Ayurveda

What is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Colon Hydrotherapy

or colonic irrigation as it is often known as, is one of the professional colon cleansing methods. The colon forms a major part of the large intestine. It is believed that around 5-40 pounds of waste is compressed in the colon in any average adult. These wastes or toxins often result in giving rise to a number of other diseases including cancer.

Colon Cleasing

What is Colon Hydrotherapy?

It is a safe method of cleaning the entire length of the organ and flushing out the accumulated fecal matter. A tube is inserted in the anal passage via the rectum into the colon. Filtered, temperature controlled water infused with medicines and herbs are introduced into it through the tube. The water makes the fecal matter soft and the intestinal contractions help the water get out of the body along with the wastes.

What are the Preparations Needed for the Procedure?

  • The procedure requires the patient to follow certain things from the day before. An enema (water is introduced in the rectum which dilates it and empties it) is given the day before.
  • A light diet of fruits and vegetable is recommended.
  • On the day of the procedure a light breakfast is advisable.
  • The patient is not allowed to drink or eat 2 hours before the actual process.

How Many Sessions of it is Recommended?

It is said that one session of colonic irrigation is equivalent to 30 enemas. Depending on the individual’s digestive system, a certified therapist would be able to suggest the adequate number and the time interval between them.

What are the Advantages of Colon Cleansing?

  • Relief from a lot of digestive problems like intestinal gas, acid reflux, bloating and flatulence.
  • Chronic constipation is very well treated with it.
  • It is a preventive therapy which flushes out a lot of toxins, decayed wastes, worms and bacteria from the body. This actually stops the progression of a lot of chronic diseases and protects the body from degenerative diseases like cancer.
  • It makes the body lighter by flushing out pounds and pounds of wastes. It improves metabolism and digestion thereby promoting weight loss.
  • It rejuvenates the body and promotes a general well being.

What are the Potential Hazards of Colon Hydrotherapy?

  • The equipment, if not administered with caution, could lead to anal, rectal or colonic injury.
  • Improper sterilization of the equipment could cause infections like amoebiasis.
  • Some believe that frequent use of it could inhibit the natural cleansing powers of the body and create dependence on enemas for complete defecation.
  • Another thought is that, along with the wastes the procedure flushes out the intestinal flora(good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract) and can inhibit digestion.

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