What is Colon Hydrotherapy? Colon Hydrotherapy or Colonic Irrigation is an alternative therapy used to cleanse, maintain and restore optimum colon health. Also known as colonic irrigation or high colonics, colon hydrotherapy generally involves the use of low-pressure water — created mechanically or by gravity — and is administered in the presence of, and with the assistance of, a professionally trained colon therapist. Usually a series of treatments are necessary to accomplish detoxification.
Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy: Colon hydrotherapy removes unwanted waste material and rejuvenates the colon. Light massage during the therapy restores the original colon shape improving conditions such as constipation and even diarrhea without the use of prescription drugs. At the same time, by relieving localized toxins, it takes the detox pressure off of the surrounding organs so condition like cystitis, dysmenorrhea and challenges affecting the heart, liver and lung. Intestinal parasites can be flushed out as part of the process.
Colon hydrotherapy benefits the hips and lumbar areas by improving their mobility, improving venous return and improving abdominal muscle tone. By activating and restoring normal elimination the body releases toxins so weight loss follows. Metabolism and the immune system are also helped.
The colon, just like the feet, hands and ears also have reflexology points along the organ. By stretching the colon it stimulates reflexology points and benefits the organs being stimulated in a positive way.
What happens during a Colon Hydrotherapy session: As a patient lies comfortably on the treatment table, warm water is introduced into the colon. The temperature and pressure of this water is maintained and altered by the colon hydrotherapist to stimulate peristalsis of the colonic muscles. He also does some massages on the abdomen that aids in dislodging waste from the walls of the colon. The waste and water is then carried out of the body through a small outlet pipe attached to the speculum. The process takes about 30 minutes and the environment is very professional.
Sometimes a series of treatments are offered for a discounted price but if you’ve never tried this type of therapy you may want to have a treatment or two before you commit to several sessions.
History of Colon Hydrotherapy:
Colon Hydrotherapy was used initially to treat fever and remove mucous. The practice began as early as 1500 B.C. in Egypt and was documented as “Eber Papyrus” Ancient Greeks also used colonic irrigation for digestive disorders. Elie Mechinkoff, a Russian in 1908 received the Nobel Prize for research on immunity and the influence of bowel toxins on immunity.
In modern days, Dr. John H. Kellogg (inventor of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Rice Crispies) was a big proponent of colon hydrotherapy and eating lots of fiber especially contained in fruits and vegetables. He used colon therapy in his practice on thousands of patients in the place of gastrointestinal surgery.
Colon hydrotherapy reached the United States in the 1920s and ‘30s. During that time colonic irrigation machines were used in hospitals and doctors’ offices.
Contraindications for Colon Hydrotherapy include:
Cancer of the colon, rectum or gastro-intestinal tract, acute abdominal pain needing medical attention, recent gastrointestinal or rectal bleeding, congestive heart failure, uncontrolled high blood pressure, epilepsy or seizures, recent abdominal or rectal surgery, intestinal perforation, abdominal hernia, diverticulitis, recent heart attack, aneurism, kidney insufficiency, severe hemorrhoids, cirrhosis of the liver, anal fistula, pregnancy, ulcerative colitis, acute Chohn’s disease, rectal or abdominal tumors.
How to choose a colon hydrotherapist: those who perform colon hydrotherapy should be trained and certified graduates of a colon hydrotherapy school. I’m including a link to the article on what questions to ask when finds a colon hydrotherapist: http://www.innerhealthandbeauty.net/Colonic-Secrets.html
Helpful Links and References:
- Links to Healers: http://naturalhealthtechniques.com/LinksByCategory/healers1.htm
Videos on colon hydrotherapy:
- Wonderful website about colon hydrotherapy: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/colon-hydrotherapy-benefits.html
- History of colon hydrotherapy: http://www.altmd.com/articles/history-of-colon-hydrotherapy
- International Colon Hydrotherapist Listing: http://www.i-act.org/IACTSearch.HTM