Colonic Hydrotherapy or irrigation is a method of de-toxifying the body to help in its natural healing process. It is a naturopathic treatment that involves the safe, gentle infusion of warm, filtered water into the colon, bathing the bowel and giving it a soothing, cleansing internal massage.

The gentle flow of water works in two ways: firstly it cleans out waste matter, gas, mucus and toxic substances including bad bacteria, parasites and yeast organisms from the colon, and secondly it stimulates the natural nerve and muscle action of the bowels to encourage proper bowel function.

Colon hydrotherapy works with your body, helping to return your digestive system to a more natural, healthy state. A colonic is as normal and natural as any other part of your regular health and wellbeing regime.

Colon Hydrotherapy gives many people a sensation of overall wellbeing, energy, and a feeling of lightness. It is often the inspiration for a healthier diet and lifestyle all round. What’s more, since your digestive system is closely linked with the rest of your body’s functions, the therapy may also help you with headaches, allergies, acne, and a range of other health issues, as well as improving cognitive function and increasing energy.

What happens during a treatment?

Your appointment will last around an hour. During the first treatment a case history is taken followed by dietary recommendations to help your gut restore its natural balance and function. The procedure will be explained and you’ll have a chance to ask any questions.
The colonic itself will take between 30 to 45 minutes.

During this time warm filtered water is gently introduced into the colon via the rectum whilst the use of special techniques including ultra-sonic massage, acupressure and reflexology points stimulate the release of toxins and stored matter. Herbs can be used to stimulate or relax the bowel depending on whether you have an overactive or underactive bowel, and probiotic implants can be used where dysbiosis (when the bacteria in your gut is out of balance) is indicated.

I use a closed system machine which means clean filtered water is fed gently in to the bowel, and the water and waste is flushed out through a pipe, ensuring no fuss, no mess and no smells.

What conditions can it help?

Constipation, Diarrhoea, liver complaints, halitosis, flatulence, haemorrhoids, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) candida, skin problems – acne, eczema and psoriasis, bloating, asthma, allergies, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and lethargy may all be helped by the detoxifying effects of Colonic Hydrotherapy.

Many people have a series of colonics to cleanse and detoxify the system rather than to deal with a specific health issue.

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Initial Appointment £80
Follow up Appointments £80

Additional implants (optional):

Herbal implant £5

Anti-parasite implant £5

Probiotic implant £120 (colonic treatment plus probiotic implant)

Colonic Hydrotherapy and Nutritional Therapy Treatments

Meet Lesley Painter

Bsc (Hons), Dip CNM, mBANT, CHNC, ARCH

I am a Colonic Hydrotherapist and Nutritional Therapist practicing in Cheltenham and Gloucester. A graduate in Naturopathic Nutrition from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) and in Colonic Hydrotherapy from the National College of Colonic Hydrotherapy (NCCH)…


"Lesley is really knowledgeable and patient and puts you immediately at ease. She made the whole process easy and not as daunting as I was expecting. I noticed a real difference after 3 treatments. I really recommend."
MP, Winchcombe
"I write this review in the hope it can help someone else with chronic diarrhoea. I became addicted to taking Imodium which created a vicious cycle of feeling better and then the same symptoms returning a few days later. I became anxious about going to work and social events.In desperation I searched Google for a solution. I found an advertisement for Colonic Hydrotherapy at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre. My wife persuaded me to give it a go and contacted Lesley. I booked in for 4 sessions and hoped it would help.I must say I was a little apprehensive, but Lesley put me at ease from the first session. Lesley is non judgemental and offered practical help on my diet and nutrition. I felt benefits immediately after the first session.I have now completed my 4 treatments and the change has been amazing. I am now at 3.5 weeks since my last Imodium. My colon is feeling much better after adjusting my diet and the total reduction in consuming pills.I cannot recommend Lesley highly enough. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of the treatment and a font of knowledge in respect of nutrition. Lesley has a kind and caring nature which makes this slightly embarrassing treatment a walk in the park.Please don’t suffer in silence - book up a treatment plan with Lesley and things will improve greatly. Good luck."
SW, Gloucester
"Lesley was thoroughly professional and made the whole experience embarrassment and discomfort free. Everything was explained in full, not only what was happening but why. If you’ve ever been thinking about having a treatment then I can’t think of a better practitioner than Lesley."
SD, Bristol
"Excellent service. Professional, conscientious treatments with highest standards of care. Thoroughly recommend."
JB, Gloucester