What You Need to Know About Colon Cleansing

ID-100230388What is colon cleansing and do we need colon cleansing?

Before deciding if we need colon cleansing or not, it is important to know what colon cleansing is? Colon cleansing is basically part of alternative medicine (not the mainstream medicine or commonly known as allopathic medicine or Western medicine). Colon cleansing is removal of fecal waste materials, toxins (most of which are not identified), from colon and gastrointestinal tract. Colon cleansing may be done by taking medication or colon cleansing agents orally or by using colonic irrigation in the form of enema.

Oral colon cleansing agents use generally herbal products like dietary fibers, laxatives or some food supplements, whereas colonic irrigation technique use enemas. The enema for colon cleansing generally contain herbal products which is claimed to help in the cleansing act.

The practitioners of colon cleansing and other alternative medicine believe that the gastrointestinal tract is a harbor of pathogens and parasites, especially in the walls of intestine (mainly colon) and in the feces and due to this dirt many non specific symptoms develop and cause the individual’s general ill health. This dirt may also contain toxins which may harm the general well being or health of people. If oral preparation is taken it may interfere with absorption of certain drugs taken for some other illness.

What complications may arise if colon cleansing is used?

Like any other medication and medical procedure, colon cleansing products also carry some risk of side effects and complications. Excessive use of colon cleansing may cause disturbance of the balance of normal intestinal flora. Due to improper use of colonic irrigation it may cause serious although rare complication like gastrointestinal perforation and infection of GIT (amoebic infection) due to improper sterilization of the equipment for inserting enema. Excessive use of enema may cause electrolyte imbalance.

There are many sites in the net which gives reviews of different health products like colon cleansing products. Some of the sites give honest health product reviews, but you should be aware of the sites which are meant only for advertising.

 

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