A practice dating back thousands of years, colon therapy is exactly what is sounds like: the cleansing of the colon using water, herbal solutions, or other liquids, such as coffee. The treatment detoxifies the intestine by removing any built up waste, promoting the body’s natural healing abilities. It has been known to increase the immune system’s ability to fight off diseased cells and other poisons, even cancer.
The condition of the gastrointestinal tract is often the root of many health conditions. Colonics stimulates digestive function and intestinal movement. The expansion and contraction of intestinal muscles called peristalsis, governed by the parasympathetic nervous system, propels intestinal contents through the body. Weak peristalsis means inefficient waste removal. An underperforming, sluggish colon is a common cause for toxicity. As wastes build up, they can ferment, decay and be absorbed through the walls of your colon into your bloodstream. These toxins can poison your brain and nervous system, contributing to depression, anxiety, irritability and lethargy. The skin’s health can also be a good indicator of the need for colon hydrotherapy as toxins that cannot be eliminated through the colon, start to be eliminated through the skin, a secondary organ of elimination. Repetition of filling the colon with water works not only to flush waste out of the colon, but it also stimulates the colon to contract, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and increasing detoxification pathways. Using water to cleanse your colon can be an excellent way to achieve optimal bowel function.