What is Colonic Hydrotherapy?
Colonic Hydrotherapy is an internal bath that helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas, accumulated faecal matter and mucus deposits. Such techniques were first recorded in 1500 BC and have been used in traditional and naturopathic medicine since that time. Using sterilised equipment, filtered water is gently introduced into the rectum, which progressively softens and expels faecal matter and compacted deposits.
About the Colon
The colon, or large intestine, is an important part of the digestive system; some 5 feet in length and 2,5 inches in diameter, situated at the end of the alimentary canal, it completes the digestive process and handles food waste and much other bodily waste. 1tis normally populated by billions of friendly bacteria which assists detoxifying waste, synthesise certain vitamins and help us guard against infection. These same bacteria make up 70’% of the dry weight of our faecal waste.
The colon structure is of smooth muscle and it is broadly divided into 3 segments: the caecum and ascending colon into which food waste enters in a fluid state though the ileo-caecal valve, the transverse colon where water, minerals and vitamins are re-absorbed and the descending colon where mucus is secreted to coat the faeces prior to defecation through the rectum and anus.
In health, bowel transit time from eating to defecation is 24 hours or less and bowel movement is at least once daily. In disease, poor digestion, yeast overgrowth, spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation and diarrhoea are usually accompanied by auto-intoxication, literally, “self-poisoning” – the re-absorption of soluble wastes into the bloodstream – which places a heavy burden upon the other eliminative organs of the body; the kidneys, the skin and the lungs.
Chronic constipation can lead to further direct complications: diverticulitis, haemorrhoids, fissures, atomicity, spasticity, psoriasis, colitis and even bowel cancer as well as chronic toxic conditions in the rest of the body, like the skin (e.g. acne and eczema), the cardio-vascular system, the nervous system and the liver.
Correct function of the colon is a necessity for health, for truly “disease can begin in the colon”. 1t has been said that colon malfunction can lead to 80% of all diseased states.
Why Colonic Hydrotherapy?
Colonic Hydrotherapy is more effective than an enema, since the whole colon is treated and water is not purposely retained. It is best used as a complementary technique to other therapies. By improving elimination, response to dietary, homeopathic, herbal, manipulative and other therapies is markedly improved. Poor elimination can lead to many chronic conditions that colonic hydrotherapy can help:
- Mucus colitis
- Spastic Colon
- Liver sluggishness
- Skin problems (acne, eczema and psoriasis)
- Abdominal bloating
- Many “psychological” states such as depression, lethargy, schizophrenia, etc.
It is also of benefit prior to and following barium enemas and during therapeutic fasting. Some complex conditions such as Crohn’s Disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) and Intestinal Candida are also helped by the resultant detoxifying effect of Colonic Hydrotherapy.
What is Involved?
Conducted by a trained therapist, filtered water at a carefully regulated temperature is introduced under gentle gravitational pressure through the rectum into the colon. With special massage techniques, the water begins to soften and cleanse the colon of faecal matter and old deposits, which are piped away with the waste-water. The therapist works progressively round the structure of the colon allowing water alternatively to flow in and release. The whole process takes about 30 minutes.
Herbal preparations may be used for certain conditions, and regular colon implants of Lactobacillus Acidophilus are given to assure normalisation of bowel fibre. The modesty of the patient is preserved to the utmost during the process.
Is Any Preparation Required?
No special measures are necessary prior to colonic hydrotherapy, although results may be more rapidly achieved by following a colon-cleansing programme.
Is It Safe?
Yes. Equipment is disposable or sterilised using hospital approved sterilisation solutions, which kill all prevalent bacteria, viruses and fungi in minutes. Countless thousands of colonies have been given safely, the water pressure is very low, so there is no danger of bowel perforation and the water used is pre-filtered. Unlike the regular use of laxatives, colonic hydrotherapy is not habit-forming, and, in fact, improves colon muscle tone. The Colonic International Association maintains high standards of qualification for its registered therapists.
And the Results?
Most people quickly experience improved mental clarity after colonic irrigation. With their toxic load diminished and elimination improved, a greater feeling of well-being and lightness is felt. Obvious relief from bloating and constipation, toxic headaches, painful haemorrhoids and skin problems occurs. In the longer term, bowel disease risk is also diminished and nutrients are better absorbed leading to improved all-round health.
Who Can Benefit from Colonics?
Essentially anyone with a condition aggravated or caused totally or in part by auto-toxicity, and where the resulting improved elimination aids healing. Most diets include mucous forming foods like dairy, eggs, sugar, flour, tofu and even those people on relatively good diets and who have regular bowel movements have old hardened accumulations of mucoid deposits which hinder proper elimination and need periodic cleansing.
How Many Treatments?
Depending upon the condition being treated, the individual and the initial results, anything between 6 12 treatments may be recommended spread over one or two months. Deposits built up over a lifetime cannot be shifted in one or two irrigations only.
Following the course, it is a good idea to have a treatment every 6 months to maintain inner cleanliness and good elimination. ‘he body slowly undergoes a detoxing process. At the end of 6 sessions it is recommended to do a liver flush and a programme will be discussed regarding this.