A Colonic is a colon cleanse that removes old encrusted fecal matter, gas and poisons that have accumulated along the walls of the colon over time. It differs from an enema in that there is no internal pressure and the entire length of the colon is cleansed. Only a few ounces of water enter the colon at one time and then it is released along with waste that is ready to evacuate. Gentle massage is used on the abdomen to stimulate peristalsis which is the wave like action that moves waste out of the body. The combination of the water movement and massage also help to tone and reshape the colon.
Reasons for a Colonic
One of the main reasons for a Colonic is the condition of autointoxication. The colon is responsible for eliminating waste and keeping the internal environment in balance. The body reabsorbs colon content for water and any remaining nutrients, and if it’s impacted with putrified matter, that is what recirculates through the body. Side effects from this condition can include; fatigue, gas, headaches, skin problems and depression.
The definition of constipation is “to press or crowd together, to pack, to cram.” When this condition occurs it makes the process of evacuation more difficult and diminishes the strength of the colon musculature. A normal healthy bowel movement should be 8-10 inches in length (this varies with food portions), 2 inches in diameter, and we should have a movement 20 minutes after each meal. If you have one bowel movement a day and you are eating three meals a day, your body is holding waste.
CAUSES OF CONSTIPATION
The source of constipation varies from person to person but there are basic factors that contribute to the condition. Processed, refined and chemically treated foods cause the body to react with alarm to the foreign matter causing irritation. The body signals the release of mucous and protects the walls from the unnatural elements passing through the digestive tract. Over time, the accumulation of mucous produces mucoid placque which diminishes complete elimination causing back up of waste.
The habit of not responding to the need to evacuate also leads to constipation. Patterns set at an early age are tough to break and they may cause changes to the strength of the colon musculature. Old waste weighs heavy on the walls and over time may change the shape of the colon. A good motto to live by is “When Nature calls, one must answer.”
Emotional stress is perhaps one of man’s greatest challenges and its effect on the physical level can be daunting. The abdomen is a vulnerable area and we unconsciously hold internal tension to protect ourselves from life’s trying moments. With a history of chronic muscle contraction the intestines narrow in diameter and decrease the passage for waste to be released. The result is a ballooning of the colon behind the constricted area causing impaction of feces.
Too little water consumed on a daily basis inhibits flow. If we are dehydrated the digestive and metabolic waste gets slowed down and elimination is compromised resulting in constipation. The suggested formula for sufficient water intake is half of your weight in ounces, and more if you are partaking in regular heavy exercise.
Not enough exercise also slows down the movement of the digestive system causing stagnation to occur. The simple action of walking supports the colon’s internal wave-like movement called peristalsis. If our external muscles are strong and toned they keep our organs healthy and functioning optimally.
Lack of digestive enzymes in the stomach may also contribute to incomplete elimination. As we age, our levels of enzymes decrease and that leaves food partially undigested. If food is not broken down completely, the nutrients are not absorbed and it becomes a larger cluster to pass through the digestive tract. When food reaches the colon and is still whole it has a greater chance to get stuck in the crevices and attract bad bacteria to feed. This in turn produces toxic gas and also blocks the passage for fecal matter.
THE HISTORY OF COLON THERAPY
Colon Hydrotherapy is an ancient treatment and form of healing. The use of enemas was recorded as early as 1500 B.C. by the Egyptians where they performed enemas in a lake or river using a hollow reed to allow water to flow into the rectum.
Colon cleansing has been a more common procedure than it is today. Before the departure of the Lewis & Clarke expedition, a physician instructed them in the appropriateness of using enemas in cases of fever and illness.
Our Grandparents and great Grandparents grew up with the use of enemas. Up until about fifty years ago Colonic irrigation was used in hospitals, but with the discovery of antibiotics the seemingly laborious process was all but abandoned. Also the status of nurses was elevated and the cleansing task became less appealing.
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