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What is Colon Cleansing?

Updated on March 31, 2010

Colon cleansing's probably not the prettiest topic we could get onto, but it's a popular treatment these days and some people really swear by it. Unfortunately, the mention of such things puts images into the minds of people who've no idea what a colon cleansing really is -- it's not actually as gruesome or painful as you might imagine. In fact, it's touted as being painfree. The benefits of having your colon cleaned, whether professional or in the privacy of your own home, are pretty impressive, if what people claim is true. So let's have a look at the two methods of colon cleansing to see what it does for the body.

Colon Cleansing with Powders or Liquid Supplements

These are the supplements you see in health food stores or online at places like These types of colon cleansing products include laxatives, pills, enemas, powders you mix up yourself, or antiparasite mixtures. Depending on what they are, these things are either taken by mouth or inserted into the rectum and then all the gicky stuff comes out when you do your business (or sooner, if you're doing an actual enema of that nature). Back in the day, some of these products tasted God-awful, but nowadays modern methods have produced some easy to take meds that will sort your colon out without making you retch at the smell or taste.

High Colonic Colon Irrigation with a Therapist

This is not a new form of therapy, but there are modern techniques these days which make this a calm and not-unpleasant procedure. Basically, you recline and relax while the therapist flushes water (which may be infused with probiotics, coffee, herbs and more) through your system. It's similar to an enema, but not quite the same thing. Treatment may be repeated and these sessions can last 30 minutes or an hour.

Benefits of Colon Cleansing

So what good comes from flushing a small river through your colon? Lots, according to those who practice it on a regular basis. The idea is cleansing the body of toxins and other nasties that are left behind by food, chemicals and other environmental factors. Some people think colon cleansing will help you lose weight and give you more energy.

Potential Negative Effects of Colon Cleansing

The FDA does not regulate colon cleanse products, so buyer/patient beware when purchasing them. Be sure to go with a reputable company and do your research before trying a product. Also be sure to find a trained and licensed colonic therapist if you go that route. Some of the side effects some people have reported after colon cleansing are:

  • Nausea
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Infection
  • Dehydration (and dizziness)
  • Tearing of the bowels

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