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Is a milk and molasses enema safe to use on a person with reduced

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Is a milk and molasses enema safe to use on a person with reduced abdominal muscles due to post polio syndrome?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.
There is not a great deal of studies that have been done on milk and molasses enemas, although it has been used by nurses for a very long time and seems to be quite effective.Decreased strength of abdominal muscles doesn't seem to be a problem when using milk and molasses enemas. The enema works based on movement of the smooth muscles in the large intestine, and is not dependent on abdominal muscles.Mild and molasses enemas can generate significant cramping, since the sugars in this enema can produce large amounts of gas. That is thought to be the mechanism of its effectiveness. But the cramps are from the intestines and not from the abdominal muscles.So I believe that such an enema would be safe for a person with reduced abdominal muscle strength. Best regards.