Okay, I know I’m going to get some heat on this one.

Waterfall representing colonic irrigation

Hitting your colon with a waterfall of water MIGHT cause you problems!
© Can Stock Photo

Some people get a colonic or high enema, with no problems.  While some people say there is a reason to do so, I don’t believe in it.

Especially for IBS sufferers!

This treatment is also called:

  • High colonic
  • Colon cleansing (a form of it)
  • Colonic irrigation
  • Colon hydrotherapy

This is not the same as the colon cleanse you do with your doctor before a colonoscopy. It’s also not an typical enema. A colonic  is where someone with a water pump and a tube, runs quarts or gallons of water into and out of your colon, via your rectum.

Now of course, if your doctor recommends it (though a doctor is more likely to recommend against it), then his or her advice comes in ahead of mine.

As promised here are my 5 reasons:

1. People spend thousands of dollars on probiotics, why would you want to wash all the good bacteria away.

When you get a colonic, it washes the good bacteria out of your colon. You NEED that bacteria. It helps keep you alive.

Whether you think it’s gross or not, there are more bacteria cells in your colon, than human cells in your body.

Many of those little guys are doing important work, such as acting as part of you’re immune system!

2. Your colon can be damaged and/or perforated.

Your colon has a thin, absorbent lining. That barrier is the only thing protecting your blood stream from what’s in your bowels.

Any wear and tear on that barrier and you’re exposing your blood stream to the contents of your colon!


Putting pounds of water pressure on the walls of your colon could damage it. Doctor’s sometimes call that a bowel perforation (puncture).

3. There is NOTHING natural or healthy about getting a colonic.

Despite the hype, there is no proof that cleaning out your bowels with water is even healthy, never mind natural.

Can you imagine your distant ancestors, living in caves, shoving water up their backsides? No, they ate fiber by the mouthful. Supposedly up to 100 grams a day.

That kept their colons scrubbed clean! The average person in the developed world eats just 15 grams of fiber a day.

4. People with IBS are thought to have over sensitive bowels.

That’s called visceral hypersensitivity.  Putting pressure on your bowels already hurts, just from a bowel movement, or gas. Why would you put pressure all through your colon.

I would think that would get the whole colon irritated with you.

Bowel spasms anyone?

5. It’s a waste of money.

Studies show there is NO heath benefits when you get a colonic.

Most doctors think it’s worthless. Some doctors think it’s harmful, or even fatal!

On top of that, colonics are NOT covered by medical insurance. And they’re NOT cheap!

Depending on where you live, and the place you go, expect to pay $50 to over $100 for a colonic hydrotherapy session.

Now it’s your turn! Rant away.

Some people swear by colonics. Tell me I’m wrong, or right, in the comments section!

Or visit the natural ibs treatments section :).