Colon Cleansing

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 12/10/2007 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I know there are a lot of posts about colon cleansing on the healing well website but I wanted to ask my fellow UCers what they thought of it.  Is it worth it for us?  Anyone have a recommended cleanser?

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 733
   Posted 12/10/2007 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have UC, don't do it.  I met a girl on Remicade that said she got it done to lose weight and she swears that was what triggered it to start.  I wouldn't mess with it, healthy or not.
Potential Dangers
Colonic irrigation can potentially cause severe adverse effects and must be carefully administered. People receiving frequent treatments may absorb too much water, leading to electrolyte imbalances in the blood, nausea, vomiting, heart failure, fluid in the lungs, abnormal heart rhythms or coma. Infections have been reported, possibly because of contaminated equipment or as a result of clearing out normal colon bacteria. There is a risk of bowel perforation (breakage of the bowel wall), which is a severe complication. Deaths have been reported.

Colonic irrigation should not be used in people with diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, severe or internal hemorrhoids or tumors in the rectum or colon. It also should not be used soon after bowel surgery (unless directed by your health care provider). Regular treatments should be avoided by people with heart disease or kidney disease (renal insufficiency). Be sure that the equipment used is sterile and that the practitioner is experienced. Colonic irrigation should not be used as the sole treatment (instead of more proven therapies) for severe conditions, and it should not delay consultation with a qualified health care provider for a potentially severe symptom or illness.

Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcourt, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with rectal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade
2007: Increased Remicade dosage to 660mg every 6 weeks, diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
Current meds: Remicade 660mgs every 6 wks, Lomotil, Tramadol, Darvocet, Clorazepate, new meds I am about to start: Prograf, Cymbalta, Lyrica

Post Edited (princesscolon) : 12/10/2007 9:26:20 AM (GMT-7)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 3238
   Posted 12/10/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I would think these would be a big no no. Not only would they sweep out the bad bacteria they would take the good w/ it!
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium
Co-Moderator UC Forum

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1614
   Posted 12/10/2007 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely not.
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Currently in Remission

cap'n colitis
Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 51
   Posted 12/10/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't undertsand the point of it. I heard a radio interview of a guy who ran oneof these places and the things he was saying were so ridiculously bogas, such as "you have years worth of fecal matter built up on the inside of your intestines that you will never pass and it's poisoning your body".  WHAAAAAAAAT? confused

You want your colin cleansed?  No need to have some screwball with a garden hose accost you. Save yourslef the trouble and  just follow your prep for a colonoscopy. That will clean you out. I have the pictures to prove it.

Male - Age 39
Diagnosed in 1988
Moderate Pan Colitis 10 years ago, but mild and fairly controlled since then
40mg Pred 30mg Pred 25mg Pred 20mg 15mg Pred
100mg Azathioprene
1600mg Asacol
Calcium Supp
Fish Oil Supp (or Flax Seed)
20mg Omeprazole

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 2204
   Posted 12/10/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
If you've ever prepped for a colonscopy, you've basically had a colon cleansing. Don't believe all the hype about having 5-10 pounds of encrusted fecal matter stuck in your colon. I'm sure there are some folks out there like that, but IBDers aren't among them. Tab's right. If you're talking about colonic irrigation, you're removing good as well as bad gut flora. There are some more gentle cleansing methods, but I don't think they're necessary or even helpful for anyone with UC.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine. Off the pred and doing well.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 4509
   Posted 12/11/2007 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I think colon cleanse products are bogus, worthless, and not good for you.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 12/11/2007 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I did colonics for a year before I was diagnosed w/ IBD, just one of many alternative therapies I tried before I found a good GI doctor, interesting experiences!

Trixy's Got Butt Trouble
Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 356
   Posted 12/11/2007 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never done a colonic cleanse where they shoot stuff up you, but I have done a juice cleansing. You basically juice all your fruit and veggies and drink that only for so many days. It really cleans out your colon. They had warnings about not doing a juice fast if you have UC or Crohns, but I didn't head the warnings. Within 14 days, my UC flared and it took a good couple months to get back into remission. Turns out my juicer wasn't getting all the pulp (fiber) out and I think that was ripping up my literally poop liquid when you are on a diet cleanse like that. I bought a new juicer and while it worked better at getting most of the pulp out, it still aggravated my colon so I eventually stopped doing it.

I would take those warnings seriously or at least speak to your GI about it. And I agree with the PP that when you do those type flushes, you wash away not only the bad bacteria, but the good as well.
Best Wishes,
Trixy (39)
dx Pancolitis, mild, w/more activity on left side & IBS
12 Asacol a day;
1 Rowasa at night during flare/1 a week during remission;
Nexium; Probiotic; Multi-Vitamin; Flax Seed Oil
UC manifesting to other organs: joints, eyes (Iritis) & skin (Erythema Nodusom)
Controlling w/MEDS & DIET (eliminating animal protein, white flour, sugar, dairy, eggs, & nightshade veggies)
Current Status:  11/2/07 Ending 5 month remission w/mini-flare :-(

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Saturday, August 18, 2018 11:44 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,994,090 posts in 328,103 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161258 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Mavis.
284 Guest(s), 6 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Tim G, Artist Mark, Michael_T, AgentBodyLover, slapshot, F8