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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Can someone tell me what exactly is a colonic irrigation , how it's done and why people do it. I was wondering if there are some benefits to it

Can someone tell me what exactly is a colonic irrigation , how it's done and why people do it. I was wondering if there are some benefits to it

Hi. : Hi. Colon irrigation is often performed by alternative medicine providers. Water is introduced into the colon which can be mixed with homeopathic or herbals in order to remove feces, parasites & toxins from the gut. It is reported to be one aspect of total body detoxification.

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Is colonic irrigation effective?

Is colonic irrigation effective?

If medic. indicated: Only to relieve severe constipation or as part of a preoperative bowel preparation. Colonic irrigation as part of a general health regime does nothing for you other than give the knowledge that your large bowel is empty. Some rare individuals have wierd satisfaction from having their colon and rectum filled with fluid which then can then expell. No scientific evidence of beneficial effect.

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What is the use of colonic irrigation?

What is the use of colonic irrigation?

Nothing!: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question.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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What can I expect from a colonic irrigation session?

What can I expect from a colonic irrigation session?

Stop!: Harm! this procedure shud never be done! stay away! will not help u but may hurt u. Waste of money.

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Can you let me know is it recommended to have a colonic irrigation while battling with diverticulitis?

Can you let me know is it recommended to have a colonic irrigation while battling with diverticulitis?

No, probably not: A good idea. While you have active diverticulitis, it is important to rest the area while the infection heals. If you apply any excess pressure, as with irrigation, the inflamed area can perforate into the peritoneal cavity and cause fecal peritonitis. That goes for enemas too.

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Can colonic irrigation help with emotional problems?

Can colonic irrigation help with emotional problems?

No: Colonic hydrotherapy purports to detoxify and cleanse the colon, helping with constipation, etc. Some colonic advertisements also claim to cleanse "negative emotions" such as anger and depression from the body. In my experience though, these emotions are not housed in the colon alone. Deeper, whole-person work is needed for this.

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Can colonic irrigation flatten your tummy and love handles?

Can colonic irrigation flatten your tummy and love handles?

Colonic Irrigation: No effect & potentially hazardous. Weight reduction, diet & exercise are more beneficial.

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Does colonic irrigation reduce the risk of colon cancer by removing toxins?

Does colonic irrigation reduce the risk of colon cancer by removing toxins?

Not a proven fact: This is not proven and in fact it can be very dangerous due to risk of perforation and also risk of sipping out normal bacteria and causing superinfection with c diff. Just increase fiber intake to 30-40 gm a day and that will keep things moving and help with keeping all toxin levels under control.

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Is colonic irrigation following bowel resection normal?

Is colonic irrigation following bowel resection normal?

Not sure: Not sure what kind of surgery you had, but colonic irrigation is not usually done after bowel surgery. You should ask your surgeon specifically what type of surgery you had and why.

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What is more suitable for chronic constipation, colonoscopy or colonic irrigation/colon cleansing? Which is more useful for eliminating constipation?

What is more suitable for chronic constipation, colonoscopy or colonic irrigation/colon cleansing? Which is more useful for eliminating constipation?

None of the above!: If you want to eliminate constipation, you should leave your colon alone and stop sticking tubes and other foreign liquids into it. You need to do 3 things which will help: eat well and drink plenty of liquids like water to stay well hyderated;. Make sure your food has enough fiber which comes from fruits, salads vegetables and grains; each meal should have these items that will give bulk to stool.

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Can I have colonic irrigation if have mild abdominal pain. Will it make the procedure be painful?

Can I have colonic irrigation if have mild abdominal pain. Will it make the procedure be painful?

Probably OK: There is no evidence that colonic irrigation is of any health or medical use. That said, if you feel you must have this procedure, there is no reason why mild abdominal pain, in the absence of underlying disease like ulcerative colitis, should be an obstacle to having this done. If you are having a chronic symptom for which you feel irrigation is needed, first see your family doctor.

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Drink while I am on colon cleanse?

Bad Medicine: Amazing. Here is your question as a physician see's it. I want to live healthy and I am undergoing a colon cleanse to get rid of toxins and such. But, I have to drink. I think that drinking alcohol is going to counter balance any thing you are attempting to do with a cleanse. If you cannot go for even one day without drinking perhaps we should start there and not with a colon cleanse.

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Can i take colon cleanse with food?

No: that defeats the purpose. The colon cleanse is supposed to cleanse the colon. If you eat while on the cleanse, you're undoing what the cleanse is doing. You stop eating before starting the cleanse. You resume eating and drinking after the colon test or whatever other reason for the cleanse.

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Hi can I take colon cleanse with propanolol?

Hi can I take colon cleanse with propanolol?

Don't waste health: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question.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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Docs can you explain what is a colon cleanse?

See details: People give themselves various laxatives and enemas in the erroneous belief that it serves some useful purpose.

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I purchased tea for colon cleanse is that safe?

Likely just laxative: Most of these teas contain senna (cascara), which is a natural stimulant laxative. It is fine to use once in a while for occasional constipation, but chronic use can cause your colon to become dependent on the chemical to move at all. There really isn't anything in there "cleansing" your colon. Just making you have a bowel movement.

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more