Colonic irrigation, also known as colonic hydrotherapy, involves the pumping of water into the colon, for flushing off various toxins and wastes present in the gastrointestinal tract. This procedure claims to rid the bowel from toxins, and wastes such as the dead tissues, worms, parasites, impacted fecal matter, etc.
Although these claims are not backed by sufficient scientific or medical evidence, many medical practitioners vouch for the effectiveness of this procedure.
The colonic irrigation equipment is kept ready by filling the water container with adequate amount of water, and by connecting the machine to the appropriate drainage system. It is ensured that the nozzles being used are 'single-use nozzles', and are replaced after every use. For the convenience of the patient, pillows and sheets may be provided. The person administering colonic irrigation must use disposable protective gear like latex gloves, plastic aprons, face masks, etc.
When the patient is ready, parts of the colonic nozzle, as well as the rectum and the anus, are lubricated before the inserting the nozzle into the rectum. The machine is then turned on, water is pumped into the colon, and subsequently sucked out by the machine. The movement of water is in the clockwise direction.
An abdominal massage is done, simultaneously, in a direction opposite to that of the flow of water. The nozzle is then removed, and the gloves and apron are discarded. The patient is given time to take a shower.
Precautions and Tips
Before undergoing the procedure, one should not eat a very large meal, as it can cause nausea. One must inform the doctor about all the existing health problems (if any), and the precise medical history. Once colonic irrigation is over, one should refrain from an excessive intake of fluids. The doctor may prescribe probiotics in the form of tablets, which provide useful bacteria to protect your digestive system.
After the procedure, one may face problems like electrolyte imbalance, infection, and heart failure (rare). However, one must consider this procedure only after consulting the appropriate professional expert.
The proponents of colonic irrigation have indicated its use for dealing with the following conditions:
- Improper digestion
- Different types of allergies
- Severe back pain
However, pregnant women, and people suffering from conditions or problems such as ulcerative colitis, renal insufficiency, Crohn's Disease, certain cardiovascular diseases, hemorrhoids, and cysts, should resort to this procedure only after consulting a doctor.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.