Colonic Hydrotherapy

Practitioner: Joanna Killam
Commonly known as colonics or colon hydrotherapy, our clinic in Bend provides colon hydrotherapy treatment to removes metabolic waste from the large intestine without applying toxic agents of any kind. It is the gentlest and most effective treatment for constipation. The benefits of colon hydrotherapy extend all the way from emotional well-being to detoxification and elimination of constipation.


What is colonic hydrotherapy?

Though the thought of colonic hydrotherapy is nerve-wracking for some, the actual procedure is clean, comfortable and completely private. Colonic irrigation is a safe, effective, sanitary and drug-free way to cleanse waste from the large intestine through the use of temperature-controlled, filtered water.


When water is introduced to the colon, it softens and loosens waste, allowing the intestine to contract, move the waste through the system and evacuate it naturally. The Center for Integrative Medicine in Bend recommends using colon hydrotherapy treatment in conjunction with exercise and adequate intake of nutrients and fluids.


Why be concerned about the colon?

Our practitioners in Bend understand colon hydrotherapy treatment is an important detoxification method that should not be overlooked. The colon stores the body’s waste, so it naturally has a higher concentration of toxins than do many other organs. Most people don’t give their colon a second thought—until something goes wrong. It might be something uncomfortable and inconvenient, like constipation or diarrhea, or it might be a more serious health problem, but either way, colonic hydrotherapy can help by clearing out all that accumulated waste.


In fact, colonic hydrotherapy can alleviate problems you might not associate with the colon. According to the well-known rheumatologist Arthur E. Brawer, M.D., the following conditions respond favorably to colonic hydrotherapy:


  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Memory lapses
  • Hypertension
  • Body odor
  • Brittle hair
  • Brittle nails
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cold hands/feet
  • Colitis/spastic colon
  • Constipation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Irritable bowel
  • Mouth sores
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Nausea
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Pot belly
  • Poor posture
  • Seizures
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint aches
  • Chest pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Toxic environmental exposure
  • Pigmentation
  • Toxic occupational exposure


How many colonic hydrotherapy sessions are needed?

Every body is different, and each person’s goals are unique. In large part, the number of colonic irrigation cleanses will depend on the individual. Some people will prefer just a session here and there, while others may choose to make colonic hydrotherapy part of their regular health routine.


What happens during a colonic hydrotherapy session?

Most people are pleasantly surprised at how comfortable a colonic hydrotherapy session is. Only a small amount of water flows into the colon to stimulate the release of softened waste. The water nozzle is small and allows the water flow and waste elimination to happen at any time without the need for us to continually control the water.


We value your privacy and dignity, and we work hard to ensure your colonic hydrotherapy session is as private as possible. You’ll have most of your clothing on, with a drape or gown provided to cover the unclothed area.


Is it sanitary?

The Center for Integrative Medicine’s FDA-registered colonic hydrotherapy equipment is state-of-the-art, featuring temperature-controlled water mixing and backflow prevention valves, temperature and pressure sensors, and built-in sanitizing and water purification units. The small rectal tubes used in each session are disposable and single-use only.


For several days before your colonic hydrotherapy session . . .

  • Drink at least two quarts of water each day.
  • Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.
  • Cut back on foods you suspect might be allergens for you.
  • Consider preparing mild, easily digestible foods, such as homemade vegetable soup, to have on hand for after your session.
  • If you are constipated, consider taking mild, natural laxative like vitamin C, magnesium ascorbate or magnesium citrate.


Additionally, avoid eating a heavy meal for at least two hours prior to your colonic hydrotherapy session.


Ready to get started? Print out our colonic hydrotherapy intake form, fill it out, and bring it with you to your appointment. Call the Center for Integrative Medicine today to make your appointment.