Is colon hydrotherapy safe and effective?
The answer to that important question, says Dr. Darlene Holloway, is “a qualified yes. It’s well established, over a period of many years, that colonics are useful and in many cases invaluable, with two important qualifications.
“One qualification relates to the training and expertise of the practitioner, and a second important qualifier relates to the equipment in use—which, for the sake of safety and effectiveness, must be FDA approved.”
Dr. Holloway continues to exert energy and expertise in on on-going effort to bring licensing of colon hydrotherapists to North Carolina. To that end, she is serving as President of the North Carolina Colon Hydrotherapy Safety Association. She is herself a graduate of the Florida Institute of Natural Health-Florida School of Massage, in practice since 1981, and licensed in Florida both as a colonic therapist and massage therapist.
Florida, she notes, is the only state that requires licensing of colon therapists—“offering the most rigorous and highest level of training available in this specialty area.” She also holds the highest instructor-level membership in the International Association of Colon Therapists—which two years ago named her Colon Hydrotherapist of the Year.
Dr. Holloway advises people considering colon hydrotherapy to check the therapist’s training and the equipment in use. “At a minimum, it’s wise to choose a therapist who is a member of the International Association with training credentials at a very high level, preferably the instructor level.
“There are two equipment systems in use, one described as ‘closed’ equipment, the other ‘open.’ We use the closed system, which requires that the therapist remain in the room with the client at all times. The open system may be monitored by a colon technician. It’s not unusual for the colon technician to be out of the room during an open system session. Essentially, the client does the work.
“In my training and my work, I have come to deeply understand the strong beneficial relationship between massage and colonic therapy. The colon is simply a muscle, and as with any muscle, without proper exercise it becomes lazy and less active. When I work with a client during colon hydrotherapy, gentle massage of the abdominal area, following the direction of the colon, is an important part of the process. The goal is detoxification—to move toxins out of the system. The colon needs to be actively involved to do that. Peristalsis refers to the muscle motion of the entire gastrointestinal tract that in rhythmic contractions and expansions propels matter from mouth to anus. Peristalsis needs high fluids, plenty of physical exercise, living food, and a harmonious emotional and mental state in order to function properly.
“The health benefits of colon hydrotherapy have been recognized by dozens of experts, many of them medical doctors, for many years,” she notes. “One rheumatologist, for example, found colonics to be beneficial for more than 30 different health conditions, ranging from allergies and hypertension to muscle pain and toxic environmental exposure. There is widespread agreement that colonics are immensely helpful prior to colonoscopies.
“Patients in North Carolina have a right to the same standard of care as patients in Florida, and licensing will ensure that all colon hydrotherapists in our state will be properly trained, will meet continuing education requirements, and will be using state-of-the-art equipment approved for this purpose by the FDA. This entire effort to introduce licensing in the state is for the protection of consumers, and in fact, today, there are no regulations or training requirements in place. We hope a great majority of colon hydrotherapists in the state will enthusiastically endorse this move to a higher standard of safety and professionalism.”
For more information about colon hydrotherapy and other therapies offered at the center, contact:
ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CENTER OF CARY
919 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27511
Telephone: (919) 380-0023