Does our intestine need to be purified with colon washes, that is with colon hydrotherapy?

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Does our intestine need to be purified with colon washes, that is with colon hydrotherapy?

The practice of intestinal washing for purification purposes is of no use, but can cause very serious damage.

Colon hydrotherapy consists of washing the intestine by introducing filtered fresh water into the rectum, often enriched with herbs or enzymes. This practice, of very ancient origin, was discredited in the early 1900s by the American Medical Association but has recently been revived for commercial purposes on the basis of the alleged need to help the intestine purify itself from the accumulation of waste and toxic substances. It is worth emphasizing that, in the absence of serious diseases, which require professional medical supervision, the intestine is perfectly capable of expelling food residues, especially if aided by a balanced diet with the right amount of vegetable fibers. There have been reports of colon hydrotherapy damaging the intestinal mucosa, causing perforation of the rectum, or the onset of life-threatening infections.

1. Handley DV, Rieger NA, Rodda DJ. Rectal perforation from colonic irrigation administered by alternative practitioners. The Medical Journal of Australia. 2004; 181: 575-576

2. Dore M, Gleeson T. Escherichia coli Septic Shock Following Colonic Hydrotherapy. The American Journal of Medicine. 2015; 128: 31  

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