Holistic Nursing Services 

Freddie WindRiver, Licensed Nurse                                                     Shutesbury, MA  (413) 259-1416 

Holistic Nursing Services

Colon Hydrotherapy

Getting a colonic

Taking a Sauna

Giving yourself an enema


Colon Hydrotherapy - What it is and the four types

Hydro means water. Colon hydrotherapy includes several ways water can be inserted into the colon, which is another name for the large intestine. The opening where solid waste is eliminated from the body is called the anus, and that is the same opening where water can be inserted therapeutically into the colon to wash out more waste than would be eliminated naturally. There are four types of colon hydrotherapy.

    1. Rectal Douche: This process is often self-administered when people are having trouble defecating. A person (usually sitting on the toilet) inserts the rectal tip of a bulb syringe filled with water and squeezes the water up into the body. Water is squirted into the rectum, which is immediately above the anus. This can help get a bowel movement started, but it does not cleanse the colon because the water will not enter the colon when instilled in a sitting position.
    2. Enema: This is a process I teach my clients to do for themselves. An enema is also usually self-administered, but is done in a lying down position and uses a longer tube that allows the water to reach beyond the rectum and into the colon. Most enemas wash out the lower 1/3 of the colon, although I teach my patients how they can insert the water further up into the colon. Enemas are often done by a mother, nurse, or care taker for a baby, child, elder, or disabled person when fecal elimination is not adequate, or when additional elimination would be therapeutic. I suggest several reasons for giving oneself an enema below,

    3. Colonic Irrigation (or Colonic for short): This is an additional way of washing out the colon with water that is both easier and far more thorough than an enema. Most colonics wash out the entire colon and stimulate several releases from the small intestine, creating a much deeper cleanse than can be accomplished with an enema. Colonics require elaborate and expensive equipment that is overseen by an experienced operator known as a Colonic Irrigation Therapist, or Colon Hydrotherapist.

     4. Colema: For those who need a series of colonics, but prefer to provide their own therapy at home, a Colema administers water into the colon more efficiently than an enema, but less effectively than Colonic Irrigation. This equipment costs about $250, and may not be FDA approved in every state. People who use them have differing opinions of both their ease of use and effectiveness. I recommend using a combination of enemas and colonics instead of colemas.