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Colonic irrigation - explain?

Do you have any information on colonic irrigation?

Colonic irrigation is a form of cleansing of the bowel. It is a practice that is rejected by mainstream medicine because there is no scientific basis for the treatment. It also carries certain risks such as introducing infection or even causing perforation of the colon. Advocates for this practice maintain that colonic irrigation rids the colon of potentially poisonous stool. The cleansing is alleged to restore normal peristalsis, restore regularity to bowel habit, cleanse toxins from the body and return the immune system to normal health. The toxins that are alleged to be produced by the stools have never been specified nor have they been detected in the blood. During the session the therapist gently inserts a small rigid tube into the rectum. This tube is connected to a plastic hose, which is in turn connected to a colon irrigation machine. This device slowly fills the colon with warm purified water. Herbs or enzymes are sometimes added to the water in the hope of increasing the benefits of the treatment. After the first water infusion has been expelled the procedure is repeated until several gallons of water have been flushed through the colon. An average session lasts approximately 30 minutes. Advocates recommend that the practice needs to be repeated several times per year in order to maintain good health.