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What is Colon Hydrotherapy

by Ann Gallant as published in ECHO, Charlottesville, VA

What is colon hydrotherapy, you ask? Colon hydrotherapy is water irrigation of the large intestine for the purpose of softening and hydrating uneliminated fecal material. In a perfect world, we might empty our bowels after each meal and probably wouldn�t need this modality. However, various combinations of processed foods lacking adequate nutrients and fiber, insufficient water or exercise, shallow breathing and stressful lifestyles can profoundly impact how effectively our digestive systems can  process what we take in as well as efficiently eliminate the resulting waste .

Mention and directions for the use of colon irrigation and its more basic form, the enema dates back to Egyptian papyruses as early as the 14th century B.C. The Essene Gospel of the 3rd century stated  �The uncleanness within is greater than the uncleanness without. And he who cleanses himself without, but within remains unclean, is like a tomb that outward is painted fair, but is within full of all manner of horrible uncleannesses and abominations.�

The �age of cysters� occurred during the 17th century. In Parisian society it was perfectly acceptable to take as many as three or four enemas a day, the belief being that an internal washing or lavement was essential to well-being.

By the end of the 19th century and early 20th century when rubber use began, the use of enemas slowly gave way to colon hydrotherapy equipment. The major difference between the two modalities is the volume of water used and that during a colonic irrigation session, there is usually no need to get up to empty the bowels because the instrument is attached to a large tube which carries the waste away.

Dr Kellogg reported in the Journal of American Medicine in 1917 that in over 40,000 cases of gastrointestinal disease, he used surgery in only 20 cases. He helped the rest using a combination of bowel cleansing, diet and exercise.

James A Wilsie, M.D. contended that �our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon and of its pathology and management, has not kept pace with that of many organs and systems of the body� He went on to say � As long as we continue to assume that the colon will take care of itself, just that long will we remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body�

What do you look for when deciding on a therapist and a place to have colonics? Make sure the place you are considering uses disposable tubing and speculum kits. Is the therapist in attendance for the entire session? What school did the therapist attend? How long have they been in practice? Is the therapist certified by the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy? This requires a minimum level of education, passing a national board exam, attendance at annual conventions and ongoing continuing education. Call and talk to the therapist. Ask these questions and any others that occur to you. Do you feel comfortable talking with the therapist? Having a colon irrigation is a personal, intimate procedure, so you want to be sure you feel at ease with this person.

How many sessions does one need? Many people benefit from having a series of sessions at weekly intervals. How many this takes can varies greatly from one person to the next.

Most of us brush our teeth a couple of times a day, shower or bath daily, and have our teeth cleaned professionally once or twice a year. Why not consider experiencing what a clean colon feels like as well?

Ann Karima Gallant, National Board Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, owner of Renew, Services for Well-Being.  After serving Central Virginia since 1989 to 2012, she has relocated to western Washington state.