Colonic Hydrotherapy Training

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Train with the acknowledged UK experts in the field of colonic hydrotherapy (also known as colonic irrigation)

We have trained in excess of 575 doctors, nurses and CAM therapists in colonics since our inception

Our long and thorough experience in training colon hydrotherapists ensures the most comprehensive course available

Our mission is to train colon hydrotherapists to the highest possible standards, ensuring both practitioner and public confidence in the UK and overseas. We have no ties with colonic equipment manufacturers or suppliers, and believe in training therapists to a high level, not just technicians. We only teach on effective closed systems.

Our course is accredited by The Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH)

UK Learning Provider Ref. No 10020075

Now flexi courses available, see course dates

Below is a video we recorded of NCCH lecturer Abigail Francis carrying out  a colonic hydrotherapy treatment.


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A Brief History of Colonics


Colonic hydrotherapy, or irrigation, is based upon enemas which are amongst the oldest recorded medical treatments; implements for giving enemas and descriptions of their use are recorded in the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus dating from 1500 B.C., which is nearly 4000 years old.


Enemas are part of folk medicine from many cultures: blow enemas from South America, Eastern mystics and Yogis still use internal cleansing passed down from generations, and it is still part of Indian Ayurvedic medical practice. Hippocrates and Galen used enemas with various additives for healing.


Since these early times enemas were used extensively as part of  lay-healers treatments until around the mid-1800's when medicine became a more organised science-based practice. Enemas and colonics continued to be used in the home and hospitals, usually administered by nurses or midwives, to ensure daily bowel movements - a recognition of the importance of maintaining regular elimination to allow the body to heal.


In the late 19th and into the 20th  centuries, both conventional medics and Naturopaths (such as Metchnikoff, Arbuthnot Lane, Kellog, and Tilden) promoted internal cleansing. In the USA, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, health spas, clinics and hospitals still use various forms of colon cleansing from which modern Colonic hydrotherapy is derived.


Colon hydrotherapy in the UK remained a minority treatment during the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s with very few practitioners offering it. In the mid-80’s Dr Milo Siewert, NCCH  past principal, began training therapists in colonics, and the current popularity and availability is due to him. Our college continues his legacy to train therapists to a high level of competency using both gravity and pressure-regulated machines.