Colonic Irrigation Systems
There are 3 main types of systems. Of the system types there are several different brands. The brands will function similar but have different options and features on the systems such as ability to collect samples and ability to see through a lighted window what is coming out.
Closed Colon Hydrotherapy System
With this system the tubing area from the speculum to the machine is enclosed. The water flow can be adjusted for each inflow or “fill”. Water enters the colon very slowly, and is generally not felt; more or less a sensation of temperature or warmness is felt. These systems have a pressure gauge that is monitored to insure the water is being received. When material is ready to come out, the pressure increases and that is a signal to put the system into ‘release’ mode. Here the water and material will flow out of the system, through the tube and into the sewer pipes. The waste is “closed” to the air, hence the term “closed-system”. The recipient remains on the treatment table throughout the process. A professional therapist administers the colon hydrotherapy session, and is present during the entire session. The sessions consist of a series of inflows and outflows that can be accompanied by abdominal massage. Many people prefer the closed-system colonic over other methods of colon entero-lavage.
Open Colon Hydrotherapy System
With the open-basin system, the table on which the client rests has a basin set into it. This equipment is plumbed to the sewer system from the bottom of the basin. The client’s hips are at the edge of the basin so intestinal waste may fall easily into it. The waste is “open” to the air, hence the term “open-system”. Water comes from a gravity tank or a pressure system set in a cabinet at the foot or side of the table. Tubing will connect the tank with a pencil-thin stick called the speculum that is inserted into the anus. The equipment is designed so that either the therapist or the client may administer the session. The water pressure on this system is fixed and not adjustable. The recipient pushes waste out of the bowel when he/she feels the urge to release. The water and waste are expelled around the speculum, and into the basin. The recipient can also choose to retain water in the colon during the session. For the open-basin system, the client remains one position to accommodate the basin. They are not able to move around as freely. The open system works well for those with compromised physical conditions such as paraplegics and quadriplegics, spina bifida or any other population that has extremely loose sphincter muscles. One concern with this system is regarding the pencil-thin instrument potentially poking, and causing lacerations to the inner anal cavity. There have been reports of punctures, resulting in various lawsuits over injuries while using the open system colonic devises.
Gravity fill method – gravity centered and gravity hydraulic pressure method.
With a gravity centered colonic, gravity (the water container is kept higher than the body) is used to fill water into the body and massage used to release the waste. There is a continuous flow of water going in and out. In this method there is no waste retention and the body’s peristalsis moves the material on its own.
In a pressurized colonic system the water is being pumped into the colon. The machine takes over the colon’s function of eliminating waste matter. Since the water flows in to the colon at a stronger rate, it can stretch the colon, and possibly push the waste further back up into the colon. With this system there is also not continuous flow. The colon therapist must fill the colon to full capacity then release the waste tubing to allow the waste water to flow out of the colon. This is more similar to an enema, you allow water to flow into the body and you fill to maximum capacity before releasing on the toilet. Gravity centered colonics work in tandem with your body and what it’s ready to release during the session, it doesn’t force results.
Enemas can be used at home and do not need a therapist to administer them. Enemas only reach the descending and sigmoid area. With enemas generally one infusion of water is given, and then the person holds the water fro as long as they can before releasing it into the toilet. Suppositories are a wax like capsule you insert anally. When the wax melts the material is released initiating movements. This can be good for softening stool, but does not reach the descending area.
Why not just use laxatives?
Laxatives have their place and have been being turned to more because they are less expensive and there is no insertion of a speculum or water. However, for laxatives to work, they contains chemicals which can be harsh on your system. They produce an urgent need to release your bowels and have mild to intense cramping. Its generally safer to stay near a toilet for the 8-12 hours it takes for them to move through your system. Laxatives go through your entire digestive system, taking material that is ready to be released with it, thus wiping out all the bacteria in your system – the good (probiotics) and the bad bacteria. Laxatives do not have the hydrating effect that hydrotherapy does, and therefore any material that cannot easily be moved through the system, will not be. Colonics and Enemas are able to hydrate material they reach to initiate it to release.
Wiping out probiotics, microflora, and food through your system with this speed may impact your liver and immune system due to malabsorption of nutrients. It will also impact the pH balance of your system. When using laxatives generally you will not initiate another bowel movement for several days, and this can put you on a patter of irregularity.
Over use of laxatives can cause long term nerve damage due to the toxic nature of its stimulation so they must be used as directed and not long term. Long term constipation issues should be fixed through detoxification, regulation of material (diet, exercise, supplementation and hydration) and monitored going forward.
What type of colonic irrigation system do you use?
There are many versions of colon hydro therapy, colonic, or colon irrigation. We use the Hydro Sans Plus, It is FDA approved & regulated. This closed system allows warm filtered water to gently hydrate the colon. Since the waste is carried out through a closed tube, it allows for no noise, odor, or mess. Every speculum and tubing is one time use only, and everything in the room is sanitized before and after every session.
MAKE SURE when you receive sessions the system you use is registered with the FDA, and your therapists are certified!.