Fact: Based on the ‘auto-intoxication’ concept; the idea that food enters the intestine and rots.
Origin: Ancient Egypt
Founded: Ancient Egypt. John Harvey Kellogg, M.D. (founder of the Kellogg cereal company) accredited for the popularity of colonics from early 1900s to the 1940s.
Therapy Type: Natural Medicine
WHAT EXACTLY IS COLONIC HYDROTHERAPY?
The function of the colon is to move the body’s waste material from the small intestine to the rectum. This part of the digestive system, which is six feet in length, can become prone to disease if waste material causes an obstruction within it. If this occurs, toxins can be released and pass into the bloodstream. This process can be the foundation of illness and disease in various other locations within the body.
The purpose of Colonic Hydrotherapy, often referred to as Colonic Irrigation, is to cleanse the colon by flushing out waste and toxins such as poisons, gas, accumulated faecal matter and the mucus deposits. The waste removal process also helps to exercise and tone the bowel itself; effectively ‘shaping up’ the colon to function more efficiently.
The cleansing of the colon can have a holistic effect within the body, as the treatment can stimulate the reflex points of other organs.
A Colonic Hydrotherapist can enable patients in recognizing other areas of concern within the body, by being aware of the function of their bowel system. This is invaluable as early identification of any illness or disease is vital in gaining early treatment prior to the condition deteriorating further.
Colonic Hydrotherapy may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
Prior to having the colonic irrigation procedure it is recommended that you refrain from eating a large meal, or have a substantial amount to drink shortly beforehand. At the initial consultation the therapist will ascertain information about the client’s lifestyle and medical history. Furthermore at the initial appointment you will be advised on the number of sessions required, depending on the condition, to expect up to three visits is usual.
Throughout the procedure the therapist will ask that you lie on your side, as warm water is passed through a tube in your rectum into your bowel. The water circulates through the colon, which encourages the bowel to empty out any waste products, through the tube and out of the body.
This process lasts approximately 10 minutes then, to support the irrigation process, the therapist will gently massage the abdomen. The complete session lasts roughly 40-45 minutes.
To conclude the session, the therapist may give the client some probiotics, this is to maintain digestive health, as they contain good bacteria to support the digestive system. The probiotics may be given in tablet form or inserted into the rectum. During the Colonic Hydrotherapy a cramping sensation due to muscle contractions can be experienced, otherwise no discomfort should occur during the treatment. However clients can experience a sense of being lighter, more relaxed and light-headed, but this passes shortly after the conclusion of the treatment.
Colonic Hydrotherapy is a very safe procedure and promotes several health benefits. However, it is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy. Colonic Hydrotherapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Colonic Hydrotherapists within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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