A colonic is a safe procedure which involves flushing the colon (via the rectum) with warm filtered water. The colonic removes a buildup of waste which supporters of the practice believe is harmful for digestive and general health. Practitioners and frequent patients claim that regular colonics keep them healthier, and that they are less prone to digestive problems. Most doctors trained in conventional medicine do not recommend the use of colonics for any medical condition, although enemas to cleanse the lower colon may be appropriate in certain situations. Studies have not suggested that a colonic would be harmful to a healthy individual, unless it was administered in unclean conditions.
According to practitioners of alternative medicine, fecal matter builds up in the colon and interferes with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. It is believed that this causes the digestive system to become inefficient, leading to an assortment of health problems. Receiving a colonic is supposed to address this problem by removing buildup along the length of the colon. Certain people should not consider getting a colonic, including people with intestinal issues such as Crohn’s Disease or hemorrhoids. Pregnant women should also avoid colonics, and if you are unsure about whether or not a colonic is safe for you, consult your doctor.