• Colon Hydrotherapy

    Colon Hydrotherapy, also known as Colonics,  is a very gentle infusion of purified water into the colon. This infusion ofcolonic cleansing + washington dc warm water hydrates the colon and loosens impacted faecal matter, thus allowing it to leave the body without causing or aggravating haemorrhoids.

    Colon hydrotherapy releases toxins, cleans the blood, stimulates the immune system, and assists in restoring proper pH balance in the body.

    Colon Cleansing for Detoxification and Bowel Health

    Working with our medical doctors, our I-ACT certified colon hydrotherapist is able to assist patients in detoxifying their bodies by utilizing a series of colonics. Whether we are doing heavy metal detoxification, treatment for Lyme disease, treating allergies, or simply improving digestive system function, colon hydrotherapy is frequently recommended as part of our integrative protocols. Colonics, daily probiotics, a healthy diet and lifestyle allow the body to properly remove toxins naturally and reportedly provide relief from the symptoms of many other health problems.

    Colon Hydrotherapy offers an excellent opportunity to restore and maintain optimal bowel health.

    What is proper bowel health?
    The bowel contains billions of bacteria, both friendly and unfriendly. You want to maintain a balance of about 80% friendly to 20% unfriendly bacteria. When your system becomes compromised, the friendly bacteria can fail to contain the unfriendlies, causing an overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria and leading to a toxic environment. Your system can become compromised by many factors, including consumption of processed foods or pesticides, absorptions of unhealthy environmental toxins, illness, medications, or stressful events or lifestyle.

    What happens when I have an imbalance in the bowel?
    An overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria, and thus a lack of friendly bacteria, can compromise immune system functioning, affect the synthesis and absorption of important vitamins and nutrients, and can lead to a loss of integrity in the lining of the colon wall. When the colon wall loses integrity, toxins are allowed to enter the bloodstream, and the body stores them in your fat cells, organs and tissues.Colon hydrotherapy may assist the body with detoxification of these toxins.

    What are the signs that I may have an imbalance?
    Think about what can happen when toxins travel and are stored throughout your system. You may realize chronic pain, general achiness, brain fog, headaches, fatigue, hormonal imbalances and much more. Many of these symptoms can mount and be contributed to other more serious diseases, such as arthritis and autoimmune disorders.

    What should I do to get my system back in balance?
    The colon is the body’s major organ for the elimination of toxic matter. At NIHA, we offer Colon Hydrotherapy as a means of cleansing the colon. Colon Hydrotherapy is the insertion of warm purified water into the colon to stimulate the body’s natural peristaltic action to gently flush away impacted faecal matter and toxic waste.

     

    LIBBE Machine
    The FDA-approved colon hydrotherapy device we use is called the LIBBE. This device is clean, safe and gentle. It is considered one of the most comfortable and non-invasive approaches to experiencing colon hydrotherapy. This state-of-the-art device provides a gentle, steady flow of purified, warm water into the colon through a very thin disposable rectal tube. This open system is preferred because it uses the body’s own muscles to provide a more natural release of faecal matter from the body.
    Do you have questions or concerns about colon cleansing? Submit your appointment request and questions and our knowledgeable, I-ACT certified colon hydrotherapists will be happy to schedule you.

  • Combat IBS naturally

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    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is frequently a term given to unexplained digestive conditions.  It can be common where people eat a western diet, but is comparatively unknown in cultures where people eat simple, natural foods, and do not over-eat.

    Although not life-threatening, IBS can indicate more serious problems, so it is important to get checked out.  Assuming that more serious conditions been ruled out, there are a number of steps you can take to help yourself.

    isolated-set-vegetables-basketPlant-based diet

    Avoid caffeinated or carbonated drinks, tobacco, alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners, antacids and laxatives.  When your intestines upset you, temporarily go on a bland diet.  Put meals through a blender when eating is painful, and wear loose fitting clothing so as not to make matters worse.

    Ideally opt for an organic wholefood mainly plant-based diet, cutting out processed foods. The fibre in vegetables can be helpful.

    Try drinking additional water. Daily, drink one tablespoon of black strap molasses in a cup of hot water, and take 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil. Take probiotics (in supplements, fermented food or live yoghurt), twice weekly, to help increase good gut flora and reduce unwanted bacterial strains. You may require increased intake of minerals and trace elements due to malabsorption.  A naturopathic practitioner would be able to advise you about the appropriateness and dosage of relevant supplements.

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    Eat on a regular schedule, ideally with 5 hours between meals, and don’t eat before going to bed.

    Naturopathic medicine is about finding the cause, not simply addressing the symptoms, if you want a longer term fix.   So search for any food intolerances by keeping written records of your reactions to food and drink, and any emotional or other stressors.

    Avoid stress and having to rush.  Lifestyle is a big factor in IBS.  Try deep breathing to feel calmer, and remember that regular exercise, specifically outdoors, is needed in order to maintain good health, including good bowel health.

    chamomile-teaNatural Remedies

    Natural remedies to relieve gastrointestinal pain and expel the gas include taking a luke warm enema. Or you could take charcoal tablets, but not daily, as it would cause constipation.  Peppermint tea (3 or more cups a day) soothes the entire intestinal tract. Chamomile tea also helps.

    If you need extra help, a naturopathic therapist can help you tailor-make a dietary and lifestyle plan to target your individual condition.

    Shaf Khan, Naturopath and Herbalist, is a graduate of CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine).

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  • Herbs for a good nights sleep

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    We all know that sleep is extremely important to normal function. Without it our body doesn’t get to regenerate and repair, stress gets more stressful and life generally gets harder. With our 24/7 lifestyle, it’s perhaps not surprising that sleep disturbances are amongst the most frequently treated conditions in natural health practice.  Herbs can be especially useful when it comes to combating sleep disturbances.

    Whilst there are many different types of sleep deprivation and insomnia, generally they can be divided into two patterns; difficulty getting to sleep, and difficulty staying asleep.  Remedies for no two patients are the same.  The causes of sleep disturbances vary from person to person, and these are amongst the underlying factors your herbalist needs to assess when mixing up the most appropriate remedy. However, you may find it helpful to take the following measures to help you wind down:

    • Using herbs in your bath.  Lavender is traditional for promoting a deep and healthful sleep, but you can also use oats or chamomile.  To avoid mess, try putting the herbs into a muslin bag.
    • Making a sleep-inducing herbal tea.  A traditional combination for sleep is valerian, hops and passionflower. If you’re inclined to need to visit the toilet in the night, you may prefer to use capsules or tablets, which are available from health food stores.
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    • A favourite herbal remedy for those who can’t stay asleep is the Ayurvedic herb, Ashwagandha, which is so gentle and safe that it’s often given to children in India. Rather than knocking you out immediately, the effects come on slowly and reach their peak in the small hours when you really need to stay asleep. Try three capsules of Ashwagandha before retiring. This dose can be adjusted up or down according to the results.
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    • Back up your sleep-inducing efforts by getting some daytime exercise in the fresh air.  Wear breathable nightwear and have a comfortable mattress and pillows. Hang heavy curtains to block out the light. Establish winding down rituals at night, such as no computers, or stimulating TV programmes after 8pm. Ban TVs, mobile and cordless phones from the bedroom to reduce ‘electronic smog’.  Don’t eat within 3 hours of going to bed, or conversely, if you wake up because you are hungry, have 2 oatcakes as pre-bed snack. And back to the herbs, sprinkle a little lavender on your pillow!
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    CNM’s Herbal Medicine Diploma Course is taught in  London, Manchester, and Dublin. Based on naturopathic, holistic principles, the Course incorporates Western herbs and  the energetic approach of Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine.  Herbal students at CNM are also given a good understanding of additional natural diagnostic and therapeutic  tools, so that they are equipped to offer their clients  lifestyle and nutritional advice.  Combined with a healthy lifestyle and optimal nutrition, herbal medicine can form part of a winning formula for a lifetime of health and vitality.

    By Herbalist and Iridologist Peter Jackson Main, Course Leader in Herbal Medicine at CNM.

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