What are the benefits of having a colonic?
- Increase in energy and vitality
- Natural detox
- Weight loss
- Relief from constipation
- Elimination of parasites
- Improved digestion
- Improved absorption of nutrients
Are there any side-effects of colonic irrigation?
Colonic irrigation can cause side effects, such as cramping, bloating, nausea and vomiting. More serious concerns is that it can-
- Increase your risk of dehydration.
- Lead to bowel perforations with improper insertion techniques.
- Increase the risk of infection due to improperly prepared or used equipment
- Cause changes to the body’s electrolytes, which can be dangerous if you have kidney disease or other associated health problems.
- Frequent colonic irrigation can lead to dependence on enemas to defecate
- Frequent colonic irrigation could also reduce the effective absorption of prescription medication.
- Colonics have also been associated with anemia, malnutrition, heart failure, and heart attacks due to electrolyte imbalances and reactions to certain ingredients used during the colonic, for example coffee is often used as a cleansing agent during the procedure.
Has colonic irrigation been medically proven to be good for you?
There has been little research done on the topic and opinions both medical and personal are normally split for and against this alternative therapy-
Those for the therapy believe, a low fibre diet and excessive consumption of refined foods and sugars, causes a build-up of compacted waste in the colon. This putrefying build-up produces toxins, which enter the blood system and are believed to be the culprit of a wide range of symptoms, such as:
- Weight gain
- Low energy
Those against the theory believe that colonic irrigation should be done in context before a medical procedure or prior to surgery, where evacuation of the bowel is necessary. The only way to ensure that the digestive system is working optimally is to have a steady intake of sufficient amounts of dietary fiber, enhanced by a healthy lifestyle.
Will my medical Aid cover colonic irrigation?
Colonic irrigation as a standalone treatment, is considered by most medical aids as alternative medicine and therefore it is not covered, that is unless it is required as part of a medical procedure like a colonoscopy where evacuation of the colon is crucial.