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Is colon cleansing necessary?

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The practice of natural colon cleansing dates back to ancient Greece. In the U.S., cleansing the colon -- the large intestine -- became popular in the early 1900s. But when the theories behind it lost support, it fell out of favor. Recently, though, colon cleansing -- using, for example, teas, enzymes, or colon irrigation -- has experienced resurgence. Is colon cleansing good for you? Scientific research on colon cleansing is extremely limited. There is no good evidence for most of the claims that its practitioners make. And the side effects can range from mild to severe.

SOURCES:

Horne, S. 2006; vol. 6(2): pp. 93-100. Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy,

American Cancer Society: Colon Therapy."

Baptist Health Systems: "Colon Cleansing: Don't Be Misled by the Claims."

Natural Standard.

International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Soluble vs. insoluble fiber.:

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Horne, S. 2006; vol. 6(2): pp. 93-100. Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy,

American Cancer Society: Colon Therapy."

Baptist Health Systems: "Colon Cleansing: Don't Be Misled by the Claims."

Natural Standard.

International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Soluble vs. insoluble fiber.:

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 25, 2017

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