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The History of Colonics

As people have become more interested in Alternative Health Care methods, Colonic Hydrotherapy has seen an increase in popularity. One might be forgiven for thinking that Colonics is a newly introduced therapy yet as far back as 1500 BC enemas were recorded in an Egyptian medical document called the “Eber Papyrus”.

Hippocrates and Galen were also advocates of enemas and advanced the use of enema therapy.

At this time, people gave themselves enema treatments in the river using hollow reeds to allow water to flow into the rectum.

Early Americans used enemas commonly to maintain health and stave off disease. In the early 1900’s in Michigan, John H. Kellogg, M.D., extensively used colon therapy on some 40,000 of his patients. In 1917 he reported in the journal of the American Medical Association that, in all but 20 cases, he used no surgery for the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in his patients.

Though the knowledge and wisdom of bowel care was lost in the latter half of the 20th century, once again people are discovering the many health benefits of maintaining a strong and biologically sound colon. In the last ten years people’s confidence has grown with the development of sophisticated colon therapy techniques, which makes the procedure both safe and convenient.