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Freddie WindRiver, Licensed Nurse                                                    Shutesbury, MA  (413) 259-1416  

Holistic Nursing Services

Colon Hydrotherapy

Getting a colonic

Taking a Sauna

Giving yourself an enema


History of colon hydrotherapy 

    The bird Ibis, found in sub-tropical areas, cleans its colon by using it’s long bill to insert water into its own colon. See the first two pictures on this page. 

    Human beings have washed out their colons with water since ancient times. The Essene Gospels of Peace are the writings of a Jewish sect that existed before New Testament times, and included John the Baptist and Jesus among its followers. These writings describe elaborate practices for both healing and spiritual purposes that include fasting, bathing, and washing out the colon. For a beautiful description of this ancient enema, go to this page and use the “Find in this page” function under Edit to locate “trailing gourd”, about a third of the way down the website.

       Hippocrates advanced the use of enema therapy. Many of the “Baths” in early Europe included colonic irrigation services. Early in American history, enemas were commonly used in homes and hospitals to promote health and to prevent disease. Before Lewis and Clark departed on their travels, a physician taught them to use enemas if they developed a fever or illness. In the early 1900's in Battle Creek, Michigan, John H. Kellogg, M.D., used colon hydrotherapy extensively on some forty thousand of his patients. He published his success in using it to treat gastrointestinal disease in 1917 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and used it also to treat what he called “multitudinous maladies and degeneracies”2.

    In the middle of the 20th century, Chiropractor Bernard Jensen declared that “death begins in the colon” in his book on bowel health, Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management”; and Edgar Cayce inspired his many followers to make use of colonic irrigation and other holistic therapies. Colonic irrigation machines were commonly used in hospitals and doctor’s offices. With the advent of antibiotics, however, colonics and many other holistic therapies fell into disuse and disrepute by the medical establishment. Modern hospitals occasionally make use of enemas, but will no longer pay nurses to administer a time-consuming colonic irrigation procedure.

    Today there is a very reputable International Association of Colonic Therapists (I-Act) that works for higher standards for the profession and which licenses therapists who meet their requirements for knowledge, study, and experience. Read what they say about colonics on their website.

     A similiar presentation by a similiar organization in England can be found on this website

    Another valuable resource is the Constipation Resource Center website that provides information on constipation, articles on colon cleansing, and research on the latest treatments.