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What is the purpose of a colonic?

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD
Gastroenterology
The main argument in favor of colonics (colonic irrigation or hydrotherapy) is the concept of "autointoxication," which has been around since the ancient Egyptians. The belief is that stagnation of feces in the colon causes toxins to be absorbed through the colon lining into the bloodstream, ultimately poisoning the body. Other pro-colonic theories include the idea that hardened feces that accumulates along the lining of the colon can lead to the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and interfere with the absorption of water and nutrients. These days, many people have colonics for weight loss and for the feeling of lightness that comes from having an empty colon or as part of a detoxification regimen.

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