Hippocrates claimed that chronic disease came from auto intoxication, i.e., self poisoning due to constipation.
What is Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)? Colon Hydrotherapy is a method of removing waste from the large intestine, without the use of drugs. By introducing filtered water into the colon, the waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis. This process is repeated during a session.
Historical View of Colon Hydrotherapy: Historians tell us that the practice of Colon Hydrotherapy, or, in its most basic form, the enema, was first used by the Egyptians. The Ebers Papyrus, of the 14th century B.C., and the Edwin Smith Papyrus (c. 1700 B.C.), both mention enemas and give directions for the use of the enema.
The Essene Gospel of third century stated, "The uncleanness within is greater than the uncleanness without, but within remains unclean, is like a tomb that outward is painted fair, but is within full of all manner of horrible uncleannesses and abominations"
By the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, with the advent of rubber, the enema or clyster slowly gave way to colon hydrotherapy equipment.
Dr. Kellogg reported in the 1917 Journal of American Medicine that in the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in over 40,000 cases, he had used surgery in only twenty cases. The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, diet and exercise.
Colon hydrotherapy gained the attention of James A. Wiltsie, M.D., who contended that "our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon, and of its pathology and management, has not kept pace with that of many organs and systems of the body." He went on to say, "As long as we continue to assume that the colon will take care of itself, just that long will we remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body."
Why should I be concerned about my colon? The colon has been referred to as the sewer system of the body. It is the place where we store the waste material that most of us would rather not think about. A healthy colon produces vitamins B and K, and absorbs water. A healthy digestive tract helps support a healthy immune system.
What is a colon hydrotherapy session like? Colon hydrotherapy is the safe application of warm filtered water into the colon to flush away toxic build up. It is a restorative, painless procedure. While gowned or draped, the client lies on the table in privacy and comfort. A small speculum, which is connected to pure water and also to a waste line, is inserted into the rectum. The therapist monitors the temperature and pressure of the water based on client's comfort level. Water is infused in and out of the large intestine continuously for about 45 minutes. It travels through a clear viewing tube, which allows one to see what is eliminated from the body. The hydrotherapy equipment features disposable components such as a speculum, water line and waste line. These are connected to a purpose-built, closed system, in which waste matter is drained through the machine to a sewer line avoiding any offensive odor.
How to prepare for colon hydrotherapy? Drink enough mineral water every day. 1/2 your body weight in ounces. In addition to drinking water, it is beneficial to avoid eating meat and top increase your intake of fresh fruits, vegetables and juices at least 2 days before the session. Avoid eating a meal 2 hours before a session.
How many colon hydrotherapy sessions does one need? Initially, a series of at least three separate therapy sessions within 10 days is usually recommended, to achieve the maximum cleansing benefit. This helps to eliminate fecal matter which may have been lodged in the colon for weeks, months, or even years, and to keep the client properly hydrated. However, the total number of colon hydrotherapy sessions desired will depend on the individual. Every person's goals will differ. Just as some people exercise on a daily or weekly basis to tone and tighten their outer body, some people also have their own ongoing cleansing, toning and rebuilding regimen for their inner body. Colon hydrotherapy could be used as part of any regular maintenance and nutrition program.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates