Colonic FAQs


What is Colon Hydrotherapy?


Colon Hydrotherapy , also known as colonics and colon irrigation, is a method of cleansing the colon (large intestine) of accumulated fecal matter, mucus, harmful toxins and bacteria from the bowel. A gentle infusion of filtered warm water flows in and out of the colon over a 40 minute session.

The colon is a 4-layer muscle and colon hydrotherapy helps to stimulate and exercise this muscle. Like any muscle, if it is not toned and working efficiently it will become sluggish and not work at an optimum level.

If you are not eliminating the same number of meals today which you ate yesterday, then your colon may not be working efficiently and you may be constipated. Waste and toxins that remain too long in the intestines feed harmful bacteria causing putrefaction and fermentation which can cause symptoms such as gas, bloating, nausea, headaches, fatigue, skin problems, etc.

These poisons can also be reabsorbed into the system and cause autointoxification or self-poisoning and can lead to more serious health problems.

Is Colon Hydrotherapy safe?

Yes, everything is sterilized and sanitized before each session. Each client receives their own pre-packaged, sterile, disposable nozzles which are disposed of after each use. The water is filtered upon entering the unit and warmed to body temperature, then it is sterilized by an ultraviolet light before gently flowing into the client. The colonic unit is FDA approved. The colon hydrotherapist is trained, certified, and insured.

What is the difference between Colon Hydrotherapy and an enema?


Colon hydrotherapy is much safer and easier than your typical enema. An enema reaches only the rectum and lower part of your colon whereas with colon hydrotherapy the entire length of the colon is cleansed. With an enema, water enters the body from the rectum under gravity force, distending and weakening the lower section of the colon before being released into the toilet. Colon Hydrotherapy, on the other hand, has a beneficial toning effect while also hydrating and enhancing absorption.

What is the difference between an open & closed colonic system?

There are basically two different types of units available for administering colonics and they are either open or closed systems. Before deciding to have a colonic it is helpful to understand the basic difference between the two types.

The OPEN System:

With an open system, the client lies on a molded fiberglass table that looks like a recliner. The table has a basin cut into it and a small, disposable rectal tube, about the size of a pencil is at one end. After demonstrating to the client how to gently insert the tube, the therapist leaves, providing total privacy for the client. The therapist returns when the client is ready and starts the continuous flow of gravity-fed water through the rectal tube and into the client. When the client feels full, they simply push out and the rectal tube moves to one side within the rectum allowing the softened matter to flow out. It then flows to the bottom of the basin and past a 2 foot clear viewing tube. An odor exhaust system works so that it remains odor free at all times. The therapist remains in the room and provides instruction during the first session, but private time can be provided during future sessions.

This type of system is very gentle and is usually the better choice for clients who have had any type of bowel concerns. The open system is generally regarded as more comfortable than the closed system.

The CLOSED System:

With a closed system, the client lies on a table similar to a massage table and the equipment is plumbed into a cabinet attached to a nearby wall. The therapist then inserts a speculum into the rectum and attached one end of a disposable hose to the speculum and the other end is connected to the equipment. A pressurized stream of water is then delivered through the attached hose and when the colon is filled and pressure reaches maximum levels the therapist manually drains through the same hose. Water pressure and temperature within the colon must be monitored to avoid leakage or perforation, requiring the constant attention of the therapist.

This type of system is generally the better choice for patients who have spinal injuries causing a loss of control of the anal sphincter muscle.

What kind of colonic system do you use?

New Harmony Health Spa uses an open system called the “LIBBE” (Lower Intestinal Bottom Bowel Evacuation). This is the finest, state of the art equipment on the market.

  • FDA approved
  • Durable, one piece fiberglass, seat based system
  • Gravity Fed = SAFE!
  • Ultra-Violet Water Filter/Purification
  • Automatic Temperature Shutoff
  • Odorless Vent System
  • Therapist assisted or operated in privacy

What can I expect at my first colonic appointment?

Your first colonic appointment will take about 90 minutes. The colon hydrotherapist reviews your Colonic Intake Form which is found on this website. The Colonic Intake Form provides the therapist with the necessary information to understand your colon and digestive health needs, as well as verify that it’s safe to provide you with this service. Print and complete the Colonic Intake Form and bring it with you to your first appointment.

Indivualized colon health education will be provided next. Then we will go over any questions or concerns you may have. After briefly explaining how to prepare to use the colonic unit, you will begin your 45 minute colonic session.

During the colonic, the client is modestly draped and will always maintain their personal dignity. The colonic unit is designed to be user friendly and once coached, the client may be in control of the session. The therapist is present but allows the client to have some privacy, which often helps the client to relax and have a more effective cleanse. The last 5 minutes of the session is reserved to allow your body to “drain” any excess water it may be holding.

Will getting a colonic be painful?


Getting a colonic should not be painful. However, you may feel some slight discomfort or cramping prior to releasing, especially if you’re very toxic. But we do have a user friendly device which allows the client to slow or stop the flow of water if they should want to do so at any time during their session.

How should I prepare for my colonic?

The day before your colonic as well as the day of your colonic, be sure to hydrate and drink plenty of water- at least your daily recommended intake which is half your weight in ounces (so if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink at least 75 ounces of water every day). Also, in the same 24 hour period prior to your colonic, eat lightly and avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages if possible (since they are dehydrating). It is important to avoid eating food two hours prior to your colonic.

What should I do after my colonic?

After your colonic, be sure to continue to drink plenty of liquids – alkaline water is most ideal plus fresh vegetable or fruit juice, herbal tea, coconut water, and soup. No pop, coffee, or alcohol. Take probiotic supplements/beverages or eat cultured vegetables to put more friendly bacteria in your body. Follow proper food combining rules to reduce gas and aid digestion. Avoid strenuous exercise immediately afterward.

Will everything in my colon be eliminated during a colonic?

Many of us have a considerable amount of impacted waste in our colon due to many different lifestyle factors. So the contents of the bowel are typically not entirely released during a first session. Second and subsequent colonics will likely release more material as your body tunes into releasing and the colon muscles become more toned and hydrated.

Who benefits from Colon Hydrotherapy?

Nearly anyone and everyone can benefit from Colon Hydrotherapy. The colon is one of five eliminative organs in the body so colonics are a safe and effective way to rid toxins from the body. The less toxicity we have in our bodies, the stronger our immune systems, and the healthier we will be overall.

Medical indications for the use of Colon Hydrotherapy include constipation or fecal impaction. Colon Hydrotherapy may also be prescribed by physicians as preparation prior to surgery and intestinal diagnostic procedures (i.e. barium enema, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy).

How often should I get a colonic?


After your first colonic session, you can discuss future session recommendations with the therapist and a maintenance plan will then be determined based on the individual condition. In order to bring the body back into balance, many clients benefit from doing a series of anywhere from 6-24 colonics . A recommended protocol is 2 the first week, 2 the second week and once a week for 2-8 more weeks. Doing a long-term series of colonics helps to slow detoxification to a more gentle and tolerable rate.

It depends on your toxicity level. One or two colonics might be all you need to recover from minor health concerns. However, overcoming lifelong constipation or a more serious illness and achieving vital health may require regular colonics for some time. Remember that it took years to create your current body condition, so it will not be repaired overnight. Certain lifestyle changes may also be needed along with the colonics.

Will the colonic wash away the good bacteria in my colon?

Colonics can cleanse both the good and bad bacteria from the bowel just like regular bowel movements can as well. If we are cleansing a lot of toxic waste from the bowel, then we are creating a better environment to re-establish the good bacteria in. So it is important to take probiotic supplements/beverages or eat cultured vegetables to provide the body with this good bacteria.

Will the colonic cause my bowels to not work propery?

No. Colon Hydrotherapy hydrates and exercises the colon creating better peristalsis (muscle contraction), which will help tone and strengthen it to function and eliminate much better.

Is it okay to get a colonic if I’m menstruating?

You may still get a colonic during your menstrual period. Some women feel it is an appropriate time to have a hydrotherapy session since your body is already cleansing. However some prefer to wait until their period is over. It’s a matter of personal preference.

Will the colonic cause any side effects?

Most clients feel much better- lighter and more energetic. Some first time clients may temporarily experience slight headache or fatigue due to their body detoxifying. This why we highly recommend two initial colonics for new clients. The second session can be necessary so that the rest of the toxins that were stirred up from the first colonic are eliminated rather than reabsorbed.

Who should NOT get a colonic?

There are certain contraindications (a condition or factor that increases risk) with colon hydrotherapy:

  • Abdominal hernia or abnormal distension/masses
  • Abdominal surgery (within 12 weeks)
  • Acute Liver Failure
  • Anemia (severe)
  • Aneurysm
  • Carcinoma of the colon or rectum
  • Cardiac Disease (severe)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Colitis
  • Colon or rectal surgery (within 12 weeks)
  • Diverticulosis
  • First & last trimester of pregnancy
  • Fissures/Fistulas
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or severe hemorrhoids
  • Intestinal hemorrhage/perforation
  • Lupus
  • Renal Insufficiency or dialysis patients