Colon hydrotherapy, also known as colonic irrigation, is a means of cleaning the colon or the large intestine. This organ plays an important role by storing the undigested waste till it is eliminated from the body. Digestive juices, bile, and water-soluble salts are absorbed by the colon and sent to the bloodstream. Hence, keeping this organ clean is very important. Colon hydrotherapy does exactly that, with the use of water. It does not use any chemicals, just plain water that is introduced into the colon through a small speculum that is inserted into the rectum.
As a patient lies comfortably on the treatment table, warm water is introduced into the colon. The temperature and pressure of this water is maintained and altered by the hydrotherapist to stimulate peristalsis of the colonic muscles. He also does some massages on the abdomen that aids in dislodging waste from the walls of the colon. The waste and water is then carried out of the body through a small outlet pipe attached to the speculum. Some organic or herbal infusions may also be used during the treatment.
The immediate benefit of colon hydrotherapy is that it cleans the large intestine of the all the toxic waste that accumulates in it. It removes all unwanted waste material and rejuvenates the colon. Other colonic irrigation benefits are:
- Restores Original Colon Shape: When there are problems in the intestine, waste may get accumulated in it or stick to its wall. The colon being a muscle will enlarge to accommodate the accumulating toxic waste and lose its original shape. This may lead to more problems. The warm water and the gentle massage done during the colonic hydrotherapy eliminates this waste and restores the original shape of the colon.
- Cures Intestinal Problems: With improved health of the intestine, problems like diarrhea and constipation are cured without any prescription drugs.
- Benefits Neighboring Organs: As the volume of colon reduces due to removal of the unwanted waste that was retained inside it, it relieves pressure on surrounding organs like the liver, heart and lungs.
- Removes Parasites: Due to alternating water temperature and use of certain organic extracts like those of garlic and other vermifuge herbs, intestinal parasites are killed and removed.
- Relieves Pressure in Intra-abdominal Area: Colon hydrotherapy treats hips and lumbar column by reducing pressure on them and improving their mobility. It also improves return of venous blood from lower extremities and pelvic areas. Warm water and the massage techniques used by the hydrotherapist relaxes abdominal muscles and improve their tone as well.
- Treats Gynecological disorders: Gynecological disorders like cystitis and dysmenorrhea are relieved due to reduction of a prolapsed intestine.
- Loss of Weight: Good news for those who are keen to lose weight! Colon hydrotherapy aids in weight loss by activating elimination and sprucing up the metabolism.
- Strengthens the Immune System: With the toxins and parasites expelled from the system, the body has a stronger immune system. Metabolism gets a major boost. Pressure in the neighboring organs is relieved. All this results in improvement in overall health.
- Hydrates the Body: Besides storing the material to be eliminated, another important function of the large intestine is to absorb water during the process of digestion. As water is introduced into the colon, some of it is absorbed by its wall and transported to the blood. This increases volume of blood that ensures that blood reaches each and every cell. This facilitates the process of elimination of toxins through the skin, kidneys and the bowel.
- Improves Overall Health: The colon is connected to other organs of the body through reflex points. During the hydrotherapy these points are stimulated. Hence the process benefits other organs and systems in a positive way.
- Instills Feeling of Well-being: The benefits do not end at improving the working of individual organs and systems. With the toxins removed, boost that the immune system receives and the feeling of lightness, the awareness of the mind is enhanced. There a feeling of overall well-being.