Colon hydrotherapy has an incredibly long history dating back 3500 years to 1500BC! Various civilisations including that of Ancient Egypt have offered proof that cleansing the colon was a common therapeutic procedure and regarded as a simple act of hygiene.
Translated by Szekely (2003), the Gospel of Peace of Jesus Christ describes in great detail how colonic cleansing was carried out, stating it would “free your body from uncleanliness and disease”.
In the Middle Ages, doctors administered enemas with complex solutions. Before this, people implemented enema treatments by inserting a hollow reed and then allowing water from the river to flow into the rectum. It was used as a common procedure to stave off disease and maintain health. Enemas only empty the last few inches of the colon, whereas colon hydrotherapy aims to clear the full length of the colon, which totals five feet in length.
More recently, Dr John Kellogg was a pioneer of modern colonics who practised in the late nineteenth century and published an article on colon hydrotherapy. In the early twentieth century, Dr Norman Walker was a great advocate for colonics and a very influential figure in nutrition and holistic approaches. He founded the Norwalk Laboratory of Nutritional Chemistry and Scientific Research in 1910 (Newman, 2002).
From approximately 1920 to the 1940s, colonic irrigation was standard practice in doctors’ surgeries and hospitals, but subsequently it was employed less frequently due to the rapid rise in drug prescription and surgical intervention. Colonics have once again become very popular as people look away from drugs and surgery to more natural approaches. The recognised benefits of colonics give people an excellent place to start as they become more pro-active in maintaining their own health.
Colonics today have evolved to incorporate up-to-date equipment and techniques to cleanse the colon and increase all round general health and well-being.