People with certain medical conditions should NOT undergo colon hydrotherapy unless given written approval from and/or by prescription from their physician. Please read through the following lists and discuss any illnesses/possible concerns with Shelley prior to making a booking.


  • Abdominal Hernia

  • Autonomic dysreflexia

  • Blood Thinners eg Warfin, Clopidogrel etc.

  • Carcinoma of the colon or rectum

  • Children under 16 years without a medical specialist written referral and a guardian present at all times

  • Colitis

  • Congestive heart disease

  • Diverticulitis

  • Fistula

  • Hirschsprung’s disease

  • Hypertension –severe or uncontrolled

  • Ileus (paralytic)

  • Active Inflammatory Bowel Disorders - Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's, Colitis and Diverticulitis, Inflamed haemorrhoids

  • Pregnancy

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Radiotherapy of abdominal area not discharged from medical care

  • Severe Anaemia

  • Renal insufficiency

  • Severe persistent diarrhoea

The following timelines given post-surgery are deliberately conservative and could be less with the written support of a Medical Specialist

  • Recent surgery of colon or rectum (less than 26 weeks)

  • Recent bowel biopsy (Less than 12 weeks)

  • Recent prostate biopsy made through the bowel (less than 12 weeks)

  • Recent abdominal surgery e.g. hysterectomy (less than 26 weeks)

  • Recent Laparoscopy (less than 6 weeks)


The following are industry agreed relative contra-indications. The suitability of the treatment remains specific to the individual and will be assessed by your Colon Hydrotherapist

  • Anal tear and haemorrhoid(s) - potential intolerance to speculum

  • Chemo-therapy and cancer treatments, infections, anaemia and general weakness

  • Controlled hypertension and a prescription for diuretics

  • Debilitating heart, liver and kidney diseases manifesting pain and weakness

  • Diabetes (where sugar fluctuates and is not completely under control)

  • Diverticulosis within 3 months of episode of diverticulitis

  • Highly anxious, stressed or emotional

  • Hypotension

  • Fissure

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disorders in remission for a minimum of 6 months

  • Inguinal Hernia

  • Long term Oral or Rectal Steroids

  • Severe underweight or Eating Disorder