A colon cleanse program or colon therapy encompasses some alternative medical therapies to remove accumulated fecal wastes and toxins from the large intestine or the colon. A colon cleanse can be in a form of water therapy such as colonics or taking oral supplements.
In colon hydrotherapy, the patient will be given an enema to inject water mixed with herbs using special equipment. In oral supplements, fibers, herbs, dietary supplements, oxygen powders, or laxatives are taken by the patient to clean the colon thoroughly.
Colon therapists believe that the accumulation of fecal wastes in the colon walls can also provide a living environment for human parasites such as hookworms and tapeworms. The toxins from this accumulated waste can also cause body poisoning called auto-intoxication which is based on the medical practices of Ancient Greek. However, this belief was discredited in the 20th century.
There is no scientific evidence that can prove that colon cleansing is beneficial. According to some experts, the stool itself is not harmful because the body can flush this naturally without the special aid of oral treatments or colon cleansing methods.
According to them, even some kinds of colon cleansing treatments can also be very harmful to the body. Like the equipment used during the administration of an enema can cause damage to the anus and it can also cause amoebiasis if not properly sterilized.
Some enema preparations have also been associated with cardiac arrests and loss of body electrolytes. Also, frequent colon cleansing can interfere with proper colon function and patients can lead to dependency on laxatives or enemas just to allow bowel movement. Most herbs used in the enema can also interact with drugs interfering with the proper result.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms associated with auto-intoxication such as headache and lethargy are believed to be caused by improper functioning of the bowel, rather than toxins poisoning the body.
On the other hand, most dietitians and nutritionists believe that these symptoms are caused by toxic wastes, and a thorough colon cleanse is needed. While some techniques can be harmful to the body such as enema, there are also available products that can aid with your colon cleansing in a natural smooth way.
These products are composed of organic and natural ingredients such as psyllium husks that are high in fiber. Fibers are natural helpers of the body in flushing out the fecal matter, thus providing safe cleansing. Most experts believe that a regular bowel movement can result in better wellness and longer life.
One popular method of cleansing your colon is the oxygen method. This is a scientifically formulated process that employs oxygen in flushing out accumulated fecal wastes through oxidation. During this oxidation process, the fecal wastes are destroyed and provide beneficial oxygen to the colon and lymph nodes.
Using an oxygen-based product, oxygen is released into the blood vessels and flushes out accumulated toxic wastes from the colon. Through a smooth release of the oxygen, this process creates a harmful environment for bacteria that causes toxicity in the colon. These toxins are removed from the body, while good bacteria remain to aid in proper digestion.
In the United States, all colon-cleansing products are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA. So it is unwise if you would use products that are not FDA approved.