Colonic Irrigation (colonics)
Colon cleansing is the process of removing non-eliminated waste from the large intestine to improve digestion and nutrient absorption.
Colon cleansing is a practice that dates back over 3500 years, and effectively removes waste that can release toxins into the blood from the walls of the large intestine. Colon cleansing treatments ensure that the colon performs its functions properly and retains its normal shape and size, while facilitating an overall improvement of health.
The large intestine absorbs water, nutrients and salt from food that has been partially digested in the mouth, stomach, and small intestine, and processes the waste and toxins left behind when digestion is complete. Waste matter, or feces are often left in trace amounts on the colon walls. Over time these traces can form a build-up that prevents a complete absorption of food nutrients.
Some say the average person may have 10 pounds of waste in his large intestine. This has been highly debated. The main thing to deal with is the mucus layer which is the build-up of colon waste that can result in toxicity of the colon itself. A clean colon can absorb nutrients, water, and salt much more effectively, improving the functions of other bodily systems and functions.
Colon cleansing is typically done by:
- colon cleanses
A colonic is typically a 45 to 60 minute process involving multiple infusions of water into the colon to cleanse its entire length, and are performed at colon hydrotherapy clinics. A small tube is inserted into the colon, and water is poured through the tube to flush out its contents. The build-up from the colon leaves the body through this same tube.
Enemas involve a single infusion of water into the colon to cleanse only its lower sections. Typically, an enema procedure will take ten to twenty minutes and may be done at home. Using a nozzle, an enema forces either pure water, or water mixed with an herbal extract into the colon through the anus. The enema is retained for five to fifteen minutes before the colon is relieved on the toilet.
Both colonic irrigation and enemas have some risks. Due to the nature of irrigation, dehydration or electrolyte imbalance may occur. The bowel may be perforated if precaution is not taken in administering a colon cleaning procedure. Consult with your doctor before beginning a colon cleansing routine, especially if you are pregnant or taking any medications.