What is Colon Hydrotherapy?


What is Colon Hydrotherapy, also known as Colonics:

Let’s start with the working of the colon. The colon, or large intestine, is approximately 5 to 6 feet in length, and 2 ½ to 3 inches in diameter. The contents of digestion, (chyme), are moved along by muscular movements called peristalsis, which is initiated by the nerve supply to the colon. The colon absorbs some minerals, nutrients, and excess water from the digested residue of the food we have eaten. The process of digestion from ingestion of food to defecation normally takes between twelve and twenty four hours. When the colon is healthy, we experience a feeling of well being because we are assimilating and eliminating properly. To ensure a healthy colon, we need sufficient water, good nerve tone, adequate circulation, and the proper biochemical nutrients and intestinal flora.

During a Colon Hydrotherapy session, a warm, gentle infusion of water is inserted into the colon via the rectum. There are no chemicals or drugs involved and the entire therapy is both relaxing and effective.

Why Would A Colonic be Useful for Me?


Today's modern diet consists of refined, processed foods, high in saturated fats and low in fiber. Eating these foods, overeating, ignoring the call to eliminate, stress, allergies and medications can all contribute to poor colon health. The colon contains the largest concentration of bacteria in the whole body. Waste material allowed to stagnate alters the proportion of healthy bacteria to unfriendly bacteria, disrupting the balance of healthy microorganisms essential to the health of the colon and the body in general. Symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, or gastrointestinal pain, may alert you to colon distress. Colon Hydrotherapy may be valuable in minimizing the effects of environmental stresses and toxins which bombard us on a regular basis. With any pain, and in the case of a serious heart condition or acute inflammatory conditions of the colon such as diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease, your physician can best determine the appropriateness of the procedure.


What To Expect At Your Colonic:

To begin, the therapist will suggest a trip to the restroom to empty your bladder. You are covered with a towel and/or blanket, reclining on a padded table. At the foot of the table is a machine displaying a temperature gauge, pressure gauge and an observation tube. There is a speculum and tubing, one tube for the inflow of water, and one for the outflow of waste and water. The speculum only needs to be inserted about 2 inches. And to ensure maximum safety, all tubes and speculums are for single use only and are disposable. The pressure is safety regulated, and the therapist closely monitors this pressure and temperature of the water. The session is usually one hour while the process itself takes 35-45 minutes.

When properly administered by an I-ACT certified colon hydrotherapist, colonics can play a part in an overall healthy body, mind, and spirit.


Upon discovering colon hydrotherapy at age 28, in Boston at Market Street Health, Pam began her journey into wellness. In 1998, she opened Cape Colon Hydrotherapy and has been helping clients of all ages achieve a healthy colon lifestyle. Now with almost 20 years experience as a practicing colon hydrotherapist, she can comfortably and effectively offer this service right here on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Colonics: http://capecodcolonics.com/