In this series of videos about digestion, I demonstrate the functional evaluation test that assesses the colon, otherwise known as the large intestine.
This test, the Ileocecal Valve test, is a test for the colon. More specifically it’s the valve that connects the small intestine to the large intestine.
A functional evaluation involves a series of non-invasive tests that uses three different types of reflexes to determine the health of a particular organ or system in the body. For more information about functional evaluation tests, see my article DIY Functional Evaluation Tests for Wellness.
Your body can tell you when something is wrong. That’s what symptoms are all about. In today’s hectic world, sadly, we have become disconnected with our bodies’ innate ability to communicate what it needs.
This functional evaluation tool, however, helps us to reconnect to that innate communication ability.
Let your body tell you what’s wrong. It will, if you let it.
These non-invasive tests allow the body to tell US where it is out of balance.
Remember that these tests are not meant to replace the battery of sophisticated lab tests that can and should be done to assess your health. It’s only an additional tool for your use.
The Colon is not just the Body’s Trash Can
The large intestine is where any remaining water from digestion is recycled.
And it’s also responsible for converting any remaining nutrients into Vitamins B1, B2, B12, Vitamin K and Butyric Acid. And of course, it is responsible for forming and excreting waste.
The colon is loaded with lots of ‘bowel flora’, or healthy bacteria.
But when the colon is not functioning properly because of something going on further upstream in the digestive tract, the colon can contain parasites or other pathogens, maldigested food, or undigested fat.
Gas may form as a result and cause bloating and pain. The ileocecal valve may get jammed open or even shut. That can cause real pain!
Constipation and/or diarrhea becomes a huge problem when the ileocecal valve is malfunctioning. When these issues are chronic, things like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease or colitis can occur.
The Ileocecal Valve Test
Now let me show you how to conduct this ileocecal valve test for the colon.
To perform this test, you will need a friend or family member to help.
- Lie down on a flat, but firm surface.
- Point to where your belly button is and with the other hand point to your right ASIS, which stands for Anterior Superior Iliac Spine, or that bony projection that sticks out the furthest on your right hip.
- Draw an imaginary line between those two points.
- At the half-way point, have your friend or family member press downward with a clockwise motion using 3 fingers.
Do you feel pain or tenderness? Rate it on a scale from 1-10.
One, meaning you feel the pressure of my fingers but no pain all the way up to 10, meaning it really hurts.
Be sure to record your tenderness rating and today’s date so that you can monitor your progress.
Can dysfunction in the large intestine cause emotional disorders like anxiousness, stress or depression? Absolutely! Assessing the health of your ileocecal valve is one more tool in your arsenal to get to the root of your moods.
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