Carpe Diem: Colon Hydrotherapy

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Colonics, or colon hydrotherapy as it’s more accurately known, is something celebrities have been publicly endorsing in talks and tweets. Many say the therapy’s benefits include weight loss, better skin and emotional well-being . In this segment of carpe diem, we explore two systems of hydrotherapy offered in the Borderland.

We visit with Ana Maria Munoz at the Santa Teresa Natural Colon Center. Munoz is a certified holistic practitioner who said her hydrotherapy system is from Spain. Munoz describes it as a closed system of hydrotherapy, where she stays in the room with you and massages your stomach during the therapy.

Ron Giron in Las Cruces offers an open system of hydrotherapy. In this treatment, you have privacy and are left alone with a machine that does all the work on its own.

In 2003, hydrotherapy in Texas came under stricter regulations after a death was caused as a result of a colonics treatment. Then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sued several Texas hydrotherapy providers and forced the industry to differentiate between medical hydrotherapy and more cosmetic spa hydrotherapy procedures, among other changes. You can still have this procedure in Texas, but it must be done under the care of a licensed physcian. For this reason, many practitioners and devotees of hydrotherapy started driving a few extra miles to New Mexico , which has more relaxed regulations in this area.

Whether colonics are necessary or safe remains a debate. Mainstream doctors have traditionally rejected it. What benefits exist may depend on you — and who you see for treatment and where. But you should know as much as you can about where you choose to go, especially that it’s hygenic and that nothing inserted in you is being reused, that the water is put through a filtration system and that you are seeing a certified and trained therapist.