Before we address what professional Colon Hydrotherapy is, let's discuss what it is not:

  ♦ Colon hydrotherapy is not a glorified enema.
  ♦ Colon hydrotherapy is not a colonic.

Enemas and colonics were both methods of cleansing the lower bowel with water. The similarity between these modalities and colon hydrotherapy ends there.

Colon Hydrotherapy: What is it?

In "History of Colon Therapy", we read about the use of enemas being performed with everything from a pig's bladder to a bull's horn or a hollow reed.

At the time, these were the available tools of the trade and much credit and appreciation should be given for the ingenuity of the early practitioners.

However, the development of rubber significantly changed the practice of cleansing the colon. A much more patient-friendly rubber hose and enema bag took the practice of cleansing the colon to a new level of popularity.

Later, further advancements in technologies inspired the development of "Colonic Machines."

But while the mechanics may have changed, the overall method did not. Large amounts of water, contained in the various forms of elevated containers, were introduced into the bowel via a hose or tube. The water flowed through the hose into the rectum and sigmoid area.

Colonics were widely popular. Doctors such as John Harvey Kellogg, Norman Walker, Edgar Cayce, Bernard Jensen, and many others were strong proponents of colonics, but all expressed basically the same concerns.

That is, colonics will not cleanse the entire length of the bowel. Large amounts of water will disturb the "friendly" flora, as well as the electrolyte balance of the gut, and the bowel could become as dependent on colonics as it would on laxatives.

During the late 1970's and early 80's, colon cleansing devices introduced technology that drastically changed the modality forever.

Instrumentation now included water pressure and temperature monitoring and control. Early research into the effects of these added controls concluded four significant developments;

  1. A slow gentle administration of water into the bowel was effective in cleansing the entire length of the large intestine, all the way to the cecum;
  2. Because low amounts of water were being introduced, balances within the bowel were much less likely to be disrupted.
  3. Water was now able to gently enter the bowel and slowly seep into the colon's sacculations (its "nooks and crannies") allowing the water to soften and loosen hardened feces;
  4. Changing the water temperature during the course of the session, stimulated the muscles of the bowel itself, creating a toning effect and eliminated the possibility of dependency on colonics.

Equally significant was the dual hose delivery system and uniquely designed speculum. The administration of water now included a speculum, a water-line, and waste-hose.

Practitioners could now administer clean water into the bowel while defecation occurs through a spate-waste hose. It was no longer necessary to remove the rectal apparatus or strain to defecate around it. Waste could simply exit the body through the waste hose.

The next industry-changing development was the Disposable Speculum and Hosing kit. With this sanitization and cross-contamination issues were virtually eliminated.

These developments in instrumentation gave rise to modern "Professional Colon Hydrotherapy", and with it, a plethora of benefits was being recognized.

While many are still in the habit of referring to the modality as a "colonic", it is clearly an outdated and inaccurate terminology which only serves to propagate misinformation and obsolete concerns.

The following lists the benefits as reported by physicians, colon therapists, and recipients of colon therapy from around the world.

While these statements have not been "approved" by the FDA, or other "powers that be" they are, nonetheless, not without merit.

Colon Hydrotherapy has had reported positive affects on or reduction of:

  • Fatigue
  • Flatulence
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Protruding Abdomen
  • Bad Breath
  • Coated Tongue
  • Body Order
  • Over/Under Weight
  • Malnutrition
  • Brittle Hair/Nails
  • Shallow Complexion
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Swelling in Legs
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Neuritis
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Sagging Posture
  • Lack of interest in work or play
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Lack of Sexual Response
  • Poor Appetite
  • Skin Blemishes/Acne
  • Dark Circles Under Eyes
  • Cold Hands/Feet
  • Tender or Rigid Abdomen
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Neuralgia

While professionally administered Colon Hydrotherapy is not a cure-all. It certainly ranks toward the top of the list. Try our own Nashville colon hydrotherapy here.

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