Modern life is hard. Working late, eating out, drinking, poor sleep and high levels of stress are the norm for many, and it wreaks havoc on our health, especially our stomachs. Over 70 million people in the United States alone are affected by digestive diseases, ranging from heartburn and bloating to diarrhoea and severe pain. It’s so common, many don’t even tell their doctors about it—but there is something you can do.
What is a colonic?
A colonic, also known as colon hydrotherapy, cleanses the system and removes harmful waste. The procedure is simple: a sterile tube is inserted a few inches into the rectum, and warm, purified water slowly enters the colon and flushes out trapped waste and bacteria. A trained therapist will gently massage to aid the cleansing process. Treatments generally take around 45 minutes but give yourself an hour so you don’t have to rush. Results can be experienced almost immediately, with many people feeling more energetic and less bloated as soon as they leave the office.
Why should I get a colonic?
Our intestines, which take up the majority of our abdominal space, are a vital part of our health. They absorb the nutrients from food, aid digestion and help pass waste. Over time, un-excreted waste can build up within your system and become a haven for dangerous bacteria and impacted stool. This causes symptoms like cramps, chronic fatigue, headaches, constipation and even allergic reactions. And unfortunately, this is one problem that a green juice and a jog won’t cure.
Are colonics safe?
Of course, as with any medical treatment, there are risks involved, including infection and pH imbalances. If you have a history of gastrointestinal diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Crohn’s Disease, consult your primary care physician before getting a colonic.
Don’t forget to eat some yoghurt after the treatment: it’s important to re-establish good bacteria into your system.
Where do I get a colonic?
If you’re ready to get down, dirty and detoxified check out our top places in Hong Kong for colonics. If you’re looking for a more thorough clean-out and detoxification, consider doing a detox retreat, many of which include colonics and enemas as part of the detoxification process. Find retreats here.