Study: Colon Cleansing has No Health Benefit and may be Harmful

Study: Colon Cleansing has No Health Benefit and may be HarmfulA new study has found that colon cleansing, the popular procedure that can be done at home or in clinics and day spas, shows no evidence that it offers any health benefits, and may even cause serious adverse effects, from vomiting and kidney failure to death, according to HealthDay.

Colonic hydrotherapy often involves using chemicals and flushing the colon with a water solution by inserting a tube into the rectum, and has recently been promoted as a therapy for everything from acid reflux to weight loss, according to University of Texas' Anderson Cancer Center.

The researchers analyzed 20 different studies conducted on colon cleansing over the last ten years and found very little evidence that the therapy offers and real health benefits, but rather, several unpleasant side effects such as cramping, bloating, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance and kidney failure.

"There can be serious consequences for those who engage in colon cleansing whether they have the procedure done at a spa or perform it at home," Dr. Ranit Mishori, a family medicine physician at Georgetown University School of Medicine and lead author in the study, said in a recent release.

Mishori added that products like laxatives, teas, powders and capsules "tout benefits that don't exist."

Also included in the report was the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no authority in monitoring these products.

Many of the procedures are offered by individuals who claim a title of "colon hygienists," when in fact, they have no significant medical training, and in some cases have little more than a high school education, according to HealthDay.

Anderson Cancer Center advises those considering a colon cleansing product to consult a medical professional before any decision is made.