About colon hydrotherapy (colonic irrigation)
What is colon hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy (colonic irrigation) is a body-based hydrotherapy treatment. During a colon hydrotherapy session, water is gently introduced into the large intestine through the anus in a controlled manner by a qualified therapist or self-administered under the guidance of a qualified therapist. The purpose of colon hydrotherapy is to achieve the optimal bowel function through the restoration of fluid, matter and gas balance, removal of excess wastes and exercise to the large intestine for the benefit of assisting absorption, assimilation and elimination which is instrumental in maintaining health and wellbeing of the body and mind.
(Self-administered unsupervised or unguided introduction of water into the large intestine of any nature cannot be described as colon hydrotherapy and falls into broad category of enemas).
A brief introduction to history and practice of colon hydrotherapy (colonic irrigation)
Colonic irrigation is not a new therapy. Enemas and rituals involving the washing of the colon with water have been used since pagan times. The first record mentioning colon cleansing is an Egyptian medical papyrus dated as early as 1500 B.C. The Egyptians employed purgatives, enemas, diuretics, heat, steam and blood-letting to treat diverse diseases.
Ancient and modern tribes in the Amazon, Central Africa and remote parts of Asia have used river water for bowel cleansing, usually as part of magic-medical rites of passage performed by priests or shamans. Colon cleansing therapies were an important part of Taoist training regimens. These therapies still form one of the fundamental practices of the yoga teaching.
Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus, who are recognized as the founding fathers of Western medicine, described, practised and prescribed the use of enemas for colon cleansing.
Both in Europe and in the USA, the popularity of colon cleansing treatments was remarkable in the early decades of the twentieth century, when colon irrigation equipment was commonly used by doctors practising in sanatoria (health spas) and hospitals. From the 1920s to the 1960s, the regular use of enemas was standard practice amongst most medical practitioners and they were implemented as common treatment in most hospitals.
With the rapid advancement of pharmaceutical approaches to treating various conditions, natural forms of healing, (including colon cleansing) had suffered a temporary setback. However, the pharmaceuticals have failed to deliver a neatly packaged 'pop and go' solution to annoying and tiring digestive complaints, such as malabsorption caused by underlying stress, constipation, bloating, recurrent yeast infections, dysbiosis, intestinal discomfort etc.
So, having travelled the full circle, we are back to natural healing. Now, having moved to the fringes of mainstream medical practice, colon hydrotherapy is fast becoming, yet again, one of the most popular holistic treatments.
By going for colon hydrotherapy you will find yourself in good company: Hollywood legend Mae West, Princess Diana and John Lennon were amongst the therapy's most famous adherents.
Anthony Robbins, one of the greatest personal development coaches of our time, uses colonics for himself, as a cleansing and health promotion therapy, and has become a great advocate of colonics as an important part of personal development and growth.
The International Association and Register of Integrative Colon Therapists and Trainers (RICTAT) is working to maintain the high levels of quality, professionalism and therapy in the complementary health sector.