Is an enema the same as a colonic treatment?

The answer is no. An enema empties the significantly lower part of the bowel; a successful colonic empties all of it.

An enema (often performed at home or in a hospital following surgery) involves putting warm water or laxatives into the rectum. This is often done via a nozzle that is attached to a small bottle of a predetermined amount of medication or fluid. This is to clear the rectum of any impacted faecal matter. The fluid is retained anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, then you feel the ‘urge to go’ to the toilet and release the water and any faeces down the loo. This is often carried out prior to a colonoscopy examination.

A colon hydrotherapy treatment or colonic involves a single-use, disposable speculum being inserted into the rectum approx. 2”. Attached to the external section of the speculum are two tubes. One tube takes the warm, highly filtered water into the bowel, and a wider tube takes the wastewater and any faeces and gasses away. Both tubes are outside the body, and there is no mess and no odour. Whilst this is an unusual sensation, the most widely used comment after treatment is ‘that was easy and surprisingly comfortable’ followed swiftly by ‘my tummy feels really calm.

During treatments here at Bushey Colonic Hydrotherapy as standard practice, I regularly use herbs to help your bowel relax, thus allowing the release of gas pockets. The most commonly used are chamomile, peppermint and fennel.

To get the best results possible from your treatments here, when you book an appointment, I will send you the details of a gentle and easy pre-treatment preparation. This can be carried out easily and can be incorporated into your normal workday routine. It won’t leave you in a messy or compromised situation. The lemon detox is a gentle and easy process for you to follow.

This cleanse is a very easy and comfortable preparation for those who want to clear out the old and put in the new. If you have never considered detoxing or doing a cleanse, this is quick and easy and the one for you.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of colonic hydrotherapy, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or phone.

‘I need to lose weight!’ ‘My weight won’t budge!’ ‘How much will I lose with a Colonic?’ These are three very frequently asked questions.

It does stand to reason that if you have a congested bowel, then releasing the weight of the waste and eliminating the trapped gas will mean you lose a bit of weight. However, your body should be losing this waste as a natural process.

It’s not uncommon that due to the amount of gas released during a colonic, some folk have found they can do their belt up one extra notch before they leave the practice!

Colonic Hydrotherapy can support you with your weight loss journey for several reasons.

A congested digestive system means your food is not moving through efficiently. This means you end up absorbing things that should have been excreted.

Feeling full and bloated and even being constipated makes you feel sluggish. The sluggish feeling makes you feel tired and lethargic and not want to exercise. This then allows everything to slow down and fat levels to increase.

This creates a downward spiral of lack of motivation, and this is when we then start eating lots of the wrong foods, and weight creeps on. It is a rather nasty, vicious circle.

Following a Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment, once the congestion and gases have been gently removed from your bowel, this supports the digestion to work at its optimum level. The downward spiral can then start to be reversed.

When folk have a colonic, they report feeling lighter in both mind and body. They invariably go away from the treatment wanting to eat healthily and maintain this lovely easy, light feeling. During the treatment, your body will absorb some of the water, which can leave you feeling wonderfully refreshed and better hydrated.

So, a colonic can be a great starting point to help you break the chain of poor habits and give a fresh starting point to build on. During the appointment, we will also investigate what you are eating and look at your hydration routine to see if there are any areas we can harmonise to support you towards your goals further.

If you have ever worked through the night to meet a deadline or study for a test, you know the day after results are not pretty.

The body feels sluggish, the mind fogged or frenetic, we can be excessively hungry and moody. Recent research shows that a chronic lack of sleep is far more damaging than previously assumed, and a sleep deficit as small as an hour a night can increase the risk of a wide range of conditions.

If we do not get enough sleep, our immune system goes into overdrive and causes systemic inflammation, and this turns on dangerous genetic switches.

These are a few of the side effects of sleep deficiency.

Increases symptoms of Depression: - Lack of sleep disrupts neurotransmitters to the brain, which regulate mood.

Increased Risk of Heart disease: - Blood pressure increases with lack of sleep. Long term sleep deprivation increases stroke risk four times.

Weight Gain: - Metabolism and associated hormones are disrupted, which cause cravings and overeating.

Impaired Mental Function: - Lack of sleep impairs memory and the ability to process information. It impairs alertness and creates headaches.

Higher levels of Anxiety: - Lack of sleep raises the brain’s anticipatory reactions, increasing overall anxiety levels. There are increased levels of cortisol, a hormone that is associated with stress.

Increased risk of Diabetes: - Lack of sleep increases levels of cortisol and norepinephrine; both are associated with insulin resistance.

So how can you help yourself to get a better night?

Creating a good bedtime routine and a restful environment is a great place to start.

Having a sleep-friendly bedroom helps settle you down and moves you away from all your daily noise, preferably with no TV and leaving all your phones and iPad etc., downstairs.

A cool room typically between 60 and 65 degrees makes for the best sleep. Experiment with your room’s exact temperature to find what makes you comfortable. Lining your curtains will help keep the room dark and restful. You should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

Invest in a good bed and a supportive pillow, and comfortable bedding. Taking a hot bath an hour or so before bed helps relax aching muscles. Drink herbal teas and avoid caffeine and alcohol in the 3 hours before bedtime. Avoid going to bed on a full tummy of food.

An excellent daily exercise routine helps prepare you for a restful sleep. Practice some restful yoga poses to encourage the body to wind down.

Create a regular, going to bed and getting up routine. Try and keep this at the weekends to prevent the Monday morning sleep hangover.

Your body likes the regularity of habits. Changing it is disruptive.

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout our lives.

Just think about how much babies struggle when they don’t get enough sleep.

Adults suffer the same way. Getting enough quality sleep at the right time can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life and safety. Sadly, this is an area in life that many folk disregard.

Allowing yourself the time to stop and prepare for sleep will let your next day to fly!

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Bushey Colonic Hydrotherapy

1 Malden Fields



WD23 2QA


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