Enemas and colonics have long been among the more popular and consternating practices in the complementary health field. Proponents claim that enormous health benefits can be derived from thoroughly cleaning waste and stagnating toxins from the colon--which is to some extant the body's toxic waste dump. What is the truth about these alternative treatments? What is the difference between a colonic and an enema? Can you really benefit from such therapy?
A colonic is a cleansing of the entire colon completed by a health professional, whereas an enema is a similar treatment you can do at home, though it cleans out only the lower sections of the colon--the descending colon and sigmoid colon. Each uses water or another liquid (such as in a coffee enema) to irrigate and wash out the lower end of the intestinal tract
Home Remedies: Colonics and enemas are said to remove toxins and fermenting food wastes from the colon to detoxify the body.