After seeing private 1-on-1 clients for a few years, I was consistently shocked at how many constipated clients reported things like, “I use 1 or 2 enemas a week because the constipation is so bad.”
Everytime I heard this it made me cringe. I knew that these people were doing their best to poop as often as they could, which in my opinion is better than being constipated. But they likely had no idea how dangerous enema usage for chronic constipation can be.
In the alternative health world enemas seem to get a free pass. But I doubt so many people would use them if they knew about the following concerns.
As you’ll soon learn, I’m not suggesting that very occasional (not monthly) usage of enemas is bad.
I think that when used as suggested by doctors for colonoscopy prep and to avoid further complications that can come from constipation, such as toxic megacolon, impacted stools or hemorrhoids, they can be a wonderful tool.
A Seemingly Harmless Tool for Constipation
Enemas are often a go-to for people experiencing chronic constipation.These seemingly harmless constipation fixes are available over-the-counter in different forms:
- Sodium phosphate (referred to as saline)
- Oil based
Each of these types of enemas achieve their laxative effects via different pathways.
The Interesting Ways Enemas Work
Interestingly enough, enemas don’t just flush water in there to help you get the poop out. They work in some very novel ways.
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