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How to clean your colon naturally?

“Hydrology of the colon”, “colônic irrigation”, or “hydrotherapy of the colon”, all of those terms actually refer to the same thing. The fundamental goals of this treatment are intestinal relief, maintenance of our good health and well-being. 

This technique of colon cleansing (also called «large intestine») will clean the digestive tract and obtain positive effects on the whole body. The hydrotherapy of the colon will allow remove a good part of the stools and bad bacteria stored in our intestines by using a filtered water. We can make a comparison with the cleaning of the teeth by cleaning our mouth, the entrance door of food, the benefit will be the same with our colon, the way out of our food waste.

But then then how can we naturally clean our colon?

There are 4 organs of elimination in our body: the skin through perspiration, the lungs through exhaled air, the kidneys through urine but the main elimination organ remains the colon!

In this article you will learn what is the hydrology of the colon, its various effects on the human body and to whom it is addressed. Finally, we will discuss the type of structure that can assist you.

1- Enema and hydrology: what are the difference?

The difference between the hydrology of the colon and the intestinal enema is on the one hand at the level of the cleaned area and on the other hand at the level of the material and the necessary support.

The intestinal enema is an ancestral method, which appears the time of Hippocrates, more than 4 centuries before JC, and in many ancient civilizations (Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Chinese…). 

In those times, internal hygiene was often an integral part of the country’s culture. It is still widely used today. The intestinal cleanser will clean the last part of the colon. You can perform an enema alone, at home with simple equipment (a bag, a tube and an anal cannula), you will find below some explanations and precautions.

Colon hydrology is the result of 4 centuries of progress in medicine and technology.

It seems that Ambroise Paré was the first to develop a colon hydrology machine at the beginning of the 17th century. 

Since then, hydrology is able to cleanse safely the entire colon, i.e. approximately one and an half meter. 

This technique requires on the one hand a complete installation including a specific machine and on the other hand a specially trained therapist, often called colon hygienist. Thanks to the professional and the machine, all of the treatment parameters are managed; and in particular the temperature of the water, its pressure, the quantity and the back and forth movements of the water.

Hydrology is a safe hygienic technique practiced regularly by thousands of people regularly around the world. We do not use any laxative, no chemical, but tempered and filtered water, to which we can add, according to the possible needs of the contributions (magnesium, chlorophyll, coffee…).

2- What are the benefits of colon hydrotherapy?

The trickle of water will gradually loosen and eliminate impurities and therefore bad bacteria stored in our digestive tract. Without this intervention, some food residues cannot be removed properly. This can contribute to creating inflammation, constipation, diarrhea, tiredness, even food intolerance but it can also influence more general problems such as headaches, allergies, etc.

Hydrology is first recognized to help in various problems of constipation. Beyond constipation, certain ailments linked to the intestinal and digestive system such as diarrhea and flatulence find good answers with this treatment.

Hydrology balances the intestinal flora by eliminating food residues that can get stuck on the walls. By decaying, they can generate bad bacteria, such as dental plaque on the oral flora. We can therefore say that the hydrology of the colon helps stimulate and strengthen the immune system by detoxifying the body.

The major recent medical discoveries on the intestinal microbiota and their positive effects, and also those which are predicted in the next 10 years, could certainly explain many positive effects for our health. Effects which are the consequences of the implementation of a better hygiene of the colon, in particular with hydrology.
Hydrotherapy also allows a better assimilation of nutrients, vitamins, better regulation of PH. It helps restore some vitality to our body.

Colon hydrology and heavy pathologies

Thanks to the benefits stated above, hydrology allows a certain prevention as well as support outside the acute phases. In particular, it is used before or after surgical interventions (with at least three months of delay after visceral surgery) and when taking heavy treatments. It is also recommended in cases of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease or other digestive diseases (celiac disease or gluten intolerance, etc.). Finally, it is also useful in cases of diabetes, autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc.), and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, etc.).

The hydrology of the colon finally allows psychological relief. By allowing the colon and therefore the intestines to function better, the brain is relieved of parasitic messages. Many testimonies are recorded from specialist therapists.

3- Why cleanse your colon naturally?

Hydrotherapy is not a miracle method. Think of it more as hygiene, prevention, and support.

To cleanse your colon there are first physiological reasons. We do not realize the large amount of material that passes through our body. This transit is not always as smooth as it should. Indeed, we often eat too quickly (without chewing enough, we swallow), we eat too much and not always well. Furthermore, we might not practice enough regular physical exercise. Another explanation is that the colon is a special organ. It has several bends, and its walls are made of countless folds. Like the whole body, it is a living organ deforms and ages.
The result of this set of points is that our colon is clogged and embarrassed with materials on its walls and in its elbows (plaques, skin, undigested food, mucus, etc.).

Secondly there are also psychological reasons. There are interactions between the brain and the intestines. We have known for quite a long time that these connections are made via the vagus nerve, by hormonal means (feeling of hunger or satiety for example). But science has also shown significant and faster connections via micro-biota. These links between the two organs can cause blockages or malfunctions. By relieving the intestine, it is indirectly the brain that can be relieved. Many patients testify in this direction and certain manifestations of liberation even take place during the hydrology session.

4- Who is this colon irrigation treatment for?  

There are different categories of individuals for which hydrology can be beneficial:

  • People who are into prevention and want to maintain a good health.
  • People who realize that they are not eating properly and enjoy too much “junk food”, alcohol, drugs but also people who need support during a detoxification especially those who fast for food (before and after).
  • People with mild disease. Those who often have stomachaches, are constipated, feel bloated and bloated, or tired after meals. People who feel heavy, have nausea or have bad breath. Finally, we also advice people who have cramps, eczema, skin problems and often a lump in their stomach to do this therapy.
  • If you have a stronger disease, after surgery, heavy treatments, digestive diseases, autoimmune diseases, or neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc.), we also recommend doing this treatment.
  • Hydrology also supports people who need to evacuate psychologically and emotionally (burn-out, depression, divorce, death, etc.).

However please note that there are some contraindications to perform hydrotherapy in case of a pregnancy, colon cancer, recent visceral surgery and certain inflammatory diseases in the acute phase (except specific prescription from a gastroenterologist).

5- How often should you clean your colon? And how to proceed?

Usually, after two or three fairly close sessions we can derive the maximum benefit; even if a real well-being is often felt from the first session. 

Indeed, the colon measures around one meter fifty and certain viscosities do not come off all during one session. For mild constipation, we usually recommend three hydrologies.

Without specific pathology, to keep our body condition and for well-being, we recommend a colon cleansing once a year for a young adult and 2 to 3 times a year for an adult and a senior.

For food fasts lasting five days, it is recommended one to two hydrologies during the week before and during the two weeks after.

Each case is different, that is why frequency and number will be carefully advised by the therapist taking into account health condition, pathologies, current treatments.

It is strongly recommended to operate this type of treatment with qualified and licensed professionals, in dedicated centers and clinics. In Switzerland, accreditation is granted to qualified health professionals (doctor, naturopath and nurse) who have undergone comprehensive training, by an organization approved by the health funds. In this case, the care may be covered by the complementary fund depending on the type of insurance subscribed (to be requested in advance from your insurance).

6- What is program of an ordinary session at the Clinique Naturelle in Geneva?

Before your first appointment for a colon hydrology, we will send you a specific protocol on what to eat before and after the treatment in order to prepare your body for the treatment. 


At the Clinique Naturelle we always start a relationship with a patient with a health history which lasts approximately 30 minutes. We want to fully understand the need of our patient and their history and make sure there is no contraindication. It is also an opportunity to answer all specific questions that the patient may have.

Building confidence during a colon hydrotherapy session

We genuinely care about building confidence of the patient and respecting its experience. 

This therapy should take place very smoothly. We are convinced that there is a strong connection between the brain and the gut. It is therefore essential to be as peaceful as possible. Each step of this intervention requires real trust between the patient and the therapist. Finally, we take a major interest in the hygiene and safety of our patients.

We use a modern machine, dedicated for this treatment, which allows the flow, pressure and temperature of the water to be regulated. A sterile single-use cannula connects the machine to the patient’s anus.
Temperate water gently penetrates the colon, progresses gradually through massage. The massage is particularly important, it allows to have a first contact, feels the blockages and tensions, it also helps breathing and relax. 

When the water comes in, we massage in the opposite direction of transit to help the water to go to the end (the cecum). 

During the evacuation we massage in the direction of transit, emphasizing the angles (hepatic, splenic and sigmoid loops) without forgetting the plexuses (solar, mesenteric, etc.…). This massage helps to lengthen the mucous membrane. It is like to stretch the colon. This movement and the relaxation will gradually allow to hydrate, detach and take off residues attached to the mucous membranes.

Depending on the needs and the patient’s condition, several baths (or round trips of water) will be carried out. The session ends using the toilet, often experienced as a last release, then some recommendations and a soothing herbal tea.

Naturopath, nutritionist
Therapist specializing in colon hydrology since 2008
Co-founder of the Clinique Naturelle in Geneva in 2014

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