Writer: Nanana Evelyn Gordon-Bey
CN, CCT, CI
Approximately eight years ago I closed my wholistic health care practice after 20 years of providing service to those seeking to improve and maintain good health. It was time for me to put my energies in another direction to serve our community…namely establishing cooperative economics and the Moorish National Government. Although several services were offered in my healing space, by far the one sought out most frequently was colon hydrotherapy. What I am sharing here is not medical advice or diagnosis. This is accumulated knowledge that comes only with experience.
Colon hydrotherapy, also known as colonic irrigation and high enema, is probably one of the most misunderstood natural or wholistic healing modalities. It is a procedure, which when properly applied, can make a major positive difference in almost everyone’s health status. Although volumes can be written to explain this extremely beneficial process, I will limit my comments to defining what it is, some details about the actual procedure and comments on the benefits.
Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient technique for assisting the body to release accumulated solid, liquid and cellular waste. The earliest records of this process being used were found in the history of Kemetic (Egyptian) people who noted its benefit in treating a multitude of ailments. Their use of colonic therapy was central to their premise that disease begins in the colon (large intestine). In our modern culture we are exposed to toxins constantly via impurities in food, air, water and chemical substances. These toxins can accumulate in the body and be found in fatty tissue, joints, arteries, muscles, liver, gall bladder, lungs, kidneys, skin, etc. Although the kidneys, skin, liver and lungs perform an eliminative function and aid in riding the body of toxins, the colon (large intestine) has the potential and ability to eliminate large amounts of toxins quickly and easily. Hence, the flushing or cleansing of the large intestinal tract supports good health maintenance and aids in reducing disease processes.
The colon or large intestine is the last five to six feet of intestinal tract and ends with the rectum and anus. The actual procedure is done by gently infusing, warm, and filtered water into the colon via a sterile, lubricated speculum that has been inserted in the rectum.
The procedure will last approximately 45 minutes and does not create discomfort or pain. Preparation for the procedure might include following a specific diet and or taking certain herbs proceeding the session. The intent of the procedure is not to encourage “bowel movement” but rather to efficiently and quickly remove toxins before they feed back into the body via healthy tissue and the blood supply system attached to the colon. The return of toxins into the body is what is known in the wholistic arena as “autointoxication”. Toxins create a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms and can become the foundation for disease.
There are numerous benefits of colon hydrotherapy.
Here are a few:
Increased muscle tone and peristaltic activity of the colon
Aids in hydrating the body
Increased energy level
Increased blood flow and circulation
Decreased tension and irritability
Reduced gas and bloating
Reduced sinus and/or lung congestion
Aid in restoring bowel muscle tone
Colon hydrotherapy is not a “one shot” miracle cure for any ailment. It is most effective when used in conjunction with proper diet, exercise, specific herbs and other wholistic therapies such as acupuncture. Also, it may be necessary to have several sessions particularly in cases of long term or severe constipation.
I trust that you have found some value in my sharing. Take your gut health seriously. It is the core of the immune system and can impact every aspect of wellness.