tap water enemas
Given a choice, are tap water enemas better or worse than using a laxative? (note: I only do this rarely, when I am bunged up for 3 days or more. Rare but it happens.)
Dr. Adams responds:
I would recommend a tap water enema over a laxative. The enema is much more natural and has a far smaller impact on the physiological functioning of the bowels. Laxatives if used in moderation are ok, however, the regular use of laxatives can be very dangerous. I have come across many patients who suffer with motility disorders and chronic bowel problems related to their regular usage of laxatives.
Better than taking a medication laxative, or even an enema, I would recommend that you try increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and increasing your intake of water. Most constipation is related to a lack of copious water in the diet and a diet low in fiber and high in saturated fats.
Dr. Adams is a resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at North Shore University Hopsital in Manhasset, NY. Got a question for him?