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Is colonic irrigation effective?

Is colonic irrigation effective?

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

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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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. ...Read more

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Are colon cleanses and colonics safe?

Are colon cleanses and colonics safe?

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

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Do colon cleansings work?

Do colon cleansings work?

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

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How effective are colonic cleansings?

How effective are colonic cleansings?

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

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Had septoplasty. Is Neilmed sinus rinse bottle as good as electric sinus irrigation kits? Are the electric kits hard to keep sanitized?

Had septoplasty. Is Neilmed sinus rinse bottle as good as electric sinus irrigation kits? Are the electric kits hard to keep sanitized?

More important is: the source of water used. Make sure it's not tap water, and that it's distilled water to reduce contaminants and improve safety. Also, rinse your unit well with soap and water with a final rinse with distilled water before drying daily. You want to keep your unit as clean as possible. ...Read more

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Can CT with rectal and IV contrast rule out small polyps or lessions in the colon?proctoscope and rectal exam are clean.no blood in stool.

Can CT with rectal and IV contrast rule out small polyps or lessions in the colon?proctoscope and rectal exam are clean.no blood in stool.

Small polyps: would be very difficult to diagnose on such an exam. A tailored "CT Colonography" would be better. Standard colonoscopy would be best. ...Read more

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How do they clean out maxillary/frontal/ethmoid sinuses during sinus clean-out w/ septoplasty? Drill? Vacuum?

How do they clean out maxillary/frontal/ethmoid sinuses during sinus clean-out w/ septoplasty? Drill? Vacuum?

Sinus: Great question. Its done through your nose with a variety of instruments including ones that cut bone and suctions to remove inflammation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to do jal neti ( nasal irrigation) and sutra neti ( string neti ) after septoplasty safely?

Nasal irrigation: Many doctors recommend nasal irrigation while the splints are in during the postoperative period. Once the splints are out and your surgeon tells you your septum is healed, you can continue irrigation on your surgeon's advice. ...Read more

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How is the equipment used when performing a laparoscopic colon resection?

Multiple instruments: First a trocar is inserted with a camera in it so entry into the abdomen is assured. The abdomen is then inflated with carbon dioxide gas. Next an additional two to four trocars are inserted while watched with the camera. Multiple different instruments are inserted through these including graspers, dissectors and staplers to remove the diseased clon segment and place the remaining ends together. ...Read more

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Have ulcerative colitis in sigmoid and ascending colon/cecum (just confirmed by colonoscopy). Will enema treat this (allergic to NSAIDs)?

Have ulcerative colitis in sigmoid and ascending colon/cecum (just confirmed by colonoscopy). Will enema treat this (allergic to NSAIDs)?

Consider allergy ref: Thanks for your question. Depending on the NSAID allergy, sometimes it can be desensitized through introduction of small amounts initially, then gradual increase in dose under supervision by an allergy specialist. However, would discuss the side effects/risks/benefits with a specialist. ...Read more

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Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) fatal to pts with partial obstruction with colon perforation? (Stage 4 CRC with mets to lung)

Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) fatal to pts with partial obstruction with colon perforation?  (Stage 4 CRC with mets to lung)

No: Golytely (polyethylene glycol) is a bowel diuretic drawing fluid into the colon. If there is a patient with partial obstruction and with possible colonic performation, why would a bowel diuretic be employed that could cause a greater leak of GI fluid into the periotoneal cavaity, especially in the face of lung mets.? Laparoscopic evaluation of a possible leak may be necessary if not proven by radiologic evaluation ...Read more

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Flushing colon with salt water and master cleanse, could this work?

Flushing colon with salt water and master cleanse, could this work?

For what purpose?: If you're looking for powerful laxatives, i assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider ; check out numerous Healthtap answers that point to problems with colon cleansers--don't use them! if constipation however is new or has significantly worsened, or is accompanied by distension, vomiting, fever, pain then don't self-medicate but get checked. ...Read more

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How safe is GoLytely BOWEL prep in patients with pré existing ventricular arrhythmia?

How safe is GoLytely BOWEL prep in patients with pré existing ventricular arrhythmia?

Take care: Studies show any bowel prep can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances such as hypokalemia and hypomagnesmia which can lead to tachyarrythmias including torsade de pointes. Stay hydrated and prep with your cardiologists instructions. ...Read more

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Is colonic irrigation effective?

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

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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

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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". ...Read more

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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. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Orginal colon cleanse works for to lose weight..

Orginal colon cleanse works for to lose weight..

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

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Colon cleanse as a good as a colon hydrotherapy?

Neither: There is no need for either. If constipated buy some MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or mag citrate. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the best colon cleanse?

Can any doc tell me what's the best colon cleanse?

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

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What works better a colon cleanse or colon hydrotherapy?

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

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Can you please tell me, should a colon cleanse cure constipation?

Can you please tell me, should a colon cleanse cure constipation?

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

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Is it safe to take a colon cleanse (via oral route) if I have Crohn's?

Is it safe to take a colon cleanse (via oral route) if I have Crohn's?

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

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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