Colon Hydrotherapy: The Mind Body Connection


Darlene Holloway, founder of the Alternative Health Center of Cary, has learned in three decades of experience that “colon health and full body health are inextricably linked—you can’t have one without the other.”

She has taken her work as a colon hydrotherapist to the highest level, earning recognition several years ago as Colon Therapist of the Year by the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy. She now serves that organization as an at-large member of its board.

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Darlene Holloway’s expertise extends to a deep understanding of nutrition and supplementation, guidance that she offers to each of her clients.

“Balance is a key issue in achieving health for the body,” she notes, “and over time I’ve become ever more aware of the link between the mind, the emotions, and our physical health, and the balancing act that goes on in those three arenas of life.”

Recently a middle-age woman on hormone replacement therapy under the guidance of her physician was referred to Ms. Holloway because of chronic constipation. Under her doctor’s direction, she had been taking laxatives for several months with limited success. “Actually,” says Ms. Holloway, “she was completely out of balance in all parts of her life: no bowel movements, poor eating habits, virtually no exercise, and emotional distress. And she was holding on, refusing to let go.

“So we began the colon hydrotherapy protocol, and our objective was to get her colon moving. In our second therapy session, she began to weep—and she loosened her grip on her personal demons. Years earlier, she revealed, she had been sexually abused. For years she harbored anger, resentment, and shame that she never expressed—not even to herself. When she haltingly began to talk about this, she began to let go—and her bowels started moving.

“I’m a great believer in the benefits of colon hydrotherapy, and I also honor the non-physical dimensions of what is often happening in the human body. I referred this woman to a psychologist; we continued to work together, and she is now much healthier in all parts of her life.

“Our goals with colon hydrotherapy,” she says, “are to hydrate the system, remove waste, stimulate peristalsis—muscle movement—rehabilitate the nerves, muscles, glands, circulatory, and immune systems that form the components of the digestive system, and to reposition the intestines. In the process, hydrotherapy offers significant preventive benefits for many health problems including cancer.

“Everything we put in our mouth touches and effects the walls of the stomach, small intestine, and colon—the large intestine. When these substances or their by-products are toxic—which increasingly is virtually impossible to avoid—they damage the intestinal wall and cells, intoxicate the nerves and glands, and can be absorbed through the walls into the blood and lymph and ultimately to the cells and tissue. And we become seriously out of balance.

“When the colon is impacted,” she notes, “it puts pressure on the back, so knowledgeable therapists often suggest colon hydrotherapy for their patients with back problems. It is especially recommended for patients undergoing treatment for cancer; it can be very helpful in relieving the effects of chemotherapy, for example.” And colon hydrotherapy is often recommended for people who are preparing for colonoscopies, as well.

Initially, a client new to colon hydrotherapy may need from three to 15 sessions over a period of weeks or months as part of a cleansing-detox program. Beyond that, many of Ms. Holloway’s clients regularly come by for their colon therapy treatment four times a year, when the seasons change.

For more information about colon hydrotherapy and other therapies offered at the center, contact:


919 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27511
Telephone: (919) 380-0023

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