Colonic irrigation dates back to Ancient Egypt and comes from the concept of auto-intoxication, the idea that food rots in the large intestine and that the body cannot fully rid itself of waste and toxins. The concept suggests that such toxins can lead to general, nonspecific feelings of ill-health such as irritability, fatigue, low energy and headaches.
A colonic cleanse flushes the large intestine of toxins and excess waste, thus aiming to improve feelings of well-being and energy. Colonic therapy also aims to help with constipation and inadequate bowel movements.
No current scientific evidence backs up the claims that colonic cleansing produces the effects it promises, even those by proponents who suggest it increases the efficiency of the body's natural healing abilities. According to the Mayo Clinic, although doctors may prescribe forms of colon cleansing as a preparation treatment ahead of a medical procedure, many do not recommend colonic therapy for detoxification purposes. Colonic irrigation as a standalone therapy is an alternative treatment and should not be pursued in the place of mainstream medical advice. You should not consider it without first speaking to a conventional medical professional and seeking a referral to a specialist.