What is the procedure for the colonic session?
Filtered, temperature-regulated water is introduced into the colon through a small disposable speculum that is inserted just a few inches into the rectum. After the waste material of the colon is softened and loosened, it is evacuated through a flexible plastic hose that connects the speculum to the colon hydrotherapy device. On a closed system, like the one we use at Aletris, fecal matter is contained within the system so there is no mess or odor. The treatment usually lasts 45 minutes, and your modesty is protected throughout the treatment. We use disposable speculum kits only.

What are the benefits of colonics?
Colon hydrotherapy removes accumulated waste, fungus, parasites and toxins from the colon, helps prevent constipation and encourages regular bowel movements, facilitates the absorbtion of water and nutrients, prevents the growth of bacteria and yeast, and improves overall health and wellness.

How many colonic sessions does one need?
The number of colonic sessions desired will depend on the individual needs of the client. Age, previous dietary and exercise patterns, activities, medical complaints, current colon health, and emotional state are all factors.

Who should get colonics?
Most individuals benefit from colon cleansing and detoxification. Specifically, those suffering from chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, parasites, candida, headaches, insomnia, chronic fatigue, gas, bloating, bad breath, body odor, and acne will all benefit from the therapeutic effects of colon hydrotherapy.

Is there anyone who should NOT get a colonic?
Individuals with diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, severe hemorrhoids, heart disease, severe anemia, abdominal hernia, gastrointestinal cancer, and intestinal tumors, and those who have had recent surgery, should not undergo colon hydrotherapy without the consent of a physician. Additionally, women who are in the first and third trimester of a pregnancy should not have a colonic as it may stimulate uterine contractions.

Is colon hydrotherapy painful?
No. Most patients describe the procedure as painless; however, minimal abdominal discomfort may occur with the introduction of the water.

What are the side effects of colon hydrotherapy?
Although the ultimate side effect is a healthier colon paired with increased energy and wellness, an individual may experience headaches and flu-like symptoms as the body releases the toxins held in the bowel. Some individuals may also feel a slight weakness or lightheadedness following a colonic session. It is important to remember to drink plenty of water both before and after your colonic to encourage detoxification, keep the body hydrated and prevent headache.

I’m constipated. Can’t I just take laxatives?
Laxatives cause dehydration by purging the body of water, ultimately leading to more constipation. Additionally, laxatives weaken the colon and may lead to dependence, ultimately resulting in long-term irregularity and a host of gastrointestinal problems. In contrast, colonics actually help to strengthen the colon by encouraging peristalsis, loosening hardened waste while and eliminating parasites and toxins.

Why is ALETRIS different?
ALETRIS philosophy centers around integration and examination of the overall wellness of the individual. Each patient is unique, and each patient deserves customized treatment. At ALETRIS, colonic irrigation is performed under the supervision of a physician, as there are contraindications. Our team is trained in understanding that colonics are just a part of an overall treatment plan addressed at the cause of illness.