Colon cleansing ‘has no benefit’, but numerous side effects: Docs

Colon cleansing, mainly described as a natural way to enhance well-being, can cause side effects ranging from cramping to renal failure and death, a new research has found.

“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,” says the paper”s lead author, Ranit Mishori, M.D., a family medicine physician at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

“Colon cleansing products in the form of laxatives, teas, powders and capsules with names such as Nature”s Bounty Colon Cleaner tout benefits that don”t exist.” She also says it”s important to remember the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no authority to monitor these products.

Mishori and her colleagues examined 20 studies published in the medical literature published in the last decade. She says that while these reports show little evidence of benefit, there is an abundance of studies noting side effects following the use of cleansing products including cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance and renal failure.

“Some herbal preparations have also been associated with aplastic anemia and liver toxicity,” she added.

The study has been published in the Journal of Family Practice

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