What is colonic irrigation?
For a while now I’ve been toying with the idea of having colonic irrigation. The reason being is because, for the last year or so, I’ve been having issues with my stomach that just won’t seem to go away. Things like constant bloating, feeling slightly sick, or ‘heavy’ after eating, alternating between constipation or diarrhoea– and no matter what I eat or don’t eat, or how many allergy tests I have, nothing has really worked to make me feel better. Which is why I finally I decided to take the plunge and try colonic irrigation at Sydney’s Alkaline Spa.
So what exactly is colonic irrigation? Also known as ‘colonic hydrotherapy’ or ‘colonic cleansing’, it’s is a way of hydrating the colon and flushing out trapped gas, toxins and a build up of waste in order to help your digestive system function more effectively. During a colonic irrigation treatment, warm, purified water is pumped into your colon through a tube that is inserted into your bottom (hence why I was toying with the idea for so long before actually doing it). Once your colon is filled with water, a switch is flicked and the water is released from your colon, flushing it out and taking with it any toxins, parasites (yes, they can live in there!) and faeces build-up.
Honestly, while it’s not the best feeling in the world, it’s definitely not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. There’s no pain, you just feel the occasional uncomfortable cramp – exactly the same as you’d feel if you desperately needed to go to the toilet. But once those moments pass you really don’t feel anything at all.
Oh, and you don’t smell anything and there’s no mess involved whatsoever (it’s one of the first questions the girls at the office asked me afterwards). However, if you do choose to look at the tube during the release phase it’s not an entirely pretty site. Which is why viewer discretion is advised when watching the video of my colonic irrigation treatment. You won’t see anything too graphic, but if you tend to get a bit grossed out by this sort of thing, it might be best to watch this hair how to instead!
Had you heard about colonic irrigation before? What are your thoughts on the treatment? Would you consider getting it done yourself?