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What is a colonic?

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD
Gastroenterology
Colonic irrigation, hydrotherapy or colonics refer to the practice of placing a tube into the rectum; this tube is attached to special equipment through which large amounts of water, sometimes mixed with herbs or other substances, are introduced into the colon (large intestine) for the purpose of removing waste matter.

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