With alternative medical practices, colon cleansing and bowel cleansing are terms which are being interchanged but have one purpose. It is the removal of stuck old fecal wastes and toxins which stayed in the intestinal wall linings and colon for a long time to come out of the body. However, there are not enough scientific proofs to confirm that colon cleansing is effective, or even to prove that colon cleansing is needed.
The Theory of Colon Cleansing
Autointoxication theory has been the basis of the colon cleansing theory. The involved idea behind the theory of autointoxication is the accumulation of fecal matter over long periods of time along the large intestines lining, says Quackwatch. Fecal matter accumulation contributes to the poor health of a person because the said accumulation could provide an avenue for bacteria and non-specific toxins to breed.
Disproved Theory of Autointoxication
Back in the years 1919 up to 1922, scientific observations disproved autointoxication as cited by Quackwatch. Live Science referenced an article from the Journal of the American Medical Association back in the year 1919, which has suggested that autointoxication theory has no scientific proof.
Symptoms which are attributed by alternative medical theory to the theory of autointoxication include loss of appetite, irritability, headache and fatigue. If an individual’s health issue concerning their digestive tract accompanies these annoying and painful symptoms, colon expansion bowel distention may take place, as stated by Live Science. As said by Live Science, scientific proofs doesn’t exist in supporting the autointoxication theory whereby it is believed that after defecation, accumulated organic matter or excess food decays inside the colon.
The latter part of the large intestine or the colon doesn’t at all do the accumulation of organic matters which are decaying, and that it is capable of naturally cleansing itself, as mentioned in an article in The New York Times, “Health ‘Facts’ You Only Thought You Knew.” American Council on Science and Health says that enema dependence to make a bowel by a movement is one possible issue by a patient who frequently undergo treatments for cleansing the colon.
The Risk of Hydrotherapy
According to the autointoxication theory which was disproved, colon hydrotherapies involve the insertion of tube to the rectum for liquid to pass through the colon as it flushes out non-specific toxins and fecal matter. The procedure colon hydrotherapy is linked however, with hazards which anyone wouldn’t desire to have or experience. Wrong way of inserting the enema tube in the rectum is one possible hazard of the procedure colon hydrotherapy. Medical Journal of Australia says that this may cause the gastrointestinal tract’s perforation. Another hazard is the non-sterilization or even the improper sterilization of enema tube prior to the procedure.
It is always good to try natural options before engaging in procedures which have hazardous possibilities. High-fiber foods like whole grains, vegetables and fruits is of good help in the process of naturally cleansing the colon. Drinking plenty of liquid is also useful. And of course, doing physical activities is always an ingredient of the body’s healthy functioning, and of the colon.