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Colon Hydrotherapy

How to Prepare Before & After Session

How will I benefit from a session?


If we eat 3 meals/ day, ideally we should have 3 bowel movements/ day. However, most people only have 1-2 bowel movements/ day, if that. If so, then what happens to the rest of our food? If our elimination system is underactive, and the daily toxins we are exposed to from air, water, and food accumulate faster than can be eliminated, that puts us at risk for health issues. Colon hydrotherapy may assist in removing the excess fecal matter, as well as these toxins produced daily by our bodies/ environment, and therefore, can help to improve our health, and protect against onset of more serious issues. We hire personal trainers to help tone the muscles around our body, why not seek the assistance of a colon hydrotherapist to help exercise one of our body’s most important internal organs?



Please note that for your safety, if you have any of the following contraindications, there is a possibility we might not be able to proceed with the session: 1st/ 3rd trimester of pregnancy, Advanced Pregnancy, Abdominal Hernia, AIDS/ HIV, Aneurysm, Cancer, Chemo/ Radiation Treatment, Cirrhosis, Colon Surgeries, Crohn's Disease, Fissures/ Fistulas, GI Hemorrhage/ Perforation, Renal Insufficiency, Severe Anemia, Severe Cardiac Disease, Severe Diverticulitis, Severe Hemorrhoids, Ulcerative Colitis. Further questions will be asked to find out more about your current condition.

*** If you are on Dialysis, colon hydrotherapy cannot be administered. 

Before a session:


  • The days before the appointment, eat as many water content foods as possible, i.e. raw and cooked green leafy vegetables, raw vegetable drinks and whole grains. This will start hydrating the colon to ease your experience.

  • Try to cut down on all processed foods, i.e. white flour products, cheese, dried foods, greasy foods and sugar. These foods have a tendency to dehydrate the colon and can make the experience more challenging.

  • Avoid eating 1-2 hours before the colon hydrotherapy appointment.

  • Avoid drinking liquids 1 hour before. It can make your bladder full during the colon hydrotherapy session.

  • Avoid all diuretic foods one day prior to your appointment, including: coffee, tea or soda. These can dehydrate and also make the bladder full.

  • Drink lots of water in the days prior to your session to best hydrate yourself, but try not to drink too much water the day of your session so that your bladder is not full during the session.

  • If it is your first session with the therapist, please arrive 15 minutes early to complete the requested forms or please complete the forms by clicking on the link provided in your appointment reminder email.


The Session: 


At NaturalStart Medicine, Adrienne uses a state-of-the-art, FDA registered class II closed device, which uses a 3 stage filter and temperature and pressure controlled water. The client lies comfortably on a therapy table, and with the assistance of the therapist, connects to a Colon Cleansing device through a one time use, disposable speculum/rectal nozzle kit. The therapist then gently introduces low pressure water into the colon through the speculum, and water gently circulates through the colon, loosening and softening the waste material. When slight pressure builds up in the colon, which may create a slight sensation of cramping, the therapist adjusts the flow so that water can release, and fecal matter can evacuate through the waste hose into the device and straight into the plumbing system. As water and waste flows out through an illuminated glass viewing tube, the client can view their elimination. This process is repeated throughout the session, which can last approximately 35-45 minutes. Please keep in mind that you should allot additional time after the session for use of the restroom immediately following the session.


To ensure maximum sanitation, we use a new disposable speculum/rectal nozzle for each client, and the area is sanitized before/ after each session. Clients wear gowns for privacy, ease and comfort during the session. There is no odor throughout the session, and the integrity of the client is maintained at all times.


In addition, the therapist stays attuned to each client, using bodywork in areas that need attention. By working the body meridians and reflexology points, it can help to stimulate the bodily functions to work in conjunction with the colonic session, opening the gates for more release. For clients who are candidates and who desire an add-on therapy to optimize the effectiveness of the colonic session, implants (coffee, hydrogen peroxide, chlorophyll + greens, and ozonated water) or bio-electric lymphatic drainage therapy are also available as an add-on services (please see Bio-Electric Lymphatic Drainage page or Colon Hydrotherapy Implants page). Lastly, for clients who are existing patients of Dr. Fong & Dr. Carrie, Adrienne works integratively with both doctors to provide a collaborative effort toward holistic healing.


After a session:


  • It is best to eat light foods that are easy on the digestive system, i.e. steamed vegetables, soup and light protein (fish, chicken, tofu). Avoiding nuts, salads, and icy foods and drinks.

  • Drink more water to continue hydrating.

  • Adding ¼ tsp. pink salt to your water will help absorption.

  • Adding 2 tbsp. of lemon or 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar in your water can help alkalize the body.

  • Days following the session should be filled with vegetables (raw and steamed), soup, fruits, whole grains and pure water (not tap). Salads and raw foods have great enzymes and fiber.

  • For better health, avoid anything processed, bottled or canned; sugar, pasteurized dairy and all whites/starches (sugar, flour, rice).

  • For more in depth nutrition planning, consult a nutritionist and/or your resident Naturopathic Doctor.


Although there are no symptoms as a direct result of colon hydrotherapy, colon cleansing can sometimes stimulate the release of toxins from the body, which can result in detoxification symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, and/ or fatigue. However, every experience varies from client to client. Some clients report less constipation, more regular bowel movements, an emotional release in conjunction with their physical release, and/ or an increased sense of well-being and overall health. For all clients receiving services, we recommend hydrating well after sessions to help aid in the detoxification process.


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