Difference Between Colonic Irrigation and Enema (Health benefits)

Colonic irrigation and enemas are two of the most popular methods of colon cleansing. Both the methods are similar in the way that water is introduced into the colon in order to thoroughly cleanse it. The colonics aim at cleaning a larger portion of the colon while enemas do not aim at such a deep cleansing and clean just the lower part of the colon. For performing a colonic you need to visit a hospital which has this facility. On the other hand, to perform an enema all you need is an enema kit. This is the reason why colonics are much more expensive as compared to enemas.


Both colonics and enemas are known to improve the overall health, prevents constipation, promote detoxification, improve digestion and helps with weight loss. Along with that, colonics are known to improve the water and nutrient absorption capacity of the body and also helps to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast in the colon.

On the other hand, it is suggested that enemas help in preventing and treating a number of health issues said to arise from the waste buildup in the colon. These health issues include bad breath, allergies, back pain, fatigue, depression, hemorrhoids, headache, sinus problems, indigestions, and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Despite several claims related to the supposed health benefits of enemas and colonics, there is no substantial evidence or scientific support for any such claims. Scientists have looked into various available studies to find out the effect of different types of colon cleansing and found no evidence to prove that these practices can enhance or promote general health.

Though there is some evidence to prove the benefits of performing an enema before performing a colonoscopy but more research is required before colonics or enemas can be confirmed for their health-related benefits.

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