By Dr. Mark Boyle

I keep hearing about colonics and how great they are, but I’ve never been able to find out much about them.

Also known as a “colonic,” “colon irrigation,” or “high colonic,” colonic hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method for cleansing the colon of waste material by repeated, gentle flushing with water.


 And a colon, what is that again?

The colon, or large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract.

The colon is approximately 5-6 feet long and 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Its primary functions are to eliminate waste and conserve water.

What is the purpose of having a colonic?

Well, waste material, which has remained in the colon for some time (i.e., impacted feces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms, etc.), poses several problems. First, this material is quite toxic (poisonous). These poisons can re-enter and circulate in the bloodstream, making us feel ill, tired or weak. Second, impacted materials impair the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and bacteria-produced vitamins. And finally, a buildup of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements, constipation, and the result of these disorders.

How can I tell if I have toxic material in my colon?

This condition is prevalent in all civilized societies.  Common signs include headaches, backaches, constipation, fatigue, bad breath, body odor, irritability, confusion, skin problems, abdominal gas, bloating, diarrhea, sciatic pain, and so forth. As you can see, intestinal toxicity is part and parcel of many people’s everyday experiences.