Your colon, or large intestine, plays a hugely important role in your health by absorbing water and doing away with waste. But what if your colon is full of toxins that are interfering with your wellness? Therein lies the premise of colon hydrotherapy, a minimally invasive procedure that many people opt for to enhance their weight loss or wellness journey.
Our specialists at Delta Medical Weight Management Center in Southaven, Mississippi, led by Dr. Ulric Duncan, offer colon hydrotherapy for qualified candidates who wish to clear out their gastrointestinal system with hopes of inviting health benefits. Read on to learn more about this treatment and ways to ensure the best possible experience.
The aim of colon hydrotherapy
Colon hydrotherapy functions on the belief that toxins in your digestive system can fuel a variety of health problems, and that flushing them out can enhance your health and bolster your immune system. While scientific evidence is lacking, we find value in this treatment for addressing the effects of common health conditions, such as:
- Candida overgrowth
- Chronic gas and bloating
- Foul breath or body odor
- Irritable bowels
- Skin problems
Dr. Duncan may also recommend colon hydrotherapy if you’ve been eating an overall unhealthy diet and wish to “refresh” your system to set the stage for desired weight loss.
What to expect during colon hydrotherapy
During your colon hydrotherapy treatment, you’ll lie on a table. From there your provider will gently rinse out your colon with warm water. The water, which does not contain any chemicals or drugs, is infused through a tube inserted in your rectum. Once the water is pushed through the tube and into your colon, it’s released similarly to the way you’d release a bowel movement.
Most of our patients tolerate colon hydrotherapy verywell. You’ll experience some pressure and discomfort when the speculum enters your rectum, but those sensations are brief. After that, you’ll feel the flushing of the water through your colon, which may bring on mild cramping or light nausea. These effects, too, are temporary.
Colon hydrotherapy safety
The safest way to experience colon hydrotherapy is to work with a qualified and experienced medical professional such as Dr. Duncan, and/or to get pre-approval from your primary health care provider. You may not be a good candidate if you have chronic health problems such as heart or kidney disease or an eating disorder.
You should also discuss any supplements and medications you take with your provider beforehand, to prevent any harmful interactions. A qualified professional will also be sure to dispose of previously used equipment between sessions and help you avoid potential complications, such as dehydration, tears, and infection.