Colon Hydrotherapy is an ancient method of natural healing, utilizing water to cleanse and heal the body. Enemas are a basic form of Colon Hydrotherapy in its most basic form that more people are familiar with. Enemas are recorded as early as 1500 B.C. in the “Ebers Papyrus”, an ancient Egyptian medical document.
In the early 1900’s, several physicians brought attention to Colon Hydrotherapy. James A Wiltsie M.D. and Joseph Waddington M.D. both placed tremendous value on the therapeutic benefit of this modality.
Dr. Waddington once stated: “Abnormal functioning of the intestinal canal is the precursor of much ill health, especially of chronic disease condition . Restoration of physiologic intestinal elimination is often first, but, too often ignored, important preliminary to eventual restoration of the health in general.”
Dr. Wiltsie followed through the theory by saying: “Our knowledge of normal and abnormal physiology of the colon, and of its pathology and management, has not kept pace with that of many organs and systems of the body. As long as we continue to assume that the colon will take care of itself, just that long we will remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most importance of fill health in the whole body.”
Today, physicians, naturopathic doctors and chiropractors recommend Colon Hydrotherapy as part of a holistic healing program.
Douglas M. Brodie, M.D. of Reno, Nevada, an oncologist and homeopath was quoted in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients ( August/September 2000 issue in the article “Value of Colon Hydrotherapy Verified by Medical Professionals ): “ I do recommend that most of my cancer patients take colon hydrotherapy or ‘colonic irrigation’ because they often improve by having such treatment…..It’s better than an enema, which is merely a lower bowel cleanse, as opposed to a colonic which is a thorough cleanse of the entire bowel. It’s similar to comparing the diagnostic efficacy of a sigmoidoscopy of the short end of the bowel to a colonoscopy which takes in the whole bowel. An enema only goes so far. Colon Hydrotherapy is the best cleansing and detoxifier for the gastrointestinal tract that anybody could want. I do promote its use.”
Colon Hydrotherapy cleanses the colon by using water as a medium to loosen and break down the impacted material through repeated flushing with varied water temperature, so that the material can be flushed out and can no longer harm the body or inhibit assimilation and elimination. Also, the colon muscles are exercised during this process; in time, it is possible for muscle tone to be regained and the distended colon to be reshaped. Of course, Colon Hydrotherapy helps to hydrate the body. Our bodies are over 70 % water. In addition, there are reflex points in the colon connected to every system and organ in the body. Thus, as the colon is cleansed, the reflex points can be better stimulated.
The colon or large intestine can be viewed as the sewer system of the body. It is at the end of the digestive tract/alimentary canal and is 5 to 5 ½ feet long.; it is an organ that is made up of muscle tissue that move toxic materials and waste along and out of the body through peristaltic action ( wave like motions ). When waste builds up in the colon, then putrefaction occurs i.e. decay; think of a trash can that has had food waste sitting in it for a while and how rotting takes place. Consequently, autointoxification occurs as the toxins are back-flushed through the entire body because the colon is backed up, and the entire body is contaminated. Toxins can be found in every cell, organ and system.
When a person is constipated, the walls of the colon are lined with impacted accumulated feces, which provides a good home and breeding ground for bacteria, parasites and candida albicans. Oftentimes, hardened mucous, also known as mucoid placque, is part of the impacted material which can contribute to even more constipation as the peristaltic action of the colon muscles is hampered.
Constipation can be caused by insufficient hydration, insufficient intake of fiber, unhealthy nutrition, imbalanced inner ecology ( including lower count of good bacteria to bad bacteria in the colon ), chemicals, environmental toxins ( endotoxins and exotoxins ), high emotional tension, stress, injury, trauma, to name just some factors.
In a healthy colon, the ratio of good bacteria ( flora ) to bad bacteria is 80/20; in an unhealthy colon the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria can be totally reversed to 20/80.
In order to cleanse the body, a thorough cleaning of the colon has to be the first step of an effective cleansing program. Thus, the other systems of elimination, including the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin and lymphatic system can systematically release built-up toxins and be able to function optimally also. It’s basically a domino effect.
It takes time for toxic material to build up, sometimes years, which can create for a body to exhibit “dis-ease”. Keeping this in mind, it then takes time to reverse the process through cleaning the body with the assistance of Colon Hydrotherapy and other cleanses.
When the colon is eliminating waste material efficiently, then the whole digestion tract benefits and the assimilation of nutrients is optimized.
80 % of the immune cells are located in the colon. The immune system cannot be built up in a toxic body, only in a body with a minimal amount of accumulated toxic material. At this point in time on this planet, our enviroment is polluted to such a degree that cleansing on a periodic basis ( frequency and timing depending on a person’s health condition, where a person lives and other personal factors ) is important. We take our cars in for regular tune-ups, lubing and changing of fluids to keep them in good, safe working conditions. Similarly and more importantly, I feel that our bodies need periodic cleansing, good nutrition, love, joy and care not only for good health, but to be able to be strong and vibrant vehicles for our spirit, to hold more and more light and higher and higher frequencies as we evolve.
Indications for Colon Hydrotherapy: the history and physical examination of the patient (by the physician) would dictate the need for colon hydrotherapy in the overall treatment plan. Colon Hydrotherapy has been shown to be beneficial for the following conditions:
· Acute Fecal Impaction
· Parasitic Infection
· Atonic Colon
· Mucous Colitis
· Fever Therapy
· Paraplegics & Quadriplegics (Bowel Training)
· Abdominal Distention/Flatulence
· Hemorrhoids (mild to moderate)
· Intestinal Toxemia
· Nutrient Supplementation via Rectum
· Balance Physiologic Flora of Large Intestine
· Preparation for Diagnostic Study of the Large Intestine
· Barium Enema
· Sigmoidscopy and Colonoscopy
Indications under prescription and direct physician supervision:
· Ulcerative Colitis
· Crohn’s Disease
Contraindications for Colon Hydrotherapy:
· Severe Cardiac Disease; i.e. uncontrolled hypertension, congestive heart failure of organic valve disease
· Severe Anemia
· GI Hemorrhage/perforation
· Severe hemorrhoids
· Carcinoma of the Colon
· Advance Pregnancy
· Abdominal Hernia
· Recent Colon Surgery
· Renal Insufficiency
Environmental toxins can be found in the air, (indoor air is 70% more polluted than outdoor air), water, and soil. Toxic material can be also found in food, cleaning products, personal care products, furniture, carpeting, paints, etc. Hazardous material is released into the air from cars and various industries. What you put on your body ( lotions, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, makeup etc.) is as important as what you eat since your skin is the largest organ of your body and will absorb whatever you put on it.
Environmental toxins belong to the group that is termed primary toxic suppressors (the term coined by Dr. William R. Kellas and Dr. Andrea Sharon Dworkin, authors of “Surviving the Toxic Crisis”). Primary environmental toxins come from electromagnetic pollution (power lines, cell phones, computers, microwaves, etc.), chemicals/solvents, metals, air and water pollution.
As an example, chlorine, which is added to water to disinfect it, is a health challenge as it combines with other pollutants. In a ten minute average shower, the human body can absorb the same amount of chlorine as if you drank 20 gallons of tap water. In addition, hot water from a shower releases chloroform, one of many chemicals which has been linked to increased incidences of colon and rectal cancer as well as bladder cancer
(“Terrain is Everything” by Susan Stockton). Shower filters and whole house water filtration systems are available to filter out chlorine and other chemicals from water. Taking this simple step not only benefits your health but also improves the condition of your skin and your hair.
Heavy metals can be found in the air, water, in the pipes of houses, cans, seafood, to name a few. Mercury poses a significant health challenge to the gastrointestinal tract. Silver dental fillings are comprised of 50% of mercury; the other 50% is comprised of other metals. Mercury toxicity can cause constipation, bloating gas, rashes, and frequent night urination. Mercury accumulated in the system interferes with the assimilation of nutrients and waste excretion from the cells and harms the immune system (“Surviving the Toxic Crisis” by Dr. William R. Kellas and Dr. Andrea Sharon Dworkin). In my years of practice as a Colon Hydrotherapist, I have witnessed people with the condition of candidiasis, particularly in severe cases (imbalance of yeast/fungus in the system), being able to balance the condition when they address the issue of mercury also.
Holistic doctors and natural healthcare practitioners can provide simple tests to measure the levels of toxicity of heavy metals in the body. Intravenous chelation, oral chelation, and chelation through suppositories are various ways that can help clear heavy metals out of the body, plus vegetable juicing using cilantro in the mixture.
Aluminum is another prevalent metal found in cookware, aluminum foil, antiperspirant, antacids, paint, cosmetics, baking powder and some over the counter drugs. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. All toxic metals have adverse affect on our health.
Emotional and Spiritual Aspects to Healing:
The body is of the densest vibration in this dimension. The body is affected by thoughts, emotions, stress, nutrition, level of hydration, and the environment, including planetary alignment, sun flares and earth activity.
On my own healing journey and in my years of practice as a healer, I have had the experience and the privilege of witnessing people healing on the spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical levels. Besides cleansing and nutritional support, spiritual practices, emotional healing, working with the subconscious mind and re-educating belief systems that are without benefit, has helped greatly to heal me and others on all levels.
The first chakra ( root chakra ), the second chakra (the sacral chakra) and the third chakra (the solar plexus chakra), are energy centers associated with the bottom half of the torso. The fourth chakra (the heart chakra), the fifth chakra (the throat chakra), the sixth chakra (the brow chakra) and the seventh chakra (the crown chakra) are associated with the upper torso. In my experience, the issues corresponding to the first three chakras need to be addressed and healed first before the upper chakras can be further opened, healed and balanced. For example, safety issues need to be healed in order for the heart chakra to be opened. Issues around the first chakra are related to survival/ security issues including safety issues, support, money, shelter, food, to name a few. The primary emotion is of fear.
Issues associated with the second chakra are primarily related to sexuality and creativity.
Issues around the third chakra (which run through the transverse colon) are related to power, will and potency.
The first three chakras listed above, are associated with the lower torso where the colon resides. According to Louise Hay, author of “You Can Heal Your Life”, probable cause of dis-ease in the colon is the fear of letting go of the past; holding onto the past. Her suggested affirmation for this is “I easily release that which I no longer need. The past is over and I am free”.
Karol Truman, author of “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die” (revised and updated edition 2003), further delineates the issues of the three sections of the colon: Ascending: not being generous to yourself (need to be). Transverse: not being open/truthful to self and others. Descending: unable to be relaxed within yourself. Old belief systems are stored in the colon energetically. In my years as a Colon Hydrotherapist, I have seen over and over again when people verbalize what is challenging for them and also emote at the same time, the body releases much quicker and in copious amounts.
My own daily spiritual practices include meditation, prayers, blessings, and journaling. I journal to release and heal emotions and also to work with the subconscious mind with the tool of non-dominant handwriting (for a right hander, the non-dominant hand would be the left hand; for the left hander, the non-dominant hand would be the right hand) to access what is hidden and that I am not aware of. Through the process of non-dominant hand writing, the ego is bypassed and much information can be gathered from the right brain. Through this powerful yet simple tool, one can dialogue with the unconscious internal aspects of self, such as the inner child, the critic, the judge, the perfectionist, the controller, in order to uncover hidden issues so that they can be brought forth to be healed. What you uncover, discover, can be healed and transformed. What you are not aware of, runs your life. I dialogue with the internal aspects of self regarding the issues that need to be healed which include the first three chakra issues listed previously.
On my path and in my work of assisting others on their healing path, I have experienced and witnessed negative thoughts and challenging feelings affecting the body, which can create challenges in the body if they are not addressed and healed. In addition, a toxic body can also affect the brain, thinking and emotions. Hence, it is important to not only cleanse the body through therapies such as Colon Hydrotherapy, other cleanses and holistic healing therapies, but to work actively on a regular basis to clear emotional toxins, heal the related emotional traumas and spiritual and psychological wounds. Since there is zero separation of the spirit, mind and body, it is vital to address healing in all these areas. One can only become whole and healthy when there is conscious commitment to healing based on self love and self acceptance.
Through my own journey of healing, as I worked with cleansing my body, working with my emotional, psychological and spiritual healing, my body has shifted and healed dramatically. I have lived through a number of experiences, including anorexia nervosa at the age of 18 (down to 58 pounds), severe immune disorders, spinal surgery, plus severe breathing challenges in the lungs and nose and severe depression, all of which are now healed. Today, I am strong, healthy, vibrant and thriving with my own business assisting others to heal on all levels. I have much more joy, peace and balance in my life, for which I am very grateful. I continue to learn, heal, grow and evolve. I feel honored to be of service to others and to be able to make a contribution from the lessons of my experiences and completions.
Clara McComber was born in Hong Kong, In 1981, she moved to the United States to study music at the University of Redlands in California where she received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance. In 1991, due to severe health challenges related to the immune system, respiratory system and past traumas, Clara moved to Flagstaff, Arizona where she connected with holistic healers who were instrumental in assisting her journey to wellness. n 2000, with her health dramatically improved, Clara started her holistic healing practice, the Center for Radiant Health, based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Today, she is a teacher, speaker, intuitive healer and Certified Colon Hydro-therapist. Her intent is to be of service to others and to empower them to make changes and heal on all levels. Click here to see the original post: http://powerofradiance.com/Teaching.html