Recently, the fancy terms of “colonic irrigation” and “colon hydrotherapy” has taken the natural health world by storm.
With just a bag of water and a tube, the old-fashioned enema has reshaped its image into a cutting edge alternative therapy.
Anxious alternative medicine patients worried about the dangerous sounding lurking “toxins” in their colon have rushed to hydrotherapy clinics to receive enemas in droves. Is this method of colon cleansing actually healthy or helpful?
One alternative medicine expert, chiropractor and herbalist Dr. Ben Kim, doesn’t think so. In a March 4, 2010, article on his website, Dr. Kim states that “years of constipation and/or undergoing enemas can disrupt the mechanisms that are in place to allow your body to generate its own bowel movements – for some people, it can become near impossible to have a bowel movement without having an enema.”
Instead of “irrigating” your colon, Dr. Kim recommends more natural ways to ensure that your colon stays clean – proper nutrition and emotional health. Dr. Kim’s approach isn’t that different from the Ayurvedic approach to a clean and healthy colon.
Ayurvedic Approach to Colon Cleanse
In Ayurveda, colon cleanses aren’t about enemas but about diet. The Ayurvedic system of medicine recognizes three basic physical and emotional types, or doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Most people have a primary dosha with elements of the two other doshas. From an Ayurvedic point of view, keeping these three doshas in balance will maintain healthy digestion, which in turn will keep your colon clean.
In Ayurveda, Our Inner Fire Controls Digestive Process
In Ayurveda, our inner fire, or agni, controls the digestive process. Without a strong enough inner fire, food does not properly digest and clogs the bowels, leading to constipation. With too much inner fire, food digests too quickly, leading to runny bowel movements.
An Ayurvedic practitioner will give you nutrition advice customized to your own primary dosha. Based on your dosha, for example, a practitioner will recommend that you drink hot water at certain points during the day. Hot water is one of the most effective ways to simply and effectively “irrigate” your colon. Your doctor of Ayurveda may also recommend certain teas and spices to enhance the detoxifying effects of the hot water.
Ayurvedic Recipe for Colon Health
By following an Ayurvedic recipe for colon health, you can prevent toxins from building in your intestinal track without having to rely upon expensive – and potentially damaging – colon hydrotherapy.
With over 5,000 years of experience in keeping the colon healthy, Ayurveda has a sustainable approach to colon health that will still be around long after the fad of colonic irrigation ends.