Please use good judgement.
I am definately not a salesperson! I am a fellow sufferer who has been "experimenting" with treatments for 20 years. Some of them have been disasters and some successes.
I searched the threads for one treatment in particular and found nothing about it. As someone who has switched back and forth between IBS-D and C, with prolonged C as the predominent characteristic, I have found that colonhydorotherapy has been unbelievable helpful when dealing with extended bouts of constipation. I did not see any refernces to this treatment and wondered if there was a reason. While I saw discussions about enemas in general, I wondered if anyone had tried this therapy for extreme constipation. It was profoundly helpful for me.
Thanks for the welcome and the quick reply!
Thanks for the question!
No, it is not like a "cleanse". It's basically what my grandma used to call a "high colonic". It's an enema that is administered by a colonhydrotherapist but it reaches far higher than any enema one can do on one's own. It is not at all painful and very, very beneficial to folks who have experienced long term constipation, where the stool has become so hard that it can't be passed with regular laxatives. It was recommended to me by my GI guy (best in the city, of course!) because I was suffering with an impacted colon which needed to be emptied before my last colonoscopy.
Most large cities have clinics with trained professionals and the equipment to do this treatment. I can only say that it was a completely pain free experience and that after the procedure I probably felt better than I had in 25 years.
Here is a link to one of our local clinics which gives an excellent description of how colonics work and the benefits of the treatment.
The process is simple, comfortable and is not painful. Purified water is introduced into the colon via a disposable speculum (click here for images). Light abdominal palpation dislodges toxic wastes, mucus and fecal encrustation. This is gently eliminated through the waste tube. Repeated gentle fills and releases are administered during a session which lasts approximately 45 minutes.
I've been aware of colon hydrotherapy for many years because of my involvement with the macrobiotic movement. I had always been too intimidated and frightened of it to try until my regular old GI guy recommended it. I really can't recommend it enough. I have never felt as good and "normal" as I did after having these treatments.