The colon, or large intestine, is an important part of the digestive system; some 5 feet in length and 2.5 inches in diameter situated at the end of the alimentary canal, it completes the digestive process and handles food waste and much other bodily waste. It is normally populated by billions of friendly bacteria which assist in detoxifying waste, synthesise certain vitamins and help us guard against infection. These same bacteria make up 70% of the dry weight of our fecal waste.
The colon structure is of smooth muscle and it is broadly divided into 3 segments; the caecum and ascending colon into which food enters in a fluid state through the ileocaecum valve the transverse colon where water, minerals and vitamins are re-absorbed and the descending colon where mucous is secreted to coat the faeces prior to defecation through the rectum and anus.
In health, bowel transit time from eating to defecation is 24 hours or less and bowel movement is at least one daily. In disease, poor digestion, yeast overgrowth, spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation and diarrhea are usually accompanied by auto-intoxication, literally, “self poisoning” – the re-absorption of soluble wastes into the bloodstream – which places a heavy burden upon the other eliminative organs of the body, the skin and the lungs.
Ann Page ITEC Dip. IPTI
Chronic constipation can lead to further direct complications, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, fissures, atonicity, spasticity, prolapse, colitis and even bowel cancer as well as chronic toxic conditions in the rest of the body, like the skin (e.g., acne and eczema), the cardio vascular system, the nervous-system and liver.
Correct function of the colon is a necessity for health, for truly “disease can begin in the colon”. It has been said that the colon malfunction can lead to 80% of all diseased states.
Some of the known benefits of Colonic Hydrotherapy:
- Improved energy and stamina
- Flat tummy
- Helps with skin ailments and improves the complexion
- Preventative for many diseases caused by a build up of toxins in the body
- Relieves constipation
Colonic Hydrotherapy is an internal bath that helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas, accumulated fecal matter and mucous deposits. Such techniques were first recorded in 1500BC., and have been used in traditional and naturopathic medicine since that time. Using sterilised equipment, filtered water is gently introduced into the rectum which progressively softens and expels fecal matter and compacted deposits.
Colonic Hydrotherapy is more effective than an enema, since the whole colon is treated and water is not purposely retained. It is best used as a complimentary technique to other therapies. By improving elimination response to dietary, homeopathic, herbal, manipulative and other therapies is markedly improved.
Poor elimination can lead to many chronic conditions that colonic hydrotherapy can help: Constipation – Diarrhea – Mucous Colitis – Colitis – Spastic Colon – Diverticulitis – Liver sluggishness – Halitosis Headaches – Flatulence – Hemorrhoids – Skin problems (acne, eczema, psoriasis) – Abdominal bloating – Asthma – Allergies – Fatigue – many “Psychological” states such as depression, lethargy , schizophrenia, etc. It is also of benefit prior to and following barium enemas and during therapeutic fasting. Some complex conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Myalgic encephalomyeliyis (ME) and intestinal Candida are also helped by the resultant detoxifying effect of Colonic Hydrotherapy.
Conducted by a trained therapist, filtered water at a carefully regulated temperature is introduced under gentle gravitational pressure through the rectum into the colon. With special massage techniques, the water begins to soften and cleanse the colon of fecal matter and old deposits which are piped away with the waste water. The therapist works progressively round the structure of the colon allowing water alternatively to flow in and release.
The whole process takes about 30 minutes. Herbal preparations may be used for certain conditions, and regular colon implants of Latobacillus acidophilus are given to assure normalization of bowel fibre. The modesty of the patient is preserved to the utmost during the process.
No, special measures are necessary prior to colonic hydrotherapy, although results may be more rapidly achieved by following a colon cleansing programme.
Yes. Equipment is disposable or sterile. The water pressure is very low so there is no danger of bowel perforation.
Unlike regular use of laxatives, colonic hydrotherapy is not habit forming, and in fact improves colon muscle tone.
Ann Page is a medically trained colonic hydrotherapist. All medical procedures are carried out under clinic conditions. Detailed medical history is taken prior to the treatment. Herbal medication is prescribed post treatment.
Most people quickly experience improved mental clarity after colonic irrigation. With their toxic load diminished and elimination improved, a greater feeling of well-being and lightness is felt.
Obvious relief from bloating and constipation, toxic headaches, painful hemorrhoids and skin problems. In the longer term, bowel disease risk is also diminished and nutrients are better absorbed leading to improved all round health.
Essentially anyone with a condition aggravated or caused totally or in part by auto toxicity, and where the resulting improved elimination aids healing. Most diets include mucous forming foods like dairy, eggs, sugar, flour and tofu and even those people on relatively good diets and who have regular bowel movement have old hardened accumulations of mucoid deposits with hinder proper elimination and need periodic cleansing.
Depending upon the condition being treated, the individual and the initial results, anything between 6-12 treatments may be recommended spread over one or two months.
Deposits built up over a lifetime cannot be shifted in one or two irrigations only. Following the course, it is a good idea to have a treatment every 6 months to maintain inner cleanliness and good elimination.