The Gut and Skin Clinic


Dublin Vitality Centre provides functional gut health colonic irrigation. Gut, bowel, colon and large intestine all mean the same thing.

How long has colonic irrigation been around?

There are references to ancient forms of colonic irrigation in the Bible and in Egyptian texts. It makes sense. An impacted colon is not healthy. Think of it as equivalent to carrying a bin full of unwanted waste around with you 24/7. But its worse, because you are carrying that waste on the inside of your body where it is being re-absorbed. Thankfully, gut health has become a more talked about issue in recent times than it was in the past. There is so much more to learn about the gut and the value of colonic irrigation as part of good gut health and a healthy lifestyle. 

Why is colonic hydrotherapy still used today after thousands of years?


Nothing. They are the same thing. One thing that must be clarified before we discuss colonic

irrigation and gut health is this. It might sound obvious but so many people have only a vague

idea what their gut is. Most think it’s their stomach. It is not. Your bowel is 5 ft long,

approximately the size of the average bathtub.

All of these refer to the bowel.

gut = colon = bowel = large intestine

There are many reasons why colonic irrigation has been around and fashionable with health experts for thousands of years. It just seems to make sense to keep the body moving and to pay attention when things stop.  There is one expression that comes to mind and that is common among advanced functional gut health practitioners relating to colonic hydrotherapy. “Those that know, always go. Those who don’t, forever won’t”


Do colonics cure diseases?

No. Absolutely not. Colonic hydrotherapy is a treatment which aims to improve wellbeing.  Further more, professionally trained colonic hydrotherapists will not offer treatment to anyone who may be unwell. It is always advisable to have any symptoms checked with a GP before booking a treatment of colonic hydrotherapy and to read pre-care and aftercare information before booking in. See here. 

Who should have colonics?

Colonics are recommended to those who are healthy who are seek improvements to bloating, skin and overall wellbeing. At Dublin Vitality Centre, the treatment of colonic hydrotherapy is combined with skin therapies for those who wish to look and feel their best and who aim to integrate cleansing as part of their efforts. Medical practitioners are best able to advise on matters related to illness or disease. No one with a medical condition, or with a suspected illness will be offered treatment, and a full consultation form must be signed and checked before any treatment will be offered. 

Recent Scientific Findings Related to the Bowel

More and more research is being untaken into discovering the secrets of the elusive bowel. Here are some findings which show just how important and fascinating the bowel (gut) is, and just how relevant it is to our overall wellbeing. 


According to a recent study by US based scientists and supported by Parkinsons UK, built up
toxins in the bowel kill nerves that are linked to movement. Researchers at the Van Andel
Research Institute in Michigan looked at 1.7 million people over half a century and found that the bowel contained a toxic protein called alpha synuclein that is found in the brains of those with Parkinsons disease. This toxic protein resides in the appendix, a small sac at the end of the colon. Scientists now believe that the bowel is a breeding ground for this toxin which travels up the vagus nerve and into the brain causing Parkinsons Disease.


A recent study by The Harvard Medical Journal confirms what our ancestors already knew.
Intestinal angina is a condition where plaque develops on the walls of the gut in much the same
way as cholesterol blocks the arteries of the heart. 

THE GUT BRAIN CONNECTION. What is the link between feeling and good gut health?

The muscular action that moves the bowel is known as peristalsis. Imagine a huge worm moving along. That
is pretty much how the peristalsis of your bowel works. What is most interesting and relevant
about the peristalsis of the bowel is that serotonin (you know the feel good hormone in your
brain) is produced autonomously by the gut as a stimulant to keep the bowel moving. In short,
when your bowel stops moving – due to constipation for example – your serotonin stops
moving and you feel down, having bouts of anger and possibly low mood. 

Why are anti-depressants prescribed for gut health issues like constipation and IBS?

In modern medicine, the treatment of IBS is to prescribe anti-depressants. These anti-
depressants work by boosting the serotonin in your bowel.  Keeping the bowel moving makes sense.