According to the great epic Ramayana, in the battle between Lord Rama and Ravana, Ravana appeared to be invincible despite repeated attacks by Rama and was killed only when Rama pierced his navel with an arrow. The navel corresponds to the seat of power in the body, the manipoorak chakra that makes up for any weakness and directly controls the digestive system in the body.
Ayurveda maintains that death begins in the colon and the modern science agrees with this fact. Hence, in order to ensure a long and healthy life, it is of utmost importance to keep the colon healthy. Realizing this, today the market is flooded with various techniques and equipment to ensure the same. One of these is the hydrocolon therapy. The therapy with the aid of certain instruments washes the intestines with saline water to flush the toxins out of the system. However, being a synthetic process it entails certain side effects such as dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, discomfort, cramps and infection. During the hydrocolon therapy, there exists a risk of toxicity and allergy in the event of absorption of substances from the wall of colon. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not recommend colonic irrigation machines for routine use.
I get many cases of people who have fallen prey to the hazards of this modern innovation. Like the gift of modern-day yoggurus is knee and spine problems for those who take to their self-styled practices, hycolon therapy comes with a high risk of infection and allergy. Both of these are wrong practice of yoga and ancient sciences which instead of helping the body, age it due to their hyperactive and unnatural nature.
You will be surprised to know that the technique of using saline water for cleansing finds a mention in the vedic sutras. The book Sanatan Kriya Ageless Dimension mentions certain yogic techniques and ayurvedic formulae (free from the risks of modern technology) to remove toxins from not just the intestines but also the entire digestive tract. The cumulative effect of these practices is a strong digestive system and constant replenishment of power in the body ensuring youth, health and vigor.
-By Yogi Ashwini