De-clutter your gut. Colonic hydrotherapy, also known as colonic irrigation, is a method of cleansing your colon by flushing it out with purified water. It’s a treatment that’s becoming increasingly popular, with some people going for ‘a colonic’ as often as they go for a haircut.
Colonic enthusiasts say that offloading excess waste in your intestines can make you feel lighter, brighter and more alert. Some claim that IBS, flatulence, bloating and constipation can also be improved as a result of the treatment and ousting stowaway toxins in your gut is said to boost your immune system - so you’ll be left feeling full of beans (rather than actually being full of them).
While your therapist will try to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible, this treatment doesn't leave much room to spare your blushes. After you’ve swapped your clothes for a hospital-style gown, your therapist will ask you to lie on your side. A tube will then be inserted into your rectum and purified water will flow in through the tube to flush out undigested food and any other nasties lurking in your gut.
There are some variations, with clinics sometimes using a mixture of enzymes, coffee, probiotics, or herbs to loosen up stubborn waste. In most cases, the treatment will last about an hour.
It may not sound like one of the most dignified and glamorous treatments in the world, but many people swear by colonic hydrotherapy to help various conditions, from allergies and asthma to IBS and indigestion. It's also a perfect way to de-clog and cleanse your system after a few too many nights out on the town, leaving you feeling fabulously fresh and detoxed. Colonic hydrotherapy is great for both men and women, but if you're pregnant you'll need to wait before you get to give it a try. A full medical consultation will be taken to make sure you are suitable before beginning the treatment.
Though colonic hydrotherapy may seem like a fashionable new treatment, a similar process is thought to have been used in ancient Egypt, China, India and Greece.