Anatomy of the colonFor all round good health we need to pay attention to our digestive system. This includes the colon. Colonic Hydrotherapy, also called Colonic Irrigation, is the process of cleansing the colon with warm water to flush out the impacted faecal matter, toxins, mucous and parasites that build up over time. Cleansing the colon with water is not a new concept. Inner cleansing was practised by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and in traditional Chinese and Indian civilisations.

Why have a colonic?

The colon contains billions of friendly bacteria which help to detoxify waste matter and protect against infection. Internal and external factors such as stress, processed foods, smoking, artificial additives and medication can change the balance in the colon and compromise the digestive system. In turn, impacted faeces and other waste products build up in the colon and can cause a number of health problems. Firstly, this decomposing matter is toxic. The toxins can re-enter the blood stream making us feel ill, tired or weak. Secondly, impacted material impairs the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and the bacterial-produced vitamins. Finally, a build-up of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action, causing sluggish bowel movements and constipation. Removing this toxic matter through Colonic Hydrotherapy can help with constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, gas, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), weight gain and normalisation, fatigue, lethargy, candida, leaky gut syndrome, headaches, migraines, cellulite, asthma, allergies, and skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Normally, several treatments will be needed to fully cleanse the colon and restore bowel regularity.

What happens during a treatment?

The process is described by the Association and Register of Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH): “Warm filtered water is introduced into your colon through a small tube called a speculum that is gently inserted about an inch and a half into your rectum. As the warm water enters, you’ll feel a fullness as your colon fills up, then a relaxing feeling as it empties. The water pressure and temperature are carefully controlled and all waste is drained away discreetly in a closed system with absolutely no mess or odours. This filling and emptying is repeated several times and massage is applied to your abdomen.” ARCH have also produced a video of a typical Colonic Hydrotherapy session.

Colonic Hydrotherapy should only be carried out by a qualified practitioner using specialist, disposable equipment. The practitioners at York Clinic are members of relevant professional bodies: ARCH, the Register of Integrative Colon Therapists and Trainers (RICTAT) and/or the Institute of Professional Colon Hydrotherapy (IPCH).


To book an appointment for Colonic Hydrotherapy at York Clinic, phone 01904 709688 between 9am and 6pm on weekdays, or between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at,or use our contact form.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

For more information about Colonic Hydrotherapy, see Keren Wheeler’s website.