Irrigation of the colon

The use of liquid solutions given by enema to remove material from the rectum or colon, ostensibly to eliminate toxins from the bowel. Unless ordered by a physician, this practice is rarely advisable. Irrigation of the colon carries a number of risks, including interference with the normal digestive process and perforation of the bowel. Also known as colonic irrigation, high colonics.

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