What is Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon Hydrotherapy is an ancient method of healing dating back some 4000 years and should not be confused with a colonic or enema. Colon Hydrotherapy, colonics and enemas are all methods of cleansing the lower bowel with water but the similarity ends there. Colonics do not cleanse the entire length of the bowel. With colonics, large amounts of water are used and can be unsafe and disrupt the "friendly flora as well as the electrolyte balance of the gut, and the bowel could become dependent on them as it does with laxatives. With Colon Hydrotherapy, a slow gentle stream of water is introduced into the colon under controlled temperature and pressure. This unique method of cleansing the colon allows water to enter the entire length of the colon, and is very safe. Because low amounts of water are introduced, balances within the bowel are not disrupted and water is able to enter the bowel and seep into the nooks and crannies allowing water to soften and loosen hardened feces. Also, by changing the water temperature during the session, the muscles of the bowel are stimulated creating a toning effect which eliminates the possibility of dependency.
How is Colon Hydrotherapy administered?
During a colon hydrotherapy session, the client lies on a table and a disposable speculum is gently inserted into the rectum. Water flows into the colon via a small tube and out through an evacuation tube carrying with it impacted feces and mucous. Waste water and clean water never come in contact with each other. Also, the water used is filtered then sent through an ultraviolet system to kill any bacteria or viruses that may be present in the water. As the person is emptying, the therapist gently massages the abdomen to help the colon release its contents. It is possible to see the expelled waste as it passes through the clear viewing tube of the colon hydrotherapy equipment. The person wears a hospital gown and is also covered with a towel at all times. Modesty and comfort are given top priority during the session.
What is constipation?
Stedman's Medical Dictionary defines constipation as a condition in which bowel movements are infrequent or incomplete. It is considered normal to have 1 bowel movement per day for every major meal you eat, so on average 2-3 bowel movements a day. Having normal regular bowel movements will get the waste and sludge out of your body faster. This increases your colon's ability to manufacture and absorb essential vitamins, nutrients and water into your body and blood. This will give you more energy and vitality, will help you lose weight prevent disease.
Infrequent bowel movements indicate slow movement of fecal material through the intestine. The longer fecal material remains in the intestine, the more water will be reabsorbed making the stool drier and harder. This is the result of bacterial decomposition in the large intestine.
Slow movement also allows for Autointoxication, as the waste products of bacterial and fungi/yeast must be absorbed into the blood, detoxified in the liver, and sent to the kidney for elimination. This is a burden on the body an the maintenance of health. The waste formed in the bowel by bacterial or fungi action on inadequately digested food (i.e., food that could not be absorbed into the body and used for nourishment) cause an inflammatory reaction in the mucosal lining of the bowel. This triggers an immune response that is associated with the so-called "leaky gut syndrome" and fibromyalgia. These conditions have deservedly received a great deal of attention in the past few years; unfortunately, little is directed toward their association with poor digestion.
The usual recommendations to overcome constipation are to increase your water consumption and exercise. However, as anyone who frequently suffers from the problem can tell you, it seldom works. The reason that it doesn't work is because the major cause of constipation is excessive food intake and poor digestion of that diet. In other words, constipation tends to perpetuate constipation!
Digestive and poor dietary choices are rarely considered to be direct causes of constipation. Yet, stomach acid deficiency can be directly related to inadequate protein intake, allowing much of the protein to pass into the large intestine. Stomach acid deficiency is also directly related to thickened bile and gallstone formation, which are directly related to poor bowel function.
In addition, stomach acid deficiency and inadequate protein digestion result in increased protein putrefaction in the bowel. The absorbed toxins produce many clinical problems. Extensive clinical outcome studies dating back over the last 100 years indicate bowel toxicity as a major causative factor in the most commonly seen health problems, including headaches a cited in Textbook of Medical Physiology ( A. C. Guyton, 9thed., W.B. Saunders Co., 1986.
The symptoms associated with altered bowel function have far-reaching effects throughout the body in tissues and organs other than the bowel itself. Frequently, dysfunctions here are involved in many chronic degenerative disorders.
Infrequent bowel movements indicate slow movement of fecal material through the intestine, allowing more time for the bacterial decomposition and absorption of water from the bowel. As a result the fecal material becomes very dry and hard. This slow movement allows for autointoxication as describe above.
If you suffer from any inflammatory disorder, it is likely that your immune problems are associated with autointoxication and inadequate digestion. It is becoming increasingly apparent that chronic degenerative diseases (chronic inflammatory states) are evidence of food enzyme deficiency. The 1988 Surgeon General's report on Health and Nutrition stated unequivocally that chronic degenerative diseases are dietary related.
The body uses enzymes as it main line of defense against any bacterial, viral, chemical irritant, or inflammation from a mechanical source. People with symptoms of fever, redness, swelling, pain, or soreness demonstrate signs of food enzyme deficiency. This deficiency may not be the cause of the disease process, but a deficiency is certainly present.
The inability to adequately digest food, either because of enzyme deficiency or overloading the digestive system with excessive amounts of food, challenges the body. Food particles not digested well enough to be absorbed across the gut wall pass down the alimentary canal where they putrefy, forming chemicals that irritate the mucosal lining of the G.I. tract. Inflammation of the mucous membranes increases permeability of the gut wall to larger molecules. This allows partially digested food particles to enter the blood, where they cannot be utilized by the body as food, but must be attacked as a foreign invader.
Dietary modification and inclusion of food enzyme supplements to enhance digestion and assimilation must be considered as part of any program to restore normal function and relieve symptoms of chronic inflammatory disorders.