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Colonic Therapy is Nothing to be Embarrassed About

Colonic hydrotherapy was developed in the early 20th century, and the use of enemas (similar to colonics) and beliefs surrounding colon impurity have been around since ancient Egypt, around the 14th century B.C. People understood the need for the kind of deep colon cleaning that went far beyond daily bowel movements. Our ancestors administered enemas using hollowed-out reeds and clear river water to flush out the colon and our great-grandparents grew up during a time when enema use was part of a widely accepted wellness regimen for detoxification, vitality and immunity. Today, we are needlessly becoming diseased, even dying prematurely, because we no longer understand how dependent our wellness is on keeping the colon thoroughly cleansed and healthy.

            Colonics are known to alleviate symptoms including irritable bowel syndrome, food sensitivities, skin rashes, constipation, mood swings, bloating and gas to relieve intestinal autointoxication; when foul material from the intestines, especially in the presence of constipation, reabsorbs back into the bloodstream via the microbiome. This makes the blood toxic, and if the body’s eliminatory organs (liver, kidneys, lymph, skin and lungs) are not able to handle these blood toxins due to their own toxicity, stagnation and lack of energy, then the toxins keep recycling, thus autointoxication and disease occur. This is why colonics are helpful for overall health, body, mind, and spirit.

            According to the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy, colon hydrotherapy (colonics and colon irrigation) are a safe, effective method of removing waste/fecal matter from the large intestine without the use of drugs. By introducing pure, filtered and body-temperature water into the colon, the waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis. The inflow of a small amount of water and the release of waste is repeated several times during a 30-to-45-minute therapeutic session.

Nancy Gurney, a certified colon hydrotherapist and traditional naturopath, is the owner of Creative Lifeflow, located at 1817 W. Stadium, Ste. A, in Ann Arbor. For appointments and more information, call 734-674-0922 or visit