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Add Colon Hydrotherapy to Spring Detox Routine

Feb 26, 2014 12:36PM ● By Lori Hirshman

There are many reasons why people receive colon hydrotherapy. Whether we drive a $500 car or a $500,000 car, we always get the oil changed; often, we tend to take better care of our car than our body. We can’t go buy a new body or trade it in, but with colon hydrotherapy, we can help keep the “internal pipes” clean and free-flowing. Many people question the need for a colonic if they don’t suffer from constipation, but think about a woman’s beauty and health practices—although we wash our faces with soap and water, we still go to a salon to get a facial.

Our bodies could carry around five or 10 pounds of waste material at any given time, and holding it in the gut for too long may lead to many health challenges. Some believe that such challenges as bloating, gas, distention, constipation and headaches, just to name a few, can be helped with colon hydrotherapy. Results vary from person to person.

When the body is overloaded with toxins, the liver cannot process and eliminate them effectively. Instead, they are passed back through the colon wall to the bloodstream, where they can cause all types of symptoms and may be deposited in different parts of the body. Often, signs of impending illness are just the result of the body trying to clean itself.

Different forms of hydrotherapy have been practiced for thousands of years, using the powers of mineral waters. The ancients Greeks used water for healing, as did the early Romans, and Turkish baths are still popular in modern times. Vincent Priessnitz founded the Graefeeberg Cure in the 1800s for treating almost any ailment, which involves the use of water in every conceivable way, often alternating between hot and cold water. Traditional Native American healing uses sweat lodges, because sweating is a form of cleansing and purges poisons from the body, similar to the Scandinavian practice of bathing in hot saunas.

Colon Cancer Awareness RibbonToday, cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. Colon hydrotherapy does not claim to prevent or treat an illness, nor does the therapy prescribe, recommend, diagnose or treat medical conditions. Also, although this treatment is not a substitute for medical care, doesn’t it make sense that relieving the extra burden on our digestive system and letting the body’s natural mechanisms function more efficiently could only help in the long run?

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month


Gail Naas, president of the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy, states, “Colon cleansing, or colonic irrigation, is a safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine, without the use of drugs, by introducing filtered and temperature-controlled water into the colon. The waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis, and this process is repeated a few times during the session.”

It is very important to work with a certified therapist that uses only FDA-approved and registered machines and disposable instruments. As with many types of alternative therapies, a good way to prepare is to relax, be in a calm state of mind and allow plenty of time to arrive before the procedure.

Following an appointment, most clients can go immediately back to work with no down time. However, clients should allow the time and space needed to be in a calm state of mind, because the body responds best to treatment when it is relaxed.


Lori Hirshman, I-ACT, is dedicated full time to helping people achieve their personal health goals. She is the owner of Northshore Colonics, 1535 Lake Cook Rd., Ste. 113, in Northbrook (behind Northbrook Court shopping center). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 773-551-5083 or visit NorthshoreColonics.com.