Whilst many people have heard of Colonic Hydrotherapy, not all are aware of how an experienced practitioner uses Herbal Infusions to improve Bowel function during treatment.All RICTAT Colon Hydrotherapists are trained to effectively identify different bowel types and, depending on the bowel type, recommend a Herbal Infusion, which can be highly effective at stimulating, relaxing, soothing or toning the bowel, helping to restore a natural rhythm and balance.
During Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment, the Herbs are absorbed via the Hepatic Portal System and stimulate the Liver very quickly.
The majority of the Herbs we use fall into four categories:
Saponins are often used as a base for many of the Infusions. Herbs with a high Saponin content break down gas pockets in the bowel and allow them to be released.
Anti-Spasmodics help prevent or reduce the involuntary muscle contractions of the smooth muscle of the bowel that can cause cramping. For Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers in particular, this can have an instant and dramatic effect, relieving cramp, releasing gas pockets and eliminating spasticity, allowing a free-flow evacuation of the bowel.
Depending on bowel type, we then add other Herbs. Bitters or Hepatics stimulate digestion by increasing Bile flow and Blood flow to the Spleen. As they are absorbed, they are highly effective at increasing and stimulating Peristalsis. On their own, they can be too strong so need the Saponins and Anti-Spasmodics to temper their effect.
For a Bowel to contract and release, it first needs to be relaxed. Over-stimulating a tight, tense Bowel is not only painful, but ineffective in allowing the release of matter. We use Herbs to relax the Bowel before the Bitters and Astringents are then introduced to provide effective stimulation without causing griping and cramping.
Carminatives can have a calming effect on the Colon and are also effective at aiding the expulsion of gas pockets. Emotional spasticity is common. These Herbs are calming for the nervous system since they have the effect of calming the Bowel.
Astringents have a mild laxative effect and are used to soothe inflammation in the Bowel and are effective releasing gas pockets.
RICTAT members can also recommend oral Herb Formulations if necessary, which can help restore Bowel Rhythm.
Constipation caused by a lazy, or Hypotonic (underactive) Bowel require Herbs that stimulate Peristalsis to support a regular movement. Equally, many clients have a Hypertonic (over active or cramping) Bowel so whilst the effect is Constipation, we need to relax the Bowel muscle by using Carminatives. Evacuation of the bowel isn’t necessarily achieved by stimulating it and may equally be achieved by relaxing it. Certain Herbs have highly effective soothing and calming properties.