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COLON HYDROTHERAPY: A Gentle Irrigation For Your Colon

Posted Mar 20 2010 9:58am

I am writing this article to dispel any myths, fears or phobias that you may have about colonic irrigation.  Colon hydrotherapy is a safe, gentle, therapeutic lavage or bath of the large intestine.  In fact colon lavage was first recorded 1500  B.C., in the ancient Egyptian document, Ebers, Papyrus which dealt with the practice of medicine. These enemas were described as the infusion of aqueous substances into the large intestine through the anus.  Hippocrates ( 4th and 5th century B.C. ) recorded using enemas for fever therapy.  Galen ( 2nd century A.D. ) also recognized and was a proponent of the use of enemas.  Today with modern technological advancements in colon irrigation instrumentation, particularly with regard to safety, along with educated and skilled hygienists, colon therapy has become a valuable adjunctive modality to allopathic and naturopathic doctors in cleansing and healing the colon of gastrointestinal disorders.


Colon irrigation is an internal bath that cleanses the large intestine of accumulated fecal matter, toxic gases, and harmful mucous.  Unlike an enema, it doesn’t involve the retention of water.  There is no discomfort, very low internal pressure, just a steady flow of filtered water in and out of the colon  (large intestine).


A client receiving a colonic lies on a table below the temperature-controlled input machine.  A disposable speculum is gently inserted in the rectum.  Water flow, which is always under the direct control of the practitioner, flows into the colon via a small tube carrying with it impacted feces, toxic gases, and harmful mucous.  The practitioner gently massages the abdomen to help the colon release its’ contents.  It is possible to see the expelled waste matter when it passes through a special viewing window in the colon hydrotherapy machine.  The client is well covered and their modesty is given top priority during the procedure.  The process takes approximately 40 to 50 minutes.


Many of the chronic ailments and degenerative diseases that plague our society today is due to toxicity.  A sluggish toxic bowel can be directly or indirectly related to a myriad of chronic conditions, to include cystic acne, eczema, psoriasis, female reproductive disorder, low back pain, bad breath, allergies, asthma, infected sinuses, constipation, flatulence, IBS, diverticulitis, bloating, weight gain, chronic fatigue, body odor, depression, and finally cancer.  Colonic cleansing offers relief and in some cases significant improvement in many of the conditions listed above.  Colonic cleansing enhances and improves bowel regularity and as well as absorption of nutrients into the cells of the body.  I offer my personal testimony to attest to the benefits of colonic therapy.

I suffered from cystic acne, severe allergies, eczema, constipation, female reproductive disorders,  and suicidal depression from early childhood to adulthood.  At the age of 24 I had an awakening and my life’s journey guided me to seek natural therapies and a holistic lifestyle.  Dr. John Chissell, a medical doctor in Baltimore who practiced both allopathic and alternative medicine referred me to a colon therapist.  Dr. Chissell became my mentor and a very good friend. I became a vegan, fasted religiously, and included colonic irrigation as a part of my detoxification program.  Today 56 years later I’m acne and eczema free.  My bowel habits are regular, minimal allergies, great energy and no deep debilitating thoughts of suicide, hopelessness, or despair.

Many of my clients have similar testimonies.  Some report having more energy, less desire for junk and fast foods, feeling lighter, cleaner on the inside.  Others report weight loss, less bloating and gas,  improved bowel movements,  cleaner fresher breath,  relief from back pain, menstrual cramps, clear skin and body odors.  Removing impacted fecal matter, toxic gas, and old mucous from the colon gives the body an opportunity to regenerate, rejuvenate and heal itself from the inside out.  Repressed anger, negative emotions and traumatic cellar memories can also be released bringing the mind, body, and spirit into a joyous state of inner peace, balance and harmony.


One of the most popular misconceptions is that the colonic destroys the healthy bacteria.  The healthy bacteria is produced in the small and large intestines.  Colonics removes large amounts of toxic fecal matter enabling the intestine to manufacture beneficial intestinal flora.  We encourage our clients to take additional probiotics after the session.  Another misconception is that colonics can rupture the colon.  I have administered colonics to thousands of clients over the years and have not had that experience.  I have control of the pressure and temperature of the water.  By using very low pressure I’m able to prevent any injury or harm to the colon.  The pressure gauge on the colonic machine also reveals when the colon is full and ready to release.


The following is a list of contraindications for using the procedure; severe abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, inflamed hemorrhoid, abdominal surgery, abdominal hernia, dialysis patient, fissures, severe cardiac condition, crohns disease, colitis.


Over the years I have established relationships with allopathic and naturopathic doctors who refer their patients for colonic cleansing.  Several of those doctors as well as other health care practitioners are also clients of mine and have experienced the benefits of colonic irrigation.  On several occasions I was sent patients who were referred by their doctor for a colonic cleanse because their CT scan revealed severe fecal impaction.  The clients came in with complaints of abdominal bloating, pain, low energy, and constipation.  After the colonic session the clients stated that they felt relieved of bloating, gas and abdominal distention and pain. They stated that they felt lighter and cleaner on the inside.   Colonics have relieved many women of menstrual cramping, sugar and junk food craving, constipation, bloating, and weight gain.  I gave a colonic to two eleven year old males whose mother brought them in for constipation from eating junk and fast foods.  I was very impressed with these young boys who handled the sessions very well.  My oldest male client was 92 years  of age.  He was referred by his doctor because he had a sluggish bowel.  He was always grateful that he got some relief.


My name is Argo Duenas.  I’m a certified colon hydrotherapist, foot reflexologist, and  REIKI practitioner.  As the owner and manager of Back To Nature Health and Wellness Center located in Annapolis, Maryland, I have dedicated over 25 years of my life serving and raising the health awareness in my community and the greater Washington, Baltimore Metropolitan area.  I also hosted and produced a local cable television talk show for ten years educating and raising the community’s awareness about alternative therapies, natural cures, and disease prevention.  An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. Please visit my website at

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