should I be concerned about my colon?
colon has been described as the sewer system of the human body. The human
colon is about 5 feet long and about 15 cms wide and may contain anywhere
between 5 and 25 pounds of waste matter. Health begins in the colon and
so does illness. If undigested food sits in the colon for any length of
time the colon gradually becomes narrower. This is similar to the waste
pipes in your house being furred up with calcium deposits ! The waste
matter becomes putrified and forms toxins. These toxins seep through the
walls of the colon and gradually invade the body, creating toxic areas
One in three people
consulting GP's are suffering from a bowel problem. Bowel disorders such
as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colitis, Diverticulitis and yeast infections
such as Candida are now widespread. Indeed, according to the Chief Medical
Officer`s Report (2003) bowel cancer in Northern Ireland is the second
most common cause of cancer death in the region (with around 1,000 cases
of the disease diagnosed per year and around 40 bowel cancer patients
dying each month).
practised by properly trained practitioners (eg those who have studied
at a School recognised by the Association & Register of Colon Hydrotherapists
or Guild of Colon Hydrotherapists or 1-ACT (International Association
of Colon Therapists)) is a safe, effective method of removing waste from
the large intestine, without the use of drugs. For those who value good
health, regular inner cleansing and elimination of waste products from
the bowel (through colonic hydrotherapy) should become part of their lifestyle
and be as important as proper digestion of fresh, nutritious food and
taking regular exercise.
does colonic treatment involve ?
On your arrival at the clinic you will be greeted by the therapist and
you will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire (if you have not
already done this On-Line) relating to your Lifestyle, Diet and medical
history. You will also be asked to sign a Consent form giving your consent
to the colonic irrigation treatment. The initial consultation and treatment
will typically last around 90 minutes. During your treatment you will
wear a cotton Body Wrap - which will be briefly opened while you are lying
on your left side of the treatment couch - to allow insertion of the speculum
at the commencement of the treatment and withdrawal of the speculum at
the conclusion of the session.
colonic session will last 40 minutes and begin with the very gentle insertion
of a plastic (disposal) speculum (lubricated with herbal Chickweed cream)
into the client`s rectum. The speculum is connected to two plastic tubes
which attach to the colonic machine (a high-tech Transcom HC-2000 machine
- the only one of it`s type in N.Ireland - which gives extremely comfortable
colonics and is fitted with high safety systems for pressure and temperature
). The thinner hose pipe is the water line which carries water from the
machine into the client's colon and the thicker, corrugated outlet hose
carries the waste which is expelled from the client's colon. The client
will then be asked to turn over onto their back with their knees bent
and their dignity preserved with a large towel draped over their legs.
The client will feel a little pressure as the therapist commences fills
of water into the colon - but this will only be for short periods (eg
10 - 15 seconds) - before the therapist empties the water and releases
the pressure). Gentle abdominal massage (to facilitate releases) will
be carried out periodically during the colonic session and clients can
also massage their abdomen with the aid of a Belly Ball (specially designed
for colonic sessions).
Herbal or Coffee enemas
are an integral part of a colonic session and greatly assist in inducing
releases. The release sequence will induce peristalsis (wave-like motions
along colon wall) in the colon - which facilitates the expulsion of faeces.
The client can observe the waste fecal matter being expelled from their
colon as it travels along a clear view tube on the machine en-route to
a colonic hurt?
Colonic treatment is not painful. You may feel some build-up of pressure
as the water fills the colon, which is quite normal, but this pressure
will only be for very short periods of time (literally seconds). Sometimes
you may get cramping - particularly before a release - but this discomfort
can be relieved by some abdominal massage and deep breathing.
The Transcom HC-2000
Colonic machine is known for it's excellent safety and comfort and automatically
shuts off when pressure exceeds 1.42 PS1 (pound per square inch) or when
the water temperature exceeds 40? Centigrade. Clients who have experienced
other colonic machines often comment on how much more comfortable their
session has been on the Transcom machine.
should a person prepare for a colonic session ?
To get the best out of a colonic session requires some preparation on
behalf of the client and the following steps will all prove helpful :
- Increase your water
consumption to 1.5 - 2 litres of water a day and cut out tea (apart
from herbal / Green tea), coffee and alcohol.
- If your are constipated
take 1 heaped tablespoon of crushed / milled linseed (also known as
flaxseed per day in cereal, fruit juice or yoghurt.
- Take 2 teaspoons
of aloe vera juice twice daily
- The day before
the appointment eat a variety of fruits (especially apples) and vegetables.
- Some exercise is
helpful (eg walking)
- Reduce your intake
of refined foods (white flour, sugars, and mucous producing foods -
eg dairy products)
- Avoid all fried
foods, all junk foods and red meats
can a person eat after a colonic ?
- Following a colonic
session bananas and apples are highly recommended as they contain the
necessary minerals to replenish the electrolytes you may have lost during
the session (sodium, potassium and magnesium).
- Vegetable soup
is also very good - particularly if you are feeling a little cold after
the colonic session.
- Avoid meat, bread,
dairy produce and alcohol for 24 hours after the colonic treatment.
- Drink plenty of
water / fresh fruit juices
- Take a probiotic
supplement (eg Pre-Bio 7 - available Holland & Barrett £9.99 for 40
capsules - take 1 per day) daily to restore the good bacteria which
is lost during a colonic treatment.
long does a session last?
Typically a session lasts 40-45 minutes - but your first session will
take around one hour - as a medical case history / questionnaire will
have to be completed prior to your treatment.
many sessions will I need ?
It is recommended that you book a course of colonic treatments (eg 4 -
6) if you have never had colonics before. The waste in your colon will
most likely be hardened and compacted (over years) and it will take at
least 4 sessions to loosen and expel this fecal matter. Thereafter you should have a 'maintenance' colonic at least once every 2-3 months.
might I experience after a colonic session ?
After a colonic session you may or may not experience immediate results
or changes (this will very much depend on how much you expelled in terms
of releases). Many clients report experiencing a sense of cleanness and
lightness, increased energy and mental alertness, improved vision etc.
Occasionally you may experience a headache - as a result of toxins being
released from the system - but this should not be prolonged. It is quite
common not to have a bowel movement for a few days after the colonic.
This is quite normal and no cause for concern, your bowel movements will
return to regularity after a number of days. Some long term benefits may
include better skin appearance, improved energy levels and better sleeping
patterns. The risk of bowel cancer is diminished and nutrients are better
absorbed - resulting in all-round improvement in health and vitality.
much waste matter can a person lose per session ?
This is very much an individual thing. Sometimes a person (particularly
in a first session) releases very little - other times they may release
large quantities. Generally the more relaxed the person, the better releases
they are likely to experience. In Moira Colonic Clinic some clients have lost as much as 6 - 8 pounds of waste fecal matter during one colonic session - though it should be emphasised that this is not the norm.
colonics help me lose weight ?
Yes, although we do not promote colonic irrigation as a 'quick-fix weight
loss therapy'. The villi which covers the lining of the small intestine,
absorbs and delivers fluids and nutrients to the blood, which in turn
nourishes body cells. When the villi is coated with waste fecal matter
it cannot properly absorb nutrients. This is why the body is unable to
effectively assimilate any good nutrients and over-weight people typically
have to eat twice as much in order to assimilate the nutrients. The expulsion
of waste from the colon will result in much better assimilation of nutrients
by the digestive system - typically meaning people need to eat less and
hence lose weight as a result.
do I know if a Colonic Practitioner is properly qualified ?
Always ask about the practitioner's qualifications - do not be afraid
to ask to see their Colonic Certificates and Public Liability Insurance.
Reputable therapists will usually have these displayed in their Clinics
anyway. Unfortunately there are people giving colonic treatments who are
not properly trained and hold no specialist colonic qualifications.
You are best advised
not to risk going to therapists who are not properly trained through a
recognised School of Colonic Hydrotherapy (eg in UK - a School recognised
by the Association and Register of Colon Hydrotherapists or Guild of Colonic
Hydrotherapists or The Institute of Professional Colon Hydrotherapy (I.P.C.H)
or I-ACT (International Association of Colon Therapists) and affiliated
to one of these ruling bodies. A therapist who is trained to (and who
has received) a Diploma (or equivalent) in Colonic Hydrotherapy from one
of the above Colonic bodies will have proved themselves to be competent
and knowledgeable practitioners.
Des McCready holds
a Diploma in Colonic Hydrotherapy (from Scottish School of Colon Hydrotherapy)
plus I-ACT Intermediate Level Certificate in Colon Hydrotherapy, a Diploma
in Nutrition (VTCT), a Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology (School of Natural
Health Sciences)' a CIBTAC Diploma in Thermal-Auricular Therapy (Ear Candling)
and Counselling qualifications (OCR Certificate in Counselling) in addition
to 3 academic degrees (from Queens University, University of Ulster and
University of Lancaster - School of Education).
much do colonic treatments cost ?
Colonic treatments at Moira Colonic Clinic are the best value in Ireland.
In Southern Ireland a colonic typically costs 120 - 130 Euro per session
and in Northern Ireland anywhere from £60 - £70 per session. In Moira
Colonic Clinic we charge £50 for the initial session (which includes full
consultation, free Advice Sheets, Dietary Advice etc) and £45 for subsequent
sessions. We also have a Special Offer of 4 colonic sessions for the price of 3 (a saving
of £35) - at a superb price of only £150 (which can be paid in 3 installments of £50).
A booking deposit (non-refundable) of £30 must be paid in advance at time
of booking (deducted from balance of treatment at first session) - which
is forfeited if a client does not turn up or if a minimum 48 hours notice
is not given to us of a cancelled appointment ( see our Clinic Cancellation