Potential Risks of Colonic Irrigation


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There are several potential side effects often associated with colonic irrigation treatment and therefore, you should ensure it is being performed by a professional who is taking adequate care.

The potential dangers of colonic irrigation include:

  • Over-hydration – This is more common in those who undergo colonic irrigation on a regular basis. This occurs when too much water is absorbed and can result in symptoms such as nausea, fluid build-up in the lungs, coma and every heart failure (in extreme cases).
  • Infection – This can occur if the equipment being used was not sterile or if too many normal bacteria from the colon is removed as then protection is lost.
  • Bowel perforation – This is a very serious risk and involves the colon’s wall being broken. It can be fatal, however, it is very rare.

To reduce the probability that you will suffer the negative side effects, you should ensure that you are a suitable candidate for colonic irrigation first. To do so it is advisable to see a health care professional. You should not undergo colonic irrigation treatment if you have/are:

  • Haemorrhoids (if there are internal or severe)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Recently undergone bowel surgery
  • Pregnant
  • Congestive heart disease
  • Severe heart disease
  • Severe hypertension
  • A pacemaker
  • Fistulas/fissures
  • Under 10 years old
  • Undergoing steroid therapy
  • Undergoing diuretic therapy
  • Severely anaemic
  • Major kidney issues/dialysis
  • Cirrhosis (a serious disease of the liver)

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