Colon Hydrotherapy Vancouver

The Vancouver clinic of Refresh Natural Health opened in July 2011 and offers Colon Hydrotherapy (colonics) using closed-system, FDA approved equipment.

Colon Hydrotherapy is a gentle, safe and effective way to eliminate waste and toxins from the body while stimulating the immune system and restoring proper organ function. Using a FDA certified machine, purified warm water is infused into the colon and released through a disposable tube into the sewage system. The treatment is painless and has many clinical benefits. Results may vary from person to person.

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It is astounding how many of the ailments we deal with on an everyday basis have been scientifically proven to originate in the colon. The expression, “death begins in the colon” is said to have originated by the award-winning Russian biologist Elie Metchnikoff. While studying the human intestine he connected aging and death to the overload of toxic by-products in the bowels. Many historically respected physicians influenced by Dr. Metchnikoff’s work have further emphasized the importance of having a healthy bowel and its connection to longevity and the avoidance or reversal of disease. Colon Hydrotherapy, also referred to as a “colonic” or “colon lavage”, is not a new treatment. The first recorded use of colon lavage was recorded in 1500 BC and has many proven benefits.

Colon Hydrotherapy is a gentle, safe and effective way to eliminate waste and toxins from the body while stimulating the immune system and restoring proper organ function. Using a FDA certified machine, purified warm water is infused into the colon and released through a disposable tube into the sewage system. The treatment is painless and has many clinical benefits. During a colonic the entire five-foot length of the large intestine is cleansed, compared to an enema, which only cleanses 8-12 inches of the sigmoid colon.

Colon Hydrotherapy is useful before and after medical diagnostic procedures such as a barium enema and colonoscopy and also supports drug and alcohol detoxification.

An average colon hydrotherapy session lasts about one hour. Our FDA approved machines offer advanced dual automatic pressure control. This revolutionary system allows our hydrotherapists to use a unique combination of pressure control and gravity flow to create a treatment session that is best suited for your body and your cleansing goals. All water used during the treatment is triple filtered for sanitization. Deposable speculums are used and all clothing and other materials utilized during treatment meet the highest standards in sanitization.

Prior to your session you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire so our hydrotherapists are able to properly assist with your healing goals and ensure there are no contraindications for treatment. We ask that you avoid eating large meals 2 hours prior to your treatment.

The treatment is painless and informative. The hydrotherapist will gently fill and empty your colon with water, carefully controlling the pressure and temperature and ensuring that you are comfortable with the treatment process. After one session of colon hydrotherapy we are able to find out what is going on within your digestive system and how we can help you get back on track with your health.

After your session you will be offered an alkalinizing beverage or tea. We ask that you try to eat lightly after your session and drink a lot of water. Most clients can go back to normal activities after a colon hydrotherapy treatment but you may also choose to rest for the remainder of the day.

It is most common to find some form of stagnant material in almost everyone’s colon. In addition to moving these out of your system, colon hydrotherapy strengthens the muscle tone of your colon and removes accumulated toxins, which increases your body’s natural eliminatory system. According to a report published in 1912 by the Royal Society of Medicine, this toxicity is the underlying cause of many health problems.

There are many conditions that are highly benefited by colon hydrotherapy. Some conditions these include:

  • Chronic Constipation*
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Gas and Bloating
  • Headaches and Foggy Thinking
  • Indigestion
  • High Fevers
  • Depression
  • Body or Mouth Odor
  • Diverticulosis
  • Liver Disorders
  • Arthritic Conditions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Obesity
  • Skin Disorders
  • Colitis and Crohn’s
  • Chronic Candidiasis
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Pre and Post Colonoscopy Treatment
  • Hemorrhoids (mild)
  • Sluggish (atonic) colon
  • Intestinal Toxemia

*Constipation is one of the top reasons a person comes for colon hydrotherapy. In North America over $200 million is spent yearly on laxatives, which actually hinder the eliminatory function of your body. Continued use can cause severe digestive distress. Health authorities are concluding that constipation may be the number one ailment underlying almost every disease. Intestinal constipation results in cellular constipation. This increases the workload of your kidney, skin, lymph system and all other organs. It is enormously important for your health that you keep all those systems moving. As Dr. J.H. Kellogg said, “We are literally poisoning ourselves into illness when the bowel evacuation is deficient,” as reported in Journal of the American Medical Association, 1917.

Contraindications: If you are worried you may have a contraindication for colon hydrotherapy please contact the clinic at 604.294.3117. The following are common contraindications:

  • Colon Cancer
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Severe Anemia
  • Recent Colon Surgery
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Active Hemorrhoids
  • History of Seizures
  • Abdominal Hernia
Colon Hydrotherapy, also referred to as a “colonic” or “colon lavage” is not a new treatment. The first recorded use of colon lavage was recorded in 1500 BC in Ancient Egyptian documentation called the Ebers Papyrus. Colon Hydrotherapy and Enemas were later used in France, Greece and spread around the world as a treatment for fevers, constipation and disease.

During the 19th century it was thought that toxins could be eliminated from the body by creating a flushing system that worked with gravity. In 1908, Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff received the Nobel Prize for research on immunity. He found that diseases were due to the build up of toxins in the body and that intestinal toxins could shorten a person’s life. He showed that through colon cleansing, the positive bacteria in the colon are balanced and a cure for disease and overall well-being could be attained. Shortly afterwards many doctors, working off Metchnikoff’s findings, followed his research with studies supporting that the colon was the main source of many health problems and that toxins within the colon were connected as the cause of all disease. During the 1920’s colon hydrotherapy reached hospitals and doctor’s offices in the United States.

Colon Hydrotherapy has gone back and forth throughout the last couple centuries, experiencing times of great popularity coupled with times of adverse reaction. Over the last 100 years information relating to the practice of colon hydrotherapy has been undistributed but we are starting to see the studies and knowledge on this preventative therapy become readily available to the public again.

Yes. The equipment used at Refresh Natural Health is manufactured through strict medical guidelines and is approved for use by the FDA, Health Canada and the European Health Authority as well as other health authorities around the world. We use disposable, single-use speculums and everything used is designed for easy sanitizing and disinfecting.
This is a common question. The water infused into the colon moves in and out at a slow pace, non-invasively, and without pain for the client. If a person can have a bowel movement, they can handle the Colon Hydrotherapy treatment.
Both natural and chemical laxatives can irritate and dehydrate the colon wall and destroy both friendly and unfriendly bacteria in the bowel. If you take laxatives on a regular basis your body may become dependent on them. Pharmaceutical companies are providing drugs that over-stimulate the colon and force elimination in a unnatural, negative way. Colon hydrotherapy uses water to gently clean the colon, therefore does not irritate the colon walls. It poses no risk of dependency, and it does not interfere with the rest of the digestive system.
It is not uncommon for a person to have 5 – 25 pounds of fecal matter impacted on the walls of their colon. During a colonic we move this fecal matter out of your system so you can see a dramatic loss of weight immediately after a session. Any excess fat is typically related to a build up of toxins in the your cells. If these toxins are not removed the fat breakdown ability of the cells is compromised and the cells will retain more fat. The removal of these toxins from your system typically results in weight loss.
Just the opposite! Unlike enemas, laxatives and suppositories, which are highly habit forming, colon hydrotherapy tones and conditions the eliminatory organs so that they are able to function properly.
It is believed that a toxic bowel is the underlying issue behind many health problems. Colon hydrotherapy is a valuable procedure that assists the body in achieving the detoxification that must occur in order for health and life to continue. Colon Hydrotherapy is not a cure or treatment for disease, but rather a process of removing toxins before they cause disease.
This depends on the needs of each individual. After your first treatment, you can discuss with your therapist as to how many and how ofter you may want to schedule colonics. As a new patient you may wish to book a series of colonics to kick start the cleansing process and get the colon functioning well. You may also choose to book only 1 – 2 colonics throughout the year. We like to recommend that a person schedule yearly appointments around the change of seasons and more frequently during a cleansing program.
Prior to your session you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire so our hydrotherapists are able to properly assist with your healing goals and ensure there are no contraindications for treatment. We ask that you avoid eating large meals 2 hours prior to your treatment.

After your session you will be offered an alkalinizing beverage or tea. We ask that try to eat lightly after your session and drink a lot of water. Most clients can go back to normal activities after a colon hydrotherapy treatment but you may also choose to rest for the remainder of the day.

Unfortunately, colonics are typically not covered by medical insurance. Some flex-spending healthcare plans do cover colon hydrotherapy. Please check with your provider for more details regarding your individual medical coverage.
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Meet Our Colon Hydrotherapists

Sandra Vrba
Sandra VrbaI-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist | Lifestyle Coach | Whole Food Nutrition Coach
My desire to learn about alternative and holistic treatments began at a young age. As a young girl I questioned many of the common practices used in conventional medicine and strived towards a more natural way of healing.

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Miki Yagi
Miki YagiI-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Miki is an I-Act Certified Colon Hydrotherapist who is passionate about helping clients achieve total wellness through healthy diet and lifestyle practices. Mikibelieves that health begins with a focus on the digestive system.

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