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Quick Summary

Colon hydrotherapy is a procedure used to cleanse the colon of fecal impactions that can impede the proper absorption of nutrients and foster the growth of microorganisms that can inhibit recovery from cancer. Colon hydrotherapy is a helper-therapy that is not meant to be used as a stand-alone cancer treatment. Rather, the main purpose of colon hydrotherapy for cancer patients is to hasten detoxification of the body and enhance nutrient absorption.


Detailed Introduction


Colon hydrotherapy is used to cleanse the colon of toxins and gas as well as accumulated fecal matter and deposits of mucus. It is a gentle treatment that’s more effective than enemas because the cleansing protocol is used to treat the whole colon rather than just a section of it. Colonic hydrotherapy is a helper-therapy for cancer patients that is typically used in conjunction with other treatment options. It helps cancer patients detoxify as cancer cells are dying, which can speed up the healing process and diminish pain due to cancer [1].


When someone who is seriously ill, such as a cancer patient, becomes constipated this can lead to a build-up of toxins in the body. By cleansing the colon, patients can avoid constipation and remove toxins quickly. Cleansing the colon can then in turn, allow the liver to be detoxified more efficiently. Cleansing the colon allows the patient to get rid of built-up wastes that have been stored. Impacted fecal matter is rehydrated and removed while digestive organs are optimized to encourage normal bowel functioning [1][2].


The colon contains beneficial bacteria that play an important role in pH balance, immunity, and nutrient absorption. A well-functioning large intestine plays an important role in general health and well-being, but not everyone needs a colonic in order to achieve good gut health. Typically, cancer patients who are not having at least one bowel movement per day would be most likely to benefit from colon hydrotherapy [3].

Safety and Effectiveness

Colonic hydrotherapy has been used since 1500 B.C. to enhance health. This procedure is more effective than enemas because colon hydrotherapy cleanses the entire colon, not just the descending colon [1][3].


Colon hydrotherapy can relieve the following symptoms:


  • Appetite changes
  • Brain fog
  • Low energy
  • Sluggishness/lethargy
  • Irritability [3]


When waste products build up in the large intestine, mucus and bacteria can ferment in the colon. This fermentation process results in the build-up of toxins that are released back into the bloodstream. When waste products build-up in the body and the patient is not having regular bowel movements, this can lead to poor nutrient absorption as well which also can lead to lethargy and low energy levels [3].

How Colon Hydrotherapy Is Administered

Colon hydrotherapy is performed using sterile, single-use equipment. A gentle flow of water is introduced into the large intestine via the rectum. Although the amount of water varies depending on the patient, up to 16 gallons of water can be used during one colonic hydrotherapy session. Often, colon hydrotherapists will perform a light external massage over the abdomen to promote the removal of toxins from the colon [1][3].


Possible Negative Effects
Side Effects


Side effects of colon hydrotherapy could include:


  • Vomiting, nausea, stomach cramping
  • Dizziness
  • Dehydration
  • Mineral imbalance
  • Depletion of helpful bowel flora
  • Kidney problems
  • Bowel perforation [4]




Patients with the following health conditions may be more at risk for experiencing side effects:


  1. Recent bowel surgery
  2. Diverticulitis
  3. Severe hemorrhoids
  4. Rectal tumors or tumors in the colon
  5. Ulcerative colitis
  6. Crohn’s disease
  7. Cardiovascular issues or heart disease
  8. Kidney disease [4]
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[1] Colon Cleanse Treatment Clinic (2018). How Colonics could Help With Cancer Treatment. Retrieved May 4, 2018 from http://www.coloncleansetoronto.ca/blog/general-category/how-colonics-could-help-with-cancer-treatment/


[2] Psycho-oncology: Discover How Prolonged Chronic Stress Causes Cancer and How to Heal Within. Retrieved May 4, 2018 from http://www.alternative-cancer-care.com/liver-colon-cleanse-and-cancer.html


[3] Dr. Axe (2018). Is a Colon Cleanse Actually Beneficial? What You Must Know…Retrieved May 4, 2018 from https://draxe.com/colon-cleanse/


[4] WebMD (2005-2018). Natural Colon Cleansing: Is It Necessary? Retrieved May 4, 2018 from https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/natural-colon-cleansing-is-it-necessary