March 09, 2018   |   by Stephanie Cameron   |   Topic: colonics, therapy

Colonics: History & Health Benefits

The ‘Ebers Papyrus’, an Egyptian medical document dating back as early as 1500 B.C., outlines the multiple benefits of colon cleansing as recognized by the medical practitioners of the time. During this period, colonic cleansing involved the use of a hollow reed to induce water flow into the rectum and was generally conducted somewhere in the local river system.

Hundreds of years later, the benefits of colonic hydrotherapy continued to emerge as European populations adopted and popularized the practice to assist with health maintenance and the treatment of fever, anxiety, and illness.

During the early 1900’s, advances in technology paved the way for a more comprehensive cleansing of the large intestine and increased the popularity of the practice further. Today, colonic hydrotherapy is practiced within most global cultures and plays a major role in disease prevention for many people.

Health Benefits Of A Clean Colon

After food has passed through your stomach and small intestine, the residual material moves to the first section of your large intestine – your colon. At approximately 6 feet long, your colon’s primary job is to dehydrate liquid waste material in preparation for excretion. The average colon contains nearly 60 varieties of microflora and bacteria, which aid digestion and promote nutrient production. This helps to maintain pH balance and prevent the growth and proliferation of harmful bacteria.

Keeping your colon clean can provide many substantial health benefits including:

  • Lower risk of developing bowel cancer; a leading type of cancer in most industrialized countries
  • Lower risk of experiencing discomfort from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), chronic constipation, and chronic diarrhea
  • Lower risk of developing hemorrhoids
  • Less undesirable gas production
  • More productive absorption of water and nutrients
  • A feeling of lightness and comfort in your abdominal region

Support your colon by incorporating colon-cleansing foods into your diet. It is the easiest way to promote good health within your digestive tract. Here are a few elements to consider:

  1. Plant Based Fibers – A high-fiber diet supports a healthy digestive tract by clearing toxic waste from the colon, much like a broom
  2. Greens - The chlorophyll component of many green foods (such as alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina and blue-green algae) makes them ideal for colon cleansing. Chlorophyll helps the body to synthesize more oxygen and draw out toxins.
  3. Fermented Foods – Yogurt, kefir and other fermented foods are able to replenish friendly bacteria in the digestive tract, which stimulate the immune system and help to crowd out any less beneficial bacteria.
  4. Water – Water is the universal solvent and most people don’t drink enough of it. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep the digestive tract lubricated and reduces the risk of constipation and toxic waste buildup.
Improves Fertility

When colonic hydrotherapy is combined with fiber intake and healthy food choices, weight is controlled. When your body has too much fat, you may have difficulty getting pregnant. A colon filled with waste can also press on the uterus and reproductive organ, causing strain. Colonic irrigation gets rid of many toxins and chemicals that affect the sperm and egg. This is why many naturopaths advise couples who want to have a baby to undergo colon cleansing.

Aids in Detoxification

While you can remove toxins from your body by eating the right foods and getting enough exercise, sometimes you need to do more. While the body is extremely intelligent and detoxifies itself every single day, poor lifestyle habits and environmental factors can prevent it from doing its work properly. Consequently, it may start displaying signs of toxic overload. Oxygen therapy can help in detoxifying the colon and whole body by discharging oxygen into the system. Oxygen facilitates the removal of toxins.