1. How does Colonic Hydrotherapy work?

You position a pencil thin disposable tube in your rectum and a gentle flow of warm water is released into the colon. The water loosens and softens the contents of the colon and the waste is expelled, comfortably and hygienically with maximum privacy and limited odour.

2. Is it safe?

Most definitely! We use an “Open System,” which gives you total control and privacy. You receive a sterile, single use, thin, plastic rectal tube to insert in privacy. Then the water is turned on and waste can be released whenever you feel the need to eliminate.

3. Does it hurt?

Normally there isn’t any pain with a treatment. There may occasionally be some slight discomfort, that feels like wind, but this normally passes quickly and it is a good sign that the treatment is working. A lot of patients actually report feeling refreshed and relaxed during a session.

4. How do the “Open System” and “Closed System” differ?

The “Open System” is the most updated technology in Colonic Hydrotherapy and is gentle and completely safe. This system allows you to be in a private room without a therapist and you are able to push as needed on your own. Also the tip on the “Open System” is much smaller than the speculum of the “Closed System.” The “Closed System” is an older technology where a therapist is with you at all times and you do not have as much privacy. Most of our clients prefer the “Open System.”

5. How is a colonic different from an enema?

A colonic reaches the entire length of the colon, whereas an enema only reaches the rectum and lower part of the colon, making it not as effective. A colonic will not reach the small intestine, but you may talk to Dr. Deb for more information on how to cleanse this as well.

6. How long does a colonic take and how many should I have done?

We book you an hour-long appointment, though many people usually need about 45 minutes to complete a session. The extra time allows room for discussion with Dr. Deb about any questions or concerns you may have.

A minimum of three sessions is very important to ensure maximum benefit along with the use of Herbal Fiber Blend. Dr. Deb will explain all of this to you in your first consultation.

Some people commit to six or even ten scheduled colonics to have a thorough detoxification. Maintenance sessions are then recommended in order to keep your colon and digestive system working at its best.

7. Do I need to prepare or fast before my treatment?

The short answer is no, there is no special preparation REQUIRED. However, like anything in life, preparation improves results. The choice is up to you. Some people come for a colonic having made zero changes to their diet or lifestyle and still others include colonics as part of their juice fast and everything in between.

Don’t let preparation stop you from getting started at all. There is an amazing product called Herbal Fibre Blend, which if taken along with your colonics will definitely accelerate your results.

You may choose to take this for a week before you begin your colonic series or it is perfectly fine to begin the Herbal Fibre Blend after your first visit.

8. Will my friendly bacteria be washed out?

After the colonics your colon will be cleaned, which actually allows the friendly bacteria to flourish more readily as it is not competing against the “bad” bacteria and your overall immunity is strengthened in the process. By eating certain foods you can encourage the growth of the friendly bacteria and our body does this on a daily basis as well, but you can take probiotics as well for good assurance. Once again this will be discussed in greater detail during your introductory session.

9. Will I experience any intestinal discomfort or fatigue after the treatment?

Usually you will not experience problems after the colonic, but there are some cases where old debris and toxins can be stirred up causing nausea or fatigue. A mild vegetable broth or peppermint tea can help to settle this if needed.

10. Can I work or drive after the treatment?

Definitely. You can return to normal activities as you would after a regular bowel movement.

11. Is it safe during pregnancy?

We do not recommend colon hydrotherapy during pregnancy.

12. Do I need to see my doctor before a colonic or get a referral?

You do not need to get a referral or have an examination from a doctor before a colonic, but if you have health concern and you would like to tell your doctor before having a colonic then please do.

If you have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, severe haemorrhoids or anal fissures, rectal or intestinal tumors, diverticulitis, acute liver failure, an abdominal hernia, sever anaemia, lupus or an aneurysm then colonics is not recommended.

13. Is there any possibility of cross contamination?

The simple answer is NEVER. When you visit Crackenback you will see that it is a completely modern, hygienic and professional clinic. New, sterilised speculum tubes are used every time.

14. How much does it cost?

The first consultation is longer and priced accordingly. From there, we offer a range of competitive packages which are very good value.