A freelance writer living in Melbourne, Veronica Strangio has been enjoying writing since childhood. She is especially interested in holistic wellness, community events and nature.
Published July 8th 2012
For the past year, I've been hearing from one person or another about their 'colonic irrigation' experiences. Initially I thought that these people were somewhat crazy to embark on such an intrusive procedure. Surely there are other ways of attaining health and vitality of the bowel/colon? I mean why interfere with nature? My ignorance on the subject urged me to investigate its background, benefits, side-effects, procedures and costs. There are numerous venues in Melbourne that offer this service, including The Colon Care Clinicin Camberwell.
Colonic irrigation is a method devised to clean the colon of faeces and toxins with water and other herbal solutions. The belief is that it is designed to rid the body of waste material that has been left to stagnate. The cause of this ineffective elimination stems from a diet high in processed, fatty and sugary foods. This toxic waste may re-enter the blood stream causing ill-health such as headaches, skin conditions, depression, back pain, arthritis, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
The claims are many and include an increase in energy and vitality, feeling positive and relaxed, glowing skin, reduced symptoms of bloating and IBS, flatter stomach, natural weight loss, relief from constipation, feeling of lightness, elimination of parasites, improved digestion, regained muscle strength of the colon, improved absorption of nutrients an improved mental alertness.
Some people feel energetic and others report feeling tired and irritable. Apparently these varied experiences are normal and particular to that person's level of toxicity. There is a choice of having a caffeine enema which stimulates increased elimination from the bowel. This may continue hours after the actual hydrotherapy. Some cramping may occur during the procedure itself as the colon contracts to expel waste. Once the waste is removed, many may find a session pleasant.
No food should be eaten at least two hours prior. You are encouraged to drink water and keep hydrated as much as possible. This is wise counsel for any individual's health and wellbeing. When you come in for a visit, you'll need to fill out a health questionnaire, and then you'll be directed into a room where there's a TGA approved system (refer to the picture below). The assistant will ask if you need help inserting the tube into the anus and if you need help. You get undressed privately and then press the buzzer help. If not, you will have all you need including a gel to make insertion of the tube easy; towelling and antiseptic gel as well as disposable gloves. Once the tube is in, you press the buzzer and the assistant will turn on a tap which will direct water flow into the anus and through the bowel. Then you can choose to watch a TV program, enjoy the warm herbal pillow or rest for the hour.
I bought a package of 4 visits. This was more cost effective and I wanted the whole experience with maximum impact. I was meant to take the course over a week. This, however was just not feasible for me so it ended up being over two weeks. My first session was rather nerve racking. I was more nervous about inserting the tube than anything else, and whether there would be any unpleasant smells as a result. To my relief there were none.
It was quite intriguing because you can actually watch what is eliminated via the mirror that is strategically positioned on the side of the bed. My tummy bloated a bit and I did feel uncomfortable; however I realised that it happened when I was tense and 'holding in' rather than being relaxed and going with the flow so to speak. The heat pillow made me feel comfortable and at ease. I was given a herbal tea to drink but I was simply too consumed with the display in the mirror.
The subsequent sessions were easier although during the third session; I did not drink much water. Therefore I did not eliminate much. The key is to make sure you are kept hydrated. You are also given a choice to take a caffeine enema at the second and fourth sessions. I did take them and noticed immediate results. I eliminated much more on those occasions. Another point is that you are advised to avoid meats and refined foods as much as possible whilst on the program. I was given an information sheet of recommendations. didn't follow it all but by and large the advice was sound and it certainly made me feel more 'cleansed.'
I felt far more conscious about what I was putting into my body after the sessions and became aware about the foods that gave me energy and vitality compared to those that didn't. There is a lot of information out there about health and well-being and this procedure is another way to get to know your body more and give it a regular tune-up. In my books this is a must try at least once.