People who will undergo colonoscopy has to be prepared by removing all the fecal matter in their intestines so that when the doctor performs colonoscopy, he or she will have a clear view of the intestinal walls. There are two methods to clean and empty the large intestine of the patient before the doctor can conduct colonoscopy, and these are through harsh laxatives to be taken at home, or by undergoing colon hydrotherapy at the clinic.
To make the laxative, the doctor will prescribe a drug, and this drug of usually a powder will be poured into a gallon of water, the mixture then will be drank by the patient through a glass of it every 10 minutes apart until he or she will finish the gallon of laxative. A diarrhea will be experienced as the patient drank the first few glasses of laxative.
On the other method of cleansing the color in preparation for colonoscopy, colon hydrotherapy is viewed as a smart way to cleanse the colon. Medical doctors have the preference of using colonic or referred to as colon hydrotherapy, to a patient under several health conditions. To perform colon hydrotherapy, there is a machine with thermostat, manometer, and disposable equipment, and in the process the colon is cleanse through irrigation using clear and purified water and soft massage on the abdominal area.
By using colon hydrotherapy or colonic, the patient will have the following advantages.
The first advantage is that the patient need not drink a gallon of water or take strong laxatives to cleanse his or her colon.
Second advantage is that the patient is relaxed inside the office lying down position, as the procedure is accomplished by a well-trained colon hydrotherapist. As there is an urgency to defecate by the patient, the flow of water is ended, and discharge valve is opened to lead the waste out from the colon together with the flowing out of the water.
By performing water flashing repeatedly, all fecal matter from the entire colon will be removed, aiding the gastroenterologist a clear view of the entire lumen of the colon, and thus helps get a productive view of the colon.
Part of the colonic procedure is the gentle massage performed by the experienced hydrotherapist, and the massage makes the water deeper into the beginning of the colon, and further remove the waste from the wall of the colon.
Usually, it is advised to get colonic session one or two days before the colonoscopy procedure. The completion of colonic procedure is between 30 to 40 minutes, and the only instruction before the procedure is done is for the patient not to take solid food two hours before the procedure.