Common Concerns About Colonic Irrigation
12th November 2013
LAXATIVES vs. COLONIC IRRIGATION
Laxatives act as chemical irritants and stimulate the muscular walls of the colon to abnormally contract to expel the irritating substances. It is very easy to become dependant upon these drugs and permanently destroy the normal ability of the colon to eliminate naturally on its own accord. The oral route of administration is the least optimal method of evacuation of the large intestine. Very important digestive processes occurring higher up in the alimentary tract (stomach and small intestine) are interfered with. Most laxatives and other cathartics precipitate dehydration in the patient. Colonic irrigation alternately fills and empties the colon and would improve the hydration status of the patient.
WHAT ABOUT POSSIBLE ELECTROLYTE DEPLETION IN THE COLON?
Electrolytes or minerals are elements that are responsible for cell function throughout the body, which also carries an electrical charge. When the body is properly nourished with good quality organic foods containing sodium, potassium and magnesium, the electrolyte level of the colon is replenished as part of the diet. Some Colonic irrigation Devices allow for supplementation (additive) via the rectum (Bifidus, saline, kaycelate, acidophilus etc.) and only at the direction of the physician. It is not recommended to use oil of any kind in your colon hydrotherapy device. Coffee enemas should be done by the client at their own home shortly after getting a colon hydrotherapy session at your office. Providing additives without a physician prescription is considered diagnosing, prescribing and treating and is illegal.
WILL THE INTESTINAL FLORA BE DISTURBED BY COLONIC IRRIGATION?
The intestinal flora is billions of microscopic organisms including bacteria, yeast, fungi and viruses which inhabit the bowel and play a very important role in health and disease. Bacteria synthesize valuable nutrients. The proper balance of these microorganisms is essential to a healthy colon. The large intestine is producing bacteria on a daily basis and adherence to proper nutrition will enhance the colon’s ability to maintain balance following colon hydrotherapy. The physician may elect to prescribe lacto Bifidus/bacillus culture to facilitate this process and incorporate low fat, cultured, dairy products (yoghurt, etc.) into the patient’s dietary program.
WHAT ABOUT POSSIBLE CONTAMINATION?
Following a colon hydrotherapy session, the device is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. A potent germicidal / disinfectant solution is used to properly disinfect the device and its contents are not harmful to the colon environment. When the disinfection is completed, the device is generously cleansed with water clearing the disinfectant solution completely from the device. The colon hydrotherapy device has several check valves in it to prevent the wastewater from returning to the water supply. In addition, a single-use disposable sterilized packet containing a rectal tube or speculum which is disposed of following each session ensures against any possible contamination to the client/patient.
INDICATIONS FOR COLONIC IRRIGATION
The history and physical examination of the client would dictate the need for colonic irrigation in the overall treatment plan. Colonic irrigation has been shown to be beneficial for the following conditions:
- Acute Fecal Impaction
- Fever therapy
- Paraplegics & Quadriplegics (Bowel Training)
- Parasitic Infections
- Prevention Atonic Colon
- Abdominal Distension/Flatulence
- Preparation for diagnostic
- Haemorrhoid (mild to moderate) study of the large intestine
- Intestinal Toxemia
- Barium Enema
- Nutrient Supplementation via Rectum
- Sigmoidoscopy & Colonoscopy
- Surgery Diverticulosis
- Balance Physiologic Flora of Large Intestine
INDICATIONS UNDER PRESCRIPTION AND DIRECT PHYSICIAN SUPERVISION
- On-Site Preparation Following Trauma
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Early Pregnancy (up to 4 mos.)
- Crohn’s Disease
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR COLON HYDROTHERAPY
- Severe Cardiac Disease
- Cirrhosis (uncontrolled Hypertension or Carcinoma of the Colon Congestive Heart Failure)
- An aneurysm
- Pregnancy, first & third trimester
- Severe Anemias
- An abdominal Hernia
- GI Hemorrhage/Perforation
- Recent Colon Surgery
- Severe Hemorrhoids
- Renal Insufficiency