Colon, which is commonly referred to as the large intestine, is about 5 - 6 ft. long and 2.5 inches in diameter. Its main function is to absorb minerals and water, and eliminate waste materials. The waste materials are transported to the rectum by the colon and are eliminated through anus.
The reason behind the high incidence of stomach and intestinal ailments is the improper food habits that are developed over the years. Lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle contributes to the problems such as indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), etc. The inability of the body to dispose the waste materials leads to the accumulation of fecal matter in the colon. This is the prime cause for many skin diseases and other disorders resulting from the toxicity of these waste materials, which makes it necessary to get rid of this waste.
Colon wash is the method which is employed to expel the accumulated waste materials in the colon from the body. It is an extended enema or high enema, which aims at cleansing the colon by using infusion of warm water. It involves the use of equipment such as nozzle, Harrison's tube, etc., all of which are sterilized prior to the procedure. In this cleansing procedure, water is inserted through one end of the colon and forced through the other end. While the water flows through the colon it gathers the debris which is mostly in the form of fecal matter. Essential nutrients and good bacteria present in the digestive system remain unperturbed during this procedure.
It is performed only by a qualified practitioner. Firstly, a small flexible plastic tube, called Harrison's tube is inserted through the rectum up to 20 to 22 inches, or as far as the person feels comfortable. This helps to massage the internal walls of the colon and also facilitates the release of waste materials in the rectum. The next step is to fill the colon completely with filtered warm water. The water is first filled in the ascending colon which passes through the transverse, descending, and finally through the sigmoid colon. This water collects the fecal debris from the walls of the colon and is voluntarily evacuated by the person out of the rectum. Mostly, three infusions of water are required per treatment, and all of these are performed in different postures.
Often, a single treatment may not be sufficient for reversing the effects of improper nutrition over the years. Hence, 3 to 6 treatments are usually recommended in cases of mild colon problems. However, more number of treatments might be required for those who are affected by chronic constipation or atonic colon condition. The duration of this procedure is about 45 minutes to one hour, per session.
Sometimes certain herbs are mixed with water for an enhanced effect. A massage using soothing agents like aloe vera may follow thereafter. There is no pain or physical discomfort involved in the entire process, and it usually turns out to be a rejuvenating and relaxing experience for the patient.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.