What is colon hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy (also known as colonic or colon irrigation) is a method of internal cleansing from toxic substances, gases, accumulated faeces and mucous plaque of fungi that weaken and affect the bodily functions overall. Hydrotherapy is highly regarded and widely recognized in Europe and North America. It is used as an effective tool in the treatment and prevention of many diseases.
This method of cleansing is carried out with filtered water, sterilized using ultraviolet rays and it is heated to body temperature. It is a painless procedure that gives a feeling of deep relaxation and relief. During the session, the treatment may also be accompanied by a massage of the abdominal area.
The colon functions like the sewage system of a house; nobody wants to have any contact with it but without it, the house itself and its tenants cannot function. The colon serves exactly the same purpose for the body; it is the place that we send whatever we do not want to deal with in life. This is not only limited to food wastes that pass through the bowel for evacuation but for emotional waste too. In other words, every emotion that has been created, felt but then not accepted and is then not considered welcome in our lives. For example, fear, sadness and anger. This attitude gradually leads in combination with the ever increasing lack of exercise in our lives and increasingly inappropriate diet to the appearance of large intestinal (colon) diseases and conditions like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, flatulence and even colorectal cancer. It is not a coincidence that colorectal cancer is the fastest growing type of cancer in numbers in today’s society. While in 1995, it was the fourth most common type of cancer, today it is the second most common type of cancer worldwide. It affects men and women of the same age, with men being slightly more susceptible.
The Leaking Gut Syndrome is another consequence of our lifestyle, due to an inappropriate diet (more acidic than the neutral, towards alkaline meeting the body’s requirements.) As more acidic contents enter the intestine, the protective cells of the epithelium become destroyed. The intestinal wall starts to be mildly inflamed and mucosal. Mucus creates a sticky background in which toxic compounds of the intestine start to attach to the wall. This leads to the beginning of a toxic circulatory system, transfer of the toxins into the capillary vessels via osmosis and thus the transfer of the toxins through the blood and lymph system to other parts of the body. As a result there are a number of ailments such as allergies, skin problems, neck pain, arthritis, intolerances, vaginitis, urinary tract infections, auto-immune diseases and many others due to the effects of spreading toxins from the intestine to various other organs and parts of the body.
How often do I need to do have colon hydrotherapy?
There is no rule! Each person and each colon is unique.
Is there anything I need to do before the procedure?
Three days before hydrotherapy, we suggest a nutritional preparation. In particular, consumption of the following foods is prohibited: peas, cauliflower, beetroots, dairy products, sweets, coffee, pulses and pork. During the days leading up to the procedure we recommend a light diet and plenty of water. On the day of the procedure the consumption of food is forbidden three hours beforehand and smoking is not permitted all day.
Basic indications which require Colon Hydrotherapy are:
- Obesity and topical fat accumulation
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Lethargy, weakness, fatigue
- Myalgic encephalomyelitis
- Food sensitivities and allergies
- Skin problems
- During periods of lent or detoxification.
- Prior to colonoscopy
- Urinary infections
What characteristics should the hydrotherapy system have that I choose?
The systems of modern technology now have the following features:
- Particle filtering system for cold and hot water, a large diameter inlet and outlet, so that there is no reduction in water pressure and a better regulation in the flow of water.
- Filtration system with active carbon.
- High quality water purification and sterilization system with UV rays in
- a stainless steel container that meets the highest standards, killing viruses, bacteria, E. Coli, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and other microbial particles without the use of chemicals.
- Automatic adjustment to maintain water temperature.
- Pressure gauge for easy and detailed control of water pressure.
- Built-in antiseptic injection system that provides effective antisepsis of the entire system.
- The system operator must be a qualified trainer with an appropriate certificate/diploma.
- The system should have a registration Certificate and be licensed for safety and operation.
Is the procedure painful?
Only if the patient suffers from acute hemorrhoids otherwise it is painless, during the process the most unpleasant common feeling which makes the patient uncomfortable is the need to go to the toilet.
How does the system work?
It cleanses along the whole length of the large colon without the use drugs or chemicals, only filtered and sterile water is used throughout the procedure. The device is a “sealed unit” and it allows the procedure to be simple, comfortable and hygienic for the patient. There are no liquids exposed to the environment which also means it is odourless. The procedure is under full control of a trained operator for efficiency, comfort and safety.
Colon hydrotherapy is a widespread procedure common in many developed countries for many decades now. Its use has also grown rapidly in Greece over the last few years. It is absolutely harmless and patient-friendly and has extremely low running costs. In a clinical test that has taken place at a hospital in the USA with the Dotolo Toxygen Model BSC-UV, a device which is used by our centre has been clinically proven to be the most effective colon cleansing and is the most effective and easiest method for colonoscopy preparation. (Danbury Hospital, 2006/BLIND CLINICAL STUDY).
The MTS Centre has qualified, certified Colon Hydrotherapists, recognized by the I-ACT Worldwide Colon Hydrotherapeutics Association (San Antonio - U.S.A.)
The Professor of Colon Hydrotherapy Mrs. Ioanna Driva, a guest on the talk show presented by Sophia Iliopoulou called “Dia..Gnosis” on Star Channel, talks about Colon Hydrotherapy, its beneficial effects and about the possible dangers of the large colon.