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Colonics

Agatha M. Thrash, M.D.
Preventive Medicine

I. Indications

  • Bad breath
  • Cancer & polyps of bowel
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Inflammatory colon
  • Intestinal gas & cramps
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Toxicity

II. Physiological Effects

  • Aids in evacuation and cleaning of bowels.
  • Adds moisture to dry stool in bowel.
  • Helps rid body of toxic wastes.
  • Stimulates blood supply to colon.
  • Cold especially stimulates peristalsis, but when used repeatedly depresses normal peristalsis.

III. Contraindications

  • Appendicitis
  • Recent heart attack
  • Severe colitis
  • Painful hemorrhoids
  • Chronic constipation as a repeated treatment

IV. Equipment

  • Bell to call for help
  • Books/tape recorder
  • Chair
  • Colonic board
  • Commode
  • Enema rectal tip (metal)
  • Fan
  • Glass of water with straw
  • KY jelly
  • Large enema bucket & tubing with clamp
  • Large plastic bag
  • Pillow
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sheets
  • Tape
  • Toilet paper
  • Wash cloth/towel

V. Procedure

1. Write treatment time on schedule.

2. Set up room as follows:

  • Place colonic board, with open end over commode and head end resting on chair.
  • Cover with sheet, add pillow.
  • Cut end off large plastic bag. Fasten it to the metal frame at the end of the board by punching a hole through the bag with the frame and then securing it to the board with tape. Drape the other end through the opening in the colonic board into the commode.
  • Fill the enema bucket with water (cool, warm, hot):
  • ~cool: for high fever
  • ~warm: 99-108 F. for constipation, toxicity, nausea, vomiting, bad breath, cramps, gas
  • ~hot: 109-118 F. for intestinal polyps & cancer, diarrhea.
  • Use caution with higher temperatures; the intestinal mucosa can tolerate this temperature easily, but the skin surrounding the anus is very sensitive.
  • Set bucket at least 18" above patient (on chair, on the sink counter).
  • Attach colonic tip to tubing. Run water through tubing and clamp it. Set tip on clean towel on back of toilet tank. Place fan on chair near head of colonic board. Have a glass of water and a straw within reach.

3. Explain procedure to patient. Instruct him to drink water before the treatment.

4. Have patient undress from waist down. Assist patient to lie down on board with buttocks over opening and feet up on back of commode. Cover with a sheet. Ensure patient's comfort. Have call bell nearby.

5. Lubricate colonic tip. Insert it into patient's rectum, or assist patient to do it, or instruct him how to do it himself, whichever the patient feels most comfortable with. The metal colonic tip can be secured in place by taping to the metal frame.

6. Have prayer with patient.

7. Open clamp on tubing and allow water to flow. Clamp should be within patient's reach so the flow can be stopped by the patient, if necessary for cramps.

8. Instruct the patient to lightly massage lower abdomen, starting at the left lower quadrant rising to the upper left quadrant, then across the upper right quadrant (following the position of the colon as the water flows in). Reverse the order as water is expelled.

9. Leave the room. Close and secure door. Stay within calling distance. Check on patient's condition periodically.

10. Treatment may be discontinued when water has run through or when patient feels relief. Close clamp, withdraw colonic tip. Assist patient to sit upon the commode to expel the remainder of water from bowel. Provide toilet paper, washcloth, towel, and give patient privacy.

11. Following treatment, have patient rest for 30 minutes.

12. Clean up area. Put away equipment. Disinfect board and tip. Mop floor. Put linen away. Straighten furniture. Chart treatment and reaction.

VI. Additives

  • Charcoal: toxicity, colitis, inflammation
  • Goldenseal: astringent agent: colitis, inflammation
  • Lemon juice: cleanser, antiseptic (not over prolonged period)
  • Wormwood: parasites
  • White oak: diarrhea, astringent
  • Garlic: antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, nutritive
  • Yarrow: tonic after bowel purging
  • Flaxseed: to coat bowel, nutritive
  • Horsetail/Dandelion: (as a retention) help body to absorb iron, antiseptic
  • Honey: (as a retention) exhaustion, malnutrition, as a nutritive agent
  • Chamomile: mild soothing agent

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