Integrative Colon Hydrotherapy
Relations between RICTAT Members and Medical Practitioners
Members of the International Association and Register of Integrative Colon Therapists and Trainers (RICTAT) have great respect for the medical profession and have developed successful relationships with general practitioners and internists.
A number of our members are registered nurses (Shirley Emilio, Penelope Weddepohl, Liz Gray, Buki Onabolu, to name but a few)
More and more members work in integrative medical practices (Jane Boyle, Robyn Powell, Kay Bodanza, Reena Patel has been recently contacted by a local GP, on the basis of her excellent reputation).
Many members have established relationships with General Practitioners who refer to them regularly (Tracey Dell, Deborah Browne, Reena Patel).
And finally, the first for the colon hydrotherapy profession - Galina Imrie has been invited to talk about Colon Hydrotherapy at a prestigious anti-ageing medicine convention in London, to a gathering of doctors, surgeons and scientists.
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine is an approach to health and illness that is based on engaging the body's innate ability to heal when given the right circumstances. Emphasis is placed on identifying and removing obstacles to health, and on stimulating healing processes. Modern assessment tools are combined with a wide variety of treatment options on an individualized basis.
It is a growing field of medicine in which the patient and providers work together to develop a diagnostic and therapeutic program that draws on a variety of traditions, expertise and modalities to address an individual’s specific needs. Protocols developed in this framework, may include one or more modalities of treatment, diagnostic testing, natural and pharmaceutical therapies, as well as, referrals to other practitioners. Read more about the gut, emotions and the brain.
How does it work in practice?
As integrative colon hydrotherapy practitioners, we strongly believe that in order to achieve digestive health, healing and longevity, positive changes in the diet, emotional attitudes and beliefs, as well as stress management should be the first line of intervention. When you come to us for a colon therapy session, we will recommend these changes, and help you identify your health priorities and goals. If required, we will recommend a visit to a nutritionist, kinesiologist, stress management specialist, homeopath, physio therapist, or sometimes we will write a letter to your GP asking them to investigate your digestive system or refer you to a gastroenterologist.
Below is a recent case history that can demonstrate our integrative approach. Therapist - Kay Bodanza.
Patient: Male Caucasian(Age: 58)
History: Constant diarrhoea on a daily basis since September 2009. Multiple blood and stool tests taken with no conclusive results. Medication prescribed, no change. Client also takes calcium supplements for leg/knee pain as advised by a pharmacist.
Endoscopy performed in February 2010 with the following findings:
- Perianal: Normal
- Sigmoid: Few Diverticulae,
- Colon to Cecum: Normal,
- U-Turn: 4 Grade II Haemorrhoids
Diagnosis: Sigmoid Diverticulosis, Internal Haemorrhoids
21th April 2010
Patient referred to me and I did a full nutritional consultation and case history. It came to my attention that the patient travelled to a few third world countries in 2009,which made me think he could have picked up some sort of bacteria from travelling. I advised him to come back a week later for a series of colonics. During the week leading to his first treatment I asked him to keep a food/drink diary and not to change anything he consumes. I also advised him to take a combination of calcium and magnesium together and not just calcium alone.
28th April 2010 - 1st Colonic
Food diary showed many foods "feeding" any yeast/bacteria overgrowth and aggravating an already sensitive bowel. Patient's diet was high in red meat, wine, carbonated drinks, breads, crackers, cheese, sauces, processed foods, commercial fruit juices etc. Patient ate out in restaurants on a daily basis and used a lot of salt and flavourings when cooking at home. I advised him on the need to "re-train" his bowel and consume more wholefoods that will not feed any yeast/bacteria he may have. I advised him to cut out wheat products, white refined grains, dairy products, yeast products, red meat, all sugar, spices, pre-made/packaged sauces, carbonated drinks and alcohol for a month. I advised him on the importance of fibre, acid/alkaline balance of regular meals and constant hydration.
Colonic treatment protocol was very gentle with temperature at a constant 39 degrees with slight pulsing of the waste tube and visceral vibration massage of the colon whilst soaking with water flow off from time to time. No fills/releases attempted, only hydration but slight inflammation noted at the descending. Release on the toilet. Probiotics prescribed.
2 May 2010 - 2nd Colonic
Patient has made all the dietary changes but with difficulty. His leg/knee pain has disappeared. First 3 days after the first treatment the patient experienced perfect bowel release but loose stool on the forth day (yesterday). Patient mentioned he ate out in a restaurant the previous night and did order a special meal, however was not sure if any flavourings were used or not.
Colonic treatment protocol was similar to the first, however two releases attempted after 30 minutes. Small stool and mucus release. Still no peristaltic movement.
9 May 2010 - 3rd Colonic
Bowel release has been perfect each day again expect for one day where he ate out. Patient still struggling with dietary changes and needed a lot of encouragement and justification as to why it was essential to re-train the bowel.
This colonic was the turnaround treatment. Once patient was turned on his back, I hydrated and soaked with visceral vibration massage of the colon for about 5 minutes after which a fill/release was attempted. Patient released constantly with good bulk and strong peristalsis. Remarkable improvement.
16 May 2010 - 4th Colonic
Patient arrived with a smile for the first time! His skin and complexion finally had colour and looked hydrated. He confirmed a perfect daily bowel release for the first time in 6 months with an increase in energy and concentration levels.
Colonic protocol still remained the same but with more fills and releases. Yeast/Candida release at the ascending. Patient advised to wait 2 weeks before coming back for the final treatment so that we could monitor his progress without the help of a colonic.
30 May 2010 - 5th Colonic
Patient had perfect bowel releases for past 2 weeks and introduced a glass of wine and red meat on one occasion with no complications. He is more aware of how food and diet can affect and heal the body. He has energy to resume his gym workouts and feels a lot more hydrated.
Colonic treatment and protocol was normal with perfect releases. Patient advised to re-introduce foods very slowly using a 4-day rotation diet.