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PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 July, 2007, 12:00am

Addresses, websites and precautions



Central branch: 9/F, South China Building, 1-3 Wyndham Street, tel: 2530 9999; www.hydrohealth.com.hk. Causeway Bay branch: 3/F, Lin Fook House, 1-3 Jardine's Crescent,

tel: 2882 5533

Hong Kong Colon Hydrotherapy Centre

7/F, Coin Organize Centre, 13 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 6800; email: colonic@netvigator.com

Matilda International Hospital

41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak; www.matilda.org. Dietetic Department, tel: 2849 0721. The Weight Management Clinic, tel: 2849 1500

Optimum Health Centre

2/F, Prosperous Commecial Building, 54-58 Jardine's Bazaar, Causeway Bay, tel: 2577 3798; www.naturalhealing.com.hk/index.php. Email: optimum@netvigator.com

Pure Fitness

4/F, Two IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central, tel: 3555 1811; www.pure-fit.com. Christina Denton, nutrition consultant and personal trainer, email: christina.denton@pure-fit.com



The Quality Chinese Medical Centre explains the basic theories of traditional Chinese medicine. Call 2881 8267 for a free consultation


A health retreat on Koh Samui in Thailand, contains a detailed FAQ section about fasting and colema (colonic irrigation)


A British company with luxury health retreats in Morocco and Spain


A popular alternative-medicine website with more than 650 blogs and 780 forums


While detoxing or colonic irrigations might have positive results, such as an immediate sense of relief, healthier hair, skin and nails, and, some say, could reduce the risk of colon cancer, there are risks to the procedures.

Detoxing is not recommended for children and teenagers, pregnant women, athletes and diabetics. Individuals who wish to embark on a colonic should consult their GP

Possible risks of detox diets

- Malnutrition

- Muscle loss

- Suppressed metabolic rate

- Insufficient nutrient levels to carry out bodily functions

- Developing a reliance on the diet/supplement

Possible risks of colonic irrigation

- Depletion of salt levels

- May flush out good bacteria naturally found in the intestine

- May perforate the intestine, leading to infection

- Developing a reliance on the procedure