The Colon

Many clients like to understand what the colon does and how Colonic Hydrotherapy (Colonic Irrigation) can help … so here is a bit of background information …

The colon, large intestine or bowel is situated in the abdomen and forms the last part of the digestive tract. An extremely important organ in its own right, it carries out a number of vital functions including the completion of the digestive process involving absorption of water soluble nutrients as well as the synthesis of certain vitamins. The colon is a major part of the excretory system, and is responsible for eliminating food and other body wastes, as well as protecting us from infection and disease. In a normal functioning colon, all this is achieved with the help of billions of friendly bacteria which inhabit the colon and make up some 70% of the dry weight of our faecal waste.

Each day our bodies absorb toxic chemicals from the preservatives and additives in the foods and drinks we ingest, from the polluted air we breathe and from petro-chemicals found in most cosmetic products we put on our skin. As these foreign substances are absorbed into the blood stream, they become toxins to our living cells. The body becomes unable to absorb the necessary nutrients. Flushing toxins from the body becomes difficult if faecal matter is allowed to build up and is stored in the colon. Colon hydrotherapy works to detoxify, soothe and tone the colon muscle and promotes healthy peristalsis.


Colon hydrotherapy is a gentle internal bath using warm, purified water that can help to eliminate stored faecal matter, gas, mucus and toxic substances from the colon. A practice dating from around 1500 B.C., colonics can also help retonify and reshape the colon. However, colonics have a much broader effect than simply cleansing the colon. Benefits can often be observed throughout the body in the form of clearer skin, more energy and mental clarity, fewer headaches, with circulatory, immune and weight problems often improving. Many people are referred to colonic practitioners by other alternative therapists including nutritionalists, homoeopaths, acupuncturists and herbalists, since by detoxifying the system using colonics, these therapies tend to be more effective.

  • Healthy transit time of food through our bodies is less than 24 hours.
  • On average in the UK it is now 60 hours for men and 70 hours for women.
  • The UK is the most constipated nation in the world!!
  • The UK has the highest incidence of bowel cancer in the world with 20,000 new cases per year.
  • 1 in 3 people consulting G.P.’s have a bowel problem.
  • Bowel disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Diverticulitis and yeast infections (Candida) are now widespread.

The repercussions of a toxic bowel may be seen throughout the body system in a wide range of health problems, and in the general malaise affecting so many in our society.

Here is a diagram of the colon:



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