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​Colon Hydrotherapy Articles


The History of Colon Hydrotherapy 

It is difficult to identify the exact time in history that colon hydrotherapy emerged, but many historians trace it back to the ancient Egyptians. The historians tell us that the practice colon hydrotherapy, or in its more basic form, the enema, was passed... Read More  


Value of Hydrotherapy Verified by Medical Professionals Prescribing It

Thirty years ago, Leonard Smith, MD, of Gainsville, Florida graduated from medical school and eventually became board certified in general surgery by the American College... Read More  


Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients on Colonics, July 2004 

Colonic irrigation is an ancient method of healing and it would never have survived until the present scientific age if it were without value. It is a curious fact that medical practitioners seem to be either in favor of this treatment (and usually quiet about it) or vehemently opposed to its use... Read More

Colonic Irrigations: A Review of the Historical Controversy and the Potential For Adverse Effects

Colonic irrigations enjoy widespread popularity in the alternative medicine community, while being viewed with considerable skepticism by the conventional medical community... Read More

Related Links and Articles

“There is no ailment, sickness, or disease that will not respond to treatment quicker and more effectively than it will after the administration of a series of colon irrigation's.”   Dr. Norman W. Walker

​Digestion Articles


Candida

Candida Albicans is one of approximately 154 species of microscopic fungus. It is a normal part of our flora in our digestive system and our skin. Normally these fungi co-exist with other micro-organisms in our body at a ratio of 1 yeast cell to 1 million bacteria cells in our digestive and reproductive systems. When this balance is disrupted the body starts to experience symptoms of an overgrowth of Candida.... Read More  


Good Bacteria, Great Benefits - Probiotics Pack a Powerful Punch at Any Age

Scientists have only recently begun to discover the full potential of probiotics. But as research continues, much is being learned about these beneficial bacteria and how they may improve the health of people everywhere.... Read More  ​

What Can I Expect After my Colonic?    

Most people feel refreshed and energized after a colon hydrotherapy session and should be able to go about your day just as you would after having a normal bowel movement.

Colonics Frequently Asked Questions and Related Links

How Many Sessions are Needed?    

That depends on you, your symptoms, and goals. I often get asked, “How many colonics do I need?” How many times do we need to go the gym before we are in shape? Consistency will have the greatest effect.

Cleansing is always happening – that’s the body’s job. To what degree and to what rate is the body able to keep the channels of elimination moving? Our job is to assist the body so that we can enjoy consistent, vibrant energy throughout our day. As my mentor taught me, most bodies are in a state of disaster management (due to lifestyle/dietary choices), and cleansing is greatly hindered.

Generally, no less than a series of three sessions is recommended to ensure initial cleansing and hydration benefits. The additional number of sessions will vary depending on individual needs. Anyone looking for general well being would benefit from a total of 5-6 sessions over a 3-4 week period. Once the initial series is complete, a maintenance schedule of 1 session per month is recommended in order to continue all of the great benefits you have given yourself with the initial series. Some people find repeating a series of sessions on a quarterly basis to be highly beneficial. A maintenance plan can help to keep a minimum burden on other organs of elimination such as your liver and kidneys. Your individualized appointment schedule is best determined during your initial session when your history is reviewed and your goals are discussed. Colon hydrotherapy is best utilized as an integral part of an overall wellness program.​

“To take care of the inherent weaknesses, we must take care of the whole person. But always the bowel first. If we take good care of the bowel, we can make the most of it and have better health as a result.”  Dr. Bernard Jensen

Does Colon Hydrotherapy Hurt?    

Most people describe their colon hydrotherapy session as refreshing and relaxing.  The warm, purified water is introduced in a manner that is similar to a slow trickle from your faucet.   The insertion of the speculum can be an odd feeling for some but lasts for only a few seconds.  Some people may experience some slight cramping immediately prior to a release.  There is always close monitoring and interaction between the client and therapist to ensure that your experience will be as comfortable as possible.​

The following links are ones that we feel would be beneficial to you in furthering your health and well being.  If you know of a web site that might be beneficial to others then please send us a message and tell us about it.

(740) 392-3377

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Mount Vernon, OH 43050


What Kind of Equipment is Used?   

We use a state of the art colon hydrotherapy device that: 

  • ​Cleanses the entire colon using filtered water without the use of drugs or chemicals​
  • ​​Uses a "closed" evacuation method and has no offensive odors
  • ​Is an FDA registered device
  • Features temperature controlled water mixing, pressure and temperature sensors
  • ​Has a built-in sanitizing unit and water purification and filtering systems
  • Utilizes only disposable, single use rectal tubes and speculums

Can I Get a Colonic During my Menstrual Cycle?    

There is no reason to avoid having a colonic during your menstrual cycle.  In fact, it is a good time to receive a session as your body is already cleansing.  Your flow will not interfere with the success of the session.  Your flow will not interfere with the success of the session. Tampons should not be used during a session as they would further block the elimination. Sanitary napkins will be available.

Squatty Potty

The Squatty Potty helps you eliminate faster and more completely by putting you in a natural squatting position right over your own toilet. Just watch a small child when they get ready to potty, they naturally squat.

The modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault; it requires us to sit. While sitting to do our business may be considered “civilized”, studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. Better elimination may decrease many modern day ailments including bloating, straining, hemorrhoids and constipation.


Note: The Squatty Potty is available for purchase at Gentle Waters.

Is Colon Hydrotherapy Safe?

With modern colon hydrotherapy devices and the standardization of training and procedures, it is often safer than administering an enema.  Colonics have a definite advantage and greater long-term benefits over laxative overuse which can be irritating to the colon.

All materials, including tubing, speculums and sheets are for one time use and are disposed after each client. In addition, the Dotolo Toxygen, FDA Class II cleared colonic device has a one way check valve to prevent the clean water from ever becoming contaminated with the waste water and an internal self-cleaning system that uses only a hospital grade disinfectant is used after each session.  The device, table, treatment area and private bathroom are cleaned and disinfected after each client.


However, there are circumstances in which colon hydrotherapy should not be considered.  You should not pursue colon hydrotherapy services if you have any of the conditions found on the contraindications questionnaire without consulting with your doctor.  If you are diagnosed with any of the conditions found on the contraindications questionnaire, you will be REQUIRED to have a doctor’s prescription in order to receive colon hydrotherapy.

What Can I Expect?    

Sometimes people are afraid or nervous the first time they receive a colonic.  This is normal.  By understanding the process, these feelings may be minimized.  Your comfort and safety are the main concerns of your certified colon hydrotherapist.  

  • The session takes place on a comfortable massage table in an immaculate treatment room.
  • You will be provided with a gown and asked to disrobe from the waist down in a private changing area.  Once on the table, you will be draped with a sheet for privacy
  • Relaxing music, a heating pad for your abdomen and essential oils are available to provide an atmosphere of peace and calm and to help you relax
  • Only temperature and pressure regulated, triple-filtered water is used for each session (water is 99.9% pure before being introduced into the rectum)
  • Only disposable speculums and tubing are utilized
  • For maximum comfort, clients are offered the option to insert their own speculums (assisted by the​ therapist if desired)
  • All waste is released into a closed waste tube that can be viewed by the client.  Because it is a closed system, there is no odor or embarrassment
  • Water is introduced slowly allowing the body time to rest between fills.  The therapist and client work together to monitor any sensations in the body and when it is time to release the water.  This process may be repeated several times during the 30-45 minute session.
  • At the end of the session, the client will be shown to the private bathroom where any residual water and/or waste can be eliminated


You should plan up to an hour and a half for your initial session.  This should allow ample time to review your intake form, explain the process in detail, perform the session and allow time for questions.  Follow up sessions generally last no more than an hour. 

Looking for a Colon Hydro-therapist in your area? Please use the following links to find a qualified professional who adheres to the highest standards in our industry:


How Do I Prepare for a Colonic?   

Properly preparing for a colonic can make a big difference.  We strongly recommend that you follow the suggestions listed below:

For Two to Three Days Before your Colonic Session:

  • ​Eat lots of leafy greens and fruit
  • Eat whole grains such as whole-grain breads and brown rice
  • Eat lean meats like fish or chicken​


Note: Some people find avoiding all wheat and gluten products as well as dairy products is helpful for them to prepare for a colonic as well as throughout the duration of a series of colonics.

On the Day Before your Colonic Session:
We encourage you to refrain from the following.  These are just suggestions to help make the process easier for you.

  • Alcohol, carbonated and caffeine containing beverages
  • Refined carbohydrates or processed foods
  • Refined sugar
  • Fried foods
  • Gas producing foods such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, etc. 
  • Dairy products
  • Red meat and soy products


On the Day of your Colonic Session:

  • Don't eat a meal within two hours of your session
  • Don't drink anything within one hour of your session
  • Eat light choosing foods such as fruit, salad, steamed greens, whole grains and lean meats 
  • Stay well-hydrated