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Colonics in treating IBS  


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15/06/2017 12:24 am  

I hope this post might be useful to those suffering from IBS as a colonics treatment from Toronto has done miracles in my life.

I had colon hydrotherapy for general health benefits and I never expected that it would cure my IBS. I was suffering from IBS for about six years and I had to take Lomotil daily, along with frequent enemas, laxatives and stool softeners. My IBS symptoms stopped after having colon hydrotherapy.


Colon hydrotherapy, also referred to as colonics are somewhat like a large enema. Warm water is introduced through the rectum, and thereby the toxins and waste that have been collected in the rectum are removed. It reaches up farther than a regular enema. The water cleanses the colon and flushes out, carrying waste and toxins with it.

I hope that this post will be useful to someone who is suffering from IBS symptoms.


Edited: 1 week  ago

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15/06/2017 12:40 am  

Hi Jennyfer, 

Welcome to the forums. I'm leaving this post here, but have removed the link you included (it automatically gets flagged as spam for new users). 

While I'm against the use of colonics, and don't believe they benefit anyone with IBS (but could cause harm due to the flushing out of healthy bacteria) , I think it's good to have open discussions about all forms of treatment. 

If you'd like to continue this thread, please provide evidence that this treatment benefits people beyond anecdotes. I'm more than happy to provide evidence that it can cause harm. 

Pardon my tone if it sounds harsh or unwelcoming. Being that your first post included a link to a business makes me skeptical of the motives. 


Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~

Sarah Green
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15/06/2017 1:56 am  

I agree with Eric, IBS is a serious medical condition and should be treated as such.

I do think that there is a use for colonics when for example an individual suffers from incontinence. This method of self care should be taught by a qualified nurse using specialist medical equipment 

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15/06/2017 12:43 pm  

I also totally agree with Eric. Most of us ostomates had a serious disease which was controlled or cured by surgery. IBS and IBD are serious.  IBS can be the opening salvo of IBD. Medical treatment should be sought. 

I had ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease which I don't think can be washed away by any kind of colonic. People should be getting screened for serious disease with a colonoscopy ( done by doctors). 

As Sarah points out, if there is a medical use for colonics, it should be done by qualified medical personnel.

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15/06/2017 3:37 pm  

Here's what science has to say about colonics:

The practice of colonic cleansing to improve or promote general health is not supported in the published literature and cannot be recommended at this time.

SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19724266

And from The Journal of Family Practice: 

4 things to tell patients about colon cleansing


  1. Colon irrigation is not wise—particularly if you have a history of gastrointestinal disease (including diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis) or a history of colon surgery, severe hemorrhoids, kidney disease, or heart disease. These conditions increase the risk of adverse effects.2,3,11,16
  2. Side effects of colon cleansing include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities, acute kidney insufficiency, pancreatitis, bowel perforation, heart failure, and infection. 2,3,11,16
  3. The devices that practitioners use for the procedure are not approved for colon cleansing by the US Food and Drug Administration. Inadequately disinfected or sterilized irrigation machines have been linked to bacterial contamination.2,11,19
  4. Colon cleansing practitioners are not licensed by a scientifically based organization. Rather, practitioners have undergone a training process structured by an organization that is attempting to institute its own certification and licensing requirements.

SOURCE: http://www.mdedge.com/jfponline/article/64413/gastroenterology/dangers-colon-cleansing

Only in the case of prep before surgery is a "colon cleanse" even considered by doctors, and it would only be under the explicit direction of a doctor (or nurse) that I would even suggest them.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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