If there’s one joke I consistently hear from people who know nothing about natural or alternative medicine, it always involves colonics.
Most people know nothing about colonics other than ‘I would never, ever get one’. So let’s change that.
I consider colonics to be one tool in the therapeutic toolbox. They’re not a ‘miracle cure’ for all ailments, and their not dangerous and weird. And when you need them they’re the best tool for the job.
So let’s learn more about them…
A couple of definitions
Enema – Enemas deliver a small amount of fluid into the colon, and typically only get a little ways up the colon (the sigmoid colon and maybe if you’re lucky all the way up the descending colon). Enemas come in several different types, ranging from a bag/bottle and tube, to the bottles of premixed solutions you can buy at the drug store (most commonly used by people before a colonoscopy). Enemas are safe to do on people of all ages and are most commonly done at home by the person themselves.
Colonics – Colonics (or colon hydrotherapy) typically involves more substantial machinery and a trained technician to operate it. Colonics typically flush the entire colon (or large intestine). Colonics are typically safe with only a few cautions – most of which involve anything that could make the colon walls weak, such as tumors of the colon, UC or Crohn’s, megacolon, etc.
So, are enemas and colonics the same thing? No. They both aim to put water or some other solution through the anus into the colon. But colonics are much more “thorough” or complete than enemas, using a lot more fluid and getting it much farther into the colon.
Why would you do an enema or colonic?
Basically for two reasons:
What do we use them for?
We recommend an enema or colonic for several reasons
Do ‘healthy’ people need them?
While I’m sure at least a few colon hydrotherapists will disagree with me, I don’t feel otherwise healthy people with normal digestion need colonics, and I don’t recommend them to people on a regular basis.
Colonics are one of the ‘big guns’ of ‘alternative medicine’, a very forceful therapy which significantly disrupts the environment of the large intestine. Sometimes we want that to happen, and then we use them.
But most of the time, especially when it’s working well, we’re better off leaving it alone and focusing on the basics for good ‘pooping’: Enough water, enough fiber (from vegetables and fruits), enough fat, fermented foods / probiotics and movement.
I hope that gives you a better understanding of what colonics are and what we use them for.
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