An expert in colonics—Darlene Holloway, the International Colon Hydrotherapist of the Year in 2009—offers a qualified response to that query.
“Often, women who are pregnant, or may want to become pregnant, ask me about the safety and usefulness of colonic hydrotherapy, and there’s not a ‘one-size- fits-all’ answer to these questions. As a general rule, I prefer to offer colonics to women in the second trimester and beyond, for example, and in fact, a lot of women become constipated when the fetus begins growing and puts pressure on the pelvis—in a worst case scenario, closing down the colon.
“Many women ask about colonics following birth, which I encourage unless they are nursing. Colon hydrotherapy has an important detoxification function, and while you’re nursing an infant it’s the wrong time to try to detox your body. Inevitably, some of those toxins will be released into the breast milk. As the infant moves into a later stage of development, we can safely modify that protocol.”
She notes that there is “a very special relationship” between hormonal imbalance and detoxification programs.
And it’s true, she says, that “Many women with hormonal imbalance are, in fact, dealing with an internal toxic environment. Once we initiate a program to balance and clean the body, hormones naturally start to return to balance. At the very least, colonics can support and supplement bio-identical hormone replacement therapy in an important way. And we see a lot of evidence that colonics are beneficial in relieving the symptoms of PMS, such as bloating and weight gain and fatigue.
“I’ve talked before about the powerful relationship I see, quite often, with many patients between psychological issues—such as depression—and such physical issues as persistent constipation. I have often treated women who in their history have been sexually abused, and they are literally holding on. We work together, as a team, and often the client will become weepy as part of the letting go process as they both physically and emotionally ‘let go’ and experience release.
“We have a ‘whole body’ perspective in this practice. We see convincing evidence every day that mind, body, and spirit are inextricably linked. When a new patient walks through our door, I do a visual scan which is often revealing. Their eyes, the way they hold their body, informs their personality, and their personality relates to the way they hold on or let go, how free and comfortable they are in their body.
“With IBS—irritable bowel syndrome—for example, often a good deal of the discomfort comes from bloating, gas, and intermittent constipation and diarrhea—and with IBS, the pain issue is more often gas-related.
“With a colonic, our goal is to flush out the colon, release the gas, and thus relieve the discomfort. We support this with a good diet plan that includes probiotics—keeping a healthy growth of friendly flora in the symptom.”
Colon hydrotherapy, she reminds us, “is the safe, gentle infusion of warm filtered water into the rectum using no chemicals or drugs. It is a restorative procedure that is relaxing and effective—extending beyond the rectum to cleanse the entire large intestine.”
Doctor of Naturopathy
Honors and achievements continue for this founder of the Alternative Health Center of Cary. Over the years, she has gained expertise in a variety of healing practices: structural integration, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, candling, and a variety of massage techniques among them.
Now, after five years of study, she has earned her doctor of naturopathy degree, encouraging her, she says, to broaden her health care offerings even more in the future.
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