“My original training in colonic irrigation was when I administered it twenty-five years ago as part of my massage therapy program. And, that training went a lot deeper when I attended Bastyr University. I was one of several instructors in colonic irrigation at that naturopathic college,” says Janet Beaty, ND, whose practice is in West Concord, Massachusetts. “Now I don’t own the physical facilities for doing it in my office. However, I regularly refer patients to a competent nearby colon hydrotherapist.
“My experience with the treatment is positive. I refer people to have it when they suffer from constipation. It occurs because their colons are not fully emptying and bringing on GI discomforts of some kind. I sense that the patient must empty old waste products. So, there shouldn’t be interference with healing modalities,” states Dr Beaty. “I am using colonic irrigation as my beginning treatment for detoxification, particularly for patients with congested bowels. While I focus on the gastrointestinal aspects of colonic irrigation, I also prescribe it for the treatment of allergies, arthritis, and other health difficulties.
“If I had my druthers, I would get all of the patients with any health problems on colonic irrigation. Why I don’t is because it entails the payment of cash-out-of-pocket and some people find the concept too ‘kinky’ even to imagine doing it,” Dr Beaty says. “Yet, probably most patients should receive at least one colonic irrigation while taking care of themselves. It is a beneficial tool for nearly any patient to get the bowel peristalsis to work. A useful technique for stimulating such peristalsis is to start with giving colonic irrigation using warm water and gradually decreasing the water temperature as treatment continues. This lower temperature tends to stimulate the bowel muscles. The cold temperatures cause right peristaltic action for a retraining of the bowel.
“The ideal treatment program I follow is that from four to eight weeks, the patient receives colonic irrigation. This time frame is necessary for unloading a bunch of toxins from the liver. Here is a typical case history. A thirty-six-year-old patient, Mrs Cynthia Mangie, had experienced several ectopic pregnancies which resulted in her having many miscarriages and ending with chronic endometriosis. Also, she had her belly sliced into many times. Her caesarian pregnancies left her with too much scar tissue so that now the endometriosis must be managed without further surgery,” says Dr Janet Beaty.
“The solution to my patient’s problem of endometrial pain is to take a colonic irrigation one week before her period. Then, the pain reduces markedly because colonic prevented her usual premenstrual constipation. With the bowel clean, Mrs Mangie has more room in her belly. She currently takes colonic irrigation routinely for improving the quality of her life.”