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What is colonic irrigation?

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What is colonic irrigation?
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Colonic irrigation is a procedure for removing waste and toxins from the bowel. It is also known as colonic hydrotherapy. It can help remove traces of feces ( stools) and other waste products and identify worms or parasites living in your gut, which some people believe can poison the body if allowed to remain.

Colonic irrigation is known as an alternative therapy and there is no real medical evidence to prove that it is effective. However, some people believe it can help with conditions including bloating, flatulence (gas), diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fatigue, allergies, indigestion, constipation, multiple sclerosis (MS), and back pain.

There is no special preparation for colonic irrigation, but large meals and lots to drink are not advised. You will talk to the therapist and answer questions about your medical history and then you will have a brief rectal examination before the procedure begins.

You lie on your side on the table and warm water is passed into your bowel through a tube inserted in your rectum. This water circulates through your colon and encourages your bowel to empty itself. Waste products are then passed out of the body through the tube.

After about 10 minutes, you lie on your back while the therapist gently massages your abdomen to help the process along. The whole procedure takes about 40 to 45 minutes.

Afterwards you may be given some probiotics, which contain beneficial bacteria that help to keep your digestive system healthy. They may be inserted into the rectum or taken as tablets.

Colonic/rectal irrigations are also used in children who have had bowel resections, children who have had their colon operated on are more prone to getting bacteria build up in the intestines and are always at risk at developing enterocolitis. Rectal irrigations are also known to many as "wash outs" because that is the simple way to explain it, thats what they do, wash and clean the colon out to prevent bacteria from growing, or to wash away bad bacteria when it develops.

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