The Different Options for Colon Cleansing Treatments
by Dr. Edward F. Group III

The colon’s main function is the reabsorption of nutrients and water into our bodies and the elimination of toxic wastes through regular bowel movements. When the bowel is impacted, however, problems arise such as constipation, hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis and colon cancer. Common symptoms resulting from accumulated toxins in the bowel can include headaches, bad breath, allergy symptoms, PMS, fatigue, depression, irritability, bloating, and frequent infections.

As Dr James Balch writes, “Retained debris in the colon leads to the absorption of toxins resulting in systemic poisoning. Colon cleansing can rid the colon of debris and help prevent and treat a variety of health problems.”

In order to prevent such problems, it is recommended that one regularly cleanses their colon, small and large intestine. This is known as ‘colon cleansing.’ As the average adult has between 5 and 40 pounds of compacted waste in their bowels, a good colon cleanse would be of great benefit. It is important to know that all colon cleansing treatments are not equal, however.

There are five major ways that one can cleanse their colon. These are:

Colon Hydrotherapy (also know as colonic irrigations)
Herbal supplements
Oxygen-based Cleansers
Each of these treatments has their pros and cons. For most, however, an oxygen-based cleanser will do the best job of removing the most toxic waste and improving the health of your colon. Let’s review each type of treatment to find out why.

The Different Types of Colon Cleansing

Colon Hydrotherapy
Colon hydrotherapy is the process of inserting a tube in the anus and then flushing 1-5 gallons of water through the colon. The procedure can be completed either at home or at a clinic. If a colon is in a bad state of health, this process can be effective at getting the compacted material out of the large intestine rapidly. However this process also has a number of disadvantages.

First, it can quickly become very expensive to go through this treatment. It costs between $25 and $100 per treatment and will take approximately 90 minutes of your time at each visit. Further, as the body is not made to have water shot inside of it, it is possible for the process to unnaturally extend the bowel and colon, potentially causing rips or stretching the lining of the colon.

While this process will break off and flush out some of the ‘hard stuff’ on the colons intestine wall, it in fact gets none of the dangerous toxins and hardened material and mucous attached to the walls of the small intestine. Much of this material will remain. One would need to use an Oxygen based cleanser to fully get rid of this material and cleanse the whole intestinal tract.

Colon hydrotherapy is also know as ‘colonic irrigation’ and ‘using colenemas.’


Enemas are a treatment that has been used for many centuries to treat constipation. Their effectiveness, however, depends on the type of enema that is used. In general, enemas will only remove material from the lower part of the colon and none are able to oxidize or melt away the compaction. They are useful, however, for emptying the rectum , which is the lowest 8 to 12 inches of the colon. On the other hand, many do not like having to insert the enema into their rectal cavity.

The main types of enemas are water enemas (similar to hydrotherapy except using a bag as much less water), coffee enemas, and clay enemas.

Herbal Supplements

You’ll find many products online and on store shelves that contain psyllium husk. These are classified as herbal supplements and come in pill or capsule form. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative and is high in both fiber and mucilage. The laxative properties of psyllium are due to the swelling of the husk when it comes in contact with water. The resulting bulk when ingested stimulates a reflex contraction of the walls of the bowel. The psyllium acts as a hard sponge as it works it way down. This often causes an emptying of the bowel. Why herbal supplements can be effective for short term bowel emptying, they are not effective in fully cleansing the bowel, removing much of the toxic waste, or improving the health of the villi in the colon. In a sense, these types of products cause contraction but not oxidation—they do not internally cleanse. While these products are fairly inexpensive ($20 or so for a month’s supply), persons who either want to properly cleanse their colon or are suffering from constipation will want to use a proper oxygen-based colon cleanser.


Laxatives are used as temporary treatments of constipation. While they are often effective at clearing you out, they do not cleanse. They don’t touch the compaction one bit. Further, there are serious contraindications including dehydration and loss of muscle around the colon lining. This, after hydrotherapy, is the most dangerous treatment for constipation. If you want to treat temporary blockage, a laxative may be helpful. If you want to experience the benefits of a proper colon cleanse or have mild or chronic constipation, however, they won’t be of much use to you.

Oxygen-Based Colon Cleansers

The hands down best way to get a thorough colon cleanse is through oxygen-based colon cleansers. The only true way you’re going to melt away that compacted matter is through an oxidation reduction reaction. Oxygen based cleansers use specialized ozonated magnesium oxidesto reduce the solid toxic mass into a liquid or gas form. The good ones work in the whole system, not just the large intestine as the other forms of constipation treatments. The ozonated magnesium oxides are able to clean the entire intestinal tract and deliver much needed oxygen along the way.

While psyllium and other fiber products simply scrape matter out through the center of a clogged colon, oxygen therapy removes old, impacted fecal matter as it detoxifies and cleans the entire colon. By thoroughly cleansing the entire intestinal tract, it allows room for a normal bowel processes. It is important to note that the very large majority of the so-called oxygen-based cleansers, however, have failed independent oxygen release tests. They simply release much less oxygen then they claim to release. This is due to the fact that they use a low-quality form of magnesium oxide that has not gone through the specialized ozonating process that allows the higher quality products to properly and fully detoxify and cleanse the entire intestinal tract.

The oxygen cleansers on the market include:

  • Homozon
  • Oxy-Powder
  • Oxy-OxC;
  • Oxy-Mag;
  • Oxy-Mega;
  • Aerobic Mag 07;
  • Colozone; and
  • Colosan

In independent laboratory tests, only two products release the amount of oxygen needed to properly and completely cleanse and melt away the mucous and compacted matter in the colon. These are Homozon and Oxy-Powder. Homozon has been around since it was invented in 1898 by Dr. Eugene Blass. Oxy-Powder on the other hand, was developed recently, is 20% stronger in laboratory tests, contains an in-capsule catalyst, and the immune system stimulant Germanium-132. Additional information on Oxy-Powder can be found at

In review, colon cleansing rids the colon of debris, and years of compacted waste and toxic material. It can prevent and help reduce a variety of health problems and is essential for anyone suffering from constipation. The treatments out there for constipation include colon hydrotherapy, laxatives, enemas, herbal supplements, and oxygen based cleansers. While each treatment has its pros and cons the recommended treatment for a proper cleansing is oxygen colon cleansers. The recommended oxygen colon cleanser of the Constipation Resource Center is Oxy-Powder. This product uses ozonated magnesium oxides to clean the entire intestinal tract and remove old, impacted fecal matter as it detoxifies and cleans the entire colon.

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