The History of Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon-Hydrotherapy (also called “colonics”, “colon irrigation”, or “high colonics”) has firm and ancient roots in the understanding of the prerequisites of good health possessed by our ancestors.

Ancient Times c400 CE of Colon Hydrotherapy

The origins of colon hydrotherapy go back in time all the way to the ancient Egyptian and Roman civilizations, and it is referred to in ancient writings. For example, in the Talmud tractate Brochos, 57B, the sages try to explain the pleasures of the World to Come through comparisons with the world we know. One of these comparisons compares the pleasures of the World to Come with the relief that comes to a person from a proper evacuation of the bowels. The fact that many of us would be startled by the Talmud’s analogy only indicates how far away we have moved from a true appreciation of what is important to leading a healthy and satisfied life.

The Medieval Period c1200 of Colon Hydrotherapy

The renowned scholar Maimonidies, of blessed memory, lived in Spain and in Egypt. In the fourth chapter of his “Ethical Ideas” he states that it is the Divine Will that each person should carefully watch over their physical health, since it is impossible to perform the Divine Service with a sickly body. He states how the health of the body is contingent upon eating food that is easily digested and that most diseases come from eating unwholesome food or eating too much good food. Taking steps to maintain healthy bowel functioning and eating properly are central points in his good health program. He remarks how a person is obliged to make efforts to maintain the health of their bowels throughout their life. If a person avoids excreting waste, or can do so only with difficulty, they have reason to be seriously concerned over their health.

Recent History of Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy continued in popular use in the United States and other countries up until the 1930’s, when it began to be displaced with the use of antibiotics as a “cure all solution.” The last twenty years has seen a significant reawakening of interest in this ancient curative technique, with a renewed realization of its extensive benefits without any of the risks associated with drug-based treatments.