What is Colon Cleansing

Colon Cleansing is a process of removing excess, remnant, or blocked waste material from the colon, such as impacted feces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms, and toxins. Colon Cleansing is supposed to remove this material. The theory is that:

    • This material can become quite toxic (poisonous), especially if it remains in the bowel for longer than normal periods, and these toxins can re-enter the blood stream, and cause tiredness, weakness, and illness.

    • The impacted materials can impair the colon’s ability to function, causing it to become less effective in re-absorbing water and salts.

    • A buildup of material in the colon can inhibit muscular action and impair the colon’s ability to process the material, causing sluggish bowel movements and constipation.

Colon Cleansing is an alternative medical procedure, often associated with other Alternative and Complementary Medicine (ACM) techniques, such as Naturopathy.

If you are at risk of developing colon related problems, or if you are suffering from any health issues that indicate your colon may contain toxic material, then a Colon Cleansing treatment may be helpful.

A range of methods are available to help you cleanse your colon, including:

• Dietary and Lifestyle Changes
• Herbal Remedies
• Colon Cleansing Kits
• Colon Irrigation
• Therapeutic Fasting
• Laxatives

Quackery or Medically Sound Procedure?

The health of the colon is of vital importance to the overall wellbeing of the body as a whole and the digestive tract in particular. Although quite often overlooked by the medical establishment, alternative health practitioners have for centuries suggested that this procedure be performed on a regular annual basis to ensure the proper functioning and general fitness of the colon and digestive tract.

The practice itself is deceptively simple: waste materials are evacuated from the large intestine by slowly introducing lukewarm filtered water into the colon. As the softer stools are being flushed out immediately, the harder waste materials are being softened by the water and eventually will loosen sufficiently so as to also be eliminated from the intestine. It is important to understand that colon hydrotherapy is completely different from the well known enema that is performed by a patient prior to undergoing a rectal procedure, such as a colonoscopy.

Multiple Sessions

Instead, colon hydrotherapy done under the supervision of an alternative medical practitioner will usually require a number of sessions, depending on the patients needs. Specially treated water is one of the most important ingredients. While many a person is familiar with the enema that utilizes warm water, the practitioner of colon hydrotherapy more often than not will utilize ozonated water.

As ozone is being added to the water, its disinfecting, sterile properties are increased and it is now suitable for drinking, wound cleansing, and of course the removal of toxins from the body. Once the water is ozonated, it is introduced into the patients colon via a specialized mechanical implement which is gentler than most home administered enemas. As the water is gradually introduced, it will mingle with the waste materials and then be allowed to once again leave the body, taking with it the toxins and liquefied waste.

Many patients are nervous at the onset about this procedure being in some form diminishing to the dignity of the person or embarrassing to the individual because of the nature of the treatment involved. Yet nothing could be further from the truth! As a matter of fact, the equipment that has been developed for these procedures ensures that no more of your body is exposed at any time than is absolutely necessary. Similarly, practitioners are highly trained and understand how to perform the procedure with a minimum amount of invasiveness.

Yet this procedure has its critics, most notably those of the medical establishment. Claiming that colon hydrotherapy is little more than a high priced enema, many medical professionals decry that practitioners undergo no formalized training, thus leaving them to invasively treat the human body with little or no education, depending on the individual practitioners code of ethics.

In addition to the foregoing, the claims made by some proponents of colon hydrotherapy that the procedure can cure or at least alleviate a variety of ailments is suspect and no studies can be cited that unambiguously bear out many of these assertion. On the heels of the criticism, however, follow the studies that do show that there are benefits to the procedure which are well documented! Add to this the fact that many practitioners are now undergoing a voluntary process of certification, and many of the critics are effectively silenced.