Colon Cleansing


When I decided to become a Colon Hydrotherapist, I searched online for articles that would confirm my decision to pursue this career. On the contrary – I found many doctors, practitioners and the medical industry openly attacking or dismissing Colon Hydrotherapy and looking to discredit its existence as a beneficial method of cleansing. Not all doctors, but many. I personally believe in an Integrative approach to health that incorporates nutrition, Nutraceuticals and Western Medicine when needed and always under a licensed Doctor’s care.

If Doctors say it doesn’t help, why do it?

With as many articles out there that claim Colon Hydrotherapy yields no evidence of being beneficial (based on lack of clinical studies), there’s an equal amount of anecdotal and personal experience from thousands of clients and therapists alike who say it is beneficial. There’s not enough time and effort given by the medical industry to the clinical study and documentation of the effects of colon cleansing. If I choose to not watch my boyfriend brush his teeth, does that mean that I should believe oral hygiene does not benefit him? If a tree falls in the woods… ok, you get the point…

Colon Hydrotherapy can not be presented as a cure for disease, but the environment it creates in the colon and the cleansing effect it has on the body can assist in healing. Colon cleansing is by no means the “answer” and should be used as a complimentary therapy. A little bit of knowledge about the practice can diffuse any doubt. If not, then it simply isn’t the thing for you. We all resonate with different types of therapy and have varying comfort levels.


Are there any methods of therapy that could be misinterpreted as “Colon Hydrotherapy” that we currently use and that have harmful effects?

Yes. There are different ways that people try to cleanse their own colon’s every day. Enemas and laxatives have been on the market for many years. Laxatives are habit-forming and dehydrating because of their osmotic effects. If taken too often, the natural function of peristalsis may be lost (the muscle contractions that move waste) and laxative use will have to be continued to have bowel movements. Osmotic means they draw water from surrounding areas in your body into the intestines to carry waste out. This is extremely dehydrating, causing more constipation unless fluids and electrolytes are replenished.

Enemas, like laxatives, should only be used occasionally and it is very important to be careful to follow directions. With enemas, there is a potential lack of control when it comes to the pressure of fluid intake. This can be damaging. Using enemas can stretch the last portion of the colon, the sigmoid to the rectum, and can cause problems with our natural ability to get rid of waste. I do believe enemas are useful and can be done in the right way. I don’t want to scare anyone away from using enemas.

The Colon

Why do we need to cleanse our colon today when we never had to before?

The truth is, colon cleansing has been a common practice since 1500 B.C. It was more common for royalty to regularly receive enemas. Physician’s back then had discovered that death starts in the colon – food being the culprit. Our body needs to properly digest and deal with bad bacteria and acidity in food every step along the digestive tract. Our body, specifically our digestive tract, is an ecosystem that is as active and expansive as our Earth. It relies on many different organisms, good and bad, that carry out several functions. Our colon’s ecosystem can become out of balance because of lifestyle choices and our environment. Proper cleansing has been a goal and a practice of the human race for thousands of years.

What exactly is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Colon Hydrotherapy is a modernized version of the enema. The method of cleansing the colon with purified water is the same, but it differs in that it is controlled, safe, and reliable given that you are in good hands. Purified water hydrates material in the colon and gently escorts waste out of the colon. I-ACT Certified therapists are what you should be looking for.  These are specialists trained in the proper usage of FDA regulated equipment and safe practices.

What can I expect during a session?

In Colon Hydrotherapy, temperature-regulated water is introduced into the colon at an extremely low PSI. All of these settings are very controlled and precise. If you can imagine turning your sink on a little past the point of a drip, where the drops connect to form a slow and steady line, this can give you an idea of the water pressure in a colon hydrotherapy session. It is between 1/8 and 1/4 PSI on a “fill”.

The water slowly makes its way through the entire large intestine (About 5 feet). This method of cleansing differs from laxatives or diarrhea because the water is coming from an outside source, hydrating the colon and not stealing it from the body. Dehydrated or trapped stool can now loosen and make its way out. The client can let the therapist know when they are ready to empty. There is a gentle feeling of fullness that lets your body know when its ready to release. Then the therapist will set the device for removal. Water and waste is emptied out of a separate, larger waste tube using the pressure coming from your own body. No suction is used to empty the colon.

Many therapists practice this type of therapy in different ways. I was trained to use bodywork and massage. There are specific points on the body that can help release waste and improve the flow of energy through various organs as well as the colon. You might find a therapist out there that you don’t like. This shouldn’t make up your mind about Colon Hydrotherapy. Since it is not a widely accepted therapy, there are bound to be times when someone does not have the proper training. If you went to get your nails done, and the manicurist cuts you and does a horrible job, do you swear off manicures as a dangerous and unhealthy practice? Probably not. The person you had must have been trained poorly or not suited for the job. Be smart about where you receive a colonic, and make sure they are I-ACT Certified and checking for contra-indications like severe cardiac disease, cirrhosis, sever anemia, and severe diverticulitis, to name a few.

How often is too much?

Since Colon Hydrotherapy hydrates and tones the walls of the intestine, it is safe for every day use. (For a therapeutic and short period of time) As long as the intestinal micro flora are being replenished, this should not interfere with our delicate balance. Usually this will allow for bad bacteria to release as we supplement and recolonize the good bacteria (probiotics). While in training, I received ten colon hydrotherapy session in a ten-day period. I was shocked to see that there was more to be released each day, and sometimes noticed how different it looked. (We can hold waste for years and it can look very dark and old.) I still have regular peristalsis, and I felt rejuvenated after each session.

Since I’ve started working as a therapist, I’ve witnessed the strengthening of peristalsis in some clients, and every day I learn more about the true benefits of colon hydrotherapy. Obviously, receiving a colonic every day is not financially possible for everyone, nor do I believe it is necessary. I believe Colon Hydrotherapy should be used to address certain issues as an accompanying service, or to maintain a healthy colon. It is important for your body to reach homeostasis and remove waste on its own. Colon Hydrotherapy can facilitate the exit of waste while using other methods of detox while under a doctor’s care. It is not used to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease and cannot be promoted as such.



Breanna Wood

I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

Gentle Wellness Center

Santa Monica

(310) 576-6360