Theory Of Colonic Irrigation
Colonic irrigation is an extended and more complete form of an enema. The concept involves the mechanical process of infusing warm filtered water into the rectum with the objective of cleansing and balancing the colon. This procedure removes fecal material from colon walls and dilutes the bacterial toxin concentration in the large intestine. The therapeutic effects of colon hydrotherapy are improved muscle tone which facilitates peristaltic action and enhances the absorption of nutrients from the cecum and ascending colon while minimizing the absorption of toxic waste material. The cleansing effects of colonic irrigation reduce stagnation and subsequent bacterial proliferation in the colon and maintain harmony of the intestinal flora in promoting optimal health.
Colonic irrigation is not a cure-all, but an important complementary therapy in the overall health care of the client. The colon hygienist may gently manipulate the abdomen during the procedure to enhance the removal of waste material.
The standard enema and colon hydrotherapy treatment both utilize the infusion of aqueous substances into the rectum. A standard enema involves the injection of water (one way) into the colon which is retained and evacuated by the patient. Colonic irrigation is instrument controlled continual bathing of the colon for cleansing and therapeutic purposes. There is no offensive odor or health risk to those in contact with sick patients as with enemas and bed pans and the dignity of the client/patient is maintained. The enema's cleansing ability is limited to the area of the rectosigmoid and shorter periods of time because the body's natural wish to expel material from the rectum. Colonic irrigation extends beyond the natural expulsion area to offer greater cleansing and therapeutic benefits.
Variations in enema therapy include: The cleansing enema softens the feces and promotes evacuation of the bowel. The retention enema softens the feces and lubricates the lower bowel and rectum. The carminative enema is used primarily to relieve flatus (gas). The nutrient enema provides liquid nutrition for rapid absorption by the colon and rectum.
Colonic irrigation in itself encompasses all of these forms of enema therapy and benefits can be attained. Various prescribed supplemental solutions, i.e., saline, kayxelate, acidophilus, oxygen etc., or others may be implemented through colon hydrotherapy. (As Prescribed by Physician).
Colonic irrigation not only removes impaction, parasites, intestinal flatus and cellular debris, but is thought to cleanse and rejuvenate the portion of the immune system that resides in the intestinal tract (recent European studies indicate a greater portion located in the intestines than previously recognized). In summary, colonic irrigation provides tubular and cellular drainage outwardly from the rectum and inwardly via the portal and mesenteric lymphatic system.