Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonic irrigation) is a practice which involves flushing the colon with fluids to remove waste, helping the digestive system return to its natural, healthy state.
As the water is gently introduced into the colon, it helps to soften the stool and empty the pockets of compacted waste, mucous, toxins and pathogens. In addition, the flow of water not only cleanses, but by stimulating the nerves and muscle action, it tones and exercises the colon, encouraging proper bowel function.
The therapy is also helpful for rebalancing the microbiome and improving liver function. Besides being the primary organ responsible for the completion of the digestive process and the removal of bodily waste, the colon carries out several other vital functions such as rehydrating the body, the absorption of nutrients through the bowel wall and protecting the body from infection and disease.
In comparison to an enema, colon hydrotherapy reaches the full length of the large intestine, providing a thorough cleanse and resulting in a sensation of overall well-being, improved energy levels, mental clarity, and helping develop clearer skin and brighter eyes.
Colonic irrigation and enemas are amongst the oldest recorded medical treatments, dating back to 1500BC in ancient Egypt, with many other ancient cultures around the world using enemas in order to maintain health and prevent disease. Hippocrates and Galen themselves being firm advocates, advanced the use of enema therapy, improving their patient’s health and the quality of their lives.
1700s became known as the age of enemas, these being very fashionable with Parisian society, but it wasn’t until the early1900s, that a doctor from Michigan called John H. Kellogg, extensively used colon therapy on some 40,000 of his patients. In 1917 he reported in the journal of the American Medical Association that, in all but 20 cases, he used no surgery for the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in his patients.
The knowledge and wisdom of bowel care was lost in the latter half of the 20th century; however, with the latest research, and the sophisticated equipment in use today, people are now again discovering the many health benefits of maintaining a strong and biologically sound colon for overall health and vitality.