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Colonoscopy Versus Colon Hydrotherapy: Natural Medicine & Detox co-founder Malissa Stawicki describes how colon hydrotherapy can provide many healing benefits.

May 25, 2016 07:59AM ● By By Malissa Stawicki

Colon hydrotherapy (colonic), popular among people that practice alternative medicine or natural healing modalities, is the process by which the lower bowel is cleansed with water, helping with constipation or just to clean the colon of bad bacterial and other toxins. This process is very helpful for the entire immune system.

The process involves a small, plastic speculum that is gently inserted into the rectum. These speculums are both sterile and disposable, so there is very little risk of cross-contamination, unlike the non-disposable endoscope used during a colonoscopy. After insertion, warm water flows through the speculum and gently showers the large intestine, loosening feces stuck to the colon wall and removing old, hardened feces lodged in pockets or impacted in the colon.

A clean colon is essential for optimal health and helps all the other organs function better. Subjects are completely awake during the procedure, it does not hurt, and there are no bad side effects or risks. Consider a colonic to be an internal shower that hydrates the colon and leaves the body feeling refreshed and ready to go.

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that has no health benefits. It requires a person be sedated, as it would be too painful if fully awake. The patient drinks a laxative solution that can cause cramping or vomiting and can strip off a layer of cells so it is easier to see the large intestine.

Next, an endoscope is inserted into the rectum and pushed into the colon about five of six feet to the end of the large intestine. This is a risky procedure and may have many harmful side effects, with one of the most being infection caused by contamination.

It is a good idea to do a colonic before a colonoscopy because it can help clean out the large intestine (lower bowel). Some medical doctors may prescribe a colonic before a colonoscopy. Even if they do not, it may be a good idea to get one anyway to allow for clearer visibility and fewer obstructions when the colonoscopy is performed.

Malissa Stawicki is the co-owner of Natural Medicine & Detox in Phoenix. For more information, phone 602-307-0888 or visit

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