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Colon hydrotherapy has a rich history that goes back many millennia. Today we live in a particularly toxic age, and toxic buildup can take its toll on the colon as well as your overall health. When your colon is backed up with toxic material, your entire body becomes sluggish and unable to perform its day-to-day tasks. Colon hydrotherapy improves the function of all organs of the body resulting in more energy and vitality by removing impaction, parasites, intestinal gas and cellular debris, as well as cleansing and rejuvenating that portion of the immune system that resides in the intestinal tract.
Colon hydrotherapy helps restore optimal colon anatomy and reduces the burden of intestinal bacteria overwhelming our immune systems. It involves the safe, gentle infusion of water into the colon via the rectum. No chemicals or drugs are involved and the entire therapy is both relaxing and effective. Some of the benefits associated with colon hydrotherapy are improved digestion, increased energy and concentration, loss of weight, and it's detoxing effects.
In health, the bowel transit time from eating to defecation is 24 hours or, less and bowel movement is at least once a daily. In disease poor digestion, yeast overgrown spastic colon, Irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation and diarrhea are usually accompanied by auto-intoxication, literality 'self-poisoning' - the reabsorption of soluble wastes Into the bloodstream- which places a heavy burden upon the other eliminative organs of the body, the kidneys, the skin and the lungs.
Correct function of the colon is a necessity for health, for truly "disease can begin in the colon". It has been said that colon malfunction can lead to 80% of all diseased stales. The Normal colon image is here. Chronic constipation can lead to further direct complications: diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, fissures, atonicity, spasticity, prolapses, colitis and even bowel cancer, as well as chronic toxic conditions In the rest of the body, like the skin (e.g. acne and eczema), the cardiovascular system, the nervous system and the liver.
The value of tissue and body cleansing through colon lavage (irrigation or washing out of an organ) has been practiced for more than three thousand years. As early as 1500 B.C., the 'Ebers Papyrus', an ancient Egyptian medical document, described the many benefits of colon cleansing. In ancient times, the practice of cleansing the colon was administered in a river by using a hollow reed to induce water flow into the rectum.
Centuries later, the benefits of colon lavage continued to surmount. Colon irrigation was commonly used among European populations to assist with maintenance and promotion of overall health. Enemas were frequently used for abatement of fever, anxiety and illness.
More recently, in the early 1900's, improvements in colon hydrotherapy devices allowed for a more complete cleansing of the large intestine.
Implementation of these technological advancements brought on times of colonic popularity and also times of rejection. Unfortunately, advanced colon irrigation was, at times, administered by the unskilled and poorly trained. This proved to be detrimental for the support of the general population and medical profession.
Despite the difficulties in the early 1900's, the value of colon hydrotherapy continued to be recognized by several medical doctors. Most noteworthy were James A. Wiltsie M.D., Joseph Waddington M.D., and John H. Kellogg M.D.
In the early 1900's Dr. John H. Kellogg M.D. used forms of colon therapy on several thousand of his patients. In a 1917 edition of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dr. Kellog reported that in over forty thousand gastrointestinal disease cases, he had used surgery in only twenty cases. The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, diet and exercise.
Dr. Waddington stated , in his work "Scientific Intestinal Irrigation and Adjuvant Therapy", the following: "Abnormal functioning of the intestinal canal is the precursor of much ill-health, especially of chronic disease. Restoration of physiological intestinal elimination is often the important preliminary to eventual restoration of health in general".
Dr. Wiltsie offers, "our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon and its pathology and management has not kept pace with that of many organ systems of the body. As long as we continue to assume the colon will take care of itself, it's just that long that we will remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body".
Since this time, colon hydrotherapy equipment and methods of practice have improved even further. Therapist training is now standardized through accrediting associations and colonic equipment boasts greater effectiveness along with the added security of regulation from the FDA.
People are rediscovering the benefits of this natural, safe and convenient method to cleanse the colon and promote wellness.
A healthy, strong functioning colon is essential to maintaining good health. Your colon, together with the kidneys, lungs and skin are responsible for eliminating waste from the body. But over time, your colon may lose its ability to properly eliminate all waste from the large intestine especially in light of today's toxic lifestyles which expose our bodies to processed diets, prescription drugs, pesticides, chemicals and stress.
If this happens, the colon may become saturated with harmful toxins. And through a process called 'autointoxication' ... these toxic substances can be transported into the bloodstream where the lymphatic and circulatory systems, as well as the lungs, liver and kidneys, become overburdened and expose you to serious health risks. Colon hydrotherapy has been used by many to aid in the promotion of health and wellness through:
*Removal of old, hardened, waste material
* Restoration of proper pH balance
* Stimulation of the immune system
* Enhanced nutrient absorption
* Supporting an environment that allows for good bacteria and flora to prosper
* Increased peristaltic (natural muscular contraction) activity in the colon.
* A return of normal, regular bowel movements.
Our bodies will produce symptoms as a way of informing us that something is not quite right. Symptoms are, in essence, a built in warning system. In today's fast- paced society, it is typical for one to simply pop a pill and alleviate the pesky deterrent. Unfortunately, most often, this only has a band-aid effect. Removing the symptom and not addressing the underlying cause can have recurring effects. Hence, people are often plagued with years of pill-popping, discomfort or burdensome disease.
The colon is the sewer system of our body. Each day, our bodies filter harmful toxins, undigestible food additives, stress responses, air pollution, chemical pollution and more. Think about it.....Your colon is a muscle. This muscle is lined with a mucosal membrane that has a direct connection to the rest of your body. It makes sense to keep this area clean and functioning at an optimal level.
Colon health experts, such as Bernard Jensen, agree that it is ideal to have at least 2 or 3 bowel movements every day.
Constipation is a state in which bowel evacuations are infrequent and difficult, or where the large intestine becomes lined with impacted, hardened feces. This undigested food and waste may remain lodged in the large intestine for days, weeks, or even months to putrefy and generate toxic substances harmful to your health. Colon hydrotherapy is a method for cleansing the body of these potentially harmful substances which the colon has not be able to discharge by natural peristalsis.
While not a cure for any disease or ailment, it may be considered an important adjunctive therapy to help you revitalize and maintain a healthy well-being.