Does a Colon Cleanse Work?

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the way I see it: we humans don't live a natural lifestyle like other animals who are always on the move for food. We are sedentary and to me it makes sense that there could very well be a build-up in the colon that doesn't get released on a timely basis. Hence, I would think that every once in a while, a good old colon cleansing would help removal the excessive matter in the colon. But it's a subjective issue in terms of response and for some, probably no response at all whereas for others, a massive positive response. But the process definitely does not involve high-pressure tap water!
One sees all the bulky bellies walking around out there.
These people are not healthy! Surely, they are full of gas, bloat, and excessive matter which needs to be sent out of the body. The people who need it the most, most likely, are the ones who probably won't ever get a colon irrigation. Doctors, on the other hand, will only treat the symptom and prescribe a medication for constipation, gastritis, not seeing that the main problem is diet and movement, or lack thereof.

Dudu South Africa


Colonics definitely does help to relieve constipation and for weight management. It does however leaves one light headed which could be addressed by eating a light meal thereafter. It is actually an ancient method still practised by ordinary people to date who have over time "mastered" how frequently to employ it. One would typically not resort to it if they are already ill.



I find the advice from so called board certified gastro surgeons less then helpful. Assuming you have ruled various obstructive pathology or colonic diseases such as ulcerative colitis, diverticulosis etc....and the guy actually feels much better after a CHT...especially if it improves his well being, alleviates some of his constipation problems...what the heck is the issue?

Isnt what a patient ultimately feels and is comforted is what we are here all for ....or if medicine suddenly became an exact science...someone pls tell me when this happened.....

...with many docs on big pharmas payroll...the world is beginning to find out who the real quacks are...



It's amazing how the doctors are so against it and yet the anecdotal testimonies are so positive. I had one a while ago and felt lighter--for about an hour, then when I ate, the lightness went away. Me thinks a good diet is the real answer, but that's a hard row to hoe! So perhaps colonics do help those who don't eat properly. Who knows?



Just a quick note, if you go to ebay or Amazon and do a search for: Shower Enema Nozzle Enema Douche Hose Anal Cleanser
CleanStream or shower nozzle attachment, you will get a myriad of choices at multilevel prices, material, and size. Why spend the money on Colonic Hydrotherapy when you can do this practice in the privacy of your own shower or tub enclosure. Just be ready to deal with what comes out and this can be controlled by squatting over a toilet or drain of your tub/shower. The nozzle fits any standard handheld shower massager hose. It works great and you can control water temp, pressure, volume. You will know when you have enough water taken. Squat and release then repeat 2-3 times till the water exiting is clear. I do this once a month or after a flu/cold or just to feel better, take shower as normal and have a great day! Thank you....

r. Quinlan


Try one yourself and see what I mean - this is not forced water - it is gravity-fed, very safe process. Your colon will only take what it can in - yet the amount of 'debris'that leaves your body after a colonic is enough to let you know, but how you feel so much better, alert, alive - and can smell and taste everything immediately so much better - is that enough? You will also lose that pot belly and have such increased energy that you will get going and do things again..I have had treatments for over 15 years with NO side effects..



My experience with colon hydrotherapy involved the reverse tube taking it all out for you...and when I did the hydrotherapy, I CRIED LIKE A was very emotional and releasing...probably also because I felt very nauseous throughout..but I did feel lighter afterwards. Pretty traumatic though. Why would I want to pay to feel crampy and diarrhea-like when I don't have to? Home enemas probably gentler and you get a similar effect...



Colonics has been around for centuries and while colonics has not been approved by the FDA we do NOT hear of people dying from colonics or experiencting severe or disabling side effects from it.
We HAVE heard of people dying or suffering severe side effects from drugs that HAVE been approved by the FDA and some of these drugs cost way more than a colonics session in both money and quality of or lack of life.
My family and I have had colonics and I must agree that there is
a lot that is flushed out and the eyes do shine afterwards, seriously!
It works for us with no list of side effects in contrast to the list of possible side effects that come with drugs.
If it works for you what else matters!?
Oh, but then - there IS money to made by big compaies with a femine douch but no money for big companies to make with colonics. Hmmmmm?



I have researched colonics for over 15 years, I plan to have the treatment. I feel like Lori what harm can it do?
We trust all kinds of pharmaceuticals (chemical) and suffer side effects risk etc. I am ok with trusting colonic to remove old slug, fecal matter from my body.



My family doctor recommended that I have one before I start my weight management program. I must say that is the best thing I could have done. Before I went my belly was fat, stuffed and hard and I was not energized at all. After seeing what came out of me in that room I had a change of heart and mind on what and how I eat. I will probably do it again I am sure but since changing my diet I may not need it as often thank goodness. I recommend it if you got 45 min of your time.

Florine Ouellette


I was having a lot of problem with my stomache with a lot of gas and started colon hydrotherapy and I feel so much better! I had 10 treatments done ( one per week) and I am passing gas only a few times per day now. I truly believe this has helped me, so I recommend it.

Nola Twining


I started colon hydrotherapy 2 years ago, doing this on a weekly basis, a therapist did this for free for me. I was addicted to pain meds, diagnosed with degenerate disc disease, 3 discs. Since learning how to get the drugs out of my system via coffee enemas, also the colon hydro therapy. I have been off the drugs for close to 1 1/2 years. Yellow color came through that tube for a long time. I am pain free in my back. I will always do colon therapy. My life has changed because of understanding toxin build up and how to get rid of this waste. My therapist recently passed away, now I will become what she was, I will give back to the less fortunate. I have seen parasites, mucus, yeast all leave my body. I have more energy, my eyes are bluer than they ever have been, as well as brighter. My opinion, find some one passionate, not greedy. 100$ is greedy in my opinion, the machine is costly, but you are given quality of life, what an honor!!



I read your comment on colon cleanse. You mentioned that you had back pain and you were pain free now. I was wondering g how coffee enemas helped you. I have had back surgery and am still having to take meds for pain. Of course with meds also comes constipation so I am thinking of trying the colon cleanse.

Kate More


Yes, Colon therapy do helps, Because it claim detoxification increases the efficiency of the body's natural healing abilities, it is sometimes promoted as a treatment for illness. It is often promoted as a general preventive health measure or as part of a routine internal hygiene regimen.

Mariliyn Navan


A post note: No CHT in their right mind would administer a session on a client that has a contraindication, namely...recent surgery, cancer, diverticulitis, fissures, hernia, colitis or crones disease, polyps, hemoroids.
We are instructed in school not to! The treatment of constipation in people with these conditions should be treated by a G.I. only.

Mariliyn Navan


I read the whole article and all the responses. As with anything, opinions are varied. I am a Certified CHT and practiced for many years. The effects are as good as the therapist administrating the hydrotherapy.
The description above that it is a "high pressure water tap enema" is laughable and only tells me that the writer, Doctor or not, knows nothing about it.
All I know is I had clients coming to me in tears because of irregular bowl movements, sporadic bowel movements, lack of bowel movements and after...yes! diet and nutrition help, change in bathroom habits, self tummy massage, a regular walking schedule and changes in emotional stress levels and CHT administered in a way specifically for that person...they saw results that they have never had in their life.
A majority of my clients had already talked to their GP and G.I. doctors to no avail. After just a few sessions, they saw long lasting results. You do not become dependent and need to get them to have a bowel movement.
Like I said The results are as good as the therapist. You need to find someone who is trained well and experienced and is passionate about what they do...If I could I would give anyone one for free.



Having had diarrhea for over a month the result of my colonoscopy shows lymphocyic colitis. My doctor has me on these ridiculously expense meds (budesonide). My massage therapist and chiropractor have recommended the hydrotherapy and of course my medical doctor says it could cause more problems since my colon is already inflammation. I'm at a loss, I can't afford 400$ monthly for these steroid meds, but am at a loss as to what to do. And no one can tell me how water from the hydrotherapy might make me even more sick. Can you,shed any light on this?



Hello - I am a believer in "self-health." I needed help managing a host of health challenges and was discouraged by the "solutions" given by the medical community. It's like my plea to get to the root of the symptoms was going in one ear & out the other as they grabbed their script pads. I live in the south where comfort foods are expected. It has been an uphill battle to retrain myself & family. Your labeled a NUT for challenging the status quo. Researching alternatives has given me tools to make change. If we incorporate the colon cleanse, how do you find this "well trained, passionate therapist in our area?"


registered member


I had three colonics over three months. This was on the advice of a friend with digestive issues who swears by them - I wasn't having any issues but she told me it made her feel wonderful.

I felt no different, except being about $300 lighter in the wallet area. Plus it was sort of gross and weird.

My friend with digestive issues? Still has digestive issues, still gets regular colonics; no improvement after 4 years. Nothing has changed, so in my book that means the "treatment" isn't working. I think she's addicted to the procedure. I'm perfectly healthy without someone sticking a hose up my bum every few weeks, thank you veryt much. My friend has a lot of health issues, none of which have been ameliorated by the hose-up-the-bum treatment since 2008.



If you were perfectly healthy prior, where would you expect to feel different? Of course, there was no difference! If your friend says she feels wonderful then It's helping her health. It's not curing the underlying cause of her problems, but it is helping her quality of life.



Why pay for this when you can buy an enema bag and do it yourself? If it's pressure you need, squeeze the bag.



I have just started getting colon hydrotherapy on a monthly basis. I was sceptical at first, but when my VA doctor did a coloscopy on me 4 months ago, he said, "No proplems. You are clean and good to go." Nothing noted.

Then I still did not feel right and my sleep continued to be restless. My first treatment of colon hydrotherapy revealed several tape worms, flem that was packed deep inside my colon, and a few other items that do not need mentioning.

What the doctors, who oppose colon hydrotherapy will not tell you is that prior to the late 1950's, nurses did a lot of colon hydrotherapy and x-rays. In the 1960's hospitals stopped donig these treatments because people were getting well. There is no money in wellness--only sickness.

Death begins in the colon, and getting your colon cleaned out, from time to time is a healthy way to live. You wouldn't leave bowels on your skin, why leave it in your body? FACT: several HIV positive patients have been cured, because of colon hydrotherapy.

Since most doctors are regulated by insurance companies, and the insurance companies are in tight with the FDA; what do you think the average family doctor or board certified--by the FDA--colon specialist is going to say? If I make money at colonoscopies, then that is what I am going to sell you.

I am just saying that the alternative medicine doctors need to be included in this review. Alternative medicine is allowed, as long as it is practiced in a traditional way.


ViVo Colonics


Yes, colon hydrotherapy helped me a lot. Even though I change the way I eat and still need a colonic. If you do it everyday, then it is not good. I encourage my clients to listen to their colon. If their colon said once a month, every two month or quarterly, go ahead, just not everyday. People are just scared and skeptical. Just think of getting your teeth clean. If you brush your teeth, mouth wash, and floss every day, and your doctor still still you still need to do more. In my opinion, I believe it is safe.



More research is needed on the subject - period. It is easy to validate or dismiss something on the basis of a single incident with a single practitioner. Hopefully there can be more research to validate the therapy.



about 50 years ago, as chief scientist for a pharma co, the same "operators" advertising "high colonics" also tried to purchase prescription drugs from us. and they were prosecuted as illegal "doctors". i prefer using polyethylene glycol 3350, originally rx but for several years otc. i have used same for about 7 yrs. nothing is perfect, but on a strict regime it works. proper diet!

a disgusted subscriber


Actually it was an email that was medically misleading and of probable harm to your clients. "Is hydrotherapy right for your colon?" This is a misuse of your mailing list and I actually believe weakens any credibility you have with customers. You should never have let garbabge like this be mailed out. I am willing to bet you were paid for this junk to be sent.



Yes, colon therapy is very effective. I had my first about 10 years ago when I had my first colonoscopy. My friend/therapist suggested I use hydrotherapy to clean out prior to the procedure. She said the chemicals given to people to drink as a prep basically burn everything off the inside of the colon...very hard and unhealthy on the body. I used the hydrotherapy and felt wonderful after the procedure. The nurse seemed skeptical when I told her I did not do the prescribed prep, but the Dr. doing the procedure said I was as clean as could be. I am a believer and would never do it any other way. The therapist suggested taking "Acidophilus" afterwards to replenish the good bacteria. I am 66 years old and wouldn't hesitate recommending this type of cleanse.

David Jay Anderson


Colon therapy works for those who need it, understand it, and whose Board Certified (expletive deleted)will NOT help heal what they do not understand, namely me and others. Angie's List has lost my approval for this article.
Please support "Paybacks are Heaven", I am on facebook, and would prefer to serve others, harm no one, and just stating this above is against my religion, for I have criticized, condemned, and complained. Please forgive me. Personal knowledge, experience, and deep meditation on this issue is what brings me to discuss this procedure which healed me greatly when others failed, sorry Docs.
My bliss in life is to share information helpful to others.

Alex Kingsley, MD,FACS,FACRS


As a Board Certified Colon&Rectal surgeon of 36 years of experience, I can categorically state that colonic hydrotherapy is simply a high volume high pressure tap water enema that only benefits the practitioner at $100 a pop and borders on quackery. It has no real health benefits except temporary relief of constipation but is fraught with risk of bowel perforation especially in the elderly, patients with inflammatory colitis or severe diverticulosis. It should never be attempted without prior consultation with a physician.

J. Madhavan


Colonics may do more harm than good. Yes, some people find them helpful but that does not mean that its good for them. Here is the major fallacy regarding the need for colonics: "the colon contains toxins." NO there are no toxins in the colon. The toxins are eliminated in the urine. Otherwise patients who are constipated would be poisoned to death. Its mostly people who are acutely constipated who find it difficult to handle it. There are patients who have a BM every two weeks and have done so their whole lives and they are not bothered with it at all. The main thing against doing regular colonics is that the cells of the lining of the colon derives their nutrition from the stool. So contrary to all what those quacks out there say, the stool contains the nutrients of the colonic lining. Most of these "Board Certified MDs" who offer this practice usually are not practicing their speciality. Take it from a colon and rectal surgeon, colonics are not necessary and are going to be harmful if used on a regular basis.

Randi Kimmell


Yes colon therapy does help. I was having all sorts of stomach issues. From extreme pain and bloating to severe constipation and doing a colonic once a month has made all those symptoms disappear

Captain K


this procedure seems like it'd be more for extreme cases where one is out of balance. i suppose it's a quick fix to something that has built up over time. if you were to do it the "right way," you'd have to change your diet and habits... things are meant to come out one way... detox doesn't have to be done this way - not natural and not overall healthful, but i'm sure beneficial to some degree. IF we were to compare the "right way" vs. this "forced" method so to speak, i'm sure we'd find more effective and long term benefits/effects detoxing naturally than going thru this procedure. certainly this can be useful in the short term and maybe for a li'l while... but it really comes down to proper habits - like anything. shortcuts such as this provide short term benefits.



I suffered from constipation and very thin "product" , after three colonic sessions, I am more regular, (usually once or twice a day with the occasional skip day), the "product" is ticker and definitely healthier looking, I went to a clinic that would only irrigate the colon and would leave the work of expelled the "product" to you, nothing about a second hose in your body to "vacuum" the product, besides constipation, I was, and am a healthy person so my recommendation is before doing it, check a reputable clinic, do it with measure (i may do it as once a year but certainly didn't let them pressure me into do it more than 3 times), first time very little, second time more and the 3rd time I was surprised to see how much was in me!, so in short, I found the experience useful but like everything , do not abuse it and find a reputable place .

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.