Colon Therapy

Colon Therapy has been used for centuries typically under the name of enemas. Colonic irrigation, coffee enemas, high enema, hydro-colon therapy and detoxification therapy are all names used for the cleansing of the large colon (more commonly referred to as the large intestine) with water, herbal solutions, or enzymes. All courses of treatment associated with colon therapy must be done in a hospital setting under the supervision of a colonic hygienist.

The Procedure

General colon therapy procedures typically take 30-45 minutes. The procedure requires plastic tubing to be inserted into the colon via the rectum. Then a machine, or a gravity-driven pump, sends approximately 20 gallons of water through the tubing and into the large intestines. When that is complete, the walls of the colon are massaged in order to loosen the debris that is attached to the walls and then the water is released. This process is done two or three times in an attempt to clear out waste particles and clean the colon. With the toxic materials cleared out, the colon will be able to decipher malformed cells and eliminate them. Though this has not been proven to prevent or fight cancer, many people benefit from this method due to unhealthy dietary habits that have caused their colons to become lined with toxic materials. Those with severe hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, rectal or colon tumors, Crohn’s disease, and those who are recovering from bowel surgery might consider these conditions prior to seeking colonic treatment.

History of Colon Therapy

Removing toxic materials from the colon by using cleaning rituals similar to modern therapies have been practiced since the time of the Egyptians. During the 1920s and 1930s colon therapy gained popularity. In 1985, the California Department of Health Services united with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban colon machines from private use, limiting them only to medically pertinent, hospital settings.

Although currently not endorsed by research or the American Cancer Society, alternative treatments such as colon therapy, are used by some regardless of their reported effectiveness. Patients diagnosed with mesothelioma and other cancers might consider these types of alternative treatments in conjunction with standard methods.


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