At The Good Gut Clinic, your safety is our top priority.  Even though the treatment is gentle, safe, and fully compliant, there are some existing contraindications that prohibit the use of Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment.

If you have any of the condition listed below, then you’ll need to seek medical advice to proceed. 

Absolute Contra-indications

  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Active Fissure
  • Active Inflammatory Bowel Disorders – Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, Colitis and Diverticulitis.
  • Active Rectal Fistula
  • Anti-Coagulants
  • Autonomic Dysreflexia (occurs in spinal injuries at or above T6)
  • Bowel Obstruction – e.g., adhesions, volvulus, tumour, etc.
  • Carcinoma of the colon or rectum
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diabetes – Uncontrolled
  • Epilepsy – Uncontrolled
  • Heart Failure
  • Hypertension –severe or uncontrolled.
  • Inflamed Haemorrhoids (Piles)
  • Intussusception
  • Liver function
  • Pregnancy
  • Radiotherapy of abdominal area not discharged from medical care
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Reduced kidney function
  • Tight Sphincter
  • Undiagnosed Persistent Diarrhoea

Post-surgery contraindications

The following timelines given for post-surgery/treatment are conservative estimations and could be less depending on the advice of a Medical Professional.

  • Recent bowel biopsy – 3 months.
  • Recent prostate biopsy made through the bowel – 3 months.
  • Recent abdominal surgery, laparoscopic or open – 3-6 months depending on severity of surgery and on medical discharge with no complications.
  • Recent laparoscopic investigation – 6 weeks and on medical discharge
  • Recent surgery of colon or rectum – 6 months.

Relative Contra-indications

The following are industry agreed relative contraindications. The suitability of the treatment remains specific to the individual and must be assessed by a professional Colonic Hydrotherapist.

  • Recurring inflammatory bowel disease episodes.
  • Generally, more than 3 episodes in a year or within 3 months of a flare up.
  • Highly anxious, stressed, or emotional client.
  • Fainting (vaso-vagal attack).
  •  Joint Replacement (hip, shoulder, knee.)
  • Severe underweight or eating disorders.
  • Severe anaemia.

Looking for more info?

You can find a more in-depth list from the BNF, here.