How Safe is Colon Cleansing

All of the techniques of Colon Cleansing should be relatively safe and non-life threatening, provided they are practiced properly, proper sanitation is maintained, and the techniques are not used too frequently.

The water is introduced to the colon using gravity the water is not forced into the bowel by a pump or under great pressure – so there is no danger of causing bowel perforation.

All equipment used should be either disposable or thoroughly disinfected using hospital approved disinfecting solutions, which kill all bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Non Habit Forming

Colonic hydrotherapy is not habit forming and can actually improve the tone of the colon.

Advocates of Colon Cleansing techniques claim that they are essentially a natural activity and there is virtually no danger associated with them.

However, deaths have directly resulted from these techniques, but in all cases the deaths were caused by grave mistakes. For example, in the early 1980s, six people died because a therapist, named Marissa Wright, failed to maintain proper sanitary conditions.

If used too frequently, then electrolyte imbalances can occur, especially in young children. However, similar imbalances can be caused by the over-use of laxatives use or by prolonged diarrhea.

Regulation

Colon Cleansing practice is not currently regulated in all states in America.
As such, not all practitioners in all states may be properly trained or certified.
Where practitioners do go through a certification process, then this will probably be with a an association like:
• International Association of Colon HydroTherapy (I-ACT),
• The Guild of Colon Hydrotherapists,

In order to maintain their own safety and wellbeing, prospective patients should ensure that all equipment is sterile and that the practitioner is at least properly experienced before beginning any treatment.
It is also highly recommended for prospective patients to check the practitioner’s certification and seek feedback from others who have used the service before beginning any treatment.

Never be embarrassed by asking to see someone’s qualifications or certifications especially if they might be performing some kind of treatment on you. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially where health is concerned.

Who Should Avoid Colon Cleansing ?

Colon Cleansing techniques, such as Colonic Irrigation, should not be used by people suffering from any of the following types of medical conditions:

    • Bowel, rectal or anal pathologies, especially where there is risk of bowel perforation,
    • Crohn’s disease,
    • Diverticulitis,
    • Severe or internal hemorrhoids,
    • Tumors or cancer in the rectum or colon,
    • Ulcerative colitis, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD),

      In addition, Colon Cleansing techniques should not be used by people who are recovering from bowel surgery, unless directed by a professional medical doctor.
      Regular Colon Cleansing treatments should be avoided by people suffering from any of the following types of medical conditions:

    • Heart disease,
    • Kidney disease (renal insufficiency)

Finally, Colon Cleansing techniques should not be used on children under the age of 14.
Provided you do not suffer from the types of medical conditions listed above, and are 14 years of age or older, then most of the techniques of Colon Cleansing should be relatively safe and non-life threatening, provided they are practiced properly, proper sanitation is maintained, and the techniques are not used too frequently.