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What are the risks of a colonic?

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD
Gastroenterology
The downside of colonics (colonic irrigation or hydrotherapy) includes the possibility of complications, such as infection from improperly cleaned equipment, dehydration, cramps and pain during the procedure, disruption of the colon's unique and delicate bacterial environment, electrolyte imbalances, rare cases of heart failure from over-absorption of water, and even fatal perforation of the colon.

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