Brief History of Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Cleansing With Grace Kingsley

Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Advanced Level
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Brief Historical View of Colon Hydrotherapy

More and more of us living in the US are choosing to recognize our self-responsibility for health and well being. This has led to a renewal of interest in natural, holistic methods of living and healing the body. One of these methods, as old as man’s civilization, is cleansing the colon. Originally, it was accomplished by squatting in a stream bed and drawing water up into the colon, then expelling it. This can be attributed especially to Yogi’s who had control over their musculature.

Historians tell us that the practice of Colon Hydrotherapy or, in its most basic form, the enemas was first used by the Egyptians. In Ancient Egypt a ram’s horn or gourd was hollowed out and utilized as the first primitive colon hydrotherapy machine.

The Ebers Papyrus, of the 14th century B.C., and the Edwin Smith Papyrus (c. 1700 B.C.), both mention enemas and give directions for the use of the enema. Enema pots and plants shaped in the form of plastic tubing (reeds) were constructed. The Essene Gospel of the third century stated, “The uncleanness within is greater than the uncleanness without. And he who cleanses himself without, but within remains unclean, is like a tomb that outward is painted fair, but is within full of all manner of horrible uncleannesses and abominations.” (I am an Essene and I love this. It goes back far before Christ!)

The 17th Century became known as the “age of the enema”, or the “age of clysters”. It was an acceptable practice in Parisian society to enjoy as many as three or four enemas a day, the belief being that an internal washing or “lavement” was essential to well-being. By the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, with the advent of rubber, the enema or clyster slowly gave way to colon hydrotherapy equipment which improved the cleansing of the colon.

Dr. Kellogg reported in the 1917 Journal of American Medicine that in the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in over 40,000 cases, he had used surgery in only twenty cases. The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, diet, and exercise! (Longevity Lady reminds us: 1917 and some got it!)

Colon hydrotherapy eventually gained the attention of James A. Wiltsie, M.D., who contended that “our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon, and of its pathology and management, has not kept pace with that of many organs and systems of the body.” He went on to say, “As long as we continue to assume that the colon will take care of itself, just that long will we remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body.”

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