Historians tell us that the practice of bowel cleansing 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 bowel cleansing and directions. Jesus, in The Essene Gospel of Peace from the third century, stated: “The uncleanness within is greater by much than the uncleanness without. And he who cleanses himself without, but within remains unclean, is like a tomb that outwards is painted fair, but is within full of all manner of horrible uncleanliness and abominations. And this holy baptizing is rebirth unto the new life, for your eyes shall henceforth see, and your ears shall hear. Fear no more, after your baptism, and the angels of air and water will eternally abide in you and shall serve you evermore.”
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 was essential to well-being.
By the late 19th century and the early 20th century, with the advent of rubber, the enema or clyster slowly gave way to colon hydrotherapy equipment which greatly improved the cleansing of the colon.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, of the renowned Battle Creek Sanitarium, reported in the 1917 Journal of American Medicine, that in the treatment of more than 40,000 cases of gastrointestinal disease, he had used surgery in only twenty cases. The others were improved by the cleansing of the bowel, improved diet and exercise.
Colon hydrotherapy eventually gained the attention of James A. Wiltsie, M.D., who contended that “our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon, and of its pathology and management, has not kept pace with that of many of the organs and systems of the body.” He went on to say, “As long as we continue to assume that the colon will take care of itself, just that long will we remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body.”
Colon Hydrotherapy Today
Colon hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine. By introducing filtered and temperature-regulated water into the colon, waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through normal peristalsis. The gentle movement of water exercises the peristaltic muscles resulting in increased colon efficiency. Colon hydrotherapy is best used in combination with an adequate nutrient and fluid intake as well as exercise. The Colon is the place where we store the material that most of us would rather not think about and most of us don’t until our physical, mental, or spiritual health becomes compromised.
Colon hydrotherapy improves the function of all organs of the body resulting in more energy and vitality. Our organs are able to dump toxins into the bowel instead of holding them. While the colon is congested, the other elimination channels (liver, kidney, skin, and lungs, etc.) must take on a large part of the cleansing process. Colon cleansing not only removes impaction, parasites, intestinal gas, cellular debris, it also cleanses and rejuvenates that portion of the immune system that resides in the intestinal tract.
During the Cleanse we eat soft foods, which is very important because the body needs to use its energy for the regenerating process instead of using it all for digestion, which normally requires 85% of our energy. Also, much of the body has been hungry due to lack of assimilation and the soft foods will supply the deprived body with the nutrients it needs. The body is then able to release accumulated toxins and assimilate nutrition. Regeneration is possible because assimilation and elimination are brought back into balance.