What is colon hydrotherapy / colonic irrigation?

Colon Hydrotherapy, traditionally known as Colonic Irrigation, gently fills and hydrates the colon with warm sterile filtered water through a small sterile rectal tube.  When the water is flushed out, it carries with it any material that has built up in the large intestine (colon), waste matter, toxins, and trapped gases.

Is there a special kind of water used for Colon Hydrotherapy?

I use highly filtered water which passes through filters before being heated to the correct temperature.  This filtered water is capable of absorbing and flushing more toxins out of the colon because of its drawing effect on solid particles, chemicals, and other matter.  The filtered water, in essence, hydrates you, thus the reason behind the label:  Colon Hydrotherapy.  The water will not only detoxify you but it will hydrate you as well.

How is Colon Hydrotherapy different from enemas?

Enemas are good to clean out the sigmoid and rectal areas of the colon, which extend to about 1ft.  A series of colon-hydrotherapy treatments are known to clean out and remove impacted material from the whole colon which is on average about 5 - 6 ft long.  Additionally, colon hydrotherapy promotes peristalsis and helps the colon muscles regain tone, therefore, assisting the return of regular bowel movements.

Will laxative accomplish the same result?

Laxatives empty the colon short term but are an irritant to the body. Therefore, the body produces a thin watery substance that goes through the colon and leaves behind impacted toxins and waste. Colon hydrotherapy uses pure water and does not irritate the body.  One of the tremendous benefits again, is that it actually hydrates the body.

What can I expect from Colon Hydrotherapy?

Colon Hydrotherapy is not a cure, but a valuable treatment used to assist, the body with a wide variety of different colon-related conditions.  By re-toning the bowel wall and improving colon functions, the entire body is able to function more efficiently and relieve so-called sluggish bowels.

How do toxins accumulate in the body?

Toxins accumulate in the body as a result of stress and/or consuming too much acidic food, such as sugar, white flour, caffeine, protein, and alcohol.  When the bowel becomes unnaturally acidic, it attempts to protect itself by secreting a glycoprotein substance that lines the entire intestinal wall. This is known as mucus.  This substance is what makes it hard for the body to absorb vitamins and nutrients, which could result in chronic malnutrition.  When the bowel becomes toxic, it contaminates the blood, which in turn, spreads the toxins to the heart, lungs, brain, muscles, etc as it is delivering nutrients throughout the body. In the end, the liver is left to deal with toxic blood, and after years of relentless toxicity, it will become sluggish until it will no longer function optimally.  At this point, the toxins will begin to collect in other parts of the body.  Disease may manifest wherever they settle. Overall, cleansing allows you to remove accumulated mucus in order to rebuild your bowel and your liver and protect yourself from disease. 

How many sessions are recommended?

When individuals come for the first time or for the first time in a very long time, I suggest (for maximum benefit) that a series of colonics should include one colonic a week for several weeks.  A maintenance program is then suggested based on what is best suited to your condition and needs.

How much time is required for a Colon Hydrotherapy session?

Please allow two hours for your first visit, one hour for the lifestyle consultation and one hour for your first treatment. Please allow one hour for each subsequent visit.

Is it possible to have colon hydrotherapy treatment whilst having periods?
Colon Hydrotherapy is perfectly safe during this time and will help decrease the cramps and the bloating accompanying the menstruation.

he procedure lasts approximately 45 minutes but plan to spend one hour.


We use a closed system irrigation unit that monitors water temperature and pressure. A short tube is attached to a hose, which is inserted rectally connecting the individual to the equipment. Gentle water pressure is used to clean the entire length of the colon.


During the session, a series of water fills and releases helps stimulate the expansion and contraction of the muscular walls of the colon. This irrigation combined with breathing techniques exercises the colon and promotes the restoration of proper peristalsis.


The colon waste, which is observed for a health evaluation, is seen through the machine’s enclosed viewing tube. Most individuals find the process to be very calm and they easily relax.

How does Colon Hydrotherapy affect the Bacteria balance in my body?

Colon hydrotherapy does not flush all good or bad bacteria out of the body.  Once toxins are removed from the colon, the beneficial bacteria have a cleaner habitat facilitating their reproduction and multiplication, therefore achieving a positive bacterial balance.

What are the signs or symptoms when we first begin to omit toxic substances and begin to clean out the colon?

When a regular diet of stimulates such as coffee, tea, alcohol, sugar, and others are eliminated from your diet, some clients comment about having headaches, flu-like symptoms and even mild depression. At this stage of a detox, cleansing through Colon Hydrotherapy helps to flush toxins are out of the system, hence Colon Hydrotherapy is recommended with back to back sessions for the first two weeks.

Why do the symptoms or signs happen?

This is due to the body discarding toxins that are removed from the tissues and then transported by the blood to the liver and then the colon for elimination.
All symptoms generally pass by the third or fourth session of Colon Hydrotherapy. Clients often comment on their increased energy levels after the second session.

Is Colon Hydrotherapy habit forming?
No, colon hydrotherapy is not habit-forming. On the contrary, one of the features of colon hydrotherapy is the toning of the colon muscles, which helps in maintaining and resuming regular bowel movements.

How will we know when the colon is empty?

The colon will probably never be empty, as it’s an organ in continuous use. As more of the impacted material is released clients comment on feeling the water enter higher regions of the colon without any sense of obstruction. The objective should not be an empty colon, but rather a well-functioning colon.

Is Colon Hydrotherapy painful?

Only in the case of an impacted colon, you may experience slight discomfort. Some cramping may occur as the colon contracts to expel waste. Once the major impaction is removed, you will find the session pleasant and relaxing.

Is Colon Hydrotherapy embarrassing?

Your dignity and privacy is completely maintained at all times in the comfort of our calming and soothing private treatment rooms. During your bowel movement there is no odour with the Libbe Colon Hydrotherapy open system.

Is Colon Hydrotherapy Safe?

Colon Hydrotherapy is safe provided you do not have any contraindications (see below) and you visit a qualified practitioner which at a minimum is qualified as a Colon Hydrotherapist from one of the many associations worldwide. We do recommend always having colon hydrotherapy in a clinical setting especially if you suffer from constipation, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome or you suspect any digestive conditions. There are adverse effects and risks should you not be suitable or should the treatment not be performed correctly. 

Are there any contraindications to Colon Hydrotherapy?

Yes, there are. It is important to keep this in mind when deciding where to go for your treatment, it is a decision that should not be taken lightly. There are a few contra-indications to keep in mind when considering colon hydrotherapy, including recent colon and abdominal surgeries, hernias, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and other conditions. I thoroughly check the suitability of each individual prior to starting any treatment. In some cases, we may refer you to your doctor for further examinations to assess suitability for treatment.  Please refer to :

Is Colonic Irrigation Risky/Harmful?

Yes if you have colon hydrotherapy and you are not suitable for it – you could have complications. Most of these are minor like cramping, diarrhea, dizziness, soreness, but there have been more serious accidents reported, like low levels of minerals, infections, kidney failure, punctured bowels. It is important that you visit an establishment that you trust when you decide to undergo colon hydrotherapy.

For a more in-depth look into the risks associated with colon hydrotherapy, this extensive article written by our Clinical Director Miss Velile Ndebele covers the all medical literature from the last 40 years around the risks associated with colon cleansing and colonic irrigation.

What preparation do I need to do prior embarking on a colon hydrotherapy treatment programme?
We will provide you with an easy to follow dietary regime to best prepare you for the treatment. No fasting is necessary prior to a treatment, and the few dietary adjustments we recommend will greatly enhance the programme’s results. We believe these are very important and we encourage you to commit and to follow them in order to get the maximum benefits from the course of treatments.

What should I do immediately before a session?
It is advisable to refrain from eating or drinking anything two hours prior to your scheduled appointment. This is to avoid feelings of nausea, as well as ensuring maximum comfort during your Colon Hydrotherapy session.

After a session, how might I feel?
You will leave your treatment session feeling rebalanced, rejuvenated, re-energized. This is the Aqualibria promise.

What kind of diet should I follow immediately after a Colon Hydrotherapy session?
Following the cleansing of the large intestinal, the body may feel weary or relaxed. This is simply your body working out and processing through its cleaning period; proper rest is important at this time to give your body time to rejuvenate.
Immediately after receiving Colon Hydrotherapy, it is important to:

  • Drink plenty of liquids (purified water, juices, herb teas, and electrolyte liquids).

  • Eat a healthy vegetable soup within the next couple of hours;

  • Avoid eating raw vegetables straight after the treatment. Steamed vegetables and raw fruit are sufficient. (To be chewed very thoroughly).

  • Reduce meat consumption (especially beef, pork as well as chicken), alcohol, caffeine and sugar intake.


When toxins that have been lying dormant in the colon are being flushed out and stirred up, some may feel light-headed or nauseous during a session. This is called a “healing crisis” and will quickly pass. As you go along with your cleansing program, you may have additional healing crises, but you will feel much better overall, and day by day you will have a stronger feeling of health and well–being.

Does Colon Hydrotherapy affect the electrolyte balance in the body?
In the 1989 study – “Effects of Colon Hydrotherapy on Serum Electrolytes” conducted by National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, USA: “No patients experienced any clinically significant symptoms or disturbances”.
This was further corroborated in the early 2000s by the more recent research by Yoko Clinic in Japan – “Influence of Colon Hydrotherapy on Human Intestinal Microbiota” so we can be very confident about this from a medical standpoint.