May often be laughed at, but for sufferers of constipation or IBS, it offers great relief. It is a recognised treatment for a range of bowel disorders and associated conditions. Used thousands of years ago and extensively up until the mid 1800s when science-based medicine and practise occurred. Enemas and colonics were continued in the home and hospitalsto ensure daily bowel movements, but with increasing pressure on time and money, pills (i.e. powerful laxatives) have been favoured over enemas and colonics.
The theory behind cleansing the colon is to avoid internal toxicity. Many health problems, even skin conditions, nervous disorders, eye problems and even heart disease have been linked to poor bowel health - the bowel as guardian of the soul - your gut is the interface between what makes you and what you put in so it must be healthy to allow your body to get what it needs and in turn function effectively. Enemas and colonics help cleanse to restore health (and the effects can sometimes be instant, especially on energy levels).
Constipation, or 'bowel stasis', leads to higher levels of toxic substances within the body (present in the bloodstream, lymph and liver particularly) which in turn affect the other organs of elimination within the body: the lungs (bad breath), the skin (spots, dryness, eczema etc.) and the kidneys (highly coloured urine). In cases where there has been a long history of constipation, these toxins may affect muscles, eyes, stomach and digestion, giving rise to secondary illnesses which as diverticulitis and colon cancer.
Enemas simply introduce water or dilute solutions into the lower bowel for retention, softening the stools which arethen passed out. Colonic irrigation differs by having an inlet forwater and an outlet for the water and waste, which enables water to be fed around the whole bowel, and offers the ability to alter the peristalsis, or muscular rhythm, of the bowel muscle itself. Often this treatment is adjunct to others. Diet is important and herbs, massage, acupuncture, manipulative therapies and homeopathy are useful.