The History of Colonics, Part One

The History of Colonics, Part One

ver the last couple of weeks, we saw that the concept of cleansing with water is as old as mankind. From ancient Egypt, through the Greek and Roman periods, in the east and in the west, the earliest  doctors recognized and recommended the intake of water and its subsequent release through the rectum.  In the middle ages, the aristocracy and upper classes made use of the most advanced procedures of the time, and the “Age of Technology” (17th, 18th, and 19th centuries) brought great improvements in the equipment and procedures.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, the use of colon hydrotherapy and enemas slowly dwindled among the medical community, as laxatives and other drugs became more commercially available and easier to administer.   It wasn’t until the practice of Dr. Kellogg in the early 1900s that the therapy was rejuvenated.

In a 1917 edition of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dr. Kellogg reported that in over forty thousand gastrointestinal disease cases, he had used surgery in only twenty cases.  The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, diet and exercise.

Later Dr. James Wiltsie offered, “our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon and its pathology and management has not kept pace with that of many organ systems of the body.  As long as we continue to assume the colon will take care of itself, it’s just that long that we will remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body”.

In the 1930’s, chiropractor and iridologist Bernard Jenson also published his first works on bowel care with these words:  “In times past, knowledge of the bowel was more widespread and people were taught how to care for the bowel. Somehow, bowel wisdom got lost and it became something that no one wanted to talk about anymore.”

Dr. Joseph E. G. Waddington said the following in his 1940 work Scientific Intestinal Irrigation and Adjuvant Therapy: “Abnormal functioning of the intestinal canal is the precursor of much ill-health, especially of chronic disease. Restoration of physiological intestinal elimination is often the important preliminary to eventual restoration of health in general”.

By the early 1950’s, Colon Hydrotherapy was flourishing in the United States. The prestigious Beverly Boulevard in California was then known as “Colonic Row”.  One of its vocal proponents was the long-lived Mae West!   Towards the mid-1960’s the use of colonic hydrotherapy slowly dwindled again in favor of enemas, prescriptive laxatives, and even surgery.

But the 1960s brought an era of questioning mainstream medical practices, and ushered in a renewed interest in older, traditional, and alternative therapies.  More people investigated and learned about colonic hydrotherapy along with long-neglected practices such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, and Reiki.  Modern and safe technology such as the Dotolo Toxygen system provides a hygienic and comfortable procedure, and current training of hydrotherapists keeps them in touch with the client and their needs during the entire session.

Though much has changed since Ancient Egypt, people still enjoy the internal cleansing nature of water.  The actual process is now much more advanced and gentle than it once was. Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, CT uses a state-of-the-art technique to gently and safely infuse multi-purified water through the large intestine to cleanse it of mucus, fecal matter, and gas.

Enjoy the cleansing power that kings, queens, and movie stars have relied on for thousands of years!  Schedule an appointment with Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy. Learn more by visiting online or calling her directly at (860) 287-4558.