Intestinal washing therapy - Cleaning the bowel or colon hydrotherapy is believed to be one way to detoxify or get rid of toxins in the body. Although quite popular, but experts say there is no scientific evidence these therapies could be useful. Even if done carelessly can be dangerous.
Researchers from Georgetown University to do an analysis of 20 studies on colon therapy wash, and found little evidence on the benefits of this therapy. In fact, some research indicates the possible side effects of these therapies such as abdominal cramps, flatulence, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, and kidney failure.
"There are serious side effects that can occur in patients with intestinal washing therapy either do it at home or at the spa. In addition, the product of washing the intestine in the form of laxatives, drink tea, powder and capsules, the benefits are not found,"said Dr.Ranit Mishori, from Georgetown University School of Medicine.
He also warned that these products are not supervised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "Many therapies intestinal washing done by people who call themselves" Colon Hygienist "but had no medical training," he said.
In response, Dick Hoenninger of the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy said colon therapy safe washing.
"Colon therapy wash carried out by therapists trained to use the tools listed by the FDA and the disposable speculum,"said Hoenninger. He added, intestinal wash investigational therapy mostly used laxatives. Meanwhile hidrokolon generally consist of a combination of medicines and herbs.