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Colonic Cleansing At Home
Not necessary: The colon is a place where water and some nutrients are absorbed by one's body. Diarrhea occurs if one does not absorb the normal amount of water and nutrients from his poop (stool). If one has bowel problems, he can see his primary care doctor or a gastroenterologist. Colonic cleaning or irrigation is not natural, and can be dangerous if the person's chemical balance is distorted. ...Read more
Don't do it!: 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
No: There is no need for and no benefit of doing colon cleansings. Your colon cleanses itself by having bowel movements. There is no buildup of toxins anywhere in the colon. Colon cleansings are unnecessary and can be unhealthy. Stick with a high-fiber diet for good colon health! Good luck. ...Read more
Can a colon cleanse using super colon cleanse cause diverticulitis. Ive been doing a cleanse and dr confirmed diverticulitis
Are periodic saline enemas good for your colon since it's cleansing? Can they (enemas) damage your body or are they largely benign/safe to use?
Saline enemas: I know of no evidence that saline enemas are either cleansing or healthy. I recommend you go to uptodate and look it up. ...Read more
A lot of health stores sell liver cleansing and colon cleaning regiments. Is there a cheaper way of detoxifying?
Prevent, yes - Cure?: The ideas in the link will certainly help prevent problems and, if the condition is not too bad yet, it may help return to a good condition. If it is advanced, you may need a doctor's help to get on track. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/irritable-bowel-syndrome/ds00106/dsection=lifestyle-and-home-remedies. ...Read more
Fecal impaction: May or may not.Get a more detailed answer ›
Fluid, fiber,etc: Fluid intake, fruits, veggies, whole grains, flax seed (not the oil), beans and legumes, oils, activity all help to move things through. Non prescription rx can include sugarless gum (sorbitol- can cause gas), stool softeners, magnesium (careful if any kidney problems), mineral oil, polyethylene glycol (miralax)if not promptly relieved, recurrent, associated with other symptoms, etc, see md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm taking probiotics and prebiotics. Do enemas kill good bacteria in the intestines? (using water/chamomile/coffee for enema)
No: Colon preps are carefully studied to get the colon clean enough that the endoscopist can carefully examine the lining of your colon and not miss a polyp or tumor. Colon cleanse does not get that kind of study and may or may not work. If your colon does not get clean enough for a thorough then you need to do it again...Neither you nor your endoscopist will be happy about that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Juice cleanses: Colonic juice cleanses are an attempt to rid the body of "toxins" by drinking juices and other things. Juice cleanses have never been shown to provide any benefit and can cause harm. They are not recommended. For optimal colon health, eat a varied diet that has lots of fiber and fluids. Just don't do cleanses! Hope that helps. ...Read more
I'd anal rimming with secretions,I'd 4thgen test by SDrapid kit at 18 28 35days,all are negative,can trust the tests and need to repeat test again?
Seriously...why?: Colon lavage solutions "clean" by washing through from esophagus to rectum. Bear in mind however that there are no bacteria (aside from helicobacter) that colonize the stomach, & in most individuals the small bowel is relatively free of bacteria (unless there is underlying bacterial overgrowth due to structural or motility pathology). U probably don't need to cleanse--read prior HealthTap answers! ...Read more
Temporary measures: Home remedies may tide you over until seen by fp. Plenty of fluids, especially cranberry juice (not "cocktail") to acidify urine & prevent bacterial attachment to cells; avoid oj as it makes urine more alkaline & favors bacterial growth. Otc urinary analgesics help but interfere with urine dipstick tests & may mask blood in urine. See fp for eval & tx soon. ...Read more