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Colonic Irrigation. Should I have it done?

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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.

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


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.

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