Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy Sessions:

  • A one inch in diameter, lubricated speculum is inserted by client and/or colon hydrotherapist about three and a half inches into the anal canal on the exhale, or during a series of exhales.
  • Water enters the colon at approximately 0.25 to .5 psi, (pound per square inch) of pressure, with possible short fills of up to 2 psi.
  • The colon hydrotherapy session consists of fill and evacuation cycles. Number of cycles during a session can be a few or up to several cycles per session. With each cycle, a small quantity of water enters the colon via a water tube and through a speculum, until peristalsis starts to evacuate the contents of the colon. The contents of the colon are then evacuated through the speculum into a waste tube, where it is washed into the plumbing drainage. Water pressure and a backflow prevention valve prevents waste from entering water tube.
  • Psi or head pressure in a gravity system is measured from the top of the water to the lowest point of the tubing times .04 psi per inch. Flow rate is adjusted by control valve:
    • The water in an enema bag flowing from the height of a doorknob to floor level, generates about 1.2 psi. From the height of a towel rack to floor level about 1.85 psi. A sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, requires 6 to 10 psi of air pressure to be introduced into the colon.
    • Quantity of water - If each fill cycle were added together during the approximately 45 minute session, the accumulated total of water, which passes through the colon, would be two to six quarts of water.

Colon Hydrotherapy Equipment:

Purpose of equipment: The equipment provides a flow of filtered water through valves which regulate water temperature and pressure. Separate inflow and outflow plumbing in combination with a back flow prevention valve prevents contamination of the potable water. The equipment does not assist in the evacuation of waste as it has no power source. The equipment used in colon hydrotherapy must be manufactured by a reputable company, using materials and methods in accordance with industry standards. Industry standards for the last twenty years have been FDA regulations. Parts of equipment used in colon hydrotherapy include: Speculum, water hose and waste hose. The speculum, water and waste hose used during a colon hydrotherapy session are designed to be disposed of after a session. 

Closed System: The instrument we use is a Dotolo Toxygen Colon Hydrotherapy Instrument. This system includes a filtering system, which has particle filters, carbon filter and an ultraviolet lamp. It is a closed system that uses new sanitized tubing for each client. There is a temperature gauge and pressure gauge to aid in keeping the client as comfortable as possible. There is also an electric lift table to accommodate those in wheelchairs and others who have a hard time getting up and down.

Open System: An open colonic system refers to the way the waste and water are eliminated from the body. The individual self-inserts a sterile, disposable, pinkie-sized rectal nozzle  1-1 1/5” into the anal opening, just past the sphincter muscle.  Laying comfortably on your back and covered up the entire time, the client turns the water on and is able to adjust the rate of the water flow.  When the sensation to eliminate occurs, the client initiates the release by bearing down just like they would on the toilet.  The waste and water eliminates out around the nozzle, not into it and the sphincter muscle allows for the elimination.  The process continues until the client feels evacuated and is running clear, approximately 30 to 50 minutes.

The Importance of detoxifying our bodies:

Everyday our bodies are exposed to toxins and pollutants in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the denaturing of bonds by microwaves, the skin products with petroleum; there's a carcinogen around every corner. 

The American diet consists mostly of processed, over cooked foods, genetically engineered foods, fast foods and junk food. A stressful lifestyle will also contribute to poor digestion, a build up of toxins circulating throughout the blood stream and a "plaque" build up along the colon walls; decreasing the amount of elimination and stretching out the colon. Avoiding these foods and stressors are not always doable. Therefore cleansing and detoxification through colonics and cleanses will promote the immune system, the lymphatic system, the circulatory system and the digestive system!

Use of medications and drugs actually increase the risk of losing areas of protective mucosal lining and cause irritation and excess mucus production as a way to protect the intestinal tract. This is contributed to a condition known as leaky gut, a situation where toxins are absorbed into the blood stream. "When this happens the body does not recognize the toxin and therefore, goes into a self attack mode creating antibodies. It is widely known that this is the actual beginning of many autoimmune disorders.

Things one can do for intestinal health:

  • Colonics which cleanse the large intestines to promote whole body detoxification.
  • Drinking plenty of water. Individuals should drink half their body weight in ounces.
  • Digestive enzymes will promote better digestion in the small intestines.
  • Probiotics. Balancing the flora of the intestines with good and bad bacteria will help with gas, bloating, digestion and elimination.
  • Foods that affect digestion...Avoid mucus forming food that harden the intestinal walls like dairy. White flour products in bakery goods, pizzas, breads, will stick to the intestinal walls like glue; decreasing elimination time. 
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Not only are these foods easily digestible but they give the body the organic sodium needed to help the buffering system of the pancreas, allowing the food in the small intestines to become alkaline. 
  • Lubricating the colon with flax oil and b vitamins.

Helpful hints for the colon :


  • It is important to have enough acid in the stomach to break down the protein. One way of achieving this is adding fresh squeezed lemons to your water or juice.
  • It is good to start the day with a warm glass of water. This helps the digestive tract start of the right track. 
  • Before you get out of bed in the morning make sure you spend some time on your left side. The gravity will help move things in position for early removal, if you know what I mean.
  • Try to eat fiber with every meal. It helps move things through more efficiently. You can add ground flax seeds to you meal for fiber. It helps draw out toxins as well.
  • Omega 3 oils, either fish oil or flax seed oil, is very beneficial to the health of your colon.

The History of colonics:

It is difficult to identify the exact time in history that colon hydrotherapy emerged, but may historians trace it back to ancient Egyptians. According to William Lieberman, M.D. the frequent use of the enema by the Egyptians came from Herodotus (484-425 B.C.) In the 5th century B.C., Herodotus wrote: "The Egyptians clean themselves on three consecutive days, every month, seeking health by emetics and enemas for they think that all disease comes to man from his food."

Enema use was not limited to the Egyptians. Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, African races and so on used enemas as a way to promote health and longevity. Over the century's equipment improved and many physicians used these methods to enhance people's health.

During the late 19th century and early 20th century the use of colon hydrotherapy and enemas slowly dwindled among the medical community as laxatives and other drugs became more commercially available. 

The therapy was rejuvenated in the United States by Dr. Kellogg. In addition to improving nutrition the enemas replaced the majority of his surgeries in treating gastrointestinal disease; which works out to be 1 case in 2000 needing surgery. (This was reported in the 1917 American Medical Journal)