Coming Clean About Colonic Irrigation
This time of year is typically when we overeat and drink, and we all know how lazy and tired we feel after a few days of eating too much of the wrong thing. This is because the health of our entire body depends on how well our digestive tract works. And while bingeing in the short term definitely has a negative effect, the real problems are more cumulative. Over the years, poor eating habits make our intestinal functions sluggish. We feel tired, have poor bowel movements, and generally feel as though we have very little energy. This is when a colonic irrigation could help.
The practice of flushing out compacted waste from the colon dates back to as early as 1300 BC. Hippocrates and Galen, two of the early fathers of medicine, were both huge fans of the procedure, using it as a medicinal tool. In fact, colonic irrigation was widely practised in many hospitals right up until the late 1930s. The advent of modern drugs, however, saw it lose favour for many years. But people are starting to once again realise its many benefits, and are embracing it as part of a wider move back to more natural healthcare.
How Does Colonic Irrigation Work?
A colonic irrigation is performed by a medical professional and involves inserting a lubricated plastic tube about four centimetres into the rectum. Filtered, body-temperature water is allowed to flow gently into the colon, where it gradually breaks up the compacted faecal matter, which then flows back out through the tube. By analysing the matter expelled through the tube, the colonic hydrotherapist can assess the condition of your digestive system. She will then be able to advise you on ways in which you can start improving your overall health.
Most people can carry between two and four kilograms of old faecal matter in their bowel at any one time. Not a pleasant thought, but true nonetheless! Depending on the condition of your colon, you may need a series of colonic irrigations. By cleaning out all the toxins, your digestive system will function more efficiently. An irrigation will also help to strengthen and tone your intestines, restoring normal peristalsis and, as a result, normal bowel movements. For continued healing to occur, however, you will need to make a change in your dietary lifestyle.
The Difference Between A Colonic Irrigation And A Gastrointestinal Cleanse
The gastrointestinal tract of the average adult is just over six and a half metres long! Unhealthy diets mean undigested bits of food line this entire length. Over the years, this food hardens, clogging our intestines and preventing them from efficiently absorbing the nutrients from our diets. A gastrointestinal cleanse targets the upper, or small, intestines, whereas colonic irrigation targets the lower intestines, or colon.
If you’d like to find out more about how you can keep your digestive tract healthy, and whether a colonic cleanse is right for you, chat with Dr Alain Sanua. As a qualified medical doctor currently practising Integrated medicine, he firmly believes that harmony within our digestive system is absolutely essential in both the prevention and cure of chronic disease. Make an appointment today.