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Colon hydrotherapy: pros and cons, reviews
Colon hydrotherapy is a procedure that began to gain momentum in popularity among Hollywood stars at the end of the last century. It can be carried out in SPA centers, beauty salons and other institutions that specialize in bowel cleansing.
If in Hollywood colon hydrotherapy was most often carried out to maintain beauty, then in Soviet sanatoriums it had more therapeutic purposes. The name of this technique in our country was somewhat different. The procedure was known as the Lensky irrigation technique.
- What is colon hydrotherapy?
- Preparation and carrying out of hydrocolonotherapy
- Pros and cons of colon hydrotherapy
- Indications for hydrocolonotherapy
- Possible complications
- About licensing procedure
- At home
- Reviews about colon hydrotherapy
What is colon hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy or intestinal lavage is a procedure aimed at cleansing and flushing the intestines with plenty of fluid. It is performed using special equipment.
Colon hydrotherapy can be done in almost any modern spa center, clinic, sanatorium and even in a beauty salon. According to the experts conducting it, this technique allows you to increase immunity, eliminate allergies, normalize the functioning of the digestive system, cleanse the skin, get rid of chronic fatigue, etc. In general, it can be used to cope with any chronic diseases.
There are many reviews of colon hydrotherapy, some of which are radically different. There are people who consider the procedure beneficial to health, while others are convinced that it has no benefit.
Opponents of colon hydrotherapy point out that intestinal toxins do not exist at all. Not a single doctor saw them with their own eyes. Specialists with higher medical education only smile skeptically when they hear the word "slags" from their patients.
In addition, opponents of the procedure indicate that it is unnatural for the human body and is capable of disrupting the natural intestinal microflora.
Preparation and carrying out of hydrocolonotherapy
A special diet must be followed 3 days before the procedure. Fats, vegetable proteins, fruits and vegetables, pastries and pastries are removed from the menu. It is forbidden to drink carbonated drinks, drink alcohol. If necessary, the doctor can prescribe carminative drugs to the patient, as well as enterosorbents. 4 hours before the start of the hydrocolonotherapy, they refuse to eat at all.
The procedure is carried out in an office with appropriate equipment. The person should lie on his side or on his back. A relaxing abdominal massage is possible.
Then a plastic tip is inserted into the anus, through which water enters the intestines. It fills the organ and is then naturally excreted. Together with her, all of its contents leave the intestines. Instead of ordinary water, special solutions can be used to cleanse the organ.
Experts say that the effect will be noticeable after the first procedure, but in order to achieve maximum recovery, you will need to take a course of 4-6 procedures.
During the first two procedures, it is recommended to use a special solution for washing the intestines, which will help create an acidic environment in it. This is essential for the improvement of the intestinal microflora.
In the future, special absorbents will be supplied through the tube to the organ. During the last procedure, it is recommended to use herbal infusions, for example, calendula or chamomile, to cleanse the intestines.
Pros and cons of colon hydrotherapy
Colon hydrotherapy is most often carried out in order to prepare the intestines for diagnostic measures, or for surgery. It can also be used in the complex treatment of various diseases of the large intestine: constipation, diarrhea, NUC, chronic colitis. The procedure is carried out after an alcohol, drug or drug intoxication has occurred. It should be performed by a specialist who practices in a clinic. You should not decide on hydrocolonotherapy, which is offered to be performed in a beauty salon.
The procedure has several positive aspects. First, the waist is reduced. Secondly, the abdominal wall becomes stronger, and the person himself experiences a feeling of lightness throughout the body. Many people get so used to this pleasant feeling that they completely revise their diet and begin to adhere to the principles of good nutrition.
However, you must remember that the procedure has a number of disadvantages, which include:
- During the procedure, not only harmful, but also useful substances will be washed out of the intestines.
- Cleansing the intestines leads to irritation of its walls. If at the same time the body is weakened, then there is a possibility of developing an inflammatory process.
- When there is no certainty that the organ is healthy, the procedure cannot be carried out, otherwise you can harm your own body. This is especially true for people with polyps, diverticula, and intestinal tumors.
- If the intestines are sick and weak, then its walls may not withstand the pressure of water supplied from outside.
- The intestine can suffer not only because it is sick, but also because the procedure will be performed by an inexperienced person.
- Large volumes of fluid will leave the intestine during the procedure. In an untrained person, this can cause vomiting and even emotional shock.
Indications for hydrocolonotherapy
The indications for colon hydrotherapy are the following:
- Constipation and diarrhea.
- Hemorrhoids at an early stage of development.
- Intestinal upset.
- Parasitic invasions.
- Diseases of the liver, kidneys and gallbladder, biliary dyskinesia, chronic hepatitis.
- Skin diseases: psoriasis, acne, eczema, dermatitis.
- Cold infections that often affect humans.
- Intoxication of the body, which is manifested by the syndrome of chronic fatigue, deterioration in performance, insomnia, dizziness, depression and headaches.
- Diseases of the urological and gynecological sphere.
Some experts argue that colon hydrotherapy is a procedure that can prevent the development of bowel cancer and other lesions of the colon.
Contraindications to colon hydrotherapy:
- Bleeding in the intestines.
- Hemorrhoids in the acute stage, as well as hemorrhoids, which are complicated by bleeding.
- Lack of functioning of the kidneys, heart, liver.
- Bowel cancer.
- NUC and Crohn's disease.
- Diarrhea developing against the background of an acute infection.
- Severe anemia.
- Heart disease, aortic aneurysm.
- The period of bearing a child.
- Surgery on the abdominal organs.
- Hernia of the abdomen.
Complications after colon hydrotherapy are rare, but they are possible. If you perform bowel cleansing too often, then this threatens the development of anemia. In addition, beneficial microflora will be washed out of the organ, which can lead to dysbiosis.
After the first procedure, the patient may complain of exacerbation of chronic infections, as well as a general deterioration in health. Therefore, it is so important that the hydrocolonotherapy is performed by a specialist. Otherwise, there is a possibility of damage to the intestines, or the addition of an infection.
About licensing procedure
Such a profession as an intestinal hygienist or a hydrocolonotherapy simply does not exist, therefore the procedure is not licensed and is not a medical service.
The drugs that are used to cleanse the intestines are dietary supplements. It is impossible to call them safe and effective. The device itself for carrying out hydrocolonotherapy is used to prepare a person for an operation, or for a diagnostic study. There is no license that would permit the use of such devices for other purposes.
In the reviews of patients who underwent colon hydrotherapy, there are references to such complications as:
- Introducing infection into the blood
- Infection with parasites.
- Deterioration of blood circulation in the organ.
- Embolism of blood vessels with air.
- The development of diseases that are caused by a violation of the intestinal microflora.
Therefore, before deciding on a hydrocolonotherapy, you need to weigh all the pros and cons of the procedure.
It will not be possible to carry out the procedure at home, since it requires medical equipment. Its price is very high.
Moreover, in order for hydrocolonotherapy to be carried out correctly, medical education will be required, since the procedure is fraught with the risk of complications. One of them is a violation of the integrity of the intestinal mucosa and the development of bleeding. If the patient has diverticula in the intestine, then this can lead to massive bleeding, which poses a threat to the patient's life.
You can replace colon hydrotherapy at home with an enema.
Reviews about colon hydrotherapy
Elena: “I underwent colon hydrotherapy 7 times. I liked this procedure, because with it I completely cleansed the intestines. I didn't feel pain. After the first session, lightness appeared in the body, the saggy stomach was tightened, and I also managed to lose 8 kg. I continue to maintain this weight.
I also managed to bring my stool back to normal, constipation disappeared. My appearance has changed, my complexion has improved, bruises under my eyes have disappeared, in general, I have rejuvenated. Next year I will take another course."
Anna: “In fact, this procedure is an ordinary enema. After reading the reviews, I also decided to go through it to get rid of excess weight. She performed colon hydrotherapy in a sanatorium in Altai. Maybe the body has become cleaner, but I did not feel any changes.
Of course, the stomach became empty, it took about 2 cm from the total waist, the chair returned to normal. Now I am not haunted by bloating after eating, it is soft. However, it was not possible to lose weight. I think that it is better to undergo such treatment for people who have some kind of intestinal problems. For the sake of losing weight, you should not go to hydrocolonotherapy, especially if the person is absolutely healthy."
Katya: “The doctor prescribed this procedure for me, as I suffered from constipation. Even laxatives didn't always help. At first, I was very afraid to go to hydrocolonotherapy, I thought that then I would not get rid of diarrhea, but still decided. In time it took no more than an hour. Was cleaned at the hospital. We managed to get rid of constipation, there were no problems with stool. Only time will tell what will happen next”.
The author of the article: Volkov Dmitry Sergeevich | c. m. n. surgeon, phlebologist
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