The colonic road-test
Ghyslaine Reid, 28, arts marketer, Melbourne “I’ve suffered from an undiagnosed bowel disease since I was 20. I’d have painful attacks that sent me to hospital for weeks. No-one had answers, so I decided to try colonic hydrotherapy.
There were no nerves the first time because I’d been in hospital so much and had spoken about bowels and stools for so long. But I was a bit apprehensive as I didn’t know what to expect.
After the treatment I felt fantastic. It was like a whole layer of toxins had been released. So I began having treatments every two weeks.
In two years I haven’t had one bowel attack. I am aware of the risks, but my therapist is always with me, adjusting the pressure and making sure it’s going well. There will always be conflict between western and alternative therapies, but for me, it’s been fantastic.”
Rita Peker, 21, publicist, Sydney “Last year I decided to visit a detox retreat in Thailand with a strict fasting and colonics regime. For five days I drank nothing but clay shakes, watermelon juice, broth and herbal supplements, along with a self-administered colonic every day.
The shakes and the hunger were bad enough, but the colonics were even more confronting. I had an impending sense of doom about sticking something up my behind. I didn’t want to do it by myself because it’s gross, but the thought of someone else doing it was just as gross.
Each session lasted about 45 minutes and a caffeine solution was used. It wasn’t pleasant, though I was relieved all that stuff wasn’t in me any more. At the same time, I wasn’t convinced it really did anything for me. At the end I didn’t feel any different. I don’t think I’d do it again.”