Have you ever wondered how colon hydrotherapy ever came around? There’re a few stories but the most famous one is this. Long ago, Pliny (77 CE), the Roman author saw a bird. An Ibis to be exact. He saw this long-billed Egyptian bird drawing water into its beak, before inserting into its rectum and perform enema on itself. This bird is also considered sacred as one of the Egyptian gods, was depicted with the head of this bird, also known as Thoth. So, it was said that this is the origin of colon hydrotherapy.
Now, no one really knows if this was true or not, but what we really know for sure is that colon hydrotherapy is not something new. It has existed way before the modern times. As a matter of fact, it existed more than three thousand years ago. The ancient Egypt has documented the benefits of colon hydrotherapy as early as 1500 B.C. Though in the beginning, colon cleansing was done in a river by using a hollow reed to encourage water flow in the rectum.
Not only that, around the same time, the ancient Greeks, the traditional Chinese and Indian people were also recorded practicing inner cleansing. This practice stayed around for centuries, until during the 20th century, the modern Colon Hydrotherapy equipment was properly introduced. In the late 20’s hospitals started to offer this service, and its is sometimes done before a surgery.
Now in the modern day, this treatment has taken many forms. With technology colon hydrotherapy equipment is more hygienic now and of course, very safe. While the goal and objective remains the same, the modern equipment (and a little bit of TLC!) gives more comfortability to each person who goes through the procedure.
Today, in Malaysia, colon hydrotherapy service can be found in hospitals, health center and wellness center. Therapists are qualified and use clean filtered water to clean the colon easily. A study was done in 1917 by Dr. John Harvery Kellog, who has treated more than 40, 000 cases of gastrointestinal. According to him, he only used surgery for 20 cases. The remaining cases were solved by colon cleansing, balanced diet and exercise
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