ARCH therapists have long been advocates of modern colon hydrotherapy as a way of helping clients to deal with the symptoms of IBS, such as bloating, constipation and abdominal pain. Now one of our former Committee members, Linda Booth, is leading the way for colonics with a seat on the Executive Committee of the UK’s IBS charity, The IBS Network.
We met up with Linda at her busy Nottingham clinic to find out more.
So Linda; how did you get involved in modern colonic hydrotherapy?
As soon as I began my training I absolutely knew that I was in the right place, at the right time, with the right person learning a therapy that would literally change my life, and the lives of many others, and it really has!
In your experience, how have colonics helped your IBS clients?
I have been running my IBS, Digestive Health & Gut Disorders clinic for 10 years and I have completed well over 12,000 colonic treatments. I have seen on a daily basis how colonic hydrotherapy can be extremely successful in the treatment of IBS, through reducing the symptoms of bloating and abdominal pain, as well as releasing trapped gases and regularising bowel movements. Patients walk into my clinic bloated and in pain, and an hour later walk out with a smile on their face. I don’t know of any other treatment can achieve that kind of result!
How did you become involved with the IBS Network?
I met Professor Nick Read, gastroenterologist, psychotherapist and Chairman IBS Network, through my work with the ARCH Committee. ARCH regularly exhibited at IBS Network events and our two groups have a great deal of respect for one another and a real synergy in what we are trying to achieve for IBS sufferers. Prof. Read asked me to join the IBS Network Executive Committee to represent colon hydrotherapy.
What does the IBS Network do?
The IBSN do wonderful work helping support many thousands of people that suffer with the most debilitating of symptoms. They offer advice, diet plans and access to qualified IBS nurses – all for as little as £2 per week. The IBSN Executive Committee meets every month in Sheffield. I am the only complementary therapist on the Committee and I sit amongst Gastroenterologists, Doctors and Dieticians.
What have you learned about IBS from being part of the IBS Network?
Sitting on the IBS Network’s Executive Committee has given me an insight into how the NHS ‘manages’ IBS. A GP can only refer an IBS patient to either a dietician (where the patient will probably be put on the FODMAP diet), or for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or hypnotherapy. However even these services can be restricted depending on what funding is available in particular areas.
And do you think the NHS approach works for IBS?
In my opinion the battle for the successful treatment of IBS within the NHS ‘model’ is not working. Unfortunately, even though as therapists we all know how much colonics can help IBS, we don’t get referrals from the medical profession because we don’t have the formal research to back up what we all achieve and experience in our clinics day in and day out.
How are you working to get the colonics message out?
I passionately believe in the benefits of modern naturopathic colonic hydrotherapy for IBS patients and I am quite prepared to shout it from the rooftops if necessary. Although my clinic is fully booked, I try to devote as much time as possible to promoting our therapy, through ARCH, through the IBS Network and through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
You’ve also written a book. What was the inspiration behind that?
Over the years I have become increasingly incensed with the uninformed opinions of certain individuals towards our wonderfully effective therapy, so I decided to put my head above the paraphet and write a book about the benefits of modern colonic hydrotherapy. It is called ‘The Inside Story – how your colon holds the key to your wellbeing and what you should do about it!’ and it will be available as a download on my new website in August.
Finally, what advice would you give to anyone suffering from IBS symptoms?
I’d tell them to talk to their local ARCH registered colon hydrotherapist. Our members could offer them the kind of help, both in physical relief and practical advice and guidance, which they simply won’t get from the NHS. I’ve seen colonics work for so many IBS sufferers, and they could work for you too.