The History of Colonics and Today’s Practice, Part 2
Last week we saw that the concept of cleansing with water is as old as mankind. The ancient Roman bath (shown above) had a complex series of warm, hot, and cool baths which were taken in a specific order to achieve purity of the body and, it was believed, the soul. From ancient Egypt, through the Greek and Roman periods, early historians and the first doctors (Hippocrates in the west and Chang Chung Ching [Zhang Zhanjiang] in China) recognized and recommended the intake of water through the rectum. During the middle ages, more complicated procedures were developed for the aristocracy and upper classes, and the 17th century was known as the “Age of the Clyster” for its common practice of enemas for cleansing and well-being.
The 18th and 19th centuries brought a surge of interest in the purely scientific aspects of medicine. Clysters and enemas were still popular among the upper classes: it was said that Louis XIV had over 2,000 enemas in his lifetime. But there was still a significant need for improvement in the equipment, and the technological age of the 19th century brought those improvements.
The invention of a permanent freestanding apparatus was an important development. In the 1820’s Edward Jukes developed both a gravity enema called “flexible Clysmaduct” which would hang from the wall, and a pressure-fed pump that employed a “syringe”. With the latter, pressure could be adjusted during the procedure rather than depending on gravity of the suspended water bag.
But even with improvements to the equipment, there was still no consistent form of therapy until Vincent Priessnitz began practicing in the 1840’s. He stressed remedies such as suitable food, air, exercise, rest and water, over conventional medicine. His regimens were known as “The Nature Cure” and “The Water Cure”, and his facilities were visited by many dignitaries and royal peers. Though he advised on diet, activity, and communing with nature, his main focus remained hydrotherapy.
Equipment was developed with the specific intention of allowing colonic hydrotherapy to be carried out more quickly and more hygienically. By the end of the 19th century, underwater bowel irrigation became the norm. The warmed water was positioned above the bathtub, and a hose carried the water into the patient’s bowel.
During the late 19th and early 20th century, the use of colon hydrotherapy and enemas slowly dwindled among the medical community, as laxatives and other drugs became more commercially available and easier to administer. It wasn't until the practice of Dr. Kellogg in the early 1900s that the therapy was rejuvenated.
Of course, a lot has changed since Ancient Egypt, and while people still enjoy the internal cleansing nature of water, the actual colonic process is now much more advanced and gentle than it once was. Constance Jones - Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, CT uses a state-of-the-art technique to gently and safely infuse multi-purified water through the large intestine to cleanse it of mucus, fecal matter, and gas.
Enjoy the cleansing power that kings, queens, high priests and priestesses have relied on for thousands of years and schedule an appointment with Constance Jones - Colon Hydrotherapy. Learn more by visiting online or calling her directly at (860) 287-4558.
Next week: The 20th and 21st Centuries bring science and holistic practices together!