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I had this done a couple of months ago and agree you need to go somewhere that specialises in it rather than a beauty salon that has it as 'add on'. Apparently there are 2 ways of doing this - the uncomfortable and more manual machine and a new style of machine that is a lot more gentle and pulsates the toxins out. I went for the latter and found it absolutely fine.
As a nurse who has seen the damage that can be done by having random stuff put up your bottom i would absolutely never have this done. Its not natural, or necessary and a bowel perf is something i can live without
I had it done a couple of years ago. Was done by a nurse whos' day job was doing the same thing in our local hospital so felt in "safe hands". Having said that, would not get it done again. Basically it was uncomfortable, I felt a bit flu-ey and sick afterwards and as I have a pretty good diet (ie not alot of fatty stuff and lots of fibre) I didn't have any old claggy grey stuff to wash out. Didn't lose any weight and didn't feel any different the next day (after the sicky feeling went) Unless you have been eating lots of red meat and fatty stuff and need a real clean out before you change your ways I'd stick to Psyllium husks - way cheaper
I had it done years ago when I was taken into hospital in agony with what they said was bad constipation (turned out to be kidney stones!). I felt very ill while it was being done shivery and found myself almost having a panic attack for the first time. I didn't feel any different after, so wouldn't do it again.
I don't want to piss oin your cornflakes but really if you don't suffer any major constipation or bowel issues (and if you do, I'd suggest your first point of call is your GP) then your best way of "detoxing" your colon is a daily shit, like the rest of us, and if that doesn't always happen, drink more water and take more non-starch polysacchride in your diet (that's fibre, the sort of membraney stuff that joins oranges together and the strings of celery and the general "membraney" stuff that naturally occurs in fruit and veg, as opposed to wheat fibre etc which is the more dense sort but which will also help move things through your bowel)
You don't really need to "detox", but if you feel you have too many "toxins" in your system, just dont have so many, so its more of a "not-tox". Your body is a very clever machine that is designed to filter out toxins that you put in there through the liver, kidneys etc...it will do this without "help" as such apart from perhaps water...if you are worried that you are giving these organs too much to do, do less of it.
Colonics will help you lose lots of pounds. Not the weight sort, the £££ sort.
There are exceptions, of the medical variety, in which case your GP will refer you.
That said, I don't think there is any "harm" giving it a try as long as it is done properly (don't know if its regulated). Make sure you take some probiotic supplements after or you will most likely get thrush as it can upset the natural balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut - i.e the water doesn't distinguish between "good" and "bad" when it comes to err "toxins"...