What Is Colon Hydrotherapy Treatment?

Recently I was asked ‘What is colon hydrotherapy treatment and how does it work?’ by a friend of mine and I decided to write a post about the topic and share it with you.

Colon hydrotherapy is where water, sometimes of contrasting temperatures, is fed through a hose via the anus to gently flush waste out of the bowels.

Normally it is not painful, and if pain is encountered during the procedure, you need to tell your Therapist immediately.

Is Colon Hydrotherapy some new fad?

Colon hydrotherapy has been around for thousands of years and is relied upon widely for its many health benefits as a preventative therapy. There’s a video that goes over this a little further down the page.

Colon hydrotherapy, or hydro-colonic therapy, is a medical procedure of gently rinsing the colon with warm, body-temperature water to shock the intestines to flush the bowels.

The process involves the practitioner inserting a dual line pipe into the rectum. The dual pipes work simultaneously where one pipe squirts the water into the bowels to dehydrate lingering dehydrated fecal matter and exercise the bowels.

The other pipe gently vacuums the excess feces, mucus, gas and toxic waste build up out of the bowls.

The procedure is comfortable and very convenient, quick and easy. Hydro cleansing normally takes about an hour and is a closed system; so there are no unpleasant smells. It is also safe and hygienic.

How does the colon work?

The colon, or the large intestine (also known as the large bowel) removes semi-solid and solid waste from the body. The primary function is to purge toxins from the body by creating fecal matter which is excreted through the rectum.

The colon is approximately 5 feet or 1.5 meters in length and 2.5 inches or 6 to 7 cm in diameter.

Through eating well, exercising regularly and managing stress levels improved health and wellness can be achieved.

However, despite all of our best intentions, it can be difficult to avoid all the pesticides and chemicals in our environment and in our foods.

The more recently identified impact on health and well-being through our increasingly sedentary work and home lifestyles, and the chemicals in our environment, are harmful to our digestive systems.

These factors, when left unchecked, can quickly contribute to escalating digestive and bowel problems.

Colon hydrotherapy benefits

When asking the question ‘What is colon hydrotherapy?’ you also need to consider; what are the benefits of colon hydrotherapy? A colon cleanse, or an intestine cleanse, is one of the most effective ways to detoxify the body and improve general gut health.

By purging the metabolic waste out of the system, removes the excess toxins that accumulate in the body over time, improves digestive function, and purifies the intestinal system. Colon cleansing also helps to improve the good bacteria in the bowels.

As a process, colon hydrotherapy massages the large intestine which helps to stimulate the muscles and nerves in the digestive system, and maintain good digestive health. Colon hydrotherapy is an effective natural treatment that helps to relieve gastrointestinal problems such as:

  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms,
  • Diarrhoea,
  • Constipation,
  • Diverticulitis, 1
  • Haemorrhoids,
  • Abdominal cramps,
  • Stomach pains,
  • Chronic fatigue, or
  • Bloating.

You may also get relief from inflammation, allergies, skin conditions, sluggishness, brain fog and headaches after having a colon cleanse. You will feel much lighter and you may experience increased energy levels and improved mental clarity.

When the body is functioning properly, you feel good inside, and it shows. You will have a natural glow, with noticeably clearer skin and brighter eyes.

This, in turn, helps to improve personal self-image and increase endorphins, the happy hormones, making you feel more positive and generally improving your quality of life.

The video below illustrates how matter can build up in the bowel over the years and contribute to a less healthy lifestyle.

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Colon hydrotherapy sounds pretty scary and full on, but once you find out a bit more about it you’ll see that it’s not as intimidating as you may have first thought. Find this image on Instagram.

Colon hydrotherapy weight loss – does it work?

After a colon hydrotherapy session, you will feel much lighter as a result of flushing out of your system. You will lose about 3 kilograms or six pounds in weight from the removal of excess waste.

You will also have a visibly flatter tummy. Additionally, because your intestines are working more effectively, there may be lasting results when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

Please note that colon hydrotherapy is not encouraged as a substitute for a weight management program.

How to clean intestines

Given that you came here to find out ‘what is colon hydrotherapy?’ you may also be wondering if you can cleanse the colon naturally by using products or maintaining a special diet.

If colonic hydrotherapy sounds too invasive for you, you could use cleansing pills, teas or herbs which would help flush out your system, or a combination of Bentonite Clay and Psyllium Husk.

By doing a seasonal juice fast, you can have similar results with cleansing the colon. However, this will not remove all the dried and excess fecal matter from your bowels and any lingering matter that has become stuck in the bowel.

One of the benefits of Rice Wine Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar is that they naturally clean the intestines and help to retain good bacteria in the digestive system.

Japanese scientists conducted experiments using rice wine vinegar which showed a reduction in colon cancer rates, and a reduction in the presence of other cancer cells found in the lung, breast, bladder, and prostate.

Other health benefits of Rice Wine Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar are that they contain antimicrobial properties and are antioxidants with some bio-active components. They have a variety of therapeutic benefits such as helping to:

  • Lower blood pressure,
  • Reduce blood sugar levels,
  • Prevent diabetes,
  • Reduce cholesterol,
  • Reduce hypertension,
  • Reduce irregularity of the bowels,
  • Reduce weight, and
  • Prevent cancerous tumors

Homemade Colonic Cleanse Recipe

¼ Cup – Unprocessed honey
¼ Cup – Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar or Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Liters – Warm water

Combine the above ingredient in a large pouring jug. Allow to cool, and refrigerate. Drink every morning on an empty stomach.

This homemade colonic cleanse recipe is great as it is gentle on the stomach and is unlikely to result in any sudden bowel movements.

When you are considering the question ‘what is colon hydrotherapy treatment?’ and wondering what the benefits of colon hydrotherapy are, you need to be well informed.

It is also very important that the therapist you choose is well-trained and makes you feel comfortable with the process. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, and try to relax.


  1. “Diverticulitis” – WebMD Editorial Contributors, 29 August 2023 [WebMD] [Archive] ↩︎

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About the Author

Christine has long been on the path to optimal health. With a history of weight loss coaching she is driven by a passion for nutrition, health and wellness. Having grown up in Africa before migrating to New Zealand, and then Australia, she has seen very strong contrasts in quality of life and is driven to help others understand the importance of taking a holistic approach to life.

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