Colon lavage was first recorded in 1500 B.C, in the ancient Egyptian document, Ebers Papyrus, which dealt with the practice of medicine. It was described as the infusion of aqueous substances into the large intestine through the anus. Hippocrates (4th - 5th century B.C.) recorded using this process for fever therapy.
Colontherapy since the turn of the century has experienced periods of reaction, primarily due to the practice of colontherapy by the untrained and unskilled, which was very detrimental to its professional growth. When the therapy gained the attention of such physicians as James A. Wiltsie, M.D. and Joseph E.G. Waddington, M.D., great value was placed on the therapeutic benefits of this treatment. According to Dr. Wiltsie, the colon is most likely the most important source of ill health in the whole body.
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, diet, and exercise.
Today, with modern technological advancements in colontherapy, particular regard to safety, along with educated and skilled professionals, colontherapy has become a valuable adjunctive to the physician in treating diseases. It is still however, relatively unknown and misunderstood.
Combined with good nutrition, exercise and positive mental and spiritual outlook, colontherapy can play an important role in achieving and maintaining vibrant health.