History of Colonics

History of Colonics

The history of colonics while conversational, is very long. Here’s some basic dates in history that put together the history of colonics.
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Colon Hydrotherapy has been used for centuries and can be dated back to 14th century B.C. The ancient Egyptian medical document known as the “Eber Papyrus” shows an image of a colon cleansing procedure. It was written to be used in more than twenty different stomach aliments and intestinal complaints.

In the early 1800’s auto-intoxication was high in public interest and colonics were used to cleanse the bowels fearing absorption into their bodies. By the end of the 1800’s Drug therapy became the go-to for ease of use and apolitical disagreements between common practitioners and the AMA created anti quackery laws and media stating the claims made by colon hydro therapists was not valid. Colonics were still being used but its popularity was on the downslide.
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John H. Kellogg, M.D., in the early 1900’s, the lead physician at the Battle Creek Sanitarium for health and founder of Kellogg Cereals, used colon therapy on over forty thousand patients. Kellogg was an advocate of exercise and “biologic living” to avoid surgery for gastrointestinal disease. Kellogg published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association praising colon therapy’s efficacy in saving dysfunctional bowels and restoring optimal health.

In the 1920’s, it was standard practice for doctors to have Colon Hydrotherapy equipment in their offices. After the 1920’s, pharmaceutical treatments increased again, and in-office colonics used less and less.

At this time there is a renewal of interest in colon hydrotherapy. Technology and practitioners are meeting this interest with modernized equipment and comfortable procedures. Surgeons and medical physicians now endorse the practice of Colon Hydrotherapy as a significant complimentary and primary treatment for conditions affecting the health of patients.

Colon Hydrotherapy in South America, Africa, and Asia
Tribes in the Amazon, central Africa, and remote parts of Asia practiced enemas in the rivers. This is usually part of magic-medical practices performed by priests or shamans. Ritual enemas were practiced in Mayan Ceremonies and many other Central American and South American Indian tribes. Colon cleansing treatments were an important part of Taoist training regimens, and also observed in different approaches to Hinduism. In the 10th century, Sung Dynasty physician Chang Tsung-cheng wrote extensively on colon cleansing procedures and the therapeutic benefits, but other methods were also mentioned in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine in the 3rd Century B.C.

Colon Hydrotherapy in Ancient Greece and Rome
Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus, who are recognized as the founding fathers of Western medicine, described, practiced and prescribed the use of enemas. In 1880, Robert Bentley and Henry Trimen documented in their book, “Medicinal Plants,” the use of enemas associated with some herbs. For example, fenugreek (trigonella foenum-graecum), imported from Greece by the Romans in ancient times, is described as a principle plant used during cleansing. The use of fenugreek as a medicinal agent is now obsolete in Europe and the United States, but in India the seeds are consumed both as food and medicine.
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