Understanding Colon Cleansing

Colonics or colon cleansing is the process of flushing the colon with the use of water that is usually mixed with herbs and other supplements. This procedure has been practiced as early as 1500 BC where a record of the procedure was found in the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient medical instruction book.

Colon cleansing was also being practiced during the 4th and 5th Century BC up until the 2nd Century AD. The practice of colon cleansing became popular in modern times during the 1930’s up to the 1950’s

Accepted Medical Practice?

Despite some people believing that colonics or colon cleansing may do people a lot of good, most doctors to not recommend its practice.

Colon cleansing is believed to be unnecessary because the human body itself is more than capable of trying to remove waste material. But there are also those who believe that today’s lifestyle may warrant its practice.

Toxin Cleansing

Some proponents of colon cleansing believes that a great many physical ailments and conditions stem from an improperly functioning colon.

And since the colon is part of the body’s waste disposal system, it should remain free from obstructions in order to function perfectly. But it is believed that toxins and other similar substances taken from one’s diet can eventually cause some blockages that may affect the colon’s basic functions.

As the colon begins to function less and less properly due to the obstructions, more and more toxins get stored inside the colon and being prevented by obstructions from being disposed from the body.

The toxins then begin to affect the other bodily systems. It would further lead to the development of certain physical ailments and diseases. In order to get rid of the obstruction and clearing the colon, it would have to undergo a flushing procedure similar somewhat to clearing a clogged sink.

The Risks

Many medical practitioners on the other hand believe that there may be certain dangers that may be associated with colonics.

Doctors believe that flushing the colon with water through artificial means may disrupt the bacterial and chemical balance inside the colon. Colon cleansing may also affect the body’s ability to shed dead cells.

A disruption in the natural balance of bacteria and chemicals in the colon, doctors believe, would cause the body to easily succumb to certain infections. A colon cleansing may also bring about an electrolyte imbalance that may contribute to the risk of a heart attack.

Other risks involved with colon cleansing include dependence on the procedure that would cause the body to be unable to defecate effectively without assistance.