Headaches. Constipation. Diarrhoea. Tiredness and lack of 'zip' – and even chronic fatigue. Metabolic conditions. Skin problems. Bad breath. Arthritis. No, not the inevitable result of following government healthy eating guidelines (although hang on a minute...), but just a few of the many conditions that can be helped by colon hydrotherapy.
Colon hydrotherapy is a gentle yet powerful cleanse for the bowel
So what is colon hydrotherapy? Put simply, it's the process of introducing warm, clean, filtered water into the bowel, AKA large intestine or colon, via the rectum – hence another name for the procedure, colonic irrigation. Hydrotherapy not only gently washes away built-up waste matter, but, even more importantly, it also serves to re-establish correct functioning of the bowel tissue.
This is by no means a small matter. Many people – I am tempted to add 'especially in the UK' – prefer to ignore their bowel. They pay little attention to what goes into it in terms of food and fluids, and treat what comes out of it with trepidation or disgust. The resulting disconnection between individuals and their own bodies eventually becomes a source of enormous misery for many.
The bowel is crucial – and widely ignored
For the bowel is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of the human organism. It is, basically, a great big muscular tube, bent into an approximately square shape and located in the abdomen. It's around 5 feet long and 6.35 cm (2.5 inches) in diameter, and is responsible for the final removal from the body of waste products as faeces, in a process called defecation.
Strictly speaking, the bowel is an organ of excretion rather than one of detoxification. Although the waste products of digestion voided by the bowel include toxins such as heavy metals, it's not the bowel that does the job of filtering and cleaning the blood of toxins. That's the role of specialised detox organs like the liver and kidneys. When the bowel is all tickety boo and functioning healthily, we feel great: full of energy and well being, ready to face the world and its challenges.
Health challenges associated with an underfunctioning bowel
Unfortunately, it's easy for the bowel to become overwhelmed and inefficient when there's all that waste matter to deal with. Not eating enough fibre? Your bowel will produce stools that are hard, dry and difficult to pass. And if that sounds like constipation, that's because it is. Perhaps you're not drinking enough water? The effect is much the same, with the added bonus of dehydration and its systemic negative effects. Eating too much processed grain products – white flour, cakes, pastries and the like? In this case, the bowel produces an excess of mucous and dense, sticky stools. Insufficient exercise, taking certain prescription drugs, drinking too many caffeinated drinks – all of these factors and more can negatively impact bowel function. Just as important are emotional factors: stress and its alleviation has an enormously important role to play in bowel health.
Annoying, inconvenient and frequently painful as these issues may be in themselves, the problems with impaired bowel function don't end there. Headaches, for example: an underfunctioning bowel can lead to autointoxication, where poisons are reabsorbed into the bloodstream from the colon. Headaches are one, unsurprising, result of autointoxication. Others include tiredness and fatigue, irritability, skin problems, arthritis and bad breath – and oh look, this is where we came in. Even system-wide metabolic dysregulation - type 2 diabetes, say - will benefit from having a fully functioning colon, not least because effective waste removal boosts all the other functions of digestion and nutrient uptake.
New year, new you?
People's minds naturally turn to cleansing, detoxification and internal spring cleaning after the excesses of the Christmas period. So why not give colon hydrotherapy a try - and take your health to the next level?
A first colonic, which includes a thorough case history, costs £75 and second and subsequent colonics cost £60. You can book through the Holden Clinic or contact me directly by email. Watch this space for further details of package offers very soon!
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I'm Adam Smith, a Herbalist and Naturopath practising in the Surrey/West Sussex/Kent border area. Although I hope it will change, I don't currently post here regularly.