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hydrotherapy, also known as colonic, high colonic, or colon lavage,
is a gentle cleansing of the large intestine using pure filtered
water. Colon lavage was first recorded in 1500 B.C., in the ancient
Egyptian document, Ebers Papyrus, which concerned the practice of
medicine. Hippocrates (4th and 5th century B.C.) used enemas for
fever therapy. In 1600 A.D., Pare was the first to distinguish colon
hydrotherapy from the popular enema therapy of that age. The enema's
cleansing ability is limited to the area of the rectosigmoid colon
and for shorter periods of time because of the body's natural urge
to expel material from the rectum. Colon hydrotherapy extends beyond
the natural expulsion area to offer deeper cleansing and therapeutic
these current medical facts:
$400 million are spent annually on laxatives in the U.S.
70 million Americans suffer from bowel problems.
people undergo colostomies each year in the U.S.
cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S.
100,000 Americans die annually due to this disease.
and functional disturbances of the digestive system are the most
frequent complaints heard today. The health of most organs as well
as our overall well-being depends on how well our bowel (intestine)
functions. Research has shown that regular use of highly processed
food, refined carbohydrates, and lack of fiber in the diet increases
the transit time of bowel wastes and promotes putrefaction in the
colon. Both of these factors have been linked to constipation and
bowel diseases. The American Cancer Society has provided evidence
which suggests that colon cancer is caused by environmental agents
such as: pesticides and herbicides sprayed on crops, hormones and
anti-biotics fed to animals and carcinogenic agents in the air we
breathe. Periodic cleansing of the colon could minimize exposure
of these potential carcinogens to the colon wall.