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Colonic Hydrotherapy: A solution for constipation and IBS

Posted by: jo | Wednesday 18th October 2017

A solution for constipation and IBS

Why does colonic hydrotherapy have such a powerful impact on constipation and IBS? I have experienced both positive and powerful outcomes on my digestive health from colonic hydrotherapy; reduction in bloating, relief from trapped gas and helped bring regularity to my bowel movements. I want to encourage others to seek advice and experience colonic hydrotherapy to relieve discomfort from these functional bowel problems as well as support a number of other inflammatory and lifestyle conditions.

There are many different causes of constipation, and we know that IBS is actually a collection of symptoms rather than a diagnosis consisting of, but not limited to, bloating, gas, discomfort, diarrhea and constipation. It is important to assess which factors are driving IBS and constipation so to decide which is the best route to resolution. For example, if dehydration or a lack of fibre (and vegetables) is a trigger for constipation, increasing water intake or boosting intake of fibre may be effective in reducing constipation. We now know that there is a very real connection between stress and IBS, where the stress response has a very negative impact on the working of the bowel. If, however someone feels they have tried many different remedies with limited success, they may like to consider colonic hydrotherapy as a way to effectively re-boot their digestive system with the goal of reducing constipation. Sometimes in as little as one treatment someone can noticeable an improvement in symptoms as well as to overall health and wellbeing.

The foundation of good health

The colon is considered by some, particularly those in the field of naturopathic nutrition, to be one of the most important organs in the body. We know that it is certainly one of the major eliminatory organs, and plays a vital role in maintaining healthy digestion as well as eliminating toxins. It is important for the absorption of nutrients and synthesis of some vitamins. 

What about our microbiome?

With so much focus on the gut and beneficial bacteria at the moment, it is important to dispel a myth that colonic hydrotherapy may negatively impact the microbiome. There was evidence published in a 2003 study to support the fact that colonic hydrotherapy can support positive changes to intestinal bacterial flora which encourages the production of short chain fatty acids (SCFA), and essentially improve bowel peristalsis (the movement which propels waste through the bowel) therefore reducing constipation. Constipation creates a breeding ground for bacteria, so increasing peristalsis and the regularity of bowel movements can only support health.

When was colon hydrotherpay first used?

Colonic hydrotherapy has its roots grounded as far back as 1500 BC when enemas were recorded in an Egyptian medical document. Hippocrates and Galen were believed to be advocates of enemas and enema therapy. While early Americans apparently used enemas commonly to help support health and reduce the risk of disease. In the early 1900's, John H Kellogg M.D used colonic therapy on his patients and in 1917 he reported in the Journal of Medical Association that in all but 20 cases he did not need to use gastrointestinal surgery on those patients. During the 20th Century the treatment was used as a pre-surgery technique to cleanse and clean out the bowel.

So, how does it work?

Colonic hydrotherapy has a cleansing effect on the bowel and is the process of injecting water, sometimes mixed with herbs or coffee, into the colon via a specially designed tube inserted into the rectum with the aim of removing waste material and toxins from the colon and intestinal tract. The addition of herbs can stimulate the liver and gallbladder, and relieve colon spasms.

Today the use of colonic hydrotherapy combines sophisticated techniques that are known to be safe and can potentially benefit health; reducing constipation and supporting overall digestive function, as well as improved vitality, better skin and an overall energy boost.

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