We had the chance to experience an inside-out cleansing recently — it’s a practice called colon hydrotherapy, or a colonic. It’s a safe procedure that uses a machine to slowly rinse out solid waste from the colon, by pushing water into it, then letting it come out. The gentle pressure of the colonic machine stimulates the colon’s peristalsis (rhythmic movements of the bowel walls) and shifts the solid waste, thus mixing it with the filtered water. The peristalsis then pushes the mixture out through a tube, which feeds directly into the plumbing system — basically, it’s like flushing the toilet.
The medical community’s opinion of colon hydrotherapy is mixed. Some regard it as quackery, some as a non-benefit, and some as a useful tool in a patient’s self-treatment arsenal. I myself am of the opinion that it helps cleanse and detoxify the body, and if done safely and hygienically, presents no risks to a generally healthy person.
A lot of the foods we eat these days aren’t natural. They’re highly processed, and they turn into sticky gobs of muck once they get into our digestive system. They leave residues behind on our intestinal walls, or they compact together, forming lumps in our intestines, causing constipation, abdominal pain and other ailments, which over time can turn into chronic or acute problems. It makes perfect sense to rinse that stuff out every once in a while, giving your colon a fresh start.
My wife and I had two colonic sessions each, and we both feel they helped us. If you’ve never had a colonic, it’s a very different experience from just about anything you’ve done, including an enema. I really can’t describe it other than to say it feels like you just want to get off the table and run to the bathroom. The sensation is overpowering, but so is the subconscious shame of letting yourself go into a tube instead of doing it while sitting on a toilet seat. It’s that conflict in your mind between really needing to go and letting go that makes the first session almost unbearable, but if you persist, you will get results, especially if you do a second or third session.
The practice of colon hydrotherapy is regulated by I-ACT (The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy). One needs to be licensed in order to perform them, possess the proper equipment, and adhere to specific hygienic standards. There’s more information on this at the I-ACT website, i-act.org.
We found a reputable, licensed colon hydrotherapist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her name is Adina Zeev. Her training includes a BA in Philosophy, and she is a registered massage therapist, colon hydrotherapist and yoga instructor. She made the experience more comfortable by explaining how things work, and she gave us loads of advice about diet, general health and colon health during each session. I found the things she said to be so interesting and useful that I wanted to share them with you.
I conducted an interview with her, where she talked about her training and she discussed colon hydrotherapy in detail: what it is, what its benefits and risks are, how to find a proper colon hydrotherapist, how to prepare for a session, what to do afterward, and what one should do to maintain colon health. The two-part interview is available on YouTube in HD, and you can watch it below.
If you’re in South Florida and you’d like to try out colon hydrotherapy, my recommendation is to get in touch with Adina. Her website is blessedlovehealthcare.com.