COLONIC IRRIGATION Overview Information
Colonic irrigation involves introducing large amounts of liquid into the colon via the rectum in an attempt to clean out toxins that are believed to cause disease.
How does it work?
People who promote use of colonic irrigation believe that the body accumulates harmful materials (toxins) over time such as metals, pesticides, and other harmful substances. This is referred to as “autointoxication” or “putrefaction of the stools.” They suggest that special treatments including liquids, herbals, coffee grounds, or supplements administered rectally can cleanse the intestines and remove these toxins from the body.
Colonic irrigation often consists of introducing large quantities of liquids and other substances into the colon via a tube. In some cases, multiple gallons are pumped into the colon over time.
There is no scientifically reliable information to support the using of colonic irrigation for preventing or treating disease. There is no reliable evidence that the body is fatigued through normal digestion or that the body retains numerous toxins that are dangerous to health. The kidney and liver are efficient filters, processors, and eliminators of toxins.
- Cleansing the colon.
- Treating conditions said to be caused by accumulation of waste in the colon (“autointoxication”).
- Other conditions.
COLONIC IRRIGATION Side Effects & Safety
Colonic irrigation might be UNSAFE. One method that involves the use of coffee enemas has been linked to at least three deaths. Two of these deaths are related to severe chemical imbalance and the third is associated with infection following the procedure.
There isn’t enough information available about the safety of other methods of colonic irrigation.