Colon Hydrotherapy

Published: May 01, 2013
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I'm going to try colon hydrotherapy. What actually happens and how does it feel? I am doing this because I'm constipation frequently.

Dear Colon Hydrotherapy,

Unless you are doing colon hydrotherapy under the care of a doctor, TeenHealthFX strongly recommends that you avoid using this technique to treat your constipation. There is no evidence to support that colon cleansing really works despite the miraculous claims made by many over the counter products.

Trying to cleanse your colon with home kits can disrupt your body's electrolyte balance, causing dehydration and salt depletion. Over time, frequent colon cleansing can even lead to anemia, malnutrition, and heart failure.

Here is a better strategy than going through extraordinary means to flush your colon:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat plenty of high fiber foods, including fruits and vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
  • Get plenty of exercise.
  • Let nature take its course. Your colon knows how to take care of itself.

If you continue to have discomfort then you should make an appointment with your doctor. There are medications for the treatment of chronic constipation. They work by increasing the amount of water in the colon to promote bowel movement. These products are not laxatives and are not habit forming


Signed: TeenHealthFX