Colon detoxification has changed a lot over the years. For centuries and right up to the mid twentieth century enemas were very effective. And used all the time as the one and only colon detoxification procedure. In hospitals everywhere, if you had regularity problems for even a day you were given an enema. Administering an enema successfully treated even depression, allergies, fever and tension headaches. But today colon detoxification is almost always something you take in a pill or some liquid laxative you drink. Enemas are given only very rarely if at all.
It isn’t that enemas are no longer effective. Today they may still be the most effective detoxification method available. And the procedure is by no means primitive or insensitive. The technique and equipment has evolved and improved steadily over the years. They have even changed the name to help overcome any stigma associated with the word enema. Ten years ago they were called colonics and today the procedure is called colon hydrotherapy (CHT).
So why has the medical community abandoned one of its most effective detoxification procedures? Certainly one of the problems is there isn’t anyone left in hospitals and clinics to do it. The stature and social position of nurses and doctors has sky rocketed in the last 100 years. There really isn’t anyone lowly enough in a hospital to do things like bedpans and colon hydrotherapy. Certainly they will if they have to but if a pill or suppository will do the job then that is what is done. The social pressure to avoid potentially messy jobs like enemas and bedpans has all but eliminated an excellent detoxification procedure.
Another huge problem is the time and expense required to perform colon hydrotherapy. Modern CHT takes about an hour to properly perform. And the nurse has to be there the whole time. Now the equipment used is not expensive relative to other hospital equipment. But the hospital would have to charge the patient a hefty sum to dedicate one nurse for an entire hour for just one procedure. If you compare this to the time it takes to give the patient a detoxification pill or have the patient drink a laxative you can easily see why the pill wins every time.
Another problem is CHT does not fit well into any kind of economic model for a hospital. Whether we like it or not, health care is big business. Hospitals and clinics have to make money or they go out of business. Pharmaceutical companies and medical research companies do not go into hospitals and promote things that will not make them money. There is nothing in colon hydrotherapy that makes money for the hospital. On the other hand, fancy new technical procedures and expensive prescription medications fuel the economics of health care like almost nothing else.
Undoubtedly the biggest obstacle to colon hydrotherapy is public perception. Most people put it in the same category as medieval torture or primitive blood letting procedures. The reality could not be further from the truth. Modern CHT is very safe, not at all uncomfortable and is usually the most effective colon detoxification procedure available today.