It can be an uncomfortable topic, in more ways than one, but colonic hydrotherapy has played a key role in many cultures around the world for thousands of years. When executed professionally and with proper care, colonics have the efficacy to remove toxins and unwanted guests from your intestinal tract, which can be a crucial step towards achieving sustainable levels of good health.
A Brief History Of Colonics
The ‘Ebers Papyrus’, an Egyptian medical document dating back as early as 1500 B.C., outlines the multiple benefits of colon cleansing as recognized by the medical practitioners of the time. During this period, colonic cleansing involved the use of a hollow reed to induce water flow into the rectum and was generally conducted somewhere in the local river system.
Hundreds of years later, the benefits of colonic hydrotherapy continued to emerge as European populations adopted and popularized the practice to assist with health maintenance and the treatment of fever, anxiety, and illness.
During the early 1900’s, advances in technology paved the way for a more comprehensive cleansing of the large intestine and increased the popularity of the practice further. Today, colonic hydrotherapy is practiced within most global cultures and plays a major role in disease prevention for many people.
How Does It Work?
During colon therapy, the patient lies on a comfortable, custom-built treatment bed while a small speculum is gently inserted into the rectum, which allows warm, filtered water to pass into the colon.
Modern colon hydrotherapy equipment utilizes multi-stage water purification systems and disposable contact elements, which eliminate any contamination or infection risks. The hydrotherapy equipment is a closed system which allows waste material to be discretely carried from the colon to the drainage line without offensive odor or visual contact.
A skilled colonic therapist uses multiple stages of fill and release, as well as a light massage technique to dislodge toxic waste matter that may be stuck to the walls of the colon. During the therapy, water temperature and pressure is monitored by the therapist and can be varied as necessary on an individual basis.
Health Benefits Of A Clean Colon
After food has passed through your stomach and small intestine, the residual material moves to the first section of your large intestine – your colon. At approximately 6 feet long, your colon’s primary job is to dehydrate liquid waste material in preparation for excretion. The average colon contains nearly 60 varieties of microflora and bacteria which aid digestion and promote nutrient production. This helps to maintain pH balance and prevent the growth and proliferation of harmful bacteria.
Keeping your colon clean can provide many substantial health benefits including:
- Lower risk of developing bowel cancer; a leading type of cancer in most industrialized countries
- Lower risk of experiencing discomfort from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), chronic constipation, and chronic diarrhea
- Lower risk of developing hemorrhoids
- Less undesirable gas production
- More productive absorption of water and nutrients
- A feeling of lightness and comfort in your abdominal region