is the safe, gentle infusion of warm filtered water into the rectum
using no chemicals or drugs. It is a restorative, painless
procedure, which is both relaxing and effective. During each session
the individual lies comfortably on a custom treatment table and the therapist
then monitors the temperature, and gentle steady flow of filtered water.
There is minimal assistance on the part of the individual. Unlike an
this procedure does not involve the retention of water. Colon
hydrotherapy is far more thorough than a enema as it can reach the entire
five to six foot length of the colon rather that just effecting the recto-sigmoid
area (the first six inches). Many clients find this very relaxing and
meditate while they are in session.
With the introduction of filtered water and abdominal massage, the
patient will begin to expel fecal matter through the colonic hose,
back to the colonic machine, and through a clear glass viewing tube.
It is quite interesting to see what is expelled during a normal colonic
treatment. One may see mucous, parasites and very old feculent material
(noted by its dark black color) pass through this tube. This old feculent
material may have been ling in the patient’s colon for years. In
addition, the patient may experience sensations of warmth due to the
presence of toxins in the feculent matter. While the patient is receiving
the colonic treatment, the colon therapist lightly massages various parts
of the abdomen to help loosen and dislodge areas of fecal impaction.
A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. Conventional diets
comprised of refined, processed foods, high in saturated fats, and
low in fiber,
contribute to many problems associated with the large intestine.
The elimination of undigested food material and other waste products
as important as the digestion and assimilation of food-stuffs. Waste
material remaining stagnant in the colon results in decomposition
of these substances and increased bacteria and their toxins.
According to the American Cancer Society:
It is estimated that over 70 million Americans suffer from bowel problems.
Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. and over
100,000 Americans die annually to this disease.
100,000 people undergo colostomies in the U.S. every year.
Many people who aren’t even aware they have a bowel problem are
often in the worst condition of all.
the colon is weak or dysfunctional and does not properly send
waste into the rectum, the body builds up an overload of waste material.
elimination organs—liver, kidney, skin and lungs—must work even harder
to eliminate waste from the body.
There are several general causes for waste buildup:
• Bad dietary habits: eating low fiber, high fat foods; eating too much
or too quickly, poor food combinations and/or drinking large quantities
of liquids at meals that dilute digestive enzymes.
• Dehydration: drinking coffee, tae, alcohol or colas that contain caffeine
dehydrate the stool.
Emotional stress: the “fight or flight” stress reaction to
anger frustration, fear, overwork and unhappy life circumstances all
involve release of adrenaline. Adrenaline triggers defensive needs, like
an alert mind and tense muscles, but slows or shuts down “non-essential
systems” like digestion and elimination.
Bad habits as adults ignoring the call of nature or being in jobs that
don’t allow you to go to the bathroom when you feel the need, which
ruins the tone of the sigmoid and rectum muscles – the parts that
push out the feces.
• Illness, long bed rest, anesthetic for an operation, or pain medication
can result in sluggish body functions.
• Physical stress or defects: genetic or accidental impairment of nerve
functioning or spinal misalignment.
of Colon Hydrotherapy
Colon hydrotherapy aids in the hydration of the large intestine.
The water is absorbed which increases the volume of the blood.
is thereby increase, resulting in greater bathing of the individual
cells. Colon hydrotherapy dilutes toxins and flushes them
out, relieves uremia
and toxemia, increases the elimination throughout the kidneys and the
skin as well as the bowels. This generally assists the cardiovascular
and circulatory systems to be more efficient.
By cleansing the colon of impacted and putrefactive fecal matter, colon
therapy may offer relief from a variety of disturbances. Fatigue, gas,
headaches, irritability, skin problems, cold hands and feet, and depression
are among the symptoms people have found relieved by colon cleansing.
With colon irrigation, your sense of well being is often dramatically
improved. You feel lighter, more energetic. The body can again take
nourishment from food and defend itself against disease.
Colon hydrotherapy effectively removes stagnant fecal material from
colon walls, preventing the build up of these bacterial toxins in the
portal and lymphatic system, resulting in a reduced load on the liver.
In addition, the treatment removes mucous, gas, parasites, and cellular
debris facilitating peristaltic action and better absorption of nutrients.
This natural cleansing process effectively resolves the symptoms directly
and indirectly related to dysfunctions of the large intestine.
Bacteria are involved in the production of several vitamins, which
are absorbed by the large intestine and stored in the liver (vitamins
some of the B vitamins). In addition to vitamins, the colon absorbs
large amounts of water. Unfortunately toxins (Indol, Skatol, Phenol,
are treated by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Colon bacteria
ferment starches releasing hydrogen and methane gases, which are absorbed
and excreted through the lungs.
Thus, halitosis may be a symptom of stagnant fermenting colon. Intestinal
toxemia may further result in conditions such as headaches, allergies,
irritability, malnutrition and can potentially lead to an overall lowering
of an individual’s immunological defense mechanism.
Intestinal stasis can enhance the systemic absorption of bacteria and
their toxins. The prolonged retention of food residues, bile, etc.
results in increased numbers of parasitic bacterial present in the
of the colon’s normal flora may become pathogenic under stagnant
or putrefactive conditions. For example, streptococcus and staphylococcus,
which are part of the normal flora of the large intestine under above
conditions could enter the systemic circulation and be a potential
source of disease.
The purpose of the colon as an eliminative organ is to remove
waste material by mass muscular contraction called peristalsis.
Colon therapy provides
therapeutic improvement of muscular tone, facilitates peristalsis and
benefits the atonic (sluggish) colon.
The colon is approximately 5 – 7 feet long and when constipated,
the walls of the colon are generally packed or lined with accumulated
feces from extended periods of intestinal overloading due to the avoidance
of responding to the “call of nature” immediately. The
colon can neither absorb nor eliminate properly in this condition.
from the blood arrive at the inner wall of the colon, the hardened
feces prevent their passage through this wall. Since blood circulates
every organ in the body and reaches every cell in the body, toxins
in the blood contaminate the entire body. To properly cleanse the body
a thorough cleansing of the bowel is necessary.
It took time to pollute the body to the point of disease so it will
take time to reverse the process through a series of colon hydro cleansings.
Colon hydrotherapy is not a cure, but it is a valuable procedure and
treatment for a wide variety of different colon conditions. A toxic
bowel is the source of many health problems. By stripping down the
mucus lining of the bowel, the number one source of disease in the
body is removed. In addition, the bowel is open to a more efficient
of waste elimination and nutrient absorption, both of which are essential
to any lasting healing process. This is also the first step toward
normalizing the bowel so that the friendly bacteria will flourish to
keep the colon
safe from putrefaction and further auto-intoxication.
It is significant that surgeons and physicians are beginning to understand
the importance of bowel care in the prevention of disease. General
toning of the intestinal muscles and elimination system may have beneficial
effects on other body systems, especially lymph and blood circulation,
skin, muscles and joints. It also can reduce
stress on the liver and gallbladder.
The effects of a stagnant colon can be manifested in the form of constipation,
halitosis (bad breath), skin problems, headaches, lower back pain,
lack of energy and sex drive.
Other common indications include:
• Anxiety and worry
• Abdominal distention
• Flatulence (gas)
• Prostrate trouble
• Poor appetite
• Menstrual problems
• Loss of memory or concentration
• Sagging posture (pot belly)
• Cold hands and feet
A cleansing crisis is like a healing crisis, you may seem to get a little
worse before getting better. One of the important cautions about colon
therapy is that cleaning out the colon can stimulate a general cleansing
in the body. The intestines will be clearer and able to process more
and the colon walls will be cleaner and able to absorb more water. Electrolytes
will enhance the immune system and the body may decide to clean house.
A clean colon lightens the burden on other organ systems that eliminate
waste and poisons.
Is colon therapy
No, you are completely covered during the entire procedure, resting
comfortably on the massage table. It is important that the therapist
helps each individual
maintain the utmost dignity during the session. No mess, no fuss, no
odor, in fact, a very relaxing experience for most people.
of unit is used?
The Hydro-San machine affords thorough cleansing and disinfection
following each treatment with a built-in check valve that prevents
from returning to the water supply. The Hydro-San machine also features
disposable unit, which eliminates any possible contamination to the
client from a previous treatment.
This unit is FDA approved, and is ISO Certified (ISO 13485-2003).
Speculums and water intake/outtake hoses are discarded after
each individual session. The therapy room, bathroom and shower areas
are sanitized after each session as well.
What about enemas?
Colon therapy is an extended and more complete form of an enema. The
enema’s cleansing activity is limited to the area of the rectum
and to shorter periods of time due to the body’s natural wish
to expel any material from the rectum. The colon therapy method extends
beyond the rectum to cleanse the entire large intestine and offer greater
cleansing and therapeutic benefits. Enemas or laxatives may precipitate
dehydration in the individual, but colon hydrotherapy in effect, would
improve the hydration status of the individual.
Is the procedure painful?
If someone experiences discomfort during a session, it is usually a
pocket of gas working its way out of the colon. It may feel like cramping.
Breathing and massage are used to help the gas move out, which relieves
the discomfort. This
cleansing process is mild and gentle; many clients say they feel wonderful,
light and energized afterwards.
one become dependent on colon hydrotherapy? Could the colon stop
functioning on its own?
No, actually one of its good features is that it can tone the colon
muscles so it doesn’t perform sluggishly. In addition to relief
of the symptoms, may people report an inner feeling of well-being,
energy levels and renewed vitality. The best steps towards reaching
your health goals and feeling better are to work closely with an
and certified therapist. It is beneficial to work with the same therapist
so they can monitor your progress closely and set up a schedule of
treatments that fit your individual needs.
the use of laxatives?
Laxatives aggravate the problem of constipation by interfering with
the colon’s ability to eliminate normally on its own. The chemicals
contained in laxatives irritate and stimulate the colon to abnormally
contract to expel the irritating substances. In addition, the oral route
of administration is the least optimal method of evacuation of the colon
because very important digestive occurring in the stomach and small intestine
are interfered with.
Most laxatives and purgatives precipitate dehydration in the individual.
Standard enemas only cleanse the rectum and last portion of the colon
missing most of the large intestine.
session completely empty the colon?
No, many of us have ten or more pounds of impacted feces in our colon.
This is hardened, rubbery material know as plaque; substantial work
must be done to remove it. An initial series of between three to
six treatments is recommended depending on your current and passed
habits which, should be discussed
with your therapist. Years of improper nutrition cannot possibly be reversed
in a few treatments. More treatments may be required in cases of
constipation, a sluggish colon, involvement in a detox program, cleansing
seasonally, working on cleansing your body of specific toxins, high
situations (ex; extended travel) or just maintenance. Again, specific
plans should be discussed in depth to achieve your optimal colon
health and personal goals safely!
Hydrotherapy is not intended to replace the relationship with your
primary health care providers and consultations are not intended
as medical advice.They are intended as a sharing of knowledge and
information on the effectiveness of colon hydrotherapy and the
foundational role of diet, exercise, supplementation, stress management
and emotional and mental work. You are encouraged to make your own
health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership
primary health care providers. The information and service provided
are not used to prescribe, recommend, diagnose or treat a health problem
or a disease. It is not a substitute for medical care. If you have
or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your primary
health care provider.
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