A Word About “Colon Cleanses”
Almost all of them contain a stimulant laxative: senna and/or cascara sagrada. These are herbal stimulant laxatives that, over time, will weaken the colon muscles and create what is known as atonic colon or flabby colon. This condition occurs with overuse of any laxative. The colon will only move when stimulated by a laxative and stop working on its own. Beware of these ingredients in any product used for more than a few days.
In the event that you do have this condition, bowel retraining is done in our office. Please discuss this with your therapist so that a treatment plan can be implemented.