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Can Colonic Hydrotherapy help with constipation?

Colonic Irrigation /Hydrotherapy helps to clear the colon of accumulated wastes and can improve functioning of the colon by relieving and preventing constipation.

Colonic irrigation is a treatment for the cleansing of the colon (bowel) of wastes without the use of laxatives. Laxatives are substances including drugs, herbal medicines and certain foods which can induce bowel movements or loosen the bowel. The regular and long term use of some laxatives can cause weakening of the colon and dependence on them for the bowel to empty.

If you suffer from constipation your stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to pass. Several days or in some cases weeks may go by without having a bowel movement. Some people who are constipated experience pain, have to strain to pass a bowel movement and often feel bloated. You may experience an uncomfortable sensation of a full bowel. Some people suffer from piles (haemorrhoids) as a result of constipation. Many people don’t realize that the complete length of the colon can become compacted with accumulated wastes Constipation is a symptom, not a disease and almost everyone experiences constipation at some point in their life. Diet, lack of exercise and stress are often causes. In some cases constipation can be a symptom of underlying disease or condition so it is important to address the symptom and seek help if it persists.

Following these guidelines may help to prevent constipation:

Eat plenty of high fibre foods including fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid low fibre junk foods.

Identify possible food intolerances as this can be a reason why you are suffering from chronic constipation. Your body may not be manufacturing sufficient digestive enzymes to process certain foods such as wheat, gluten grains (wheat, barley, rye, oats) dairy products – milk, cheese, yogurt, including probiotic yogurt drinks like Activia or Actimel. The result can be bowel disturbance with constipation being a symptom.

Drink plenty of water and other liquids such as fruit and vegetable juices, soups and herbal teas.
Liquid helps keep the stool soft and easy to pass. It is important to drink sufficient fluids otherwise bowel movements will be dry and difficult to pass. Try not to drink liquids that contain caffeine or alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol have a tendency to dehydrate the digestive system.

Exercise regularly
Regular exercise helps to stimulate your digestive system. I am not suggesting that you have to work out at the gym daily or run marathons just 20 to 30 minutes walking every day can help.

Allow yourself enough time to have a bowel movement.
Sometimes we feel so hurried and stressed that we don’t pay attention to our body’s needs. Make sure you don’t ignore the urge to have a bowel movement and go to the toilet as soon as possible when you feel the urge otherwise waste will accumulate in the colon hardening and drying out contributing to constipation.

It can help if you raise your knees up a little by resting your feet on a low stool such as a childs toilet step, this allows the bowel relax and to empty more normally.

Colonic irrigation/hydrotherapy can help bring relief from constipation by gently washing out accumulated wastes and stimulating the colon to return to normal functioning.

If your bowel habits change, check with your doctor.

Some prescribed and over the counter medication that you may take for another health problem might cause constipation.
These may include calcium supplements, pain medication containing codeine, some antacids, iron supplements, diuretics (prescribed for water retention), and some medicines for depression. If you take medicine for another health problem, ask your doctor whether it could cause constipation.