Colon Hydrotherapy History
About one hundred years ago, the first modern colon irrigation machine came into operation. This was during the boom days of enemas, and it provided a much easier way to get the job done than by the gravity flow enema people used at home. It was the first easy way to do a colon cleansing.
Colonic hydrotherapy dates back much further than you might imagine as accounts are documented around 1500 B.C. Hippocrates used enemas for fever as long ago as the 5th century B.C. Galen advanced the use of enemas in the 2nd century A.D., and Pare established the difference between colonic irrigation and enemas.
Dr. John Kellogg used colon therapy on forty thousand patients in the early 1900’s. He reported that all his gastrointestinal patients were treated without surgery with the exception of 20 cases. That’s quite a lot of patients for something some people don’t think is important today.
In the 20th century, colon irrigation was used often on numerous patients. It was the standard treatment for and deterrent against many illnesses. Then, shortly after these machines became commonplace, laxatives were invented.
Many physicians decided it was more economical for their patients to self administer the pill rather than come to their offices. This marked the decline of colonic hydrotherapy, and it fell into the background as more patients and doctors turned to manufactured medicine.
Today, colonic hygienists or therapists perform colon irrigations with equipment designed to move more water rapidly and alleviate much of the discomfort and odors attributed to the old ways. The machines are no longer in doctor’s offices, but are in specialty treatment clinics.
Is it worth the expense and time to have colon irrigation? This you should answer for yourself. There are many easy ways to do a colon cleansing at home, without the expense and the bother associated with the irrigation procedure.