Historians tell us the practice of Colon cleansing or in it’s most basic form (the enema), was first used by the Egyptians.
The 17th Century became known as the “age of the enema.” It was acceptable practice in the Parisan society to enjoy (as many as) three to four enemas a day, the belief that an internal washing or “Lavemont” was essential to well-being.
By the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, which the advent of rubber, the enema slowly gave way to Colon Cleansing equipment which improved the cleansing of colon.
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 of the bowel, diet and exercise.
Colon Cleansing eventually gained the attention of James A. Wiltsie, M.D. Who contended our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon and of it’s pathology and management, has not kept pace with that 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 remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body.”