Colon Hydrotherapy and its Clinical Applications

Many health authorities feel that disease begins in the colon.. To be in optimum health the colon. must be functioning normally. The colon. is one of the most neglected areas by the medical establishment.

 A usual Colon Hydrotherapy session lasts approximately 45 minutes. A small speculum is inserted into the patient's rectum, and then attached to a silicone hose which connects to the Colon Irrigation system. The Colon Hydrotherapist then allows the warm filtered water to run through the hose into the patient's rectum and eventually through the entire colon..

The patient is temporarily filled with water to individual tolerance. This will induce peristaltic contractions in the colon., and the patient will begin to expel faecal matter through the hose which leads to the exit pipe and ultimately the sewer.

While the patient is receiving the colon. treatment, the colon. hydrotherapist lightly massages various parts of the abdomen to help loosen and dislodge areas of faecal impaction.

 It should be noted that most patients need a series of Colon Irrigations not just one. The patient may expel considerable gas during the first few treatments. It usually takes a few treatments before one starts dislodging old encrusted feculent matter. One should remember that it usually takes years for the colon. to become clogged up with its own waste products. Therefore, one should not be impatient when pursuing a therapeutic course of Colon Irrigations.

Indications for Colon Hydrotherapy
Colon problems such as colitis, ileitis and diverticulitis affect conservatively two million people in this country. These problems can be directly addressed by Colon Hydrotherapy.

Anyone who suffers from bloating, abdominal distention, gas pains, stomach aches, or someone who gets filled very quickly after eating and can only eat small amounts of food may also be a candidate for Colon Irrigations.

All kinds of skin problems (acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc.) can usually benefit from a therapeutic course of Colon Irrigation. The skin is the largest excretory organ in the body. When the colon. is sluggish or clogged up or there are a lot of toxins in the body, the skin has much more to excrete. Unhealthy skin is usually a sign of an unhealthy colon. and no amount of antibiotics, skin creams or medications will alleviate the problem until the cause is addressed. Vitamin A plays an important role in skin health. When the colon. is adequately cleansed, Vitamin A will more effectively be absorbed through the intestinal tract.

 Arthritis patients may be helped tremendously with a series of colon. treatments. This is due in part to the fact that arthritis patients suffer from some form of "internal toxemia" whereby toxins are continually being absorbed into their systems (from the colon.) causing further inflammation and aggravation of their joints.

 A third group of who may benefit greatly from Colon Irrigation are cancer patients. We know that cancer patients have a tremendous problem breaking down and assimilating proteins, but they may also be extremely deficient in many vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. They often suffer from constipation and other varied digestive disorders. Colon Irrigation can help greatly in enhancing their ability to absorb these various macro and micro-nutrients.

Dr. Max Gerson described a comparable situation when he first started treating cancer patients with an intensive dietary approach. He stated that he lost a number of cancer patients because of toxemia. They literally died from their own internal pollution! As their cancerous tumours were being broken down they were unable to eliminate the toxic bi-products effectively or efficiently with dire results.
However, it is important that a cancer patient be under competent medical supervision. One would not want to administer colon. treatments to a patient who was too weak, Also it is important to note that Colon Irrigation would be contraindicated in a patient with a tumour in the rectum or large intestine.

 Constipation
The expression constipation is derived from the Latin word "constipatus" which translated means to press or crowd together, to pack, to cram. Consequently, to be constipated means that the packed accumulation of faeces in the bowel makes its evacuation difficult. However, a state of constipation can also exist when movements of the bowel may seem to be normal in spite of an accumulation of faeces somewhere along the passageways of the colon..

Many health authorities believe that constipation is the number one affliction underlying nearly every ailment. This means that constipation would be the most prevalent ailment affecting the civilized world. It is vital to stress that constipation affects the health of the colon., upon which the health of the body is entirety depends.

Constipation contributes toward the lowering of body resistance predisposing it to many acute illnesses and the creation of a great many degenerative and chronic processes. Almost every human ailment has been attributed to a malfunctioning colon. (i.e., one that cannot perform its normal, regular and efficient functioning).

Intestinal constipation causes cellular constipation. It also increases the workload of the other excretory organs kidneys, skin, liver, lungs and the lymphatic system.

The functioning of these organs becomes depleted and overworked. Cellular metabolism becomes sluggish, repair and growth are delayed, and the ability to eliminate waste materials is lowered. The cells, instead of being alive and active become dead and inactive. This process results in a decline in tissue and organ functional ability.

There are two things that many people do as a daily routine, which may be the direct cause of constipation. One is the consumption of devitalized and refined foods which fail to nourish the organs responsible for the evacuation of waste matter. The other which is most prevalent, particularly among young people, but no less so among the older and more mature, is neglecting to stop everything we are doing when the urge to evacuate the bowels should drive us headlong into the bathroom. Bowel movements every two or three days are considered normal and acceptable.


It is the opinion of many holistic health care professionals that we should have a bowel movement for every meal we eat, each and every day. For example, if we eat three meals per day, we should have three bowel movements per day.

If we are having less than two bowel movements per day, food residues are lying in the colon. for more than twelve hours. Consequently, the faecal material in the colon. becomes putrefied and fermented.

There are many types of poisons which can be found in a toxic colon.. Some of these poisons are highly active and may produce the most detrimental effects even in very small quantities.

In many cases, toxins can seep out of the colon. and poison the rest of the body.

Here are just a few examples of how toxic poisons can affect your health:

» Weaken and stress your heart

» Go into your skin to cause blemishes and paleness

» Psoriasis, liver spots, wrinkles, and other facial conditions

» Irritate your lungs and cause foul breath

» Go to your brain and disturb mental function and cause senility

» Go into your joints and cause pain and stiffness

» Go into your muscles and cause weakness and severe fatigue

» Rob you of your youth, ruin your health and cause you to become old before your time.

How Constipation Effects the Colon's Function 
If solving the problem of constipation were merely a case of washing out loose material lying free inside any part of the colon., it would not be too great a difficulty to clear up the situation. A high enema would most likely be sufficient to take care of its removal. However, it is not so simple to dispose of this problem.

Obviously, when the packed accumulation of faeces in the bowel leads to faecal encrustation, it is not possible for the lining of the colon. to function normally, and the glands in this lining cannot produce the necessary intestinal flora or lubrication. Such lack of lubrication only serves to intensify a state of constipation and to generate toxemia.

It is estimated that 200 million people are
infected by intestinal parasites.

This faecal encrustation interferes with the infusion of the necessary intestinal flora for colon. lubrication, the formation of peristaltic waves for evacuation purposes, and the absorption and use of the additional nutritional elements present in the waste residue coming into the colon. from the small intestine.

It does not require much imagination to perceive that the adhesive quality of the faeces in the colon. is readily susceptible to creating a coating on the inside of the lining or wall of the colon., resembling a layer of plaster in its consistency. It is equally obvious that such a coating in preventing the normal functioning of the colon. has the insidious effect of becoming a generator of toxicity, to the detriment of health, happiness and longevity.

When the bowel is toxic it can harbour an amazing variety of very harmful bacteria and parasites. It's interesting to note that worms outrank cancer as man's deadliest enemy on a world-wide basis. It is estimated that 200 million people are infected by these intestinal parasites.

These worms range in size from microscopic single-celled animals to twenty-foot-long tapeworms! These parasites kill more people annually than does cancer. One in four people in the world today are infected by roundworms. The UK is not immune to these parasites. The number of parasite cases has increased in the past few years.

 Other Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy
Colon Hydrotherapy can function as an important diagnostic tool for the physician in extracting useful information concerning digestive and clinical disorders:

~ Is an excellent screening device for colo-rectal cancer.

~ Useful in diagnostic procedures for evaluation of the colon..

~ May prove valuable in preparation for bowel surgery, providing a more optimal surgical field potentially decreasing the risk of post-operative complications due to the presence of
bacteria at the suture line.

~ Offers relief of faecal impactions, mucous and gas.

~ Provides detection for ova and parasites.

~ Useful detoxification for drug addicts and alcoholics.

The entire colon. could be cleaned and examined for occult blood every six months or as directed by the physician or health care professional for early detection of colo-rectal cancer. Benefits from colon. hydrotherapy extend to all diagnostic procedures for evaluating the colon. including barium enema, sigmoidoscopy and colon.oscopy, facilitating a more accurate study. Patient discomfort resulting from residual barium following the enema could be avoided utilizing Colon Hydrotherapy.

In addition, this technique would eliminate the problem of residual opaque material on subsequent upper GI series or plain film series, which would result in additional radiation exposure to the patient. Patients undergoing general anaesthesia would benefit from Colon Hydrotherapy as it would dramatically reduce the problems associated with bowel functions following surgery.


Colon Hydrotherapy would prove valuable in the preparation for bowel surgery, providing a more optimal surgical field potentially decreasing the risk of post-operative complications due to the presence of bacteria at the suture line. This procedure could be applied to all patients undergoing general or spinal anaesthesia, as it would minimize the incidence of defection in the surgical suite, while saving valuable surgical time.

Colon Hydrotherapy would also be extremely useful to alcohol and drug detoxification centres as an aid in the internal cleansing process, enhancing the elimination of toxins from the colon. and circulatory system.

 Colon Hydrotherapy Contraindications
The contraindications of colon. hydrotherapy include severe diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease (in the acute inflammatory stages), severe haemorrhoids, or a tumour in the rectum or large intestine, pregnancy, heart disease and those undergoing kidney dialysis.

 Conclusion
In conclusion, Colon Hydrotherapy is the safe, gentle infusion of purified warm water into the colon. under conditions that offer safety, using no chemicals or drugs. It is the natural solution to conditions which interfere with the normal functions of the colon..