The History of Colonics
Also known as a high colonic, high enema, or colonic enema, colon hydrotherapy dates back to 1500 BC, to the time of the Egyptians, and was used to help remove excess waste and toxins, relieve constipation, and improve overall health. Colon hydrotherapy, also known as a colonic, is an internal bath for the large intestine. Compared to an enema, which cleanses only the last several inches of the rectum, a colonic cleanses the whole large intestine up to the cecum. According to Dr. Harold J. Reilly, “the main difference between an enema and a colonic is that an enema is a relieving process and a colonic is a stimulating and corrective process.” In a reading, Cayce stated: “One colonic irrigation will be worth about four to six enemas.”
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was also a supporter of colon hydrotherapy for fever therapy.
In the early 1900’s, an American doctor, John H. Kellog, MD, used colon hydrotherapy on approximately forty thousand of his patients. In the 1917 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association, he reported that in all except twenty of his cases, he didn’t use any surgery for his patients with gastrointestinal disease. Instead, he successfully used colon therapy, diet, and exercise as his treatment regimen.
Colonics have a multitude of benefits but should only be done by a professional and should not be a substitute for a proper diet. On average, colonics are recommended once every six to twelve months. Yogurt or another probiotic is suggested after a colonic to restore normal intestinal flora.
Personally, I refer to this as “spring cleaning.” The first time I ever heard about colonics was in the early 1980’s when a coworker had come into the office after a doctor appt. I asked him if he was ok, and he said, “Oh yeah, I just got a colonic.” After he explained what it was, the first thing out of my mouth was, “I’m never doing that; you must be crazy!” This young man had the energy of a two year old and was practically bouncing off the walls so I figured it couldn’t be too bad. Years later, as an A.R.E. member, I thought I’d try it as I’m a big believer in preventative maintenance. After all, we practice this on our cars, why not perform preventative maintenance on our bodies? The first time going is the hardest. It’s a simple, pain-free procedure; what makes it hard the first time is getting over your embarrassment. Anyway, since then I’ve been going about once a year for the last fifteen years and have no gastrointestinal problems. I also feel that Spring Cleaning keeps you younger looking. At age fifty two, most people think I look like I’m in my early forties. When thinking about all the toxins, artificial colors, and preservatives in our food supply, it makes sense to detox occasionally.
References: (1) “History of Colon Therapy.” In inner spa.org, p 1. (2) Reilly, H. & Brod, R. (1975). The Edgar Cayce Handbook For Health Through Drugless Therapy. (p 223). Virginia: A.R.E. Press. (3) Edgar Cayce Reading 3570-1. (4) Kellogg, J. (1917). “Should The Colon Be Sacrificed Or May It Be Reformed?” Journal of the American Medical Association, LXVIII(26):1957-1959.