Colon hydrotherapy has been used by humans for centuries to perform an internal cleansing. In fact, the ancient Egyptians often used water enemas for basic hygiene, the evidence of which has been found in a 14th century B.C. papyrus scroll.
Both proponents and opponents of colon irrigation exist, but there are many physicians who support the benefits of this procedure, particularly in certain circumstances.
The Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy
Removing metabolic waste from the large bowel is the goal of colon hydrotherapy. Because it uses water, there are no toxins involved. This is what made J.H. Kellogg, MD, the maker of the famous corn flakes cereal, become a strong supporter of colon irrigation around the turn of the previous century. The procedure has since become a common part of Complementary and Alternative Medicine practiced by many modern doctors.
Any time the colon is inflamed or irritated, there is a risk of toxemia, or the build-up of toxins within the colon (physiological toxicity). This can cause other problems related to the body’s inability to divest itself. The organ cannot heal until it is rid of these toxins.
Colon cleansing can be an effective adjunct to eating a diet high in fiber in order to treat constipation. For cancer patients, the soothing effects of hydrotherapy often eliminate the associated aches and pains and can have a positive effect on their waning appetite.
Some doctors also believe that a periodic colon irrigation is quite beneficial to the body’s overall health, as well as psychiatric well-being. Many people feel more energized when their colon is completely rid of waste. It can also restore normal bowel function in those who are prone to episodes of constipation.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Trained hydro therapists use equipment that is FDA registered. The water is purified and temperature controlled. Back flow preventers, temperature and pressure sensors, disposable tubes, and chemical sanitizers all assure a patient receiving colon irrigation that it is both safe and sanitary.
During the process, a small amount of water is released into the colon. As the waste is softened, the body’s natural peristaltic function will release it. This process is repeated until the contents are flushed from the colon.
Conditions Colon Irrigation Effectively Treats
There are many physicians who use colon hydrotherapy as a treatment option for several conditions, or as a way to prepare the body for surgery. It is has been found to be particularly effective in treating maladies where an imbalance in the GI tract is the culprit. These include:
As with any type of medical procedure, colon hydrotherapy is perfectly safe and quite beneficial for a number of patients, but may not be the best treatment option for others. Some physicians claim that colon irrigation destroys the natural bacterial environment and could be harmful. Since the procedure only uses water, however, there are no toxins being added and this makes colon hydrotherapy a viable alternative to more invasive treatments.