Historical View

Historians tell us that the proactive of Colon Hydrotherapy, or in its basic form, enema, was first used by the Egyptians. Colon lavage was first recorded in 1500 B.C. in the ancient document, Ebers Papyrus, and the Edwin Smith Papyrus (c. 1700 B.C.), which both give directions for the use of enemas. Hypocrites, in 4th and 5th century B.C., recorded using enemas for fever therapy. The Essene Gospel of the third century stated, “The uncleanness within is greater than the uncleanness without, but within remains unclean, is like a tomb that outward is painted fair, but is within full of all manner of horrible uncleanness and abominations.”

By the late 19th century and early 20th century with the advent of rubber and plastic, the enema slowly gave way to FDA standards and safety in colon hydrotherapy equipment.

Dr. Kellogg reported in the 1917 Journal of American Medicine that in the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in over 40,000 cases, he had used surgery in only twenty cases. The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels combined with diet and exercise.

Colon hydrotherapy eventually gained the attention of James A. Wiltsie, M.D. who contended “our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon and its pathology and management has not kept pace with that of many organs and systems of the body.” He went on to say, “As long as we continue to assume that the colon will take care of itself, just that long will we remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body.”