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Natural Colon Cleansers

Natural Colon Cleansers are intended to completely evacuate waste from the colon. There is little empirical research about the risks and benefits of natural colon cleansing. Natural colon cleansing can involve supplements or it could be done with colonic hydrotherapy. Research suggests that colonic hydrotherapy is among the more risky forms of natural colon cleansers.

Types of Natural Colon Cleansers
Many natural colon cleansers are supplements. Many are herbal based. Herbs can be taken orally or as an enema depending on the product.  Many herbs that are laxatives at low intake become colon cleansers at high intake. Aloe, butternut, cascara sagrada, rhubarb, flaxseed, and fennel are examples of herbal colon cleansers.  H2Go®, a unique mineral supplement, also can be used to gradually cleanse the colon, typically over 7 nights.

Colonic hydrotherapy (also known as colonic irrigation) is among the natural colon cleansers from which you can choose.  During colonic hydrotherapy, the colonic hydrotherapist inserts a hose into the rectum. He or she then sends a small amount of fluid through the hose. The fluid could be plain water, or it could be a mixture of water and another substance, such as coffee. The fluid is then naturally evacuated along with some of the waste from the colon. This process is then repeated several times over the course of a 30 to 40 minute session. In the average colonic hydrotherapy session, the colonic hydrotherapist will use 60 liters of fluid.

Possible Risks of Natural Colon Cleansers

The risks of using natural colon cleansers depend on the frequency of the colon cleansing and the type of colon cleanser. Frequent colon cleansing is riskier than occasional colon cleansing. The risks of  taking a supplement for colon cleansing vary based on the supplement. Also, allergic reactions to certain types of colon cleansers may occur. Consult an expert to learn more about a particular herb.

Studies have revealed some concerns with colonic hydrotherapy. Colonic hydrotherapy has been reported to possibly cause cramps, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, dizziness, dehydration, fluid overload, tears in the colon, or even infections.  A survey of 91 patients who tried detoxification with colonic hydrotherapy noted two with rectal bleeding.

Possible Issues  Associated with Colonic Hydrotherapy
•    Rectal bleeding
•    Tears in the colon
•    Dehydration
•    Dizziness
•    Electrolyte imbalance
•    Infections
•    Fluid overload
•    Vomiting
•    Nausea
•    Cramps

The value of natural colon cleansers is still under debate. Few empirical studies have been done on the benefit of natural colon cleansers.  The adverse affects of herbal colon cleansing may be related to the type of herb employed and the its frequency of use. Generally, speaking, the more aggressive the supplement, the greater the risk for side effects. Sources have documented issues with colonic hydrotherapy. Become informed before trying any natural colon cleansers.

References:

1. Natural Colon Cleansing: Is It Necessary. WebMD
http://www.webmd.com/balance/natural-colon-cleansing-is-it-necessary

2. The Physiology of Colonic Hydrotherapy. Colorectal Disease.
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3. Colonic Detoxification among Patients Attending General Surgical Clinics: An Epidemiological Study. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand
PubMed
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18181312

4. Researchers Urge Caution, Greater Scrutiny of Colon Related CAM Treatments. NCI Cancer Bulletin
National Cancer Institute
http://www.cancer.gov/ncicancerbulletin/031009/page7

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