Colon Irrigation: Questions and Answers
Colon cleansing and colon irrigation are some of the most popular celebrity treatments for weight loss and improving overall health. Although both techniques have been around for years, only recently have they made the transition from unique alternative to mainstream.
According to Dr. Edward Group III, author of The Green Body Cleanse, “Colon cleansing can help relieve the constipation and irregularity associated with an unhealthy diet.”
With so many refined foods and processed sugars in our diet, eliminating all that junk and waste can seem like a dream come true, but is colon irrigation as amazing as celebrities make it out to be?
What is Colon Irrigation?
Colon Irrigation, AKA Colonic Hydrotherapy, is a unique form of colon cleansing in which a colon therapist flushes out waste from the colon with a small infusion of water.
This process involves inserting a disposable speculum into the anus, which is then connected to a disposable plastic hose attached to a colon hydrotherapy unit.
Filtered water is slowly released into the colon, causing the muscles to contract. The contracted muscles pushes feces out through the hose, where it is then disposed in a closed waste system.
Don’t worry – neither you nor your colon therapist will not smell the feces, though; the therapist may be able to observe the color of the feces through the clear hose.
Why Have One?
Professionals who support colon irrigation believe that waste and toxins can harden and accumulate in the colon, significantly increasing the risk of colon cancer (which is the third leading type of cancer in the U.S). Rather than allowing harmful colon bacteria and yeast to grow, you should consult your doctor to find out whether or not this therapy is right for you.
Are There Any Safety Concerns?
Although many cleansers feel some mild form of discomfort during the therapy, the procedure is fairly standard, lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.
However, many health professionals argue that colonic irrigation is unnecessary for most patients in order to improve overall health. The only time colonic hydrotherapy should be used is before a colonoscopy or before other medical procedures.
Registered Dietician Nigel Denby adds, “while there is no evidence to suggest that having a colonic is particularly dangerous, there’s nothing to support the idea that it will really do you any good either. . .Our body is perfectly well equipped to do all of these things itself, and forcing the process is likely to give psychological satisfaction rather than any physiological boost.”
Additionally, colon irrigation may cause the following side effects:
• Electrolyte Abnormalities
You should not have a colonic if you suffer from ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, hemorrhoids, abdominal hernia, or if you’re pregnant (as the treatment may trigger uterine contractions).
Because colon irrigation is a delicate procedure that can pose multiple risks, it is always best to consult your medical doctor before signing up for treatment with a colon therapist.