Colonic Irrigation

The Body - Colonic Irrigation

What goes in, Must come out!


Alright… Honestly, who wants to talk about colonic irrigation and colon hydrotherapy? Yet, despite its awkward conversational quality, it seems there are a lot of reasons to get educated on the matter.
We’ve seen oodles of opinions between books, articles, and online material. So, here’s a collection of information that will hopefully help you know how to determine what’s right for you…

The subject of colonic irrigation and colon hydrotherapy is often a largely avoided topic due to its rather invasive nature. However, it seems that there are lots of reasons to take some time and decide if such a thing would be right and helpful for you. There are three options of how to go about getting this cleaning or detox we have reviewed in this article. “What are they?” you might ask. The three options are as follows:

  1. Enema bags – the “light” version
  2. Enema boards and home enema board kits – the “medium” version
  3. Professional colonics with colonic machines and hydrotherapists – the “high” version.

Did you know…

Pictured here is a labeled depiction of a healthy colon. Some people get confused about how far up colon irrigation goes, but the truth is, the large intestine – or colon – is as far as it can possibly go. To our understanding, no fluid should ever be pushed up into the small intestine – dealing with the small intestine is a different type of scenario!

The large intestine begins with the Ascending colon running up the right side of the abdomen – approximately just inside the right hip. With the Ascending colon in its proper place, the Transverse colon should be located just above the belly button. From there, the colon turns 90 degrees one last time and becomes the Descending colon, located on the left side of the abdomen – approximately just inside the left hip.

There are a lot of different people with a lot of varying opinions about what methods are best to use, if any, to clean the colon out. So, what’s the brilliant idea about colon irrigation? Why are people willing to pay for visits to a colon hydrotherapist or invest in longer lasting do-it-yourself-at-home equipment and devices? How do you determine what, if any, of these are best for you? Well, why not compare the three basic types of colonic irrigation? They each have a purpose and they all do their jobs relatively well. In the end, their functions are basically the same. However, their functionality is different and there are several features about them that vary and should be taken into consideration when trying to decide the unit that would best serve whoever will be using this cleaning aid. Some key points about each of these light, medium, and high versions are as follows:

Enema Bags

  • Can do it at home
  • Inexpensive and easy to find in stores
  • Convenient for travel and easy to hide
  • Not as effective as other methods
  • Not comfortable (lying on the floor or in a bathtub in various positions)
  • Messy – potential for a lot of mess (because of tip removal and relocation to the commode to expel)

Home Enema Board Kits

  • Allows for the administration of the enema at home without discomfort of lying on the ground
  • Allows user to lie down at all times during the administration of the enema
  • Water flow control is at the side of the user – within reach
  • Desired water pressure can be achieved by manipulating the height of the water container (products have recommendations)
  • Not easy to travel with
  • Somewhat expensive – but a worthwhile investment for someone who needs to use regularly

Professional Colonics with a Colon Hydrotherapist

  • Very aggressive approach with higher water pressure available
  • No clean-up – all at a facility or clinic
  • Water pressure not in user’s control – many find it uncomfortable
  • Not private – a professional technician will assist user
  • Quite expensive – visits can really add up

The next question you may have is, “How do you decide what features are most important?” Well, at this, you can relax a bit. Selecting between home use bags, home use boards, and professionally administered machines is nowhere near as complicated as buying a car. There are no power windows, heated seats, or dashboard elements to factor into your decision. The differences are the types of things you would be asking yourself if you were stuck between two or three cars. A list of questions we would suggest you ask yourselves is listed below.


  1. What is your budget?
  2. How effective do you want or need it to be?
  3. Will you be traveling frequently? If yes, do you want to be able to take it with you?
  4. How often do you want or need to use it?
  5. Do you live in a rural area where hydrotherapy clinics may be difficult to find?
  6. Will you want or need assistance with administering it? If yes, is there someone you can rely on to help you?
  7. Do you have any physical conditions, requirements, or limitations you should be wary of or take into consideration while making your choice?
  8. What is most important to you?
    (comfort, ease of use, effectiveness, mobility, price, privacy)

Now that you’ve looked those questions over, hopefully you will be able to have a better idea of what you should look into. Although, it might be best to research all of them anyway just for the sake of having the information in the back of your mind. Also, we definitely would recommend speaking with your primary care provider before deciding if this is right for you, but remember your provider might be leery of something like this because of personal reasons or professional liability reasons. It also seems that physicians who are more inclined to recommend natural remedies and homeopathics and aren’t immediately writing out a prescription are more likely to be open to recommending or having suggestions about topics like detoxification and using colonic irrigation.

Don’t be afraid to do research on your own. There is tons of information out there on the subject of colonic irrigation – some is not as reliable as others, but one place you might start is at hydrotherapist and product manufacturer sites. Sometimes it is easiest to go straight to the source. Of course, if you know a reputable person or place you prefer to get information from, by all means, start there!

We are going to break down the pros and cons for you that we see between the three above mentioned products (enema bags, home enema board kits, and professional colonics) as well as look at their cost to effectiveness ratio. See the table below to get our assessment of all three products compared:

  Enema Bags Home Enema Boards Professional Colonics
Can be done at home
Can be traveled with
Comfort level (out of 5 stars)
Mess level (out of 5 stars)
(5 stars being mess free)
Control level
Clean-up (out of 5 stars)
Technician assistance
Convenient usage (out of 5 stars) varies
Effectiveness (out of 5 stars)
Price (out of 5 stars)

You may have noticed that there weren’t very many five star ratings. This is mostly because of human variance. How a person goes about using the products or where they might be in life or what condition their body is in can have huge effects on the results that get produced.

Still, as you can see, we find that a home enema board unit has the best overall cost to effectiveness ratio. However, it might not suit all of your needs. If you are seriously looking into this method of cleaning, maybe you should make a table like the one above yourself and fill it out with your assessments to see which one rates out the best for you, personally. One thing to remember if you decide you want to investigate further into getting a home enema board kit is that you need to find out the measurements of the product and the measurements of your bathroom. Colema Boards of California, an enema board manufacturer since 1975, says their product fits in most bathrooms and measures 44 inches in length by almost 19 inches in width. That should give you a comparison to start off with.

Also, enema bags come in a variety of sizes varying most often between one, two, or four quart bags. To our knowledge, many home enema board kit and professional colonic systems cycle a person through approximately five gallons of water solution (hence the higher effectiveness rating). Although, with home enema board systems, you do not have to use 5 gallons – you could use more or less, as you require. Now, again, how a person uses the products or where their bodies are at can have huge effects on the results.

We hope this gives you plenty of information to mull over as you consider how these things could apply to you and your life. Now, bear in mind that these are our reviews and our opinions. We are not doctors and do not have a bunch of letters following our last names, but we have done research and have formed educated opinions we thought we would share with you. So, please do your own research and feel free to rate this article and comment with your own experiences with any of these products.

1 comment

  1. user292013

    I have been doing this before I even knew it was an actual process and it cost me – free. I got free samples of 14fr catheters and use the hose in my shower with very little pressure to push the water through the catheter that is jammed up my butt. In the mean time, the other shower head is spraying off to the side of the shower creating a constant flow of water in the tub. The water goes in and only in the rectum at first, and I expel as my body tells me to. Eventually, the water starts travelling into the colon and out my butt at the same time… like a perpetual irrigation system. I guess you just have to get over the fact that feces do come out and go into the drain, and sometimes too big so you have to spray the water at it to break it up, but its not messy at all… you are in the shower with water running constantly. It’s very therapeutic and cleansing at the same time. Bleach your tub after if you are done if you want, but really, you can clean up easy with soap afterwards. Feels great and did I mention… free?

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