Colon Hydrotherapy or Colonic Irrigation is the method of injecting a sufficient amount of water (to which herbs or enzymes can be added) into the colon through a tube to fill and purify it, also known as an enema, rectal, or clysis.
Colonics are used in many alternative and complementary forms in medicine to detoxify the intestinal tract and treat a wide range of diseases, including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and infections.
The technique originated from the days before antibiotics were formulated to fight infection when it was considered beneficial for a range of ailments to drain the intestines. Colonics is found rejuvenating in Ancient Greece and Egypt as well as in Ayurvedic medicine originating in India.
Kellogg was founded by cereal manufacturer Kellogg early on in Battle Creek.
The core concept of colonic irrigation as treatment is to speed up the normal cycle of colon and rectum and intestinal waste materials removing toxins.
Colonic enthusiasts believe an accumulation of waste materials impedes natural processing and hence impedes the immune system and bloodstream.
Nevertheless, irrigation may damage the colon by perforating it or injecting sufficiently large amounts of fluid to stretch the bowel out of reasonable proportion and hence impair its ability to function.
Colonics can also deplete the body of enzymes and normal colonic flora that keep the intestines functioning normally, especially in their ability to combat microbial invasion. Contaminated equipment for irrigation may also cause life-threatening infections such as amoebic dysentery.
In people with Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, rectal or colon tumors, or ulcerative colitis, colonic irrigation is not suggested. Also, irrigation procedures can aggravate undiagnosed intestinal disorders that require conventional treatment.
Encyclopedia of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Tova Navarra, B.A., R.N.
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