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Colonic Irrigation

Natural Contours holds regular colonic irrigation sessions carried out by an experienced Registered General Nurse specialist.

The systematic cleansing of the colon can have many beneficial effects including extra vitality, better skin and more energy. Clients also report improved bowel regularity, improved digestion and better weight control.

Equipment is sterile and disposable and attendant surfaces are sterilised using hospital approved sterilising solutions.You will be welcomed and made comfortable in our relaxing environment.

Throughout the treatment our consultants will be following your wishes and explaining to you what is happening. Therefore, you will feel confident and in control. The efficacy of the treatment will be self evident and you will, on completion, feel the benefit of this truly remarkable therapy.


Colonic Irrigation Q&A

What does the treatment consist of?

Colonic Irrigation consists of the purified warm water which flows slowly into the colon under low pressure, via a small tube. When the colon is filled, the water flows out through a larger tube, bringing with it any loose debris. This is done a number of times during a treatment, which lasts from 30 minutes to an hour, and the result is a gentle flushing of the colon, and a loosening of old faecal debris. The treatment is not painful, or unconfortable, provided the practitioner is competent and follows a few basic rules.

Where in the colon is the old faecal debris?

It can be in pockets in the colon wall, or diverticuli, or can be mixed with hardened mucous “glued” to any part of colon wall.

How much old faecal debris can be stuck in the colon?

3-5lbs is probably an average amount of debris that can be lodged in the colon, although sometimes as much as 25lbs can be present (this does not include the ‘transient matter’ present at the time).

Why doesn’t the debris stuck in the colon move through in the normal course of events – especially if you have got diarrhoea?

Because the old matter will be lodged in pockets or stuck to the bowel wall. Diarrhoea will pass over this, and because it is already laden with faecal matter will not necessarily dissolve it.

Can some people have rubbish stuck in the colon and not be ill?

Yes, although often people will display symptoms of a toxic condition before it turns into an identifiable or serious illness – eg fatigue and tiredness, skin problems, etc.

How long does it take to clean out the bowel completely?

It depends on the condition of the colon. People with minor problems may be ‘cleaned out’ after 6 treatments. Someone who is seriously ill, however, may need many more.

Is it possible to go straight into intensive colonic therapy until the colon is clean?

Generally not, because it can leave the patient too weak, and time between treatments is often desirable to allow the body to recover from ‘healing crises’. Short bursts of intensive therapy – a week or so at a time, with a recovery period in between – are often possible.

Is the treatment expensive?

The cost of the treatment varies from £30-£60 depending on the practitioner, location and any implants used or supplements prescribed.

Is it possible to perforate the bowel through colonic irrigation?

Very unlikely, due to the low pressure used.

Is it possible to overstretch the bowel through colonic irrigation?

Yes, but very unlikely if you are in the hands of a skilled practitioner. Sometimes the bowel will already be overstretched or distorted because of retention of old faecal matter.

Does the bowel get lazy if you have a lot of colonics?

No, on the contary, the internal ‘massage’ provided by colonic irrigation, and the release of impacted matter from the wall of the colon should help tone the muscle of the bowel.

Does colonic irrigation wash out all of the good bacteria in the bowel?

Loose bacteria will be expelled, but the removal of old waste allows a better chance of long term colonisation with ‘good’ bacteria. In the short term, the practitioner will recommend the taking of probiotic cultures to ‘restock’ the bowel flora, and a diet which will encourage these ‘good’ bacteria to multiply.

Does colonic irrigation wash out essential vitamins and minerals?

Many people cannot assimilate vitamins and minerals properly through their colons anyway due to the build up of toxic waste. In the longer term, the removal of toxic matter should help the patient absorb more efficiently through the colon wall.

If colonic irrigation is a painless treatment, why is the healing process difficult?

It is not always difficult – some people experience immediate improvement. However particularly when the patient is very ill, the effect of ‘stirring up’ old toxic debris can be to release toxins into the body which result in what are known as ‘healing reactions or crises’. How often these will occur, and how severe they will be, is unpredictable.

Is there another way of detoxifying the colon other than colonic irrigation?

Historically, herbs have been used to detoxify the bowel, but they are probably most useful in combination with colonic irrigation, not as a completely effective substitute.

Is there a danger of transmitting desease through the equipment used in colonic irrigation?

Yes – cross contamination is possible, and proper sterilization methods are important.

Are there any circumstances in which colonic irrigation is not recommended?

Yes. If a patient has: Severe cardiac disease, high blood pressure, aneurysm, severe anaemia, gastro-intestinal perforation or haemorrhage, severe haemorrhoids, cirrhosis, carcinoma of the colon or rectum, advanced pregnancy, abdominal hernia, recent colon or rectal surgery, renal insufficiency or a sever prostate condition, colonic irrigation is not recommended. A qualified colonic therapist should take a detailed history and be aware of conditions for which colonic irrigation is not advised.

Are there any things one should or shouldn’t do at the same time as having colonic therapy?

It is good practice to use diet, vitamin and mineral supplements, herbs or homoeopathy, exercise (if possible), deep breathing and skin-brushing at the same time as undergoing colonic therapy.

For how long has colonic irrigation been practiced, or been known about?

There is reference to colonic irrigation in the bible, and the Yogis in India were known to use thir own method of physically cleansing the bowel. The first known use if colonic irrigation was by the Egyptions around 1500BC.

Is it possible to do colonic irrigation oneself?

Yes, but not recommended without proper training.

What is the difference between an enama and a colonic irrigation?

An enama simply retains water in the bowel. It cannot usually reach all the way up the colon, and does not have the same ‘flushing’ action as colonic irrigation.

Are enamas as effective as colonic irrigation?


Is it possible to do enemas oneself?


Is it possible to add things like Nystatin,Probiotics etc to the water used in enemas and colonic irrigation?

Yes, and also herbs, coffee (freshly ground) and capricin.