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Table of Contents

Please Read this First.........................................................................................2

Terms of Use ...............................................................................................................................2

Disclaimer....................................................................................................................................2

Table of Contents................................................................................................4

About the Author ................................................................................................8

An Introduction to Colon Cleansing..................................................................9

Healthy Bowel Movements ....................................................................................................9

What Causes Problems ....................................................................................10

The Colon Cleaning Process.................................................................................................. 12

Why Some Doctors Do NOT Recommend Colon Cleansing .........................13

What is Colon Cleansing?................................................................................14

What is a Colonic?............................................................................................16

The Colonic Procedure ........................................................................................................... 16

Do You Need a Colonic? ..................................................................................................... 16

Side Effects .......................................................................................................................... 17

People that should NOT have Colonics ............................................................................ 17

Preparation for a Colonic.................................................................................................... 17

After a Colonic ..................................................................................................................... 17

Who Needs Colon Cleansing? .........................................................................19

Why Colon Health is Important .............................................................................................. 21

Signs of Normal Bowels and Colon....................................................................................... 21

Importance of Natural Bowel Movements ......................................................................... 21

Health Benefits Claimed for Colon Cleansing ................................................23

Effects of Pollution .............................................................................................................. 23

Is Colon Cleansing Safe? .................................................................................25

The Difference between a Colonic and an Enema .........................................27

Different Methods of Colon Cleansing ............................................................28

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Colon Hydrotherapy ............................................................................................................ 28

Enemas ................................................................................................................................. 28

Laxatives .............................................................................................................................. 29

Oxygen-Based Colon Cleansing ........................................................................................ 30

Herbal Colon Cleansers ...................................................................................................... 30

Detoxification Diets ............................................................................................................. 30

Colon Hydrotherapy .........................................................................................31

How a Colon Hydrotherapy Treatment is Done ................................................................ 31

Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy ............................................................................................ 32

Before a Colon Hydrotherapy Session.............................................................................. 33

Colon Cleansing at Home.................................................................................35

Basic Facts about Colon Cleansing at Home ....................................................................... 35

Small Meals .......................................................................................................................... 35

Water Intake ......................................................................................................................... 36

Probiotics ............................................................................................................................. 36

Vitamin or Nutrient Supplements....................................................................................... 36

Detox Bath............................................................................................................................ 36

Eating Habits........................................................................................................................ 37

Fibrous Foods...................................................................................................................... 37

Getting Rid of Toxins with Internal Cleansing................................................38

How to Give an Enema .....................................................................................40

Equipment for an Enema ........................................................................................................ 40

Enema bag or can................................................................................................................ 40

Davol colon tube.................................................................................................................. 40

Castile enema soap ............................................................................................................. 41

K-Y Jelly, Vaseline or Cold cream...................................................................................... 41

Where to hang the enema bag ........................................................................................... 41

Pad or heavy bath towel ..................................................................................................... 41

Procedure for Enema Administration.................................................................................... 42

Choosing the Right Colon Cleansing Products for You................................44

Herbal Products ....................................................................................................................... 44

Psyllium ................................................................................................................................ 44

Replacing vitamins, minerals and nutrients ..................................................................... 44

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Probiotics ............................................................................................................................. 45

Follow Instructions carefully.................................................................................................. 45

Suitability for YOU ............................................................................................................... 45

15. How to Cleanse Your Colon ............................................................................................. 46

Homemade Colon Cleanses ................................................................................................... 46

Juices Method...................................................................................................................... 46

Bentonite clay and psyllium husk mix .............................................................................. 46

Readymade Colon Cleanses .................................................................................................. 46

Some Suggestions about your Diet....................................................................................... 47

Preparing For a Colon Cleanse........................................................................48

A Few days Before Your Colon Cleanse ........................................................................... 48

Starting a Colon Cleansing Regimen ..............................................................49

Choosing An Appropriate Colon Cleanser ........................................................................... 49

Maintaining your General Health ........................................................................................... 51

Maintaining Regular Bowel Functions .................................................................................. 52

Squatting Position ............................................................................................................... 52

Natural Colon Cleansing Using Herbs ............................................................53

Starting a Colon Cleansing Regimen ................................................................................ 53

Different Natural Remedies for a Colon Cleanse ................................................................. 53

Essential Precautions BEFORE Using Natural Colon Cleansers .................56

Colon Cleanse Diets .........................................................................................58

Avoid these During Colon Cleanse.................................................................................... 58

Foods that may Help your Colon Cleanse ........................................................................ 58

Colon Cleansing Recipes .................................................................................61

Colonic Irrigation Tips ......................................................................................63

After Your Colon Cleanse ................................................................................64

Maintain Your Health and Vitality with Body Cleansing ................................65

Complete Body Cleansing ...................................................................................................... 65

Colon Cleanse...................................................................................................................... 65

Parasite Cleansing................................................................................................................... 65

Liver Flush............................................................................................................................ 66

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About the Author

Peter Mason had colon cleansing a few years ago.

He believes that it was beneficial for him.

He wrote this guide to help demystify Colon Cleansing by explaining the

possible benefits, reasons for having the procedure, and possible risks.

Peter says that much of the information which we are exposed to is driven by

advertising and other reasons where some of those doing the promotion do

not explain everything which you need to know before and after you have

colon cleansing.

Peter hopes that his guide will not only help people who may decide to have

colon cleansing but also provide unbiased information and help for those

close to them.

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An Introduction to Colon Cleansing

Colon cleansing is fast becoming a very popular therapy to combat digestive

problems and to avoid weight gain. It is a means of improving your general

health.

The colon is a part of your large intestine. It absorbs water and stores your

body’s waste products until they are excreted. Your colon is responsible for

maintaining the electrolyte and water balance of the body.

Healthy Bowel Movements

It is usual for many healthy people to have one or two bowel movements

every 24 hours.

Most bowel movements will have a brown or green color. An adult may have

from five to forty pounds of compacted waste in their bowels.

Your feces (excreted matter) should be mostly solid.

You should not strain or experience any serious straining when excreting.

Frequent straining and exertion in excretion may cause improper or

incomplete removal of waste materials from your body.

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What Causes Problems

It may sometimes be difficult to identify the root cause of a problem.

However, improper absorption of the food that we eat and ineffective

elimination of waste products from our body may have a negative effect on

our health and encourage development of disease or deterioration of our

state of health.

Diet

Your body state is linked to the type and amount of food which you eat.

Proteins are necessary for your body but excess proteins may be harmful.

Many American’s diets are too high in fats and carbohydrates. These put

pressure on your colon and may cause it to become inefficient.

Overloading of the colon is often due to unhealthy food habits like:

• eating junk food

• a diet consisting mainly of processed and refined food

• eating at odd hours, and

• either overeating or under-eating.

Also, stress, pollution, and other harmful elements in our environment may

increase the chance of serious problems with your digestion.

A sedentary lifestyle may aggravate the condition.

Delaying Excretion

You should follow the signals your body gives you. Do not delay excretion

when you feel the urge. This can make it more uncomfortable for you and

put extra strain on your system when you do try to eliminate the waste

products.

You should not strain or experience any serious strain when excreting.

Frequent straining and exertion in excretion may cause improper or

incomplete removal of waste materials from your body. The remnants of food

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remaining within your colon may contribute to the development of serious

illnesses.

The waste materials are unwanted parts of your food. If you do not excrete

them and some remain in your colon, they may be reabsorbed.

These waste materials could undergo further decomposition and be a

breeding ground where harmful bacteria thrive.

The accumulated toxins may cause various symptoms like constipation,

headaches, fatigue, allergy symptoms, depression, irritability, bad breath,

bloating and infection.

Toxins may help to stop important organs of your body from functioning to

their normal capacity.

The accumulation of toxins may cause or increase the effects of many

problems like acne, obesity, cancers, heart ailments, hemorrhoids and

ulcerative colitis.

Colon cleansing is intended to help to clean your body of unwanted toxins.

Colon cleansing is claimed to be an effective process for detoxifying your

body. Its promoters say that it not only cleanses your colon but may also

clean your entire digestive system, including your small intestine, stomach

and large intestine.

Keeping your digestive system clean can help to ensure a healthier body.

After you complete the process of colon cleansing, the promoters say that

you will feel a lot better, due to the removal of toxins from your body.

They claim that the process helps you to develop healthier bowels with the

possibility of less constipation in the future. Some suggest that it may also

make you feel much lighter and fresher. You might have less body aches and

pains.

It is essential to stay away from junk food and not overeat while you undergo

colon cleansing.

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The Colon Cleaning Process

Colon cleansing involves the use of a colon cleanser, usually a commercial

product which may be chemical-based or a product that contains one or more

natural ingredients which are claimed to have cleansing properties.

Some people take a fiber shake; a liquid containing natural, high-fiber

ingredients. They may start by having just one a day. Some will gradually

increase their intake to three or even five times a day over a period from two

to four weeks.

Some people prefer to use commercial colon cleansers like OxyPowder®,

Colonix® or Dual Action Cleanse®.

You might also use one of several available herbal “natural colon cleansing”

preparations.

Their users say that they may be less harsh on your body than the chemical

based products and may provide a more thorough cleansing.

Many of these products are oxygen-based colon cleansers.

Stabilized oxygen therapy is claimed by some people to clean the entire colon

by removing the old impacted fecal matter and to detoxify your body.

They say that some fiber products, including Psyllium, may only flush out

only the larger debris clogged within your colon.

I am not aware of any definitive tests which would support these claims.

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Why Some Doctors Do NOT

Recommend Colon Cleansing

Colon cleansing is an invasive procedure which should only be done after

full consultation with your doctor and under the direction and supervision

of a qualified and experienced medical professional.

Many doctors and other medical professionals are not in favor of colon

cleansing as a measure for better health or for prevention of disease.

They recommend colon cleansing only in preparation for a medical

examination or procedure. These doctors say that cleaning of the colon is a

natural process that your body usually does better by itself.

Most people do not have to take special supplements, enemas, or pills to

eliminate body waste material or bacteria.

Since your colon absorbs sodium and water and is responsible for

maintaining the electrolyte balance in your body, such cleansers could disrupt

the natural balance. This might lead to salt depletion and cause dehydration.

This might also encourage the development of serious ailments like heart

failure, malnutrition or anemia.

Some doctors may advise that a better approach might be to eat a fiber-rich

diet with sufficient water taken each day to help to keep your body free of

constipation and resultant colon problems.

Self-administration should only ever be done if you have the approval of your

doctor.

People who are recovering from cancer treatments, inflammatory bowel

diseases (like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) and pregnant women

should not undergo any colon cleansing programs at all.

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What is Colon Cleansing?

Colon cleansing is a procedure to clean your colon. The term “colon cleanse’

has the same meaning as intestinal cleanse, intestinal therapy or bowel

cleanse.

The main aim of a colon cleanse procedure is to have a clean bowel, whether

to reduce problems like constipation or to be better prepared for certain

surgical procedures.

A colon cleansing procedure may involve the use of different supplements

and a few days of fasting.

A good colon cleanse would also aim to cleanse your colon of any possibly

injurious parasites.

The total process might take around three to four weeks.

The effectiveness of a colon cleanse depends on your individual body

condition and other factors which should be evaluated by your doctor before

you even think of undergoing the procedure.

Your body requires sufficient intake of good food and water. Unless you eat

proper food, you will not be able to have a healthy body.

Many people in the developed world have a diet that is rich in white flour,

refined sugar and meats. These foods, in excess may cause problems which

lead to accumulation of various toxins within your body.

Toxin accumulation is claimed to cause constipation. This increases the

transit time for toxins to be expelled from within your body. If toxins or

waste materials remain for a long time within your body, they may get

putrefied and ferment.

There could also be re-absorption of some waste materials which might be

very detrimental to your health. Accumulation of toxins within your body and

remnants of fecal materials within your colon can encourage the growth of

disease-related parasites within your body.

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Where the slow disposal of toxins leads to reabsorption, these fecal materials

might enter your lymph nodes and bloodstream and make you more

susceptible to various diseases.

Excessive accumulation of toxins might weaken your body’s important

systems and make your immune system less able to fight off invasive bugs.

You might become more open to various degenerative diseases like cancer.

Some claim that a colon cleanse is worthwhile because it may provide an

effective and efficient way of detoxifying your body.

It may be a prerequisite of many detox programs.

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What is a Colonic?

A colonic is a cleansing procedure where water is introduced through the

rectum to clean and flush out toxins from the colon.

A typical colonic session may last from forty-five minutes to an hour. This is

best done under the supervision of a colon therapist, an expert in colonic.

This may also be called a colonic irrigation, colonic hydrotherapy or colon

irrigation.

The Colonic Procedure

After completion and examination of your complete health history checkup

and consultation by the hydrotherapist, you wear a hospital gown and lie

down, face-up on the treatment table.

The therapist inserts a disposable speculum, which is connected by a long

disposable plastic hose to the colon hydrotherapy unit, into your anus.

The therapist slowly releases warm and filtered water into the colon. The

water causes your colon muscles to contract.

This is peristalsis. This causes the feces to be pushed out from your colon

through the hose and collected in a closed waste system for disposal.

There could be some discomfort or a weird sensation in the abdomen during

the therapy.

The therapist massages in and around the abdominal region during the

therapy to facilitate the process.

The therapist could comment on the color of the feces, although no smell

would come out of the closed system.

After the session, you may use the toilet to pass any residual water and

stools.

Do You Need a Colonic?

A colonic is normally used to remove accumulated fecal matter from the

colon. Accumulated feces within the colon are the primary cause for

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constipation and may, in turn, encourage the development of various

diseases and illnesses. That could cause a significant deterioration in your

general health.

The accumulated fecal matter could harden over time and reduce the normal

processes of absorption of water and nutrients. Such an accumulation may

also produce an uncontrollable growth of harmful colon bacteria and yeast.

Sometimes, stagnant toxins could be absorbed back into the bloodstream

through the colon wall. This is autointoxication.

Side Effects

Common side effects of a colonic may include nausea and fatigue for several

hours.

There may be a risk of perforation of the abdominal wall.

Careful monitoring is required to reduce the possibility of complications like

electrolyte imbalance and heart failure due to excessive absorption of water.

People that should NOT have Colonics

People that have or are being checked for specific medical conditions like

ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, blood vessel disease,

severe hemorrhoids, heart disease, congestive heart failure, gastrointestinal

cancer, abdominal hernia, severe anemia, or intestinal tumors should not

have a colonic.

You should refrain from having a colonic if you have undergone any recent

surgery of the colon.

Pregnant women should not have a colonic as it could stimulate uterine

contractions.

Preparation for a Colonic

Before the colonic, drink plenty of fluids and eat only lightly.

After a Colonic

After the colonic, eat very light foods.

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Some people recommend that you eat probiotic foods to restore the good

bacteria in your gut.

Avoid raw vegetables for few days.

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Who Needs Colon Cleansing?

Although colon cleansing is claimed to be a good way of cleaning your colon

of all accumulated waste materials, it should not be undertaken as a fad or a

style statement.

Colon cleansing is a medical technique and it is best to use it only under

medical supervision and instruction.

If you have any serious gastrointestinal disease, where it is not possible for

your bowel to function properly, you may be told that you need a colonic.

If you have poor dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle, some people claim

that undergoing a colonic can help clean your colon of some of the

accumulated waste materials so that you might be better able to make

further adjustments to improve your health and lifestyle and help reduce the

possibility of future intestinal disorders.

Some people might choose a colonic as a preventive measure to perhaps

help maintain normal health.

It may be difficult to find a permanent cure for intestinal disorders once you

develop them. So, adopting preventive techniques to avoid their occurrence

is a better idea.

Some people suggest that having a proper colon cleansing might help your

colon to retain or improve its natural health and vitality.

The colon is a very important organ of the body. If the colon is clogged, due

to accumulated waste materials, the normal functioning of other digestive

organs like the liver, kidney, and pancreas is hindered. This, in turn, may

disrupt other parts of your body. It could lead to serious ailments like kidney

malfunctioning or perhaps liver cancer.

If you are addicted to junk food, fad diets and high-protein diets or eat too

much animal fats and proteins, your digestive system might become unable

to function at its best capacity.

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Proteins are essential for body health. However, excess protein may lead to

over-acidity which might encourage the depletion of electrolytes and

necessary minerals from your body.

If your colon is unable to combat the effects of accumulated toxins and other

bacteria within your body, a colonic might help to clear your colon.

You may be obese due to excessive eating. You may be consuming foods in

large quantities.

Additionally, lack of a normal exercise routine or sedentary lifestyle could add

to your woes. Excessive eating could puts pressure on your body’s enzyme

levels and makes your colon work too hard.

Some foods may cause mucoid plaque, which might settle within your

system. You might then need a colonic.

Some people could suffer from frequent bouts of allergic reactions. Some

others would suffer from loss of appetite, regular bad breath, indigestion,

stomach aches, headaches, irritability, insomnia, depression, swelling in body

parts, and tension.

The promoters of colonic therapy could suggest that the effects of these

symptoms might be reduced if you have a colonic even if you only suffer

from just a few of these symptoms.

In an average person, it is possible for ten pounds or more of old waste to

remain dormant in the large intestine at any time.

In a few cases, this could be around thirty pounds.

This might be one reason for some excess weight.

Undergoing one or more sessions of colonic irrigation with the necessary

gaps between them, might help your colon problems and reduce your weight.

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Why Colon Health is Important

Bowel problems, including constipation, affect more than seventy million

Americans.

The colon is a very important organ of your body. It stores and excretes all

waste materials from your body.

If your colon does not stay clean, the waste materials remain within your

body and may cause serious bowel problems or encourage the development

of other dangerous conditions.

Sometimes, you may remain unaware of the problem and not seek

professional help until problems are obvious.

Signs of Normal Bowels and Colon

Normally, people with healthy bowels should have one or two well-formed

and complete bowel movements every twenty-four hours. The early morning

bowel movement is often substantial. The second bowel movement during

the course of the day might just be half as much as the morning bowel

movement.

The most important fact is that movement of your bowels should be

effortless. You should not strain or hold your breath to allow bowel

movements.

Further, you should excrete within seconds of sitting on the toilet seat. If you

need time to push out the bowels or get sufficient time to read a magazine

during bowel movements, you may be constipated.

Small and narrow stools may also indicate some level of constipation. There

should not be any mucous, half-digested food particles or blood in your

movements.

Importance of Natural Bowel Movements

Improper, or troublesome bowel movements may indicate your diet is not

providing all the nutritional benefits which you need.

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This sort of diet may cause fecal matter that sticks on the walls of the colon

or remains in parts of the colon. This can lead to constipation.

A normal bowel movement usually takes place within eighteen to twenty-four

hours of eating your food.

However, if you suffer from constipation, your colon may not become

sufficiently clean and some fecal materials might remain in your colon for

many days.

These materials may form deposits on the colon walls and, sometimes, these

deposits might create serious irritation which could lead to a spastic or

inflamed colon.

This condition reduces or prevents the usual absorption of nutrients within

the colon walls. Deposited feces decay and transform into toxic gases that

may pollute your blood and infect parts of your body.

These developments may lead to serious problems of the liver.

If parts of the body become toxic, your body’s cells may not receive enough

essential nutrients from the blood when the interstitial fluid surrounding the

cells becomes plugged-up with waste.

Apart from the negative physical effects, this may also lead to mental

depression and the complications that could arise due to the depression.

It may become a vicious circle.

Constipation also occurs when:

• there is insufficient water intake

• delaying the urge to pass bowel movements for long periods, or

• insufficient physical exercise.

These factors may cause your stools to harden and be more difficult to pass.

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Health Benefits Claimed for Colon Cleansing

The different health benefits that are claimed for colon cleansing include

reducing the occurrence and severity of constipation and removing some or

all accumulated waste which may not be eliminated if your natural body

processes are sub-par.

Colon cleansing is also claimed to reduce other negative effects from any

accumulated toxins within your body that do not allow your colon to function

efficiently.

Constipation may be due to:

• consumption of processed foods including foods made with

refined flour

• eating a lot of meat and meat products, fatty foods and animal

protein.

Excess consumption of proteins may not be good for your body.

It may lead to over-acidity. Excessive acid content in the body might affect

the proper functioning of your colon by disrupting the electrolyte balance in

your body and depleting the level of necessary minerals in your body.

This may make your colon less effective at dealing with harmful bacteria and

other toxic substances.

Effects of Pollution

Modern day life exposes you to all kinds of pollution.

Harmful pathogens and lethal chemicals surround you. Pesticides, cleaning

chemicals, and polluted air may have a negative effect on your body’s

immune system. This might disrupt the normal functioning of your body.

Any compromise on your immune system can expose you to various

sicknesses.

Some people claim that a colon cleanse might help to reduce some of your

problems.

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If you have a poorly performing colon, you may be unable to absorb

sufficient nutrition which could cause you to become less healthy. Cleansing

the colon, so that it can work to the best of its ability, may help to improve

your general well-being.

Our modern lifestyle often encourages many people to consume more

frequent and higher amounts of caffeine and alcohol.

Many people also take more prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Poor physical health may affect your mental health so that you remain

depressed and feel emotionally low.

A colon cleanse is claimed to sometimes be able to relieve you of some of

your physical problems and mental tensions to some extent because a

healthy colon may help you think and work with less discomfort and worry.

Eating unhealthy foods may cause a build-up of layers of undigested and

unabsorbed matter on the walls of your colon. There may be some mucous

formation.

All this may cause more strain on your colon to the point where it is unable

to excrete all of the unwanted matter efficiently. Then, waste materials may

stick to the inner walls of the colon. Over time, these might turn toxic and

encourage disease to develop.

If you have a family history of colon cancer and, provided that you get

approval for your doctor, you might consider regular cleansing of your colon -

maybe once a year - to help your colon to continue to function smoothly.

Poor colon health may contribute to the occurrence of some negative effects

on your general health like fatigue, lack of essential nutritional balance in the

body, poor skin quality, acne formation, poor concentration levels and a

tendency to feel tired more often.

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Is Colon Cleansing Safe?

The colon cleaning process has been used for a long time. In ancient times,

colon cleaning was used to try to assist with many digestive ailments.

You may find many advertisements for colon cleansing on the Internet, in

magazines and on billboards. Some may claim almost miraculous

effectiveness but this is not likely to occur.

There are many factors involved in this invasive procedure and you must get

your colon cleansing done by an experienced and qualified professional.

Colon cleansing can prove dangerous if not done properly.

Some of the important factors include:

The temperature of the water needs to be kept within a specific temperature

range. Otherwise, it could burn all intestinal cells and cause serious,

permanent harm to your intestinal tract.

The amount of water inserted into the colon should match that which comes

out. If excess water remains within the tract, it could cause serious

abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and other complications.

You must not consider using herbal therapy for colon cleansing unless you

have discussed it with your doctor, who knows your current state of health

and medical history. He can advise about the suitability of the particular

herbs for you.

Some people could be allergic to certain herbs. Sometimes, allergic reactions

can cause irritation in the intestinal tract.

The concentration of the herb that is actually put into your system should be

checked. Using the wrong strength may be very harmful.

You need to check whether anything in the herbal treatment might affect the

actions or benefits of your regular medications and therapies.

Some colon cleansing products might cause gastroesophageal reflux.

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One of the theories supporting colon cleansing talks about autointoxication.

Autointoxication is claimed to be related to stress that the accumulated

toxins within the colon could spread throughout the body over time due to

reabsorption of waste materials from the colon. The proponents of this theory

say that this could cause serious harm and lead to various diseases.

However, some researchers insist that there is nothing like autointoxication.

They believe that their research supports the belief that your body’s system

can clean itself of all wastes and toxins by itself. There is no need for any

colon cleansers or chances of causing autointoxication through reabsorption.

Some say that using colon cleansers repeatedly can cause serious harm. The

colon is not only a storehouse of waste materials, it is the place where your

body absorbs nutrients. Therefore, regular cleansing can destroy and wash

off essential nutrients. Regular washing could obstruct the beneficial

absorption process and perhaps cause serious health concerns. You could

suffer from vitamin deficiency and other negative consequences.

Regular use of colon cleansers might weaken your body’s system and your

colon may be less able to function normally.

Your colon might, in some cases, suffer serious tears and damages.

This process could also cause body dehydration which could affect operation

of your brain and other organs.

In many places, there is no stringent regulation of the different colon

cleansers available on the market, especially some claimed to be “herbal” or

“natural”.

There are concerns about the extent of penetration of colon cleaners. Some

of them enter deeper than twelve inches to give a thorough cleaning.

If you undergo colon therapy through a specialist colon therapist, it could be

a safe option.

The possibility of infection through the colon therapy equipment may be a

concern. Using disposable equipment is the safest option.

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The Difference between a Colonic and an Enema

Colonics and enemas are both colon-cleansing therapies which involve using

water to cleanse the colon of residual fecal matter.

You must have a colon therapist administer a colonic.

While some people use self-use kits to give themselves an enema, I strongly

advise that you do not do so before consulting your doctor who knows the

risks and your current state of health and medical history.

The possible harm you might do makes prior consultation essential.

Here are some of the differences between colonics and enemas:

A colonic involves multiple infusions of water into the colon while an enema

requires only a single infusion of water into the colon.

The colonic cleanses the entire colon while an enema is intended to cleanse

only the lower part of the colon, sigmoid, and part of the descending colon.

A colonic uses a closed-tube system for taking out the fecal matter, so there

is no smell and you cannot see the fecal matter coming out.

After the colonic session ends, you can use the toilet to pass any residual

stools or water.

An enema may allow water to remain in the lower part of the colon and you

then need to use the toilet to complete excretion. There is no closed tube

system for excretion when you have an enema.

A colonic requires use of professional equipment which must be handled by a

professional colon therapist. You cannot do a colonic by yourself and on

yourself.

An enema may be done with enema kits that are available over the counter

and even online. While the procedure is relatively simple and there is no legal

restriction in many areas that you must have professional assistance for an

enema, I suggest that you consult your doctor before even thinking about

having an enema, just like you would before any other procedure.

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Different Methods of Colon Cleansing

There are several methods of colon cleansing, each operating with different

techniques.

Colon Hydrotherapy

This method involves infusion of warm and filtered water through the anus

with the help of disposable plastic tubing.

Only certified and licensed professionals can do colon hydrotherapy. The

equipment should be F.D.A. approved to ensure totally sanitary conditions.

Unlike an enema, this method can clean your large colon.

The professional will gently infuse water through the rectum into the colon to

avoid any discomfort to you.

Colon hydrotherapy is the same as a colonic irrigation or colenema.

You might be able to combine this technique with an oxygen-based cleanser

to get rid of almost all body toxins over a period of time.

In some areas, home-use systems for colon therapy are available, but they

should only ever be used after inspection and under the supervision and

instruction of a certified professional as an adjunct to professional

hydrotherapy.

The potential risk is too great to take chances in the hope of saving a few

dollars or for any other reason.

Enemas

This is a very common technique for relieving persistent constipation

problems.

The enema solution is inserted into the rectum through the anus to clear the

bowel. This solution stimulates you to excrete and often works fast.

However, you will probably find that it does not clear your colon thoroughly,

although it gets rid of some feces and, probably some toxins. It loosens fecal

matter only in the lower part of the colon.

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Overall, an enema may provide relief in acute constipation cases, depending

on the underlying reasons for the constipation and any other associated

conditions.

But, don’t expect this to be a long-term cure.

The insertion of the enema may be uncomfortable and must be done

carefully and correctly.

That’s why I recommend consulting your doctor for a recommendation to a

qualified professional. Then, later on, you should ask your doctor if he or she

believes that you should have another enema and if he thinks that you could

do it yourself safely and correctly.

If you look on the Internet or read advertisements elsewhere, you will see

many offers of home-use kits, with varying claims and suggestions for enema

solutions.

Some of them may not be suitable for you – some could even be dangerous,

so get professional advice.

The first time you use an enema, you might experience cramps due to the

removal of hard waste from your colon.

Laxatives

These are oral medications and work similar to enemas to help solve simple

constipation problems.

But, they only partially clean the colon.

The best you can expect is for a laxative to soften hard stool and stimulate

bowel activity.

Some of these preparations cause contraction of intestinal muscles

encouraging bowel movements and easing of the constipation.

Laxatives are only ever suitable for occasional constipation problems. They

do not usually bring relief in chronic conditions.

Laxatives may also cause dehydration, intestinal cramping and discomfort.

Do not use frequently or over a sustained period of time.

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Oxygen-Based Colon Cleansing

This is claimed by some people to be one of the most effective methods of

colon cleansing. They use capsules which contain activated oxygen and are

taken orally to help remove impacted fecal matter.

The promoters claim that this method may not cause any significant

dehydration or discomfort. They further claim that the medications may be

useful for both short-term and long-term constipation problems.

Herbal Colon Cleansers

These cleansers contain psyllium, a herb which is claimed to be effective at

reducing constipation.

Psyllium in herbal remedies is claimed to increase the volume of your stools.

They say that this causes the colon to contract and aids in easier excretion in

some people.

These colon cleansers are not expensive but professional advice before

considering obtaining and using any of them is possibly your best form of

insurance.

These may prove effective in the short-term and only for temporary relief,

but they probably cannot clear the colon thoroughly.

There is every chance that constipation will recur at some other time unless

you adopt a healthier diet and lifestyle or make other changes recommended

by your doctor.

Detoxification Diets

These diets are claimed to help clean your entire digestive system of some

levels of toxins.

There are many different types of detox diets. They may involve drinking

only water and eating a limited range of foods.

But, limiting the types of food you eat may mean that you don’t get some

essential nutrients or too much of another one.

You should start on such diets only after consulting your doctor.

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Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon hydrotherapy is another term for colonic or colon irrigation.

Colon hydrotherapy is an important technique of colon cleansing which may

enhance the ability of your colon to absorb minerals, vitamins, and other

essential fatty acids.

Some people develop serious constipation problems. The common causes for

acute constipation include:

1) excessive consumption of processed foods

2) low intake of water

3) sedentary lifestyle, and

4) prolonging the urge to defecate regularly.

Waste that is not removed may accumulate on the walls of the colon. It may,

over time, harden and form a layer on the wall which can reduce the

efficiency with which your colon passes important minerals and water into

your body, which could cause some health problems.

How a Colon Hydrotherapy Treatment is Done

A normal colonic treatment lasts around forty-five minutes. It consists of

insertion of specific colon therapy equipment through the anus. A doctor or

other qualified professional inserts a small speculum into your rectum.

This speculum is attached to a plastic hose that is, in turn, connected to the

colonic machine.

The colon therapist regulates the amount and the temperature of water

coming from the machine.

Water enters the rectum through the plastic hose and passes through the

entire colon. You are filled with a specific volume of water, dependent on

your personal tolerance levels.

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The water induces wave-like contractions in the colon. This causes the fecal

matter to pass out through the colonic hose and through the colonic machine

into a clear plastic viewing tube.

The water takes out old fecal matter (which may be hard and dark in color,

parasites and mucous.

The colon therapist massages your abdominal area lightly during the colon

therapy. This may help to loosen and dislodge any fecal accumulation from

the colon walls.

You will probably feel a warm sensation due to movement of water within

your abdomen and the excretion of waste materials.

The amount of water used for colon therapy should be carefully adjusted so

that it is appropriate for you.

Excess water might make the process uncomfortable and even painful.

If the amount of water used is less than optimal, it may push your colon to

work harder.

Done correctly, it encourages a normal level of peristaltic activity in your

colon.

A single colon therapy treatment may not bring the desired results. You may

need a series of colon therapy treatments.

The initial treatment may expel more gas and mucous than hardened fecal

material.

Some old, crusted-on feculent matter might only come out only during later

treatments, especially where it may have been lodged there for many years.

The entire process, if done properly, does not cause any pain or extreme

discomfort.

Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon hydrotherapy may be an important diagnostic tool when your doctor is

trying to detect and correct clinical disorders in the digestive system.

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The procedure may help him to evaluate and diagnose various ailments in

the area of the colon.

Undergoing colon hydrotherapy before a sigmoidoscopy, a barium enema or

a colonoscopy can produce better diagnostic results.

The normal discomfort associated with a barium enema may be absent if you

undergo colon therapy.

Undergoing colon hydrotherapy before bowel surgery may reduce the risk of

postoperative complications due to the presence of bacteria at the suture

line.

Removal of fecal deposits through colon hydrotherapy may bring some

welcome relief for you. You may be able to follow your daily routine better

and feel healthier afterwards.

Colon hydrotherapy is believed by some to be a useful detoxification process