Frequently Asked Questions

I hope you find this information helpful in evaluating whether or not a colonic is right for you. Please keep in mind that all answers are merely my opinions. I base these opinions on my clinical experience and my own independent research.  None of the following statements have been evaluated by the FDA or any her authorizing body. If you don’t find an answer to your questions, please email me at, and I’ll do my best to get back to you with good information.

Does it hurt?
Not usually, but occasionally folks experience some cramping.

Is it messy?
No; especially when a therapist uses a closed system. This means the waste is emptied straight into to the plumbing system.

Is there anything added to the water?
Unless contraindicated, the Cayce method suggests adding Celtic sea salt and baking soda early in the colonic with the last fill to contain Glyco-Thymoline (an alkalizing, antiseptic mouthwash).

What conditions have been helped by colonics?
Many have seen chronic constipation, gas, irritability, skin problems, cold hands or feet, lethargy, diarrhea, headaches, migraines, joint pains, arthritis (both osteo and rheumatoid), frozen shoulder, fatigue, fibromyalgia, hot flashes, allergies, bad breath, offensive smelling bowel movements, IBS, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure all improved or alleviated after receiving colonics.

What does the colon have to do with health?
There is strong evidence a good bacterial balance in the colon contributes to good health, and a bad bacterial balance contributes to disease. The colon contains a portion of the enteric nervous system where 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter whose functions are just now being fully explored. Read Wikipedia’s entry on the subject at

Is a colonic the same thing as a detox?
No. The colon is one of the 4 main organs of elimination where toxins are carried out of the body, but to free the toxins for elimination requires more than washing of the colon. On the other hand, a colonic is a great way to manage the symptoms a detox can produce. Much of the discomfort experienced during a detox magically disappears immediate following the flushing of the bowel.

What’s the best detox?
Edgar Cayce’s Three Day Apple Diet.  Click here for details.

How many colonics will I need?
This can only be answered by understanding your goals and your challenges.

Can I see what’s coming out?
Yes. Most systems offer a glass viewing tube in the outflow hose where you can see what’s being eliminated.

Are there negative side effects of colonics?
Most commonly, no.  Occasionally, one can feel a little tired after a treatment, but usually a sense of overall well-being is experienced.

Can I resume normal activity after a colonic?
Usually, yes. The procedure normally leaves one feeling energized.

What about my colonic flora?
Your body is well equipped to insure a good bacterial environment following a colonic.

What about my electrolytes?
In peer-review, the only two serum electrolytes shown to be affected by colonics are sodium and chloride. By adding Celtic sea salt and baking soda to the colonic water, this risk is minimized.

What is leaky gut?

Leaky gut syndrome is something that if found in the small intestine. Have a listen to a talk I gave on the topic here.

Can’t I just use a laxative?
Laxatives have been shown to cause harm, either through creating a dependency or destroying the delicate enteric nerves. To my knowledge there is no peer-reviewed evidence of harm being caused by colonics. I’ve seen a frozen shoulder completely restored or a migraine headache completely eliminated after a colonic treatment and have yet to hear of such a thing with the use of laxatives.  We may not understand the mechanism behind these kinds of a responses, but it certainly is worth noting that they occur.

Many people believe colonics can be harmful.  Is this true?
If this is something you have heard, I would ask to have the reference cited. To my knowledge, there have been no peer-reviewed studies that have verified this contention. I am aware of a case of bacterial contamination, but this was from poor sterilization practices, not from the colonic procedure itself. In my view saying colonics are harmful is about as sensible as saying baths or   showers are harmful. Read here for a very balanced report on colon hydrotherapy.