Colonics Gains Popularity as Treatment, Preparation for Colonoscopy

Colon hydrotherapy, also called colonics, isgaining popularity as a treatment for conditions such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome as well as colonoscopy preparation, according to an report.

Rebecca Harder, a certified colon hydrotherapist who operates a colonics clinic in Portland, Ore., told that that 80 percent of her clients are referred by physicians. Of those, 10-15 percent are referred by mainstream medical doctors who send patients in for relief from constipation or to prep for a colonoscopy.

Colonics are mostly unregulated by state or federal government, and Florida is the only state that requires a license. The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy does certify practitioners, and machinery is approved by the FDA as Class 2 medical devices.

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