Colonics is an alternative medical treatment that many people have turned to for centuries. This is a procedure also known as colonic irrigation and colonic lavage, but it all amounts to the same thing: squirting water up your anus.
Colonic therapy may have first been practiced by the Egyptians. The Egyptians held the interesting perspective that feces was somehow linked to the eventual decay of the body. Cleaning out the area stuffed feces is therefore how they attempt to put off the onset decay and death. Evidence also exists that other ancient races, including the Greeks and those in the Orient, regularly engaged in colonic therapy. It would not be until the 1800s and the popularity of European spas that colonics reached its peak penetration into Western medical treatments of an alternative nature. It was also around this time that germs first became discovered and feared and the colonic was thought to fend off the penetration of germs into the recesses of the body.
The entire idea of administering a high colonic revolves around the idea that improper digestion results in the accumulation of waste product that results in toxins being released into the bloodstream. The procedure for cleansing is as follows: speculum insertion into the anus about two inches into the rectum and the release of water into the body via the laws of gravity from a feeder tank holding warm, purified herb-rich water. The liquid that gets a journey into the rectum is sometimes coffee. It all depends on the theoretical belief of the person conducting the colonic irrigation and your own particular choice of matter. Another tube that is wider will be used to remove water and waste material that is caused by the contraction of your bowel muscles. A high colonic is actually somewhat different from a regular colonic lavage as a long plastic tube is inserted so that it passes into the colon. The entire colonic procedure can last anywhere from half an hour to a full hour.
Why get a colonic? Those who belief in the power of the colonic as a viable alternative medical treatment report that the procedure has relieved symptoms associated with, among others: headaches, gastrointestinal problems, chronic fatigue and arthritis. It is worth keeping in mind before you head to a colonic practitioner that renowned performance artist and actor Andy Kaufman performed colonics regularly, yet died at an early age of cancer, so don’t go in expecting any miracles. On the other hand, there is nothing to suggest that a colonic is harmful to the body when performed by an experienced person and it certainly does clean the body much more vigorously than either toilet paper or a bidet.