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A 33-year-old member asked:

how useful is colon hydrotherapy?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Not much: There are no proven health benefits to colonic hydrotherapy, and there is some associated risk.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Don't waste your $: HealthTap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to colonics. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste." The "no" response also applies to liver detoxes! There are few real health benefits, but significant unjustified risk. Don't "cleanse".

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A 25-year-old member asked:

Are there any scientific studies evaluating the efficacy of colon hydrotherapy (colonics)?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
No: No scientific studies have ever shown a benefit to colonics. In fact, what many people do not realize is that the colon lining gets nourished from free fatty acids in the stool. Basically the poop in the colon nourishes the colon! any therapies geared towards removing waste are potentially damaging to the colon!
A 29-year-old member asked:

Who should go through a colon hydrotherapy session?

1 doctor answer8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No one: Colonic hydrotherapy is based upon a theory of accumulation of toxins from colonic contents. The colon unless inflamed is more than adquate after years of evolution, to deal with the contents without causing problems. Colonic hydrotherapy is of no proven benefit and cases of water intoxication or colonic perforation have been reported.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the benefits of colon hydrotherapy and what does it cost?

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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 28 years experience
None: Colon hydrotherapy is just a fancy name for an enema, and unless you have constipation that hasn't responded to other measures, you don't need one. Any amount of money spent on it is wasted., .
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
I agree! The colon is not a storage device and does not need to be cleaned of stored material.
Dec 16, 2014
A 34-year-old member asked:

What do you think about colon hydrotherapy as a doctor?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Colon hydrotherapy: I do not get excited about any therapy that is unproven and claims to cure multiple maladies. With this particular organ in the body, i much rather have things move out rather than being put in. I really do not find patients asking for this therapy very much.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is it like going through a colon hydrotherapy?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Don't waste your $: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to colonics. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste." the "no" response also applies to liver detoxes! there are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't "cleanse".

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