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An introduction to Colonic Hydrotherapy in London at the Joshi Clinic

Many people have pre-conceived ideas about Colonic Hydrotherapy and Colonic Irrigation and imagine the worst, whereas it is a treatment that will leave you feeling clean, revitalised and well. In today’s society people lead a very busy lifestyle and very often the foods we eat everyday contain inadequate nutrients and toxic substances, especially refined pre-processed foods with preservatives, artificial colours and artificial flavours. In addition, we intentionally ingest other toxic substances, such as alcohol, nicotine and stimulants, such as caffeine and other drugs with various adverse effects. After these foods are digested, our liver must work overtime to detoxify all the foreign toxic substances so that they can be excreted through our kidneys and skin. We clean our face everyday, but people seldom think about whether or not they need to clean their intestines. Our intestinal tract is like a plumbing system in a house, with the small intestines comparable to sewage pipes and the colon comparable to a septic tank. When fat and debris are poured down the drain every day, the pipes will become clogged. Septic tanks need to be pumped out occasionally. Otherwise, too much waste will accumulate and back up into the house.

Some of the symptoms you may experience
Flatulence, constipation, haemorrhoids, headache, acne, skin eruptions, bad breath, foul body odour, irritability and depression. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Atonic, (sluggish) colon, Bloating, Candida, Colitis in remission, Diarrhoea Diverticulosis (i.e. Diverticulitis in remission) flatulence Gut, leaky Haemorrhoids, Headaches, Lethargy, Indigestion, parasitic Infections

How does colonic hydrotherapy work
Your visit will involve taking a full case history, which is confidential, followed by an explanation of the procedure. The colonic hydrotherapy (sometimes called colonic irrigation) itself will take 30-45 minutes, with the therapist continuing the assessment throughout. The consultant will gently introduce a low pressure flow of filtered warm water into the colon via a speculum inserted gently into the rectum (all speculums are disposable, thus preventing the risk of cross contamination). The consultant will use special massage techniques on the abdomen to stimulate the release of stored, toxic waste matter. This movement forces out the waste matter, gas and mucus through an outlet tube, which is evacuated out to a waste pipe. The average colon may contain between 1-7kgs of debris. It takes years for the colon to become clogged up with its own waste products. The benefits of colonic hydrotherapy can often be quickly observed in the form of improved bowel function together with clearer skin, more mental clarity and fewer headaches. Circulatory, immune, inflammatory and weight problems can also often improve with colonic treatments when accompanied by recommended diet and lifestyle changes.

Consultation notes

What the colonic hydrotherapy will do
Help clear old stubborn debris from the colon (organ which holds the most toxic waste). Thus aiding in the detoxification of the liver which is of loading its waste into the colon via the bile duct. Also aiding in the drainage of 80% the lymphatic system, which deposits its waste into the colon via lymphatic tissue on the left hand side. The remaining 20% of lymph will be drained away by the kidneys. The above process will be boosted by taking both liver cleansing herbs: i.e. milk thistle @ 1 with each meal for 3 weeks, Bladder and kidney cleansing herbs i.e. Flow tone complex @ 2mls per day for 3 weeks. Activated charcoal, 2 caps three times per day for 2 weeks, will assist with gas and bloating. Lymphatic drainage is best dealt with by either increasing cardio vascular exercise, dry skin brushing, or massage.

Common problems for the colon are:

  • Dehydration – when one is dehydrated the body will take all the water from the colon to compensate, thus leading to dry impaction.
  • Gasses – perhaps one of the most common problems, leading to uncomfortable bloating and the inability of faecal matter to pass through effectively.
  • Gas is like gas in plumbing, it can cause blockages, and therefore constipation in its own right! There are many reasons why gasses are formed, but the main three are explained in the following text.
  • Yeast / unfriendly bacterial balance / build up – excess sugar and yeast in the diet, a common scenario in the west, can lead to Candida, which is yeast that turns into more of a fungal condition affecting not only the colon but many other tissues of the body.

Eating too fast / not chewing your food properly
We are meant to physically brake down food in the mouth (chew!), and chemically in the stomach, also the chewing process tells our bodies to make digestive enzymes. When we do not chew properly we can neither physically or chemically brake down this food. Thus meaning that large chunks of food will now pass through your small intestine where absorption is meant to take place, however you can not absorb much past the surface area. So even if you are eating all of your nice fruits and vegetables, you still can’t get all the nutrients from them, meaning that people would be better of to chew their food more than take vitamin supplements.

When these larger chunks of food reach the colon, if you don't digest them you will have billions of bacteria which will.

The larger the chunk of food, the more bacteria will digest it, this is a lot of bacterial activity, and bacterial activity, again, makes gas. Therefore if you eat too fast you will always have a gassy stomach – not great for either your friends or indeed to fit into your favourite trousers!!

Food Combining
This is an interesting one, and when put into practise is not as hard as it sounds to adhere to. It can significantly help with the reduction of gasses, weight stabilisation, and indeed energy levels. It is perhaps more relevant for people with slow to average metabolisms, and less so for high metabolism individuals who also do not suffer from bloating/gas.

Keeping it simple – basically different foods digest in different parts of the body, different times, and with different digestive enzymes: Animal proteins are digested in the stomach area between 5-9 hrs on average. Carbohydrates (the word which means sugars) are digested in the first part of the small intestine in around 3-5hrs. Therefore in food combining we basically aim to eat animal proteins and complex carbohydrates at different meal times. It is best to have carbohydrate based meals at breakfast or / and lunch time, as they are your energy sugar - fuel to keep you going through the day, then eat your protein based meals in the evening or / and lunch time, when you are less likely to need this energy and it is more likely to be turned into fat.

The reason that gasses are also reduced can be seen with the following example: One eats chicken and rice together, well your chicken (animal protein) will need to be digested in the stomach for several hours, and now your rice (complex carbohydrate) will be stuck in the stomach for this duration without the right enzymes to brake it down. This is due to the fact that the valve between the stomach and the small intestine, called the pyloric sphincter, will not open until the stomachs work has been done. If the word carbohydrate means sugar, then the word complex carbohydrate means lots of complex sugars, thus meaning we now have an excess of complex sugars in the stomach. Sugars always have great ability to ferment, we will come back to this one when discussing yeast, and the stomach is a perfect environment to ferment as it is both warm and acidic, thus the sugars will ferment and fermentation is gas pressure, which if it doesn’t come up will have to go down.

Vegetables can go with everything, as life can be hard enough as it is, however there is just one more thing to look out for, and that is that fruit should always be eaten on its own. This is due to the fact that fruit is the fastest digesting food of all, for example melon may be digested in around 10 minutes, therefore if eaten after a meal it will want to go through in this time, but will in fact be stuck there for several hours. It was sweet when you ate it, therefore indicating a lot of sugar, which in turn means it will simply sit there and ferment. So try eating your fruit up to 20 minutes before your food, giving it time to go through, or a few hours later (depending on the size of your meal).

Yeast and Refined Yeast and Refined sugar
In a more extreme case we can consider the makings of a "beer belly", now it is likely that this person considers their stomach to be a bit fat / "mid-life spread", however if one were to poke this stomach it would often be found to be rather hard. Considering that fatty tissue is soft one can only conclude that this is not purely the effects of fatty tissue, in fact what is going on inside this body is massive amounts of fermentation / gas, and as always behind all this gas will be numerous blockages. Now we know that this biliousness of the gut is mainly due to blockages and gas, we can also consider that the colon itself will be distended, and most likely the liver will be swollen too. The reason that the above is happening is due to the fact that this gentleman is likely drinking a few pints of yeast in it’s highest doses (beer!, although all alcohol holds high levels of yeast), and then eating a packet of biscuits per day. Here’s the problem as yeast and excess sugar are like a time bomb waiting to go off!

You have friendly and unfriendly bacteria in the colon, the friendly bacteria being probiotics – the most common one of which is acidophilus, and the unfriendly bacteria is a form of yeast. Yeast can often overtake the friendly bacteria, quite easily seen when you consider the amount of yeast in the average diet: alcohol, breads, many processed foods / soups etc. The friendly bacteria make vitamin K and a lot of the B-complex, whilst the unfriendly bacteria (yeast) make fermentation, mould, mucus, micro toxins (mini toxins) etc.

Yeast bacteria are very stubborn and burrow into the wall of the colon, which aggravates the gut wall, thus creating a lot of mucus. It also creates lots of fermentation, as yeast is well known for fermenting, (uncomfortable bloating / gas). Yeast obviously likes it when we keep topping it up with more yeast, another slice of bread, a little bit of vegemite, another glass of wine etc. Perhaps even more so yeast absolutely adores sugar, it’s like when you make a pint of beer: you have yeast and you feed it sugar then it will ferment and turn into alcohol, or you want bread to rise: you have yeast in the dough you put in a pinch of sugar and the dough rises. Thus you have yeast in your stomach, you put in the sugar, it will ferment and rise.

An over growth of yeast activity is often referred to as Candida / Candida albicans. It can cause mass aggravation to the colon, aggravating the gut wall and creating excess mucus, also far too much fermentation / gas, which can in turn cause constipation, or even aggravate the muscles in some cases to cause diarrhoea. Even more worrying is the fact that it may not only be contained to the tissues of the gut, indeed in some cases it will spread throughout the bodily tissues. For example in females it may be experienced as thrush, many women notice that this occurs around the time of their menstrual cycle, when guess what, they often eat a lot more sugar. Or you may have heard of a girl friend who gets thrush after a course of anti-biotics, which unfortunately kill off most of our pro-biotics (friendly bacteria) who help to fight off yeast, so after a course of anti-biotics during which you have been unable to consume alcohol, a glass or two (bottles in some cases) of celebratory wine = a very high chance of thrush occurring soon after.

Conventional medicine dose not seem to have come to terms with the idea of giving their patients probiotics to help rebalance bowel flora following a course of anti-biotics, other medications can also affect the bacterial balance, such as some forms of the contraceptive pill etc, therefore I would suggest that if you are on any form of medication give your bowel some good quality bacteria every few months – best brand is Bio care tablet form, found in most health food stores.

Unisex the yeast can manifest in the tissues as the following:

  • Athletes foot
  • Fungal nail conditions
  • Excessive dandruff
  • Some forms of dermatitis
  • Any fungal skin condition
  • Unexplained rashes
  • Aggravation of both eczema and psoriasis alike

The yeast also creates micro toxins (mini-toxins) which will get back into the blood supply; it even creates trace elements of alcohol, because yeast will make alcohol. These will begin to effect your energy levels, your mood, your concentration, or even cause headaches etc.

There are many more symptoms related to this yeast activity, however if you feel this may be a suspect for you we would suggest reading a book called "Candida albicans" by Leon Chaitow.

Very interesting information on the acid alkaline diet, and its effect on health and general well being can be found on www.acidalkalinediet.com

To book your colonic hydrotherapy session in London please contact the Joshi Clinic

T: 020 7487 5456

The Joshi Clinic provide colonic hydrotherapy services to clients in Westminster, Central London, Greater London, London W1, West London, London EC1, North and South London. We also offer colonic hydrotherapy to clients tavelling to us from UK. European and International destinations.

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