsorb water. If you are not defecating five feet of waste daily, you are retaining a substance so toxic that if even a small amount were to enter your blood stream you would become extremely ill.

When you continually reabsorb the water of the retained feces, toxins are also absorbed into the blood. Once toxins reach the blood, it is called “toxemia”.

This small amount of continual toxemia is part of what keeps the whole body in an underlying inflammatory state which is the basic pathology of all illnesses.

Therefore, colon hydrotherapy is an essential part of cleaning all the toxic waste from the body, so your immune system can focus on defense and healing instead of maintenance.