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Bleeding After 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". ...Read more
Stop!: Harm! This procedure shud never be done! Stay away! Will not help u but may hurt u. Waste of money. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Scam: This is a health fraud in which the operator shows normal peristalsis or some other normal but unattractive thing about the lower bowel and tells you it's at the root of your ill-health. Folks feel better because of the sweet talk from the operator. If someone mentions "toxic bowel settlement" or anything similar, phone your local district attorney. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Does colonic irrigation aid slimming, help detoxify the body and banishes bloating? Is there another method that genuinely works?
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
You don't need it: Your colon keeps itself clean naturally. If someone tells you that you may feel sick because of "toxic bowel settlement" or something similar and that you need a fancy laxative or bizarre enema, ignore that person. Please be careful. If you buy into the idea of needing to do weird things to "cleanse" yourself, you'll never feel well again. Find an evidence-based holist instead. Best wishes. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Not recommended, but: I'M ALL FOR IT IF by "cleanse" you mean adopting a healthy lifestyle with routine exercise, cutting out tobacco, reducing alcohol & sugary drinks, minimizing highly processed foods & fats, & adding in lean proteins, whole fruits, vegetables, & nuts. DON'T DO IT IF instead you mean taking some fad diet, enema, colonic, or purgative to lose weight or supposedly rid your body of unspecified "toxins." ...Read more
Depends: If you were looking just to clean out your colon a cheap treatment would be magnesium citrate which is available over-the-counter at any Wal-Mart or drug store. Usually 2 bottles of magnesium citrate will clean you out. If you were looking for a complete cleanse you can try GoLYTELY (polyethylene glycol) which is a prescription. The better question is why are you doing the colon cleanse? ...Read more
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". ...Read more
It may clear: The current episode but if you don't diagnose or treat the reason for the constipation, you may be missing the diagnosis of a potentially serious problem. See a GI doctor or a colon and rectal surgeon for proper management and eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids without caffeine or alcohol. ...Read more
It is not safe: To do anything to your gi tract without your gi specialist's approval, if you have significant Crohn's disease. ...Read more
What? Don't cleanse: 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" or for weight loss. There are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't use colonics please unless prescribed. ...Read more
If free, enjoy it..: If it is free and you enjoy it.........go ahead. It has no medical benefit. ...Read more
Probably & No Value: The vehicle we drive for a lifetime constantly performs very selective absorption & cleaning, body wide 24/7 via a huge number of mechanisms. Many laxative agents are on the market, some of which can be helpful for constipation or colon examinations, but colon cleanse products are zero value for dieting, just laxative concoctions sold to those looking for easy/magic. Rec: my answers for wt loss. ...Read more
See details: Cleansing cannot eliminate parasites.Get a more detailed answer ›
What do you suggest if I would like to try the green coffee bean extract, but do I need a colon cleanse for it to work?
Myths and Fraud: First. Green Coffee Bean is not in any way a product that will lead you to real or lasting weight loss. In fact it may be proven to be a completely fraudulent product soon. Save your money. Second you do not need, ever, a colon cleanse. In fact I do not know of any physician that would recommend such. Your colon is already designed to be a waste eliminator or 'cleanser' for your body. ...Read more