By Andreas Moritz
Congested Intestinal Tract
The body’s health and vitality largely depend on the effortless and complete elimination of waste products from the intestinal tract. Most physical problems are caused by a build-up of waste material that may at first accumulate in the large intestine, commonly referred to as the colon, and then spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs.
When you eat highly processed foods that have been stripped of most nutrients, natural fiber and life force, the muscles wrapped around the colon have great difficulty moving along the partially digested food mass. When this substance remains in the colon for too long, it becomes progressively harder and drier. Accumulated or trapped waste material in the colon may consist of impacted feces, hardened mucus, dead cellular tissue, bacteria, parasites and various other toxic substances.Such toxins can find their way into the blood stream and lymph system, causing one to feel tired, sluggish or ill. Other common colon-related complaints include constipation, diarrhea, bloating, headaches, dizziness, nausea, sinusitis, eye and ear disorders, backaches, bad breath, body odor and disorders of the nervous system. Chronic situations are a common cause of colon cancer.
A healthy colon absorbs water, minerals and other nutrients. However, when the membrane of the colon is impacted with plaque, it cannot properly assimilate and absorb these minerals and nutrients. Accordingly, the body will begin to suffer from nutrient deficiencies. Most diseases are, in fact, deficiency disorders. They arise when certain parts of the body suffer mal-nourishment, particularly minerals. The most common cause of mal-nourishment is intestinal congestion. Stated simply, a clean colon is a prerequisite for a healthy body.
Colon hydrotherapy, also called ‘colonic irrigation’ or simply ‘colonic’, is perhaps one of the most effective colon therapies. Within a short period, a colonic can eliminate large amounts of trapped waste that may have taken many years to accumulate. During a 40-50 minute session of colonic hydrotherapy, a total of 2-6 liters of distilled water is used to gently flush the colon. Through gentle abdominal massage during the colonic, old deposits of hardened mucus and fecal matter are loosened and subsequently flushed out by the water.
A colonic removes not only harmful, toxic waste, but it also tones, hydrates and rejuvenates the colon muscles. The repeated uptake and release of water improves the colons peristaltic action and reduces the transit time of fecal matter. In addition, colonic irrigation helps restore the colons natural shape, and stimulates the reflex points that connect the colon with all the parts of the body. This form of colon cleansing can detach old crusted layers of waste from the colon walls, which permits better water absorption and hydration of the colon and the body as a whole. However, it may take at least 2-3 colonic sessions for these latter benefits to take effect.
During a colonic, one may feel a slight discomfort from time to time when larger quantities of toxic waste detach themselves from the intestinal walls and move towards the rectum. However, the feeling of lightness, cleanness and clarity of mind soon afterwards more than compensates for any feelings of mild discomfort.
Colonic irrigation can also help with emotional problems. It is no coincidence that the transverse colon passes right through the solar plexus, which is the body’s emotional center. Most of our unresolved or ‘undigested’ emotional issues are stored in the solar plexus and result in the tightening of the colon muscle. This may slow bowel movement and cause constipation. Colonics can help clear the physical obstruction and release the tension that caused the emotional repression in the first place.
Colonic cleansing is best done when the stomach is empty, or at least 2-3 hours after eating. It is beneficial to drink 1-2 glasses of water afterwards and eat a piece of fruit, or have some freshly prepared fruit juice one-half hour later. The first meal or two after the treatment should be light. After a colonic, the bowel movement will become naturally restored within about two days. If it takes longer than that, it indicates that the colon had accumulated unduly large amounts of waste over a period of many years. In this case, more colonics are recommended to remove the rest of the accumulated waste matter.
There are several different types of colon hydrotherapy systems currently in use, but all serve the same function. Professional colonic therapists receive their training from a variety of sources, but there are not yet universal standards or licensing arrangements. Fees for a colon hydrotherapy session vary considerably, but a typical one-hour session is in the range of $50 to $75.