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Colon Hydrotherapy: Are the Risks Worth the Reward? – Naturopathic Continuing Education

Colon Hydrotherapy

What is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy is used to essentially clean out your colon using a tube and some water. The tube is inserted into your rectum and then you have a bowel movement with the water, which is supposed to remove bacteria, excess waste, and toxins from your body. Many argue that this process is unnecessary because our bodies already naturally cleanse our colon.  


What are the Benefits?

Colon Health

There are many benefits of colon hydrotherapy, but there is still a lot of research that needs to be done to fully back up that statement. The main reason people believe it’s good for you is because having a clean colon comes with its own set of benefits such as lower risk of hemorrhoids, lower risk of IBS, more productive absorption of water and nutrients, etc.


Here are the benefits of colon hydrotherapy:

  • More effective digestive system
  • Prevents constipation
  • Increases your energy
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Increases Fertility
  • Improves your immune system
  • Maintains pH levels in the blood


What are the Risks Associated with Colon Hydrotherapy?

Many doctors or healthcare professionals will argue that the risks are much greater than the reward. With any kind of treatment, colon hydro therapy does come with its own set of risks. Colon hydrotherapy can leave you dehydrated, can lower your electrolyte levels, and removes not only your bad bacteria, but the good bacteria that you need as well.

If you notice any of these side effects, you should contact your doctor immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Dehydration
  • Fever


Alternative Options to Cleanse Your Colon

Because of the risks, there are other alternative options you can explore to cleanse your colon, without the use of a tube. Whether it’s DIY cleanse or a colon cleansing pill, they may be safer choices.


DIY Cleanses

Colon Cleanse DIYColon Cleanse DIY

Master Cleanse

  • 10 ounces of filtered water
  • 2 tbsp of organic lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp of organic maple syrup
  • 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper powder

For 10 days, drink this liquid 5-8 times a day


Salt Water Flush

  • 1-2 quarts of warm, distilled water
  • 1-2 tbsp of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt


Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1-2 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 glass of water

Add ingredients into the water and drink this every morning.


Colon Cleansing Products

Dr. Tobias Colon: 14 Day Cleanse

  • Senna
  • Cascara Sagrada Bark
  • Psyllium
  • Flaxseed
  • Aloe Vera
  • Lactobacillus Acidophilus

 You can take 1-2 pills a day for 14 days. Every two months this process can be repeated.


Herbalist’s Best Healthy Digestion

  • Tumeric
  • Triphala
  • Dandelion and Yellow Dock Roots
  • Cilantro
  • Fennel and Anise Seeds
  • Multiple Vitamins

This can be used as a daily regime of 1-2 pills a day. This should be avoided by children, teens, and pregnant women.


Nutratech Ultra Cleanse

  • Fennel Seeds
  • Cascara Sagrada
  • Ginger
  • Pumpkin Seed
  • Licorice, Buckthorn, Rhubarb Roots
  • Acidophilus
  • Acai

 This is another 14-day cleanse requiring 1-2 pills a day.


Total Tea Gentle Detox Tea

  • Echinecea
  • Hynostemma
  • Papaya
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon
  • Hibiscus
  • Senna
  • Chamomile

Recommended to have one cup of tea a day for 7-10 days. 




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