Cleanse & Repair
A Brief History of Colon Hydrotherapy
Also known as a “colonic”, “colon lavage”, “colon irrigation”, or “high colonic”, it is an alternative medicine technique by which the colon is gently cleaned out using clean filtered water. Colon hydrotherapy is a detoxification process dating back to around 1500 B.C. Colon hydrotherapy was practiced in Egypt. The “Eber Papyrus,” an ancient medical document indicates that physicians of the time used colon hydrotherapy to treat fever and remove mucus. The ancient Greeks used colonic hydrotherapy on those with diseases.
Sir W. Arbuthnot Lane, a Scottish surgeon found that the bowel was the source of many health problems, and that toxins within the colon are the causes of all disease. Lane went on to author the book, The Prevention of the Diseases Peculiar to Civilization, in 1929.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, of the renowned Battle Creek Sanatorium, reported in the 1917 Journal of American Medicine, that in the treatment of more than 40,000 cases of gastrointestinal disease, he had used surgery in only twenty cases. The others were improved by the cleansing of the bowel, improved diet and exercise. “Colon hydrotherapy eliminates from the bowel the accumulated waste material which may get absorbed. If this absorption takes place, it overwhelms the other purification organs such as the liver, the kidneys, the skin, and the lungs. The toxin deposition which becomes lodged throughout the body’s tissues and cells become capable of triggering a variety of illnesses,” rheumatologist Dr. Arthur E. Brawer.
Why should you be concerned about your colon?
The colon is known as the sewer system of the body. We really don't think about what is stored in our colon, or that everything we eat influences the health of our colon and therefore our whole body. We really only think about our colon when we are experiencing constipation, diarrhoea or embarrassing gas.
Colon cancer is now the leading cause of death in North America. Neglect of our colon not only results in cancer, but in fatigue, body odour, indigestion, bloating, weight gain, depression, insomnia and joint pain. As such, the need for education on colon cleansing and nutrition is important for everyone. You are never to young or too old to start healing and repairing your health.
The standard North American diet consists mainly of high fat, low fibre, refined junk food, meat, sugar, alcohol, preservatives and toxins;this diet adds stress to our bodies, ages us and contributes to an unhealthy digestive system. Toxins in an unhealthy colon can be transported into the circulatory system, which could create problems for the body in metabolizing food and fats, and sapping you of the energy you need to get through the day.
Colon Hydrotherapy benefits the body by dislodging and releasing accumulated waste and congestion in the colon. This frees up the other organs of your body from dealing with an overload of toxins.
A series of colonics is normally required to dislodge the toxic buildup. If it is your first time cleansing, it is recommended to do 3-6 sessions close together. Your certified colon therapist will guide you to making the best choice for your health goals in spacing out your colon therapy sessions. Once your health is restored it is recommended to continue colon therapy once monthly or every two months, as regular maintenance.
What is the colon and what does it do?
The colon, or large intestine, is a hollow muscular tube-like organ. The colon is 5 to 9 feet long and can stretch from 1 inch to 12 inches in diameter when impacted with fecal matter. It forms the end point of the digestive tract, and moves waste by involuntary wavelike contractions, to synthesize valuable nutrients (such as vitamins B & K) and to prepare and store fecal waste prior to elimination. It's main functions are to conserve water, fight infections, finish the absorption of nutrients, fight infections, with healthy micro flora, synthesize essential nutrients, and of course waste elimination.The beneficial flora in the colon also helps to protect the body from infection and disease.The large intestine is host to 60-70% of the immune tissues that help keep us healthy, energized and free from disease.
The colon, along with the skin, kidneys and lungs, is a major organ of elimination of toxins and wastes. If bowel movements are irregular, the waste products and toxins can build up. These accumulated poisons are often reabsorbed into the blood stream, where they may be carried to other tissues and organs in the body, compromising our health.
The colon can become overwhelmed and dysfunctional with our poor modern diet, high stress levels, food sensitivities, pharmaceuticals (especially antibiotics) and dehydration. As a result many people experience just one bowel movement or less daily - leading to impacted fecal matter, dead cellular tissue, mucous, parasites, worms and toxic by-products can accumulate and compromise the health of the colon and the body. Digestive health should be your #1 health priority.
Accumulated waste can remain in the colon for months and even years. The average person carries between three to twenty pounds of fecal matter in their colon. This can produce a state of auto-intoxication that can lead to chronic disease.
What is Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonic Irrigation)?
Colon Hydrotherapy is the gentle infusion of warm filtered water into the colon (large intestine) using no chemicals or drugs. The warm water helps to soften, break up and then remove impacted and dehydrated fecal, mucoid, parasitic and other waste materials that layer the intestinal walls.
The client relaxes comfortably during the session to help facilitate elimination.
The therapist then allows filtered water to begin to flow into the colon. The water, along with old fecal material, gas, waste, mucus and toxins, is released naturally into the basin and down a drain through a view tube so that the amount and type of waste being eliminated can be thoroughly assessed. The waste is then flushed away through the sewer line. Each system is properly vented to eliminate any smell and keep the client comfortable.
Signs of inefficient elimination and a toxic colon:
- Chronic headaches
- Bad breath - body odour
- Excessive gas or bloating
- Irritability, depression
- Poor concentration
- Persistent tiredness
- Sagging posture (pot belly)
- Lower back pain or arthritis
- Aching muscles or joints
- Coated tongue
- Skin problems
- Inability to lose weight
- Poor immune function
- Cold hands and feet
- Dry, brittle nails
The goals of each treatment are:
- Hydrate the body.
- Soften and remove hardened toxic fecal matter.
- Stimulate and strengthen the nerves, muscles, glands, circulatory and immune components of the digestive system.
- Stimulate peristalsis (the natural wavelike muscular movement that moves waste through the intestines).
- Cleanse the intestinal tract to allow better nutrient absorption.
Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy reported with periodic colon cleansing are:
- Improved bowel function, allowing for better nutrient absorption.
- A loosening of mucus in the lungs.
- Looking and feeling younger.
- More energy.
- Improved range of motion.
- A clearer complexion.
- Weight loss.
- Smoother, tighter skin.
- A better posture.
- A sharper, clearer mind.
- All round feeling of improved health and vitality.
What will colon hydrotherapy do to the colon?
Cleanse the colon: toxic material is broken down so it can no longer harm your body or inhibit assimilation and elimination. Even debris built up over a long period is gently, but surely removed in the process of a series of colonics. Once impacted material is removed, your colon can begin again to cooperate as it was meant to. In this very real sense, a colonic is a rejuvenation treatment.
Exercises the colon muscles: the build up of toxic debris weakens the colon and impairs its functioning. The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves peristaltic (muscular contraction) activity by which the colon naturally moves material.
Reshape the colon: when problem conditions exist in the colon, they tend to alter its shape, which in turn causes more problems. The gentle actions of the water, coupled with the massage techniques, helps to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed, spastic constrictions finally enabling the colon to resume its natural state. Reshaping the bowel takes time, many colonics as well as guided exercises for you to do at home.
Stimulate reflex points: every system and organ of the body is connected to the colon by reflex points. A colonic stimulates these points, thereby affecting the corresponding body parts in a beneficial way (similar to reflexology, but less painful).
Colon hydrotherapy sessions are administered only by a trained and Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Nutritionist at our clinics.
Your therapist will be available to you throughout your session. Ask as many questions as you like, we are always happy to help you find the answers. As a certified nutritionist and colon therapist we strive to give you guidance and support in dietary changes and cleansing programs.
Using state of the art equipment at Mississauga Colonics we ensure maximum efficiency, privacy, comfort and safety each and every session. Colon hydrotherapy is the perfect procedure to help eliminate constipation, detoxify the major organs of elimination (liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system), restore normal bowel function and effectively cleanse the body of harmful toxins.