Monday, 26 November 2012
Colonic Irrigation - What Are the Benefits
There are many benefits to colonic irrigation but how exactly do they work. In this article light is shed on the subject and the benefits and conditions relating to the colonic impaction are explained.
IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Thought to be caused by deterioration of the peristaltic muscles of the colon or weakening of the muscles due to laxatives or ignoring the call to use the toilet. Many people develop this habit from childhood.. Colonic irrigation strenghtens the muscles of the colon and may retrain the bowel restoring normal colon function. Read More
A body which is constipated, dehydrated, toxic or where metabolism is reduced may be prone to weight gain. Colonic irrigation can help addresss this and may lead to weight loss. Read More
Tiredness and Fatigue
When the body is over run with toxins and is dyhydrated,, the results is low levels of energy. Colonic irrigation adds a flush of clean fresh water to revitalise the cells.
Bloating may be caused by gas and mucous in the colon. Colonic irrigation may help to clear and reduce bloating immediately.
The Sinus is an area which becomes inflamed when toxic overload reaches critical levels and the body can no longer cope. Colonic irrigation may help clear the sinus of its toxic load.
Stress and toxins are linked. A body which is overloaded may not be able to fully relax. Colonic irrigation can help.
PMT or PMS
When excessive hormones are released during the pre menstreal phase, they may accumulate and cause PMT or PMS symtoms such as irritability and mood swings. Colonic Irrigation may also help reduce bloating and constipation which are common symptoms .
A body which is toxin, over weight or stressed may not be receptive to fertilisation. Colonic Irrigation may help.
Did you know drugs similar to anti depressants are used to treat IBS? Thats because Serotonin as well as the brain. It is produced in the colon as a stimulant to enable peristaltic action or movement. Constipation can lead to depression. Colonic irrigation my help lift mood by removing toxins which circulate and enter the blood and the brain. Read More
Stress & Irritability
A physical link exists between the colon and the brain. Recent research published by The Harvard Medical Journal shows that stress, irritability and depression may manifest in the gastro intestinal tract. Read More
Frequent headaches, Migranes
Known triggers of migraines include alcohol, smoking or exposure to smoke, weather changes, allergies, altitude changes, jet lag, hormonal changes, stress, sun glare, flashing lights, constipation. Colonic irrigation can detox the body and remove the constipatioin which may be the cause of headaches.
Back & Joint pains
Digestion and Constipation Patients who have chronic bowel problems can suffer from backache, due to “referred” pain. “Referred” pain is where pain from one organ or system is passed to another area. Colonic irrigation can help relieve constipation and therefore reduce back pain.
Bad breath (Halitosis)
You might be surprised to learn bad breath is a commonly overlooked symptom of constipation, but it makes perfect sense when you consider that the mouth is the first part of the digestive tract and the colon is the last. Therefore putred matter in the colon can be smelt on the breath. Colonic irrigation can remove impacted matter and remove bad breath.
Body odor may be caused by a zinc deficiency, diabetes or liver disease, chronic constipation and certain parasites. Colonic can help remove the offending underlying problem.
Irritability & Confusion
Herbalists explain that when liver chi (energy) stagnates, mood swings, irritability, constipation and water retention can become evident. The practice of cleasing the body and colon with colonic irrigation can reduce these symptoms.
Skin problems & Acne
Skin eruptions or blemishes can also be signs of a colon trying to eliminate toxins. It's true—constipation can cause acne or worsen existing skin problems. Many people fail to understand the skin is a major organ that aids in eliminating waste and if the colon is impacted, the skin is forced to excrete toxins in the form of spots. Colonic irrigation can help clear the body of toxins and improve the skin.
By clearing the colon constipation can be remedied by colonic irrigation. A course of colonic irrigation treatment helps builds strenght in the colon and restore peristaltic action.
Often Diarrhea is caused by constipation which has become impacted and adheres to the walls of the colon. Diarrhea occurs as fluid falls through the soft matter in the middle with no muscle to move it along. Colonic irrigation may clear the impaction.
Weak Immune System
A weak immune system is often the result of exhausted adrenals due to long term stress, over production of hormone and a build up of toxins in the liver. Colonic irrigation and coffee enemas can reduce toxic load.
Skin problems,Acne, spots on back
Often caused by toxic overload resulting from the body not eliminating effetively. Toxins in the colon are re-absorbed and may be pushed out by the body through the skin resulting in acne or spots on the back. Colonic irrigation takes the pressure of the other eliminatory organs anc therefore leads to skin clearing naturally. Particularly is the spots are under the skin and do not come to a head.
Circulation & Celulite problems
Often again caused by toxins in the cells. Colonic irrigation may help clear the problem and rehydrate each cell with fresh water.Diverticulosis
The colon-brain connection - Harvard Medical Journal Report 2010
It has often been asked how colonic irrigation may help with issues effecting the brain and the mood. Recent evidence has shown a physical connection between the brain and the colon in that both produce seratonin. Could it be therefore that your gut feeling is more than just intuition but is it infact your brain displaying its dis-ease through its link to your body? Here is an article from The Harvard Medical Journal which sheds some light on the subject and is interesting for anyone considering colonic irrigation for reasons relating to stress, depression or mood.
Have you ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience? Do certain situations make you “feel nauseous”? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation—all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the colon.
The brain has a direct effect on the stomach. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the colon. Therefore, a patient’s distressed colon can be as much the cause as the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected — so intimately that they should be viewed as one system, rather than two.
This is especially true in cases where a person experiences gastrointestinal upset with no obvious physical cause. For such functional GI disorders, trying to heal a distressed colon without considering the impact of stress and emotion is like trying to improve an employee’s poor job performance without considering his manager and work environment.
Stress and the functional GI disorders
Given how closely the colon and brain interact, it becomes easier to understand why you might feel nauseated before giving a presentation, or feel intestinal pain during times of stress. That doesn’t mean, however, that functional gastrointestinal illnesses are imagined or “all in your head.” Psychology combines with physical factors to cause pain and other bowel symptoms. Psychosocial factors influence the actual physiology of the colon, as well as the modulation of symptoms. In other words, stress (or depression or other psychological factors) can affect movement and contractions of the GI tract, cause inflammation, or make you more susceptible to infection.
In addition, research suggests that some people with functional GI disorders perceive pain more acutely than other people do because their brains do not properly regulate pain signals from the GI tract. Stress can make the existing pain seem even worse.
These observations suggest that at least some patients with functional GI conditions might find relief with therapy to reduce stress or treat anxiety or depression. And sure enough, a review of 13 studies showed that patients who tried psychologically based approaches had greater improvement in their symptoms compared with patients who received conventional medical treatment.
Is stress causing your symptoms?
When evaluating whether your gastrointestinal symptoms — such as heartburn, abdominal cramps, or loose stools — are related to stress, watch for these other common symptoms of stress and report them to your clinician as well.
Physical symptoms : Colonic irrigation may be beneficial if symptoms such as the following are persistant
- Stiff or tense muscles, especially in the neck and shoulders
- Sleep problems
- Shakiness or tremors
- Recent loss of interest in sex
- Weight loss or gain
Behavioral symptoms Colonic irrigation may be beneficial if signs such as the following are persistent
- Grinding teeth
- Difficulty completing work assignments
- Changes in the amount of alcohol or food you consume
- Taking up smoking, or smoking more than usual
- Increased desire to be with or withdraw from others
- Rumination (frequent talking or brooding about stressful situations)
Emotional symptoms of toxic colon. Colonic irrigation may be beneficial if behavioural symptoms such as the following are persistant:
- Overwhelming sense of tension or pressure
- Trouble relaxing
- Quick temper
- Poor concentration
- Trouble remembering things
- Loss of sense of humor
By clearing the colon of years of toxic waste colonic irrigation may help with depression, confusion, mood swings and health issues thought to be connected to the brain.
Colonic irrigation cleansing is best done when the stomach is empty. It is beneficial to drink one to two glasses of water afterwards and eat a piece of fruit prepared fruit juice half hour later. The first one or two meals after the treatment should be light and not contain any food such as meat eggs cheese or friend food.
Some people have expressed concerns about losing friendly probiotic bacteria in the colon as a result of colonic irrigation. It is actually much easier for the friendly bacteria to repopulate in a clean environment than in one filled with putrefied and fermented waste matter. Once the colon is cleansed, it takes 36 Hours to restore natural bacterial populations