4 Things You Should Know About Colon Cleansing

This popular treatment may have risks

Colon cleansing, also called colon hydrotherapy and colonic irrigation, is promoted for digestive problems such as bloating, colitis, constipation, and indigestion. It’s also touted for completely unrelated problems including arthritis, alcoholism, allergies, lethargy, asthma, and skin conditions.

While this popular complementary treatment offers an excellent option for some patients with specific problems, I would caution people against using it for routine problems and outside of the supervision of a colon hydrotherapist .

Dr. Johnson explains the top four things to know about colon cleansing and what to expect.

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