Amongst all the different detoxifying treatments available these days, it’s not uncommon to see colon hydrotherapy, or colonics, as an option. For centuries, the process-in which water is introduced to the large intestine to soften fecal matter and promote evacuation-has been linked to purging toxins as well as improved elimination and overall health.
Many hydrotherapists tout the colonic’s ability to increase energy, influence clearer skin, and create a sense of general well-being. However, the FDA says that the only proven health benefit of colon hydrotherapy is when it’s medically indicated for chronic constipation or before a colonoscopy.
Florida is currently the only state that requires colon hydrotherapists to be licensed, buy you can find reputable therapists throughout the country through the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy. Make sure your therapist performs your treatment in a sterile room using disposable attachments.
Although it is a generally safe treatment, accidental perforation of the intestinal wall is possible. Also, anyone with diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, severe hemorrhoids, or kidney or heart failure should not undergo a colonic.
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