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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Colon Cleansing and Colon Hydrotherapy for Constipation and Colonoscopies

Constipation, Cleansing and Colon Hydrotherapy
Dr. Victoria Goldsten, HD
Natural Health Care Nurse
Integrative Homeopathic Doctor

When working on surgical wings of hospitals over 30 years ago, constipation was quite common after surgery.  The anesthesia slowed the bowel down and as a result constipated the patients.  Frequently we would request an order from the surgeon for a stool softener such as colace.  Unfortunately the patients would be very uncomfortable and anxious to get this medication.  Many times we had to wait for an order for many hours and sometimes until the next day, all the while wanting to help our patients.  Because of the numerous delays I would request prune juice from the hospital kitchen to assist the patients. 

Now as a natural health care practitioner I have learned about many remedies and methods that can help.  If I only knew then what I know now, what a difference I could have made.

When a client comes to the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine with constipation we have numerous natural therapies and remedies that can help such as: homeopathy, herbs, acupressure, acupuncture, massage, and colon hydrotherapy.

With constipation the muscle tone of the large intestine decreases thereby reducing contractility.  Without these contractions, known as peristalsis, the colon can not function properly.  Peristalsis can be stimulated in many ways.  The abdomen can be massaged with therapeutic oils in the direction of the large intestine path from the ascending colon to the descending colon.  This massage done with the absorption of the therapeutic oils can stimulate the colon to function.  In addition homeopathics, herbs, and acupressure can stimulate the colon.

With difficult and recurring constipation, the strongest solution is colon hydrotherapy.  This method uses warmed filtered water to wash out the colon and stimulate the muscles of the colon.  Based on my assessment and experience at the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine, I have found that the open gravity method is the most safe and effective form of colon hydrotherapy.  The open system allows the colon to be stimulated by the water that enters it and allows for the client to release the stool though the normal elimination process of the colon, just as having a normal bowel movement.  This method permits the colon to exercise its musculature.  The gravity water introduced also does not put any unnecessary pressure on the colon wall, but at the same time being very effective.

At the Institute we have also provided colon hydrotherapy to those clients preparing for colonoscopies and those that have sever redundant colons.  This process cleans the colon in a very safe and productive way for these clients.  

All of the therapies and methods reviewed can be received at the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine with qualified trained and certified practitioners.

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