About Colon Therapy
What is Colon Therapy?
Colon Therapy is a safe, gentle infusion of warm filtered water into the rectum using no chemicals or drugs. This is a restorative, painless procedure which is both relaxing and effective. The individual lies comfortably on a custom treatment table and the therapist gently insets a small speculum into the rectum. The therapist then monitors the temperature and pressure of the water infused into and out of the colon (large intestine) without any assistance on the part of the individual. The colon therapy method cleanses the entire colon without stressing the individual. This method provides a closed system in which waste material is eliminating Through the instrument and out the drain line, avoiding any offensive odor and maintaining the dignity of the individual.
Colon Therapy is an extended and more complete form of an enema. The enema cleansing activity is limited to the area of the rectum and to shorter periods of time due to the body’s natural wish to expel any material from the rectum. The colon therapy method extends beyond the rectum to cleanse the entire large intestine and offer greater cleansing and therapeutic benefits. Enemas or laxatives may precipitate dehydration in the individual, but colon hydrotherapy in effect, would improve the hydration status of the individual.
The instrument offers a minimal starting water pressure of ¼ psi (pounds per square inch) and treatment is performed effectively below the 2 psi setting. The instrument affords thorough cleansing and disinfection following each treatment. There is a built-in check valve which prevents waste water from returning to the water supply. The instrument also features a disposable unit which eliminates any possible contamination to the patient from a previous treatment.
Frequency of Treatments
An initial series of between three to six treatments is recommended. Years of improper nutrition cannot possibly be reversed in a few treatments. More treatments may be required in cases of chronic constipation of the atonic (sluggish) colon condition. Following the initial program, it is advisable to have series of three treatments every three to six months to maintain optional health.
Good Health is as much a function of our elimination status as the quality of food we ingest. Consider that over 400 million dollars is spent annually on laxatives in the United States. Every year 140,000 Americans are diagnosed as having colon-rectal cancer. Of this population, 44% will die as a result of this disease. Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. following lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women. At least two million suffer from colitis, ileitis, diverticulitis and 100,000 Americans have a colostomy each year.
Periodic cleansing of the colon could prevent stagnation and minimize the exposure of potential cancer causing agents to the colon wall. Colon therapy has a solvent and therapeutic action on the large intestine, whereby waste material in the form of feces, gas, mucous and infectious secretions are removed through the rectum. The result is a cleaner, healthier colon and improved overall health status. In addition to the relief of their symptoms, many people report an increased feeling of well-being, heightened energy levels and renewed vitality.
Why Colon Therapy?
A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. Conventional diets comprised of refined, processed foods, high in saturated fats and low in fiber contribute to many problems associated with the large intestine. The elimination of undigested food material and other waste products are as important as the digestion and assimilation of food-stuffs. Waste material allowed to remain stagnant in the colon results in decompression of these substances and increased bacteria and their toxins.
The colon contains the largest concentration of bacteria in the body. These bacteria provide important functions such as the synthesis of folic acid, B-vitamins and vitamin K from foods. Bacillus coli and acidophilus comprise the majority of the healthy bacteria in the colon along with other disease producing bacteria in small numbers. Waste material allowed to stagnate alters the proportion of healthy bacteria to disease producing bacteria and the potential for disease exists. These bacteria decompose proteins and carbohydrates resulting in the production of toxins. Some of these toxins are absorbed and can be a potential source of disease elsewhere in the body.
The purpose of the colon as an eliminative organ is to remove this waste material by mass muscular contraction called peristalsis. Colon therapy provides therapeutic improvement of muscular tone, facilitating peristalsis and benefiting the antonic (sluggish ) colon. The effects of a stagnant colon can be manifested in constipation, halitosis (bad Breath), skin blemishes, headaches, low back pain, lack of energy and sex drive.
How the colon works
The Colon (large intestine) is a muscular tube approximately 5-6 ft. in length and has an average diameter of 2.5 in. The small intestine empties the contents of digestion (chyme) into cecum or first portion of the colon. The colon starts on the lower right side of the abdomen with the cecum and outlines the borders of the abdomen. The ascending colon extends from the cecum to the liver where it bends sharply to the left and crosses the abdomen as the transverse colon. At the level of the spleen, the descending colon continues down the left of the abdomen to the pelvis where it becomes the sigmoid region. The sigmoid colon empties In the rectum where waste material is eliminated through the anus
The contents of digestion (chyme) are removed along by mass muscular movements (peristalsis) which is initiated by the nerve supply to the colon. The main functions of the colon are absorption of water and minerals, and the formation and elimination of feces. The process of digestion from ingestion of food to defecation normally takes between twelve and twenty-four hours. Constipation is defined as an undue or habitual delay in the evacuation of the bowels. Many factors can contribute to this condition including; diet, emotional stress, organic and functional disease. Colon therapy promotes drainage through the rectum and enhances the removal of toxins from the various eliminative organs of the body. A cleansing program may lead to the eventual restoration of regular bowel function.