The physiology of colonic hydrotherapy

Colorectal Dis. 2009 Sep;11(7):686-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2009.01837.x. Epub 2009 Mar 27.


Objective: Colonic hydrotherapy is widely used and many of its practitioners are medically qualified. Nonetheless, the basis of many of their practices requires physiological scrutiny.

Method: The claims of colonic hydrotherapy are examined against known physiological facts.

Results: Hydrotherapy is not entirely physiological.

Conclusion: Colonic hydrotherapy may increase the dissemination and absorption of toxins and bacteria into the body.

MeSH terms

  • Colon / physiology*
  • Complementary Therapies / adverse effects
  • Enema / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Therapeutic Irrigation / adverse effects*