scientific evidence supports the alleged benefits of colon
cleansing. The bowel itself is not dirty and barring drugs or
disease, cleans itself naturally without need for assistance. Some
types of colon cleansing present potential hazards; the equipment
used during colon cleansing has caused damage to the rectum in a
small number of individuals, and caused amoebiasis when improperly
sterilized. Certain enema preparations have been associated with
heart attacks and electrolyte imbalances. Frequent colon cleansing
may interfere with the proper functioning of the colon and can lead
to dependence on laxatives or enemas to defecate. Some herbs used
may also interact with or reduce the effectiveness of prescription
Consult your primary care provider before having a colonic.
People with certain conditions, such as diverticular disease,
ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, severe hemorrhoids, blood
vessel disease, congestive heart failure, heart disease, severe
anemia, abdominal hernia, gastrointestinal cancer, recent colon
surgery, and intestinal tumors should not have a colonic.
Pregnant women should not have a colonic as it may stimulate
uterine contractions. Side effects
of colonics may include nausea and fatigue after the session, which
can last for several hours. Although
infrequent, complications may include perforation of the abdominal
wall, electrolyte imbalance, and heart failure caused by excessive
absorption of water.