Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon hydrotherapy 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 enema, 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.

How does it work?
With the introduction of filtered water and abdominal massage, the patient will begin to expel fecal matter through the colonic hose, which leads 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.

Why Colon Hydrotherapy?
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 are 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.

If the colon is weak or dysfunctional and does not properly send waste into the rectum, the body builds up an overload of waste material. The other 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.

Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy
Colon hydrotherapy aids in the hydration of the large intestine. The water is absorbed which increases the volume of the blood. Circulation 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 K and some of the B vitamins). In addition to vitamins, the colon absorbs large amounts of water. Unfortunately toxins (Indol, Skatol, Phenol, etc.) 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 colon. Some 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.

Indications for Colonics
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. When wastes from the blood arrive at the inner wall of the colon, the hardened feces prevent their passage through this wall. Since blood circulates through 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 tissue, 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 old, toxic 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 means 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:
• Overweight
• Anxiety and worry
• Insomnia
• Abdominal distention
• Hemorrhoids
• Irritability
• Depression
• Flatulence (gas)
• Asthma
• Prostrate trouble
• Tension
• Poor appetite
• Menstrual problems
• Indigestion
• Loss of memory or concentration
• Sagging posture (pot belly)
• Allergies
• Cold hands and feet

Minor Cautions
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 material 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 embarrassing?
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.

What type of unit is used?
The Hydro-San machine affords thorough cleansing and disinfection following each treatment with a built-in check valve that prevents wastewater from returning to the water supply. The Hydro-San machine also features a 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.

Can 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, heightened energy levels and renewed vitality. The best steps towards reaching your health goals and feeling better are to work closely with an experienced, 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.

What about 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.

Will one 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 chronic constipation, a sluggish colon, involvement in a detox program, cleansing seasonally, working on cleansing your body of specific toxins, high stress 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!

Colon 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 with your 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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