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Colon Hydrotherapy
N.B. Please check labels on the image above.

C1: ascending colon; C2: transverse colon; C3: descending colon; C4: sigmoideal colon
Please note that the sigmoideal colon (C4) continues further into the rectum (R) which finally ends at the anus (A).

Now that you have shortly studied all the parts of the large intestine, you have a better idea of what parts of your intestines are going to be washed and cleansed by the colon hydrotherapy procedure.
What is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Colon Hydrotherapy is a bowel cleansing therapy: it is a method of rinsing and rehabilitating the intestines.
This method comes from the USA and has been applied successfully there for years.

Who needs a colon hydrotherapy?
Most people suffer from malfunctions of symbiosis - the so-called dysbiosis of the normal mutually beneficial relationship of intestinal bacterial flora and man. Due to sterilized and denatured food, false nutrition and a wrong way of living, environmental pollution, toxics and medicinal abuse, the balance between man's intestines and the latter's bacterial flora is destroyed. Consequently, the defensive abilities of the human organism get weaker.

More than 30% of the population have a malfunction of assimilation because of a preponderance of disease-producing intestinal bacteria.

There is no sufficient supply of oxygen in the body tissues any more. Toxic and waste material are not broken down and excreted fast enough. Therefore, the bowel stores all the unwanted material which is susceptible to stagnation and decomposition leading to the formation of toxic substances. The inevitable result is auto-intoxication of the organism.

It, therefore, needs special care to keep the colon clean and free from putrefaction. When the colon is not properly cleaned, the decay does not limit itself to the site of origin. It spreads rapidly through the bloodstream to other organs, causing a form of generalized self-intoxication.

Loss of vitality, tiredness, depression, lack of concentration, poor memory, aggressivity, excessive fear, bad breath, skin problems, bloated sensations, breathlessness, headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, constipation, diarrhoea, sinus problems, etc. may appear as consequences of the self-intoxication.

This may eventually lead to more serious disease states, such as diverticulitis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, liver and kidney problems, at the same time not forgetting the dreaded intestinal worms that most people think may only happen to their pets.

Diseases like infections, inflammations, rheumatism, polyarthritis, acne, psoriasis, other skin diseases as well as high blood pressure, migraine, allergies and many other ailments can today be attributed to the causal factors which are malfunctions of the intestines.

For a long time, immunologic processes in the human body were looked upon from the standpoint of infections, but by now, it is well known that there is a close connection between assimilation and the immune system. It is important to note that 80% of the immune system is located in the walls of the small and large intestines.

Immunoglobulins, which are protein substances with defensive abilities, are mainly produced in the intestines.

The mucous membrane of the large intestine is the first and most important defense line against toxins. Liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs and skin surface then follow in the second place.

Professor Otto Wartburg, winner of the world Nobel Prize 1931, already realized that a weak immune system due to a disturbed assimilation in the intestines helps the development and spreading of cancer cells considerably. 

Large parts of the population of our civilized world suffer from obstipation.

The intestines have ceased their normal motion due toa year-long false nutrition. Waste products, incrustations and hard substances in the hausta (intestinal bags) prevent the normal peristalsis (rhythmic, worm-like movement of the intestines) and therefore also the transportation of the intestinal contents. Only increasing strong laxatives with their damaging effects on the intestinal mucosa offer a certain relief.

In 1912, medical orthodoxy took it very seriously. In that year, 57 leading British physicians discussed alimentary toxaemia before the Royal Society of Medicine. They listed 36 poisonous substances, several highly active, which had been noted in the colon. These, they concluded, produced the most profound effects even in the smallest quantities.

All this has been largely forgotten. With modern medicine more interested in looking at specialized areas of the body, the focus is on letting the colon get on with it. The human gut remains one of the greatest mysteries to medical science.

Colonic irrigation may sound a far-fetched answer to some of your health problems, but it's really no more than an internal bath helping cleanse the colon of excess gas and accumulated faecal matter. Unlike an enema, it does not involve retention of water and it also reaches further along the bowel. The bowel is approximately five feet in length and two and a half inches in diameter.

Why then are so many people taking laxatives? 

Chemists will tell you that there is a high turn over of sales for laxatives.
Second concern; 'Colonics' remove health bacteria like Lactobacillus Acidipholus from the colon. - Colonic hydrotherapists will recommends patients to take acidopholus after their treatment. Antibiotics prescribed by doctors also kill Lactobacillus Acidophilus in the gut. Do doctors recommend taking Acidophilus after a course of antibiotics?

Third concern; poorly trained practitioners may cause damage to the rectum. Colonic Hydrotherapy courses are all postgraduate. The student must be either conventionally trained in medicine e.g. doctor or nurse or be a graduate from a recognised body based complementary medicine course (which includes in-depth anatomy and physiology which was of a least two years duration and have a minimum or equivalent of two years full time experience practicing complementary therapy other than Colonic Hydrotherapy).

There is no need for concern regarding too much pressure being used in the bowel. The filtered water flows through a small tube no bigger than your little finger.

When doctors say there is no need to go to such lengths, nature has it own way of taking care of the bowel. Yes, you would agree, if we still lived in the nineteenth century where the majority of people spent a good deal of their time doing manual work. For example working the fields, down on your haunches, pulling and lifting, walking running and riding bicycles. Eating good wholesome food. Eating when hungry, not eating to the clock. Going to the toilet when nature called, not putting it off until later.

We cannot have a healthy body without clean blood and we cannot have that without a clean bowel with good tone to move waste along and out of the body. By stripping down the old toxic mucus lining of the bowel many diseases can be helped. Colonic Hydrotherapy can be your first step towards normalising the bowel so those friendly bacteria can return to keep the colon safe from further auto-intoxication.

What happens when you make an appointment?

After a full medical history is taken and in the therapist professional opinion you are eligible for the treatment, the following procedure is followed in a safe and hygienic environment.

The treatment usually lasts about one hour.

Full case history taken and explanation of the procedure.

Remove clothing to waist level, towels are provided for modesty. Patients lie on their left side on a couch. A digital examination of the rectum is necessary, to determine the size of the Anus and the angle of the Rectum, as well as the possibility of haemorrhoids and fissures. In the case of male patients, prostrate size is determined.

If there are no complications, a disposable speculum is inserted into the rectum. Two disposable hoses are then attached to it, one for the incoming filtered water, the other for the elimination of faecal waste matter, which goes into the sewer. It may be necessary after a period of time for you to turn and lie on your back so that the therapist can give a gentle abdominal massage to help with stubborn faeces. (not all therapists use disposable equipment)

How long does the treatment take?

A treatment usually lasts approximately one hour.

How many treatments will I need?

Frequency of treatments is as difficult as the proverbial ‘how long is a piece of string?’ each person differs in both their needs and responses, however, it is usual to embark on a course of six to eight treatments to begin with, and wise to have the first four close together (weekly). Vulcanised bowel contents will take time to shift and it may take several treatments to start the process off. If the treatments are close together the colon does not have time to revert to its former state. There is the possibility that you may have to take a combination of herbs to facilitate the treatments; these are taken in between treatments. There is also the possibility that herbal or coffee enema may be necessary during a treatment or acidophilus maybe implanted. Your therapist will discuss everything with you.

What is the difference between an enema and colonic hydrotherapy?
In the case of self-administered enema, water is retained for a period of time and only reaches part of the descending colon and sigmoid colon. You then have to evacuate on the toilet. With Colonic Hydrotherapy there is a constant flow of water along the length of the colon, with no smell as the waste goes into the sewer (closed system).

I am worried about being embarrassed!

Do not worry, colon therapists have sat through many sessions and have ‘seen it all before’.

Will there be any pain?

The treatment is remarkably free of any real discomfort though some abdominal cramps are to be expected when evacuating strongly which happens from time to time. Sometimes the influence of the water can cause gurgling as can the presence of trapped gas.

Will I get home without leaking?

In my experience this has not been the case, if you are worried, a pad is available for your peace of mind.