What is Colonic Hydrotherapy?
hydrotherapy is a safe and gentle technique
used to clean the colon, which
in turn, is
beneficial for the whole body.
most frequently do not die through old age but a life time of acidic
Colonic hydrotherapy is an internal cleansing of the colon, using
purified water. It allows an in depth removal of waste, mucus and gases,
helping the colon towards better nutrient absorption, and to re-tone and
re-shape it. The water circulates throughout your bowel in order to
encourage and stimulate its elimination. Waste products are
then passed out of your body. It gives a sensation of lightness and
physically and mentally.
It can be extremely beneficial to the whole
body and helps:
Alleviating bloating and heaviness
This is a very common situation when one would like to feel less bloated and lighter. A colonic is a quick relief for bloating sensation and usually, once the treatment is completed, enough gases are passed out of the bowel in order to relief the bloating sensation. It is important afterward to follow my guide which you will be given before you leave. This after-care guide is to help your bowel to avoid the build-up of too much bloating again once you had a colonic.
Naturopathic medicine states that when the bowel doesn't work to its optimum or there is a malfunction, it affects the rest of the body since the bowel is the main pillar in maintaining health of all other systems of the body. Think about the domino effect and how much relevant this statement becomes when you start having acid refluxes, headaches, extra weight, water retention, discomfort after meals, moodiness, sugar cravings etc... One might take digestive enzymes to help the stomach break down the food for better digestion, or use pharmaceuticals such as antacids to relief belching when in fact, the bowel has been compromised and the digestive enzyme or antacids simply don't work (or only for a little while until the symptom returns). I witnessed many of my clients regaining a better digestion after having only a few colonics, sometimes just the one treatment is enough to recognise a positive effect on lessening their issue and improve their digestion.
Feeling healthy and rejuvenated
A colonic brings deep hydration into the colon because of the use of purified water for a 30 to 45 minutes period of time while the cleanse takes place. Just imagine the satisfying sensation you feel when you drink a glass of water after a Yoga session or a run and how healthy and rejuvenated you feel! That's one of the comment many people make after their colonic treatment.
Re-shaping and re-toning the colon
The stimulating effect of the water entering and exiting the colon intensifies its muscles movement throughout the treatment (30 to 45 minutes). It is quite common after your colonic to feel like you just had an "abs" work-out! You might feel slightly achy indeed for a day or two afterward on your abdomen area. This muscle movement trains your bowel to pass its content more fully in time. The frequent comment that I hear from my clients is that their bowel movements feel more complete after they had a colonic and also becomes more regular.
The hydration effect of a colonic will naturally brings lubrication to your gut, clearing out its waste content which might possibly be the cause of a skin break out in the first place (overloaded gut with old matters lodged deep within it, polluting the body). The skin is part of the detoxifying organs of the body and when the gut is not able to clear out properly, then the skin takes over and this is when one might see a break-out of spots on their face, neck, back or other places on the body. Many people pick up on the glow of their skin after having a colonic (if they don't notice it, a colleague, friend or relative will and make a lovely comment about how healthy they look).
Improving mental clarity
A colonic will allow you to learn how to re-connect with your gut as it helps restore the healthy gut-brain connection. A fundamental link between the gut and the brain is rebuilt throughout a colonic because the water constantly flows in the bowel triggering its waste evacuation. Therefore they both, the brain and the gut, pick up on this very important neural pathway, learn and remember it so it can re-create it over and over again until it is back to a healthy mechanism again. I also personally engage you with your bowel, teaching you methods for you to incorporate into your daily life, so you can turn your health around and re-gain control of your body. I use breathing, visualisation and massage techniques which will help you make a real difference in your behaviour for when you leave the clinic.
Providing the perfect platform for a total detox
The reason you should have colonics throughout any Detox program is simply because detoxing is a very toxic process to the body. As ironic as this may sound, adding colonics to your Detox is meant to accelerate the exit of toxins, therefore giving you a deeper and more successful cleanse.
Dr Bernard Jensen said: "The colon is the key to life. Every tissue is fed by the blood, which is supplied by the intestinal system. When the intestines are dirty, the blood is dirty, and so are the organs and tissues. It is the intestinal system that has to be cared for, before any effective healing can take place. We most frequently do not die through old age but a life time of acidic accumulation".
The lymphatic system runs by the side of the circulatory (cardiovascular) system. Any unwanted residues from the circulatory system are collected from its neighbour, the lymphatic system so it can be taken out the body to avoid intoxication, otherwise the body would pile up with toxins and jeopardise our health. Colonic irrigation is a good choice of treatment in facilitating this mechanism due to the water helping the drainage of those toxins. Of course, if your lymphatic system is not working to its optimum, the detoxifying effect becomes sluggish, and you'd start feeling the effect of toxins overload (ie: water retention) therefore the use of colonics is extremely helpful in this situation.
Allowing vital nutrients to be re-absorbed easily
The colon is responsible for the synthesis of certain vitamins (namely K and some of the B's plus others) and the absorption of water-soluble nutrients into the body. Since our body directly absorbs vitamins and nutrients through the colon's wall, a thoroughly cleaned colon's wall is evidently vital to ensure the best physiological exchange of nutrients, electrolytes and water. If you are on a supplementation regime and after one month of intake, you don't feel any different, you might need to either question the quality of the supplements, their dosage, or you simply might need a colonic in order to improve the absorption of those supplements to benefit their optimal and therapeutic effects.
Enhancing the overall body functions
Severe constipation is caused by many different factors from a stressful lifestyle, eating processed foods, a lack of fibre and water in our diet, or even ignoring the call of nature too often and not doing enough exercise. Iron supplementation and the use of some medication such as narcotic-type, pain-killers including codeine, and some other medicines used to control blood pressure, are also known to cause constipation. Constipation is a clear sign of a stressed or simply malfunctioning colon, having a knock on effect onto the whole body systems, and leading to a diversity of diseases and disorders. Colonic Hydrotherapy is a great method for alleviating constipation. This powerful holistic tool could help you with a kick start to a healthy living, and also highly hydrating, improve your gut's health, the core of your well-being.
Therapies offered at 4 Balance and Health are not substitutes for traditional medical
care by your GP, they are complementary therapies that may be used in
conjunction with conventional medicine. Should you be aware of any
reasons why these therapies are contra-indicated to you or you have a
serious health problem, please consult your GP prior to their use.
Our colon, one organ of our Digestive System, contains smooth
muscles (muscles that are not under voluntary control) within its
walls. These wall muscles, allow our colon to move and propel food and
liquid as well as mixing it. This motion called peristalsis also occurs
in the oesophagus, stomach and small intestines. It is very much like an
ocean wave moving through the muscle.
the colon plays a vital part in the everyday function of eliminating
waste matter from our body, it also plays an essential role in
protecting the body from infection and disease. Additionally, the colon
is responsible for the synthesis of certain vitamins (namely K and some
of the B's plus others) and the absorption of water-soluble nutrients
into the body. Since our body directly absorbs these vitamins and
nutrients through the colon wall, a thoroughly clean colon wall is
evidently vital to ensure the best physiological exchange of nutrients,
electrolytes and water.
What are the major functions of the
- Supporting and massaging the organs of the
- Recycling water, electrolytes and nutrients
back into circulation
- Producing serotonin, our mood-regulating
neurotransmitter that also plays an important role in digestion and absorption
- Producing Vitamin K
and some Vitamins of the B group
- Producing stool-fermenting enzymes and
- Storing and eliminating wastes
- Supporting the body’s immune system and
organising protection against pathogens by hosting the bacterial population
you look up for the definition of the word "Detoxify", you will notice
another word, "removal", stated in that definition. Detoxify is also an
old Latin word, "toxicum", meaning poison.
There you have it! You can
call it toxin, pollution or virus, these words, all mean the same and if
not removed from our colon, can cause all sorts of damage to our body
from physical to psychological illnesses, diseases and disorders. These few lines
sum it all up and give you a good reason as to why you should consider
trying Colonic Hydrotherapy as a supportive tool to your health
Our body is bombarded from every
direction with substances we have to process or eliminate:
- Air pollution
- Chemicals in everyday foods
- Everyday beauty
and household products
- Central heating and air conditioning
- The Western way of life!
We forget the water cycle
and the life cycle are one.
The colon is the body's dump or
sewage system. If the toxins present are not removed, the result is
auto-intoxication; the waste materials untended for a healthy exit,
become reabsorbed into the blood stream and re distributed around the
body. These toxins have free run of the entire human body, where
they proceed to land on and collect in organs and other areas, wreaking
havoc. As the years continue to pass and an unhealthy life is
maintained, the body becomes overwhelmed by toxicity and subsequent
health problems and complaints could occur:The
UK is the most constipated nation in the world with 20,000 new cases of
bowel cancer every year!
- Skin problems
- Heart diseases
- Overall stomach
complaints and diseases
[The colon is a sewage system but
by neglect and abuse it becomes a cesspool. When it is clean and normal,
we are well and happy; let it stagnate and it will distill the poison
of decay, fermentation and putrefaction into the blood, poisoning the
brain and nervous system so that we become mentally depressed and
irritable; it will poison the heart so then we are weak and listless;
poisons the lungs so that the breath is foul; poison the digestive
organs so that we are distressed and bloated, and poisons the blood so
that the skin is sallow and unhealthy. In
short, every organs of the body are poisoned and we age prematurely, look
and feel old, the joints are stiff and painful, neuritis, dull eyes and a
sluggish brain overtake us; the pleasure of living is gone. To
reverse this condition requires a change of diet, exercise and cleansing
(Resume of the proceedings written
in 1912-13, a 380 pages report which is on the file at Royal Society of
Medicine library in London)
Although this was some years ago,
it is very relevant to the present time, and probably even more so.
Since that time, more nutrients have been removed from food, fertilizers
and insecticides chemicals increased and antibiotics and hormones were
fed to our animal stocks, all of which had added more toxicity to the
look forward to welcoming you and shall assist you in developing a
holistic solution in improving your lifestyle.
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History of Colonic Irrigation
It is difficult to identify the exact time in history that colon
but many historians trace it back to the ancient
Egyptians. They would practice it in its more basic form called “enema”.
a Greek historian at the time wrote: “The Egyptians clear themselves on
three consecutive days, every month, seeking after health by purging, using enemas for they think that all disease comes to man from his food."
use of enema was also known to be used by the Greeks and Romans,
Nigerians and Africans. Some would use it for a diversity of body
disorders, to replace the use of laxatives or treat intestinal worms and
fevers. From pure water to a various types of enemas including the use
of oil and honey, enema evolved to early 12th Century. At the time of a
famous English surgeon, John Arderne, who’s introduced it to the
public to relief constipation, it continued to grow strongly, and was
used extensively in England by women of the day.
He recommended that
each person constipated or not,
should be purged three to four times a
year to maintain good health.
Through to the 15th Century, when Louis XIV
became another adept to this ritual, the apparatus was still very much
self-administered. The 17th Century became as “the age of the enema”. It
was fashionable in Parisian society to have as many as three or four
enemas a day, believing that those “lavements” were essential to
well-being. People then gained access to it for personal use rather than
having to go to a Doctor to get it administered. It came in all
different make from copper to porcelain or even mother of pearl and
silver! Aristocrats at that time wanted to make sure that people knew
they owned a large collections of such instruments.
The real growth of the enema happened when it became a self-operated system by the middle of the 18th Century.
Edward Jukes developed two types of enemas apparatus units, that might have been the precursors for Colon Hydrotherapy equipment today, and Vincent Priessnitz was the individual who finalized the apparatus and made it into a systemic form of therapy.
the late 19th and early 20th Century, the use of Colon Hydrotherapy,
and enemas, slowly died away among the medical community as laxatives
and other drugs became more commercially available and easier to
administer. We’d have to wait until Dr Kellogg practiced into this field
so to revitalize the therapy. Some records show in the 1917 Journal of
American Medicine, that he had more than 40,000 cases of
gastrointestinal diseases and in all but twenty cases, he had used NO
surgery for the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in his patients.
Kerr Russel would come up with the term Colonic Irrigation as he liked
to make a distinction between the word enema, which was a self
administered treatment, and only reached a limited area in the colon
(sigmoid), and the word irrigation, which was used for a modern
self-operated system to thoroughly cleanse the walls, remove abnormal
mucus, and also empty the bowel. The tone of the colonic muscle would
improve and the blood supply increase.
of the original pieces of equipment was first introduced in 1898 which
allowed the client to receive the treatment in a reclined position.
Another apparatus was introduced where the client would lye down on
their back with the legs at a right angle to the torso and knees also
bent. Many different systems were then being introduced throughout the
years, as a progression to easier and more convenient use for the client
and therapist at the time, until the 1940’s, when Colon Hydrotherapy
equipment were still evolving.
By the early 1950’s, the therapy was
growing in the United States. The renowned Beverly Boulevard in
California was then known as “Colonic Row”. Unfortunately, towards the mid 1960’s, the
use of Colon Irrigations slowly died away one more time until the early
1970’s when most Colon Hydrotherapy equipments were removed from
hospitals and nursing homes in favor of the Colostomy, Fleet enema and
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