Colonic Hydrotherapy is not a "new age" practice. Reference to colon lavage was first recorded in 1500 BC in ancient Egypt. This procedure has continued and evolved to the present time with modern technological advancement in instrumentation and therapist training.
What is Colon hydrotherapy?
- Colon hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method for removing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs.
- It is an internal "bath" that helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas, toxins and more, as well as years of accumulated impacted fecal matter.
- Each session is, on average, 60 minutes.
- A gentle and steady flow of temperature controlled filtered H2O goes in and out of the colon. This process allows for the waste to be naturally softened and loosened resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis.
- The process is repeated several times during a typical session.
- Unlike an enema, this procedure does not involve the retention of water. Colon hydrotherapy is far more thorough than an enema as it can reach the entire five to six foot length of the colon rather than just affecting the recto-sigmoid area (first six inches).
- Generally, there is no pain or discomfort (if so, it is usually just a little gas that needs to "release"!)
Why do people have colon hydrotherapy?
People choose to have colonics to:
- Prevent disease
- Increase energy and well-being
- Address specific digestive issues such as gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea
- Diminish food cravings
- Aid in the clearing of parasitic infection, heavy metals and candida
- Receive guidance and support for nutritional changes and cleanses
The colon and digestion
The digestive tract refers to many parts and organs of the body: mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon.
The colon refers to the last five feet of the digestive tract and while its primary purpose is to eliminate waste and toxins from the body, it is also where we absorb electrolytes, vitamin K and water. The intestines are host to the majority of the bacteria and microbes in the body, which we rely on for a strong immune system and healthy digestion.
The issue of toxicity is one that affects all of us. There are some ways that we can control the amount of toxins we take in. We can do this by eating organic fruits and vegetables (no need to load our bodies up with pesticides!), drink clean purified water, exercise so that we can keep our bodies strong and excrete toxins out by sweating, get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, use natural cleaning and beauty products that don't contain chemicals, reduce and alleviate stress in our lives, and eat whole foods that don't contain preservatives, food dyes, artificial sweeteners and other potentially harmful ingredients.
But there are also the toxins we can't control in our lives. As children, many of us were raised on processed food, sugar, and soda. Many of us have long histories of taking antibiotics which affects our gut bacteria balance. We have inadvertently toxified our livers with the use of medications and alcohol consumption. And last, but not least, there is the issue of environmental pollutants which we breath, drink and eat in spite of our best efforts leading us all to be overexposed to heavy metals and other harmful matter.
The colon's role in detoxification
Our bodies are brilliant! Despite what we do to ourselves, our body works hard to clear out toxins 8in the best way it knows how. The main pathways for toxins to leave the body are through the skin by sweating, through the urinary tract by peeing, through the lungs with the creation of mucous when we are sick, and through the large intestine by eliminating. The liver and lymphatic system are also essential in supporting these detoxification organs.
There is much to be said about what happens when one of these processes is not functioning well. In the colon, many speculate that constipation may lead to intestinal putrifications, caused by the build-up of matter on the walls which may lead to an overall lowering of an individual's defense mechanism, making us more vulnerable to illness and disease.
It is said that unhealthy bacteria and toxins may be absorbed through the walls of a colon with cellular damage into the portal system which leads to the liver. If that liver is already overburdened, the toxins may then be stored in the lymphatic system, circulatory system, cellularly and in joints.
It is believed that because the colon is a reflex organ during a colonic, information is sent to the systems that are storing those toxins and a cleansing effect is put into action, supporting further detoxification and therefore achieving less systemic toxicity.
International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy
I-ACT is the only recognized International colon hydrotherapy association. Its purpose is in establishing standards and procedures for intestinal cleansing and in training and certifying therapists. Manu facilities do not staff I-ACT certified therapists.
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