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Colonic Irrigation. Should I have it done?

(54 Posts)
Lizzylou Wed 20-Mar-13 12:50:08

Colleague wants me to go with her to have colonic irrigation.
Not in same room, obviously, that would be weird.

She had it done a few years ago and has raved about how good she felt. Said it was just a strange sensation.

I cannot get my head around the fact that someone would be shoving a tube up my arse and pumping warm water around my guts though.

Is it worth the weirdness?

We would be going to a reputable and regulated place btw.

RunningAgain Wed 20-Mar-13 12:58:33

"I cannot get my head around the fact that someone would be shoving a tube up my arse and pumping warm water around my guts though"
I think you've answered your own question there!

Lizzylou Wed 20-Mar-13 13:01:32

grin
But I want the benefits! Just not the ickiness.

shrimponastick Wed 20-Mar-13 13:01:34

I quite fancy it .

My friend had it a few years ago, said it was weird but she felt great afterwards.

Lizzylou Wed 20-Mar-13 13:02:43

That's it, Shrimp.
My friend has been going on about how fab she felt afterwards. Slept better, felt less bloated, better skin etc.

But. Ugh.

Blu Wed 20-Mar-13 13:03:42

Surely there has to be a better way to spend both your leisure time and however much it costs than having litres of water pumped up your arse to no proven medical benefit, at medically proven risk of bowel perforation, and to accomplish a task which your body will perform for free, risk free and very efficiently as long as your diet and health are good.

OnlyWantsOne Wed 20-Mar-13 13:05:17

What Blu said.

No way.

Poppyhat Wed 20-Mar-13 14:43:37

I would never consider having that done,can't think of any good reason to do it.
The thought of anybody sticking a tube up my bum makes me feel quite ill.
Each to their own thoughsmile

PeachyPossum Wed 20-Mar-13 16:42:19

What blu said!

Schlock Wed 20-Mar-13 16:44:34

Isn't the colon supposed to be self cleaning?

I've heard tales of unusual things to drop out when it's been done, like a marble that the person had swallowed twenty seven years previously as a toddler. (thus negating my first sentence I suppose)

I reckon if you really wanted to do it, it couldn't be that hard to to yourself hence saving yourself some moula and dignity.

Floralnomad Wed 20-Mar-13 16:47:44

Years ago , as a nurse , we used to have to do bowel washouts (colonic irrigation)as prep for bowel ops and investigations , it was a vile practice and I fail to see why anyone would pay for the privilege . We were pleased when the practice was stopped .

austenozzy Wed 20-Mar-13 16:59:58

Don't bother, it's dangerous nonsense. From quackwatch.org:

Colonic irrigation, which also can be expensive, has considerable potential for harm. The process can be very uncomfortable, since the presence of the tube can induce severe cramps and pain. If the equipment is not adequately sterilized between treatments, disease germs from one person's large intestine can be transmitted to others. Several outbreaks of serious infections have been reported, including one in which contaminated equipment caused amebiasis in 36 people, 6 of whom died following bowel perforation [7-9]. Cases of heart failure (from excessive fluid absorption into the bloodstream) and electrolyte imbalance have also been reported [10]. Direct rectal perforation has also been reported [11]. Yet no license or training is required to operate a colonic-irrigation device. In 1985, a California judge ruled that colonic irrigation is an invasive medical procedure that may not be performed by chiropractors and the California Health Department's Infectious Disease Branch stated: "The practice of colonic irrigation by chiropractors, physical therapists, or physicians should cease. Colonic irrigation can do no good, only harm." The National Council Against Health Fraud agrees [12].

In 2009, Dr. Edzard Ernst tabulated the therapeutic claims he found on the Web sites of six "professional organizations of colonic irrigations." The themes he found included detoxification, normailzation of intestinal function, treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, and weight loss. He also found claims elated to asthma, menstrual irregularities, circulatory disorders, skin problems, and improvements in energy levels. Searching Medline and Embase, he was unable to find a single controlled clinical trial that substantited any of these claims [13].

www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/gastro.html

LillianGish Wed 20-Mar-13 17:04:39

Is there any difference between colonic irrigation and an enema? Can't think of anything I'd less like to do!

austenozzy Wed 20-Mar-13 17:09:56

LillianGish - According to a quick google, an enema uses about a quart of water, while a colonic uses gallons and gallons. I don't see the appeal either, plus it's based on woo nonsense.

Branleuse Wed 20-Mar-13 17:54:11

i want to get it done

Sugarice Wed 20-Mar-13 18:01:06

A colleague I once worked with had it done.

Apparently meat and eggs are very slow to be completely digested and got rid of.

That is all! if we had a vomit icon I would have it here

Blu Wed 20-Mar-13 18:05:29

It's woo.

Poo woo.

Lizzylou Wed 20-Mar-13 19:35:57

grin at poo woo Blu.

My colleague was just so evangelical about it. It made me think it could be worth the pain and embarrassment.

Hmm.

Think I'll just take 2 senna tablets then.

almondfinger Wed 20-Mar-13 20:14:18

If quackwatch had its way you wouldn't be allowed by any form of vitamin either!

If you are nervous don't go. It will take about 3/4 sessions to see any benefit, depending on how healthy/regular you are currently.

I went to a spa in Thailand for a week of self administered enemas twice daily and a fast. I didn't perforate my bowel etc. It's a weird sensation, not terribly unpleasant. To be honest I preferred doing it myself. Its having the clinician insert the tube in my rectum that would mortify me.

After the week, I had lost weight, my skin was great and my eyes were v v sparkly. Well worth it, would love to go again one day.

almondfinger Wed 20-Mar-13 20:15:40

If quackwatch had its way you wouldn't be allowed by any form of vitamin either!

If you are nervous don't go. It will take about 3/4 sessions to see any benefit, depending on how healthy/regular you are currently.

I went to a spa in Thailand for a week of self administered enemas twice daily and a fast. I didn't perforate my bowel etc. It's a weird sensation, not terribly unpleasant. To be honest I preferred doing it myself. Its having the clinician insert the tube in my rectum that would mortify me.

After the week, I had lost weight, my skin was great and my eyes were v v sparkly. Well worth it, would love to go again one day.

Lozislovely Wed 20-Mar-13 20:22:56

I had a few some years back to try and help my IBS. In all honesty, they didn't make any difference though I did find the sensation somewhat soothing blush.

I was also sold a multitude of tablets that were meant to help but did bugger all.

If you've got the spare cash then go for it but don't expect to come out of it 2 stone lighter with a washboard stomache!!!

Chubfuddler Wed 20-Mar-13 20:25:21

There are no benefits. It's bollocks. There's nothing in your bowel that's been there more than about 72 hours, if that. All this guff about sluicing out years of fetid poo is just a pile of fetid poo really.

Have a mani-ped if you feel like bring pampered.

Lizzylou Wed 20-Mar-13 20:48:49

Certainly something that divides opinion grin

I was not expecting to lose weight from it, just feel cleansed.

Will do more research and see whats what. If I can achieve the same results with some senna tablets and Aloe Vera juice then so be it.

RunningAgain Wed 20-Mar-13 21:12:47

So what you really want is diarrhoea, but you're not sure whether to diy it, or to have someone else induce it then suck it out with a tube?

Lizzylou Wed 20-Mar-13 21:31:28

No. Not diarrhoea.
Just to unblock.

I was very swayed by the people who said how wonderful they felt afterwards, cleansed and clean. I'd like to feel clean inside. I'd like sparkly eyes and a sense of wellbeing.
That is why I have started a thread, to find out others thoughts/experiences.
Not expecting a quick fix or miracle cure.

willyhaschips Wed 20-Mar-13 21:38:02

I've had a colonic irrigation. I did not find it embarrassing at all. It was all done very professionally and gently by a nice lady.
However, I was not prepared for how much my colon would cramp and spasm. It was uncontrollable and felt a bit like labour contractions! Not too painful though...just weird.
Afterwards I did feel much better for a couple of days but it soon wore off. And it cost me 60 quid!!

greeneyed Wed 20-Mar-13 21:43:04

No no and no. I've had it done i lay there thinking what the fuck am I doing with this tube up my bum, it was wrong on many levels . The woman preached to me about how we're all meant to do three shits a day or there is something wrong with us. I also left with a pot of expensive probiotics ( to replace the ones that had been washed out) confused

OloeufiaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 21:52:32

Lizzylou

I was very swayed by the people who said how wonderful they felt afterwards, cleansed and clean. I'd like to feel clean inside. I'd like sparkly eyes and a sense of wellbeing.

I wanted this too. So much.
I am big into acupuncture.
But it is basically paying someone to give you diarrhoea imo
And also the water sort of stirred up everything and made me feel RUBBISH actually.
(usual HQ disclaimers etc)

ZacharyQuack Wed 20-Mar-13 21:56:01

I think if the goal is to have sparkly eyes and a sense of wellbeing, you might be concentrating on the wrong end.

Spend more time worrying about your input and less fussing about the output.

Unless you have bowel problems (in which case a GP might be more use that a hose up the jacksy), improved diet and exercise will have more benefit than a self-induced bout of the shits.

greeneyed Wed 20-Mar-13 22:00:57

Truly I wanted to believe but this was utter bollocks, there is a viewing box so you can see the dirty water coming out of your arse.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 20-Mar-13 22:04:55

The inside of your colon is smooth and muscular. It is simply not possible for any faecal matter to "build up"

TheCrackFox Wed 20-Mar-13 22:14:32

One of my (very sensible) friends raved about it.

I just think I could have 3 or 4 pints of Guiness for much the same effect and save myself £50.

Lizzylou Thu 21-Mar-13 06:55:44

Ok, ok. The $60 will be better spent I am sure.
Perhaps on Guinness?!

NinaNannar Thu 21-Mar-13 06:57:58

How can your shit make your eyes sparkle less

Lizzylou Thu 21-Mar-13 08:12:50

Who knows?!
But that is one side effect that lots of people mention after having it done.

I will invest in some eye drops and swerve the bum tube.

austenozzy Thu 21-Mar-13 08:19:25

A week in a spa somewhere hot and tropical would make anyone's eyes sparkle with or without a garden hose up the wrong un!

I felt simply marvellous, darling, after a month long cricket tour of a hot and humid australia but all we did was drink beer and have lots of parties with the oppo. Much more fun!

greeneyed Thu 21-Mar-13 08:47:44

Good decision smile some of the benefits may be devised simply through the aftercare you are instructed to do. Lots of water, no alcohol, probiotics. You would probably feel brighter after that alone minus the bum wash.

CMOTDibbler Thu 21-Mar-13 10:00:35

I've seen the inside of a lot of bowels, and unless you have diverticulosis, there is just nowhere for anything to build up or get 'stuck'.

If you want clear skin and sparkly eyes, then don't drink alcohol, drink plenty of water/green tea, and eat more veggies/fruit and less junk/processed food. You don't need to pay anyone for that!

Blu Thu 21-Mar-13 10:31:43

This sparkly eyes thing, and feeling good.

People who have had any 'fight or flight' experience, ordeal or survived something which they felt nervous about beforehand often have a wide-eyed look and a feeling of euphoria that it is over.

I suspect a lot of placebo effect following colonic irrigation. And what ritualistic or metaphorical resonance it has.

Worth wondering where this need to feel 'cleansed' comes from, too. I wonder how many men compared to women sign up for colonic irrigation?

Lizzylou Thu 21-Mar-13 10:49:21

My brother has had it done, present from his MIL. Who is quite woo.

But yes, prob a female quick fix thing really.

I do suffer a bit with bowels. Have been on trips to well-known D&V hotspots and had crippling constipation while all around me people were succumbing to Delhi belly blush

Will just carry on with diet and exercise then.

Blu Thu 21-Mar-13 15:50:20

As an alternative to an Oxfam voucher for a goat a colonic irrigation from a woman to her son-in-law is quite a present!

I cannot in a million years imagine my mother deciding to give DP a colonic irrigation experience. Except in some mastepiece of passive aggression, perhaps.

SandWitch Thu 21-Mar-13 16:09:27

My brother has had it done, present from his MIL

Sorry, have I got this right...Your db's mil thinks that he is full of shit?

Sorry, that has to be the funniest line I have seen on here this week grin

noddyholder Thu 21-Mar-13 17:18:56

I have had it years ago in my 20s We all did it and it did make me very skinny looking for a few days and a bit of a energised feeling but nothing for my eyes or skin or anything.

Lizzylou Thu 21-Mar-13 17:37:16

Ha ha.
No, she had raved about them and he had feigned shown interest.
I don't think that he'd repeat it though!

IslaValargeone Thu 21-Mar-13 17:41:32

Just have a vindaloo, optrex and slap on a face mask.

topsi Fri 22-Mar-13 08:43:23

I have carried out CI for 7-8 years now and did my last one a few weeks ago. I have never perforated any ones bowels or given any one an infection. The tubes are all single use disposable the machine is didnfected between clients and the water is under very low pressure. Some people find the treatement a little uncomfortable like a period pain.
The benefits are questionable. Some people found it a complete life saver. It can help with constipation and IBS. However other people felt no different after. It horses for courses.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 23-Mar-13 07:31:52

If you're suffering with your bowels and seeking help, I would recommend taking a daily probitic. I have IBS and this has helped me immensely.

There's no way anyone's shoving a hosepipe up my back passage!

sashh Sat 23-Mar-13 09:28:09

Half way through the picolax before a bowel procedure I would have killed for CI instead.

Reenypip Sat 23-Mar-13 09:51:36

I have a persisteen which I do myself, a mini irrigation system a bit like a colonic

Xenia Sat 23-Mar-13 09:55:38

I had it done once about 10 years ago out of curiosity. It was no good at all. I have never had bowl trouble and our bowels eliminate what they need to do anyway in the ordinary course of events so it did not have any impact on me at all.

Reenypip Sat 23-Mar-13 10:00:39

I use a persisteen (like a mini colonic that can do myself) every other day to help me go, alongside multiple laxatives. Otherwise I can't go.

unlucky83 Sat 23-Mar-13 10:36:41

Long time ago I had a few weeks stay in hospital, complete bed rest, on codeine, embarrassment of having to use a bed pan. After almost 2 weeks with no poos -even after they pumped dye up my bottom for a CAT scan -they resorted to suppositories (first ones a nurse put them in for me blush.) Eventually things sorted themselves out - mainly when I could use a real toilet!
After a while I realised that I had never had 'big' satisfying poos (regular but always thin - sorry if that's TMI)...and had IBS symptoms, serious pain, regular bloating had been to GP ...
After 12yrs of this I seriously thought about trying CI ...but read all the horror stories...
Instead I took full dose lactulose for the best part of a week (wasn't pleasant - lets just say you wouldn't want to be in the same room as me blush) made me really thirsty so I drank lots of water ... end result normal 'poos' and IBS gone. Probably should have run it past the GP before I did it....
Now I really believe it is possible to get a build up ...but I still wouldn't do a CI...especially not just to get sparkly eyes!
(Also a flatmate of mine's gran needed a camera up her bottom - it took the hospital several enemas and fasting to get things clear enough for them to be able to see intestine wall)

nurseneedshelp Sat 23-Mar-13 10:43:38

I have it done regular! Well approx every 3/4 months.

I work strange shifts as a nurse and eat at stupid times, quite normal to have curry at 5am! So I swear by it.

It makes me feel so much better!
I can tell when I'm due which sounds weird! You can't knock it till you've tried it

greeneyed Sat 23-Mar-13 12:14:29

I've tried it so can knock itsmile obviously i only had the one though, not the course of 6 the lady recommended to see results!

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