Colonic hydrotherapy faces safety concerns
Colonic hydrotherapy has become the latest treatment to have its safety and efficacy called into question following a new study. Research published in The Journal of Family Practice this week suggested there is no evidence that colon cleansing treatments work and that they may actually be harmful to health. The lead researcher, Ranit Mishori, a physician at Georgetown University School of Medicine, reviewed 20 studies into colonic irrigation published in the past ten years and concluded that the reports showed little evidence of health benefits but an abundance of side effects, which included cramping, nausea, vomiting, bloating and renal failure. Mishori said: '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. Colon cleansing products in the form of laxatives, teas, powders and capsules...tout benefits that don't exist.' Colonic hydrotherapy is the second salon and spa-related health scare to hit the headlines this week and follows the launch of an investigation into the safety of nasally inhaled tanning product Ubertan.