Colonic Irrigation ( ie - colonic hydrotherapy)

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I'm researching an article for my Fitness4London site about colonic irrigation, also known as colonic hydrotherapy.

Has anyone had one, or know a friend who has? Please get in touch and let me know how it went, how you felt during it, after it, and would you recommend it?

Opinion is divided. Some say it's not necessary because the liver and kidneys do a perfectly good job of detox, and healthy eating over the long term is sufficient to ensure a healthy colon.

Others say that a colon that has suffered years of dietary and lifestyle abuse requires a 'spring clean' to remove years of accumulated plaque and meat gristle and other things that have got lodged in the large intestine.

Get in touch and share your view!
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    One of my fitness clients had it done last week. He chose a clinic where a fully qualified doctor administered the treatment, which sounds like a good idea.

    The doctor said that the multiple layers of plaque that had built up over the years were something that the body cannot fight on its own, and it's beneficial to have a colonic if you have a long history of poor diet. For people who have always eaten healthily it's not necessary.

    Vital too that you're careful to repopulate your gut with good bacteria after the procedure.
    2834 days ago
    hi MDEATER1 - many thanks for your detailed comment on colonic irrigation - I'll definitely take your advice into account!
    2841 days ago
    Colonic irrigation is neither necessary, nor healthy, for a healthy individual that watches their diet and has no GI tract issues that would prevent a normal bowel movement from occurring. This is nothing more than an enema, which, by the way, should only be used in certain types of circumstances (such as chronic constipation) . Forcing water up your sigmoid colon is not really the greatest idea, and it does absolutely nothing to 'detox' your liver or kidneys.

    The tissues inside your colon are extremely delicate, and typically, enemas are only administered during certain kinds of circumstances (extreme constipation/fecal impaction, bowel cleansing prior to surgical procedures or exploratory medical procedures (e.g. sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, polyp biospy, ect), administration of certain kinds of medication (such as those to treat irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, certain cancers, and arthritis, anti-emetics (anti-nausea medication) to individuals with extreme nausea and vomiting, and local anesthesia for surgical procedures).

    Constant enema usage can result in electrolyte imbalance or rupture to the bowel and/or rectal tissue, which can result in internal hemorrhage, or infection due to tears in the lining of the colon.

    You don't have to take my word for it. I encourage you to do the research yourself, and before you do *anything*, I would ask that you contact your primary care physician and discuss this with them, because they will be able to discuss concerns in a medically relevant fashion. I'm no doctor (just a former nursing student), but from what I understand of this practice, it has no health benefit in terms of 'detoxing' your system. None of that stuff works. It's another excuse to scam people out of money for a service that is not required and does not provide any reasonably measurable health benefit to the individual having the procedure, but offers plenty of unnecessary health risks in return.

    My advice, if you're looking to 'detox your system'? Take a daily multi-vitamin supplement, drink lots of water, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. If your colon truly needs a cleansing, this will likely do the trick.

    2842 days ago
    hi Emily, Jonathan, Becky - thanks for your comments on my colonic blog!

    I'm erring on the side of thinking it's best to let the body take care of itself when it comes to colon cleansing, but I'm researching the evidence and people's experiences, so I might be persuaded that it can be worthwhile for some people.

    Verdict coming soon...

    2849 days ago
    Jonathan - mummy used to work in operating theatres and has been present at the removal of things ranging from carrots to lightbulbs!

    Sorry Dom! I didn't mean to lower the tone of your serious blog!
    2850 days ago
    Erm... what a great subject! hehe.

    They don't use toilet paper in Malaysia as they just use water jugs or hose pipes and their left hand to clean.

    Last time I was out there I was tempted to put the hose in my bum to give myself just the sort of colonic spring clean you describe!! (confessions coming out here!!)

    It felt quite weird, but was effective!. Trouble is, you're then too scared to fart for hours afterwards! LOL

    I can't believe I am telling you all this? The things people do in private, and it's certainly not something I thought I'd ever be sharing on the web!

    As to what inappropriate things men shove up their bums, Emily, I am most curious, hehe!

    Love...Jonathan x

    2850 days ago
    I really don't like the idea of this. I don't understand how it could be an enjoyable experience. Maybe I'm just overprotective of my bum since I have Crohn's.

    I feel that the human body is an amazing thing and will get rid of bad stuff on its own when you treat it right. I don't see why plenty of fibre and water wouldn't get rid of any residual nasty stuff in the bowel.

    (love to know what 'other things' get lodged in the large bowel. Like I've heard of men having to have surgery when they put inappropriate items up there.. but seriously..)

    Oh, I know a lady who used to have it done. I have no idea why. She was a very odd person. She had short bowel syndrome so really no need for any help clearing her bowel!
    2850 days ago
  • BECKY_ROWE1984
    My aunt had it done and said that it felt good during and after. I have heard though that once you have it once you should keep it up.

    Not sure it is something that I would personally try but never say never... emoticon
    2850 days ago
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