Detox - Colonic Irrigation Leeds

Detox Leeds, West Yorkshire - Colonic Irrigation

If you are thinking of trying Colon Irrigation (or Colon Hydrotherapy if you like) for the first time or you would like a change from your usual therapist, I hope you will find what you are looking for at Detox in SAKS, at David Lloyd in Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

I discovered Colonics as a result of my own health challenges and the realisation that if I want to be healthy it is entirely my responsibility. 

When I had my first Colonic I found the whole experience deeply uncomfortable.  The therapist didn't seem to know very much, and I didn't feel relaxed.

It had taken me a very long time to get from thinking I would like to try a Colonic to actually booking an appointment.  Despite being somewhat unimpressed by the whole experience I got tremendous benefit from my first session although it took a little while to realise.  I had been experiencing sugar cravings and feeling lethargic for some time.  I had more energy straight away but it took me two weeks to notice that the sugar cravings had gone and I hadn't even thought about eating anything sweet. Not everyone gets the same results so you might find it useful to see what clients have to say about their experience on my Google page.

Although a great many people visit Detox for Colon Hydrotherapy because they are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, bad breath, indigestion, diverticulosis etc, more people are realising that taking care of your gut is important for overall health and wellbeing.  Scientific studies are finding increasing links between the quality of the gut microbiome (good bacteria) and the overall state of someone's health.  Robust good health has its foundations in a gut teeming with a wide variety of probiotic bacteria.  

If you are interested in working to improve your gut bacteria or are wanting to address issues such as IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating etc then I suggest you give colonic irrigation a try.  The benefits can be amazing and worth overcoming any initial shyness.  Most clients comment that how they imagined the session would be, was nothing like the reality and that they hadn't expected to actually enjoy it.  Most clients come back for repeat sessions because they found it useful and liked the benefits..  

I generally keep stock of supplements and you can buy everything I recommend in the online shop on this site so no need to find time to drop in when you want to replenish supplies of fibre supplements, colon cleansers etc.  I have some excellent products which complement the therapies on offer.  Why not take a colon cleanser for a week or so before you come for your colonic in order to boost the results? 

If you have questions and you can't find the answer here please feel free to e-mail me at or alternatively call me and I will do my best to help you.

Wishing you health and happiness

Jane Barber
Colon Hydrotherapist

Why Do People Have Colonics (Colonic Hydrotherapy, Colonic Irrigation)?
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Taking care of your insides is really important in caring for your overall health and wellbeing. 

Modern life is not generally good for our internal health.  We live in a chemical soup, sit on western style toilets to eliminate waste (which we are simply not designed to do), our food is contaminated with chemical residues (as is our water) and many people eat a poor diet (apparently 80% of the population don't manage to eat their five portions of fruit and veg every day).

The pictures scattered in this section illustrate some of the "gunk" or mucoid plaque eliminated from people's colons.  Could this stuff be coating the inside of your colon?  According to detox Guru Dr Richard Anderson, the only person he has ever met with no plaque was a man, vegetarian since birth, who was raised on an organic farm deep in the German countryside.  But it is possible to improve your health and well being without having to live like a monk (although if you choose to that's fine). 

For those of you experiencing digestive health issues no doubt you are already aware it can be difficult to get help.  Doctors tend to hand out prescriptions for laxatives, peppermint oil capsules, PPI preparations and that's about it. They often just don't have the time to spend with patients to look at issues such as diet, lifestyle and so forth.  People are often referred for colonoscopy and when nothing sinister is found they are then advised to just learn to live with their discomfort.  And you know, it's not rocket science!  Many bowel issues can be fairly easily rectified o,r at the very least, managed to significantly reduce their impact on your life. 

What Is Colonic Irrigation?
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Colon Irrigation (Colonic Hydrotherapy) can best be described as an internal bath which helps to cleanse the colon (also known as the large intestine or bowel) of slow moving waste, toxins, accumulated faecal matter, mucous deposits, bacteria, bowel debris (whole nuts and seeds are common), undigested food and gas.

Colon Hydrotherapy techniques were first recorded in the Ebers Papyrus found in Egypt and dating from the 14th Century BC. The practice has fallen in and out of favour periodically throughout history. It was however only as people turned their backs on more traditional methods of healthcare and sought pharmaceuticals to treat all conditions that colonics became "alternative".

Which Conditions Can Colonic Irrigation Help?

There are a wide range of conditions which respond well to Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonic Irrigation) including:

  • Constipation
  • Stubborn Weight Gain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Flatulence
  • Diverticulosis
  • Indigestion
  • Back Ache
  • Diarrhoea
  • Candida
  • Spastic colon
  • Atonic colon
  • Insomnia
  • Body Odour
  • Dark Under Eye Circles
  • Poor concentration
  • Lethargy
  • Skin conditions
  • Bloating
  • Bad breath
  • Menstrual problems
  • Gut Dysbiosis (gut bacteria that is out of balance)

to name but a few. 

To get the most benefit from having the treatment it will often be necessary to make changes to diet and lifestyle and I will help you to identify areas where there is room for improvement.

Why Choose detox For Colonic Irrigation?

So many reasons!

  • Informal, friendly and relaxed atmosphere
  • Comprehensive initial consultation
  • Information sheet with recommendation on diet, follow up treatments, water intake etc
  • Experienced, knowledgeable and qualified (to Advanced Level) Therapist committed to ongoing professional development
  • Freshly laundered (using eco and skin friendly washing liquid) cotton gown for every client
  • High standards of hygiene - the colonics machine is cleaned and disinfected after every treatment as is the loo and all surfaces that have been touched such as door handles
  • Disposable Equipment - new pack for every client
  • Attractive and comfortable treatment room
  • Ongoing support - you can always contact me by phone or e-mail for advice and assistance
  • Large range of effective natural supplements to support internal health
  • Complementary services offered (such as Food Sensitivity Testing and now Bioresonance on a Bicom Machine for the ultimate Detox)
  • Appointments across five days and three (Tuesday to Thursday) evenings

But don't take my word for it.  Have a look at some reviews on Google

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Contraindications (When Colonic Irrigation is Not Suitable For You)

If you are suffering from any of the following conditions it will be necessary for you to get clearance from your doctor or consultant before undergoing Colonic Irrigation (Colonic Hydrotherapy):

  • Diverticulitis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease

In the case of diverticulitis and ulcerative colitis it would be necessary to establish whether the condition was currently in its inflamed state.  Colonics can only be performed when there is no inflamation.

If you are currently suffering from any of the conditions listed below then you should not have colonic irrigation:

  • Severe Cardiac Disease (uncontrolled hypertension or congestive heart failure)
  • Aneurysm
  • Severe Anaemia
  • GI Haemorrhage/Perforation
  • Severe Haemorrhoids
  • Cirrhosis
  • Carcinoma of the Colon
  • Fissures/Fistulas
  • Pregnancy
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Recent Colon Surgery

If you are in any doubt please consult your doctor.

When You Book Your First Colonic at Detox

When you book in with me for your first Colonic Irrigation at Detox, I will send you an email with instructions for preparing for your first appointment together with a health questionnaire to be printed off and completed prior to your appointment and bring it along with you.  I will also  send instructions for a couple of easy tests to do before your appointment.  They give me useful information that will assist with my recommendations for you.

Your First Colonic Irrigation Appointment at Detox Leeds

Your first colonic irrigation appointment can be a daunting prospect but there is no need to be anxious.  

Allow an hour and a half for your first appointment. The session will begin with a detailed discussion about your current health, lifestyle, food choices, health concerns, your reasons for choosing colon hydrotherapy at Detox and what you would like to achieve.  I will also ask you about the results of the two tests I ask you to do beforehand.  If you did not have time to do them, that's fine, you can do them afterwards.  Gathering this information will enable me to advise you how to get the most benefit from your colonic and improve gut health in general.  There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask as many questions as you wish.

Following the consultation you will be asked to change into a fresh cotton gown and you will also have a fleece blanket for extra privacy, comfort and warmth. Any potential for embarrassment is very shortlived and the benefits are worth it.  I will do everything to put you at your ease and ensure you are comfortable. I am told I have a good couch side manner.  

The colonic itself will take around 40 minutes (sometimes a bit longer if required and time is available).  Although there are no after effects from the treatment, I suggest, for your first session and if practical, you choose a time when you can take it easy and relax afterwards.   

Colon Hydrotherapy involves gently passing warm, purified water into the colon. The water progressively softens faecal matter and impacted deposits facilitating evacuation.  You will be able to see what is removed through an illuminated viewing chamber.  I use a closed colon hydrotherapy system which means that the waste is evacuated through the equipment and straight into the sewer so there is no odour to be concerned about.  The procedure is painless however it does feel a little odd and some people may experience some mild discomfort. 

I use disposable equipment for absolute peace of mind - it's a new pack for every customer.  I am very experienced and qualified to the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy's Advanced Level.  I have done thousands of colonics so you are in safe hands.

Following your session you will be given an information sheet which tells you how to get the best from your session and will include advice on possible dietary or lifestyle changes, useful supplements and other suggestions to help you on your way. 

FAQs About Colonic Irrigation at Detox Leeds

If colonic irrigation works, why has my doctor not suggested it?
Many health professionals claim that colonic irrigation is an unnecessary procedure and that the body is perfectly well equipped to eliminate toxins and waste.  If we lived under ideal conditions this would be true.  Contemporary lifestyles however produce far from ideal conditions.  Some years ago, laxative sales pointed to the UK being the the most constipated country in the EU.  I have no idea where we stand in that particular league table now but judging by my clients it's clear lots of people are not emptying their bowels without help. When someone is constipated Laxatives don't solve the problem, they cover it up and in the long run can make things worse.  The people who are most surprised about how much stagnant waste they are carrying around are those who empty their bowel every day!

Does colonic irrigation hurt?
The procedure is painless however some people may experience mild discomfort just before the colon releases some of its contents.  

Is it colonic irrigation safe safe?
The procedure is abolutely safe when carried out by a qualified practitioner.  I am trained, qualified to advanced level with the Interntional Associaton for Colon Hydrotherapy, been in practice for 14 years and insured.  I have read online that the NHS, whilst claiming there is no scientific evidence the procedure is effective (who is actually going to spend money researching it, that would be nobody), it is usually safe.

I've been told I should not have colonics as it is possible for my bowel to be perforated.
A popular urban myth most commonly perpetrated by GPs for some reason.  I can assure you however that there has never been a single case, anywhere in the world, of someone getting a perforated bowel when having a colonic by a trained therapist.  There have, I understand, been incidents with self administered colonics.

I don't have any problems with my bowels or digestion, eat well and feel quite healthy.  Is there any point me having colonics?
Absolutely, everybody can benefit from having colonics.  The people who are often the most surprised how much waste they are carrying around are those who empty their bowels every day.

In addition, increasing numbers of scientific studies are making connections between poor gut bacteria and a whole range of health issues such as Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Heart Disease, Obesity, Autism and on ad infinitum.  Unless someone is very lucky and perhaps genetically predisposed to maintaining optimum gut bacteria, it is likely that everyone else will need to work on their gut.  There are so many things in modern life that disrupt and destroy gut bacteria, som,e of which may surprise you, including:

  • Stress
  • Antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals
  • Antibacterial cleaners
  • Chlorine in tap water (if its enough to kill bugs in the water surely it must have the same impact in our guts
  • Food additives and artificial sweeteners
  • Gum disease 
  • Insufficient diversity in diet (75% of the world's food now comes from on 12 plants)
  • Insufficient prebiotics in the diet
  • Too much alcohol
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Smoking
  • Lack of sleep

I only go to the toilet once a week. My doctor says its normal but I think I would feel better if I went more often.  Can colonics help with constipation?
You should be eliminating waste at least once a day and, if you eat three meals a day, then ideally three times a day.  If you only evacuate your bowels every couple of days or once per week you are most definitely not going to experience a feeling of wellbeing.  In addition, putrefying waste produces more gas, leading to bloating, and toxins which could make you feel under the weather, makes your breath smell, and puts a strain on your liver which has to work overtime to detox you.  Slow moving waste will also affect the ratio of good and bad bacteria in your colon which can give rise to seemingly unrelated symptoms.  It can also cause indigestion.  Basically, if you are not digesting and eliminating effectively your health can suffer.  And if you are trying to lose weight it can block that too.

Colonic irrigation, usually in conjuction with small dietary/lifestyle changes, can be very effective in helping to re-establish normal bowel function.  And the side effects of getting your bowels working effectively again can be more energy, better sleep, clearer skin,and, if you suffer from dark circles under your eyes they often clear too.

Why Do People Choose To Have Colonic Irrigation?
Many people choose colonic irrigation to address symptoms such as constipation, excess gas, bloating, lethargy, conditions such as IBS, diverticulosis and colitis, because they are struggling to lose weight, or as part of a detox for general health and well-being.

My partner has problems with his tummy, do men have colonic irrigation too?
Yes, colonic irrigation is available to both men and women.  The therapist is female but the client base is fairly equally split amongst men and women. 

People Seem To Have Managed Without Colonics For A Long Time- Why Has The Procedure Become So Popular?
The way that we live now is not great for our health. Few people achieve the recommended five portions of vegetables and fruit per day. Many don't drink enough water. Our national diet is largely refined carbohydrates loaded with additives, hidden low grade fat, salt and sugar. Add to this the lack of exercise, alcohol, stress, environmental pollution and a wide range of toxins from personal and household care products. Our detox and elimination systems are under siege.  But people have always suffered from constipation which is why colonic irrigation has such a long history.

Is It True That We Are What We Eat?
Good health is underpinned to a large extent by the food we eat, but that's only part of the picture. How well we digest, absorb and eliminate our food is equally important. Food should pass through a healthy adult within 18-24 hours but a Cambridge University study found average transit times in the UK are 48 - 70 hours (and for some people very much longer). Research in the USA has shown that slow transit of bowel waste leads to putrefaction taking place in the colon; a factor which has been linked not only to constipation but to more serious conditions.

I've Heard That Colonic Irrigation Washes The Good Bacteria Out. Is That Right?
A healthy gut should contain roughly 80% good bacteria and 20% bad. But studies have found that the reverse is generally the case giving rise to foul smelling faeces, bloating and excess gas. Once bowel bacteria is out of balance it can be difficult for the ''good guys'' to re-establish. So following a colonic it is important to re-establish a healthy balance by taking good quality pro-biotic supplements (that generally means not the ones available at the supermarket).

Can Colonic Irrigation Help IBS?
Yes, many IBS sufferers respond very well to colonic irrigation often in conjunction with small dietary changes. People often find that they feel more comfortable immediately after a colonic particularly if lots of gas has been removed.

It helps to also have a food sensitivity test as bowel disruption is often caused by apparently healthy foods that just don't agree with someone, frequent consumption of unhealthy foods, or eating the same foods all the time.  Although food sensitivity (or food intolerance) is not widely recognised by the mainstream medical profession in this country, in the United States doctors believe that around two thirds of IBS sufferers symptoms are caused by food sensitivities.  

Will Colonic Irrigation Help Me To Lose Weight?
If you are certain you are not over eating, get enough exercise but still find it hard to lose weight having colonic irrigation may help. People often experience an immediate reduction in waist/tummy size (owing to the removal of impacted matter and gas). Detoxing and cleaning your colon can help to improve the way your body absorbs and eliminates food which delivers many health benefits. If you eat a bad diet, don't drink enough water and have sedentary lifestyle however no amount of colonic irrigation will make any difference. If weight loss is your primary goal then we can help but unfortunately there is no magic formula.  If you eat a bad diet you will need to make changes. 

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