Cleaning the colon is estimated to have started around 1500bc in Eqypt. Originally known as an enema, its said to have been passed down by the Gods. Colonic irrigation was commonly used in Europe to promote overall health. Enemas were frequently used to cure fever, anxiety and illness. While the general public may have self administered them, the nobles often had staff helping – often in public or while on duty. A syringe-enema device known as the clyster, “reached the height of fashion in the early years of the reign of Louis XIV (1638-1715) who, it is reported had over 2,000 enemas during his career. The King sometimes even received court functionaries and visitors during the procedure”.
In the early 1900’s, improvements in colon hydrotherapy machines allowed for a more complete cleansing of the large intestine which has led to even greater health benefits. In simplistic terms its like having a inside-body spring clean. Just like we feel better after cleaning our home, cleaning our colon has a similar effect. In fact, it can return vitality and restore our health.
Some setbacks occurred as advancements in technology were administered by the unskilled or poorly trained, hence the technique was “poo-poo’ed” by main stream medicine.
1900’s Medical success in Colonics
In the early 1900’s Dr. John H. Kellogg M.D. used forms of colon therapy on several thousand of his patients. In a 1917 edition of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dr. Kellog reported that in over forty thousand gastrointestinal disease cases, he had used surgery in only twenty cases. The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, diet and exercise.
Dr. Joseph Waddington in his paper “Scientific Intestinal Irrigation and Adjuvant Therapy”, said “Abnormal functioning of the intestinal canal is the precursor of much ill-health, especially of chronic disease. Restoration of physiological intestinal elimination is often the important preliminary to eventual restoration of health in general”.
Dr. James A Wiltsie said “our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon and its pathology and management has not kept pace with that of many organ systems of the body. As long as we continue to assume the colon will take care of itself, it’s just that long that we will remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body”.
By the 1940’s colonics were thriving in the world, then around the 60’s/70’s started to lessen due to modern techniques such as laxatives, colostomy and fleet enema’s. Now Colonic Hydrotherapy popularity has returned, due to better hygienic practices, educational standards required to operate the machines, and patients wanting a natural way back to health. In addition the western diet and reliance on pharmacueticals have led people to search for historical solutions to our body woes.