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Posted 23 September 2016

KwaZulu Natal health boss warns: Don’t use herbal enemas

Nivashni Nair | 23 September, 2016

Times Live

Children in KwaZulu-Natal are suffering from medical complications after being given herbal enemas.

Provincial health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo on Friday issued a stern warning about the dangers of using herbal enemas for the treatment of ailments in children.

The department said the warning followed a spike in the number of children arriving at healthcare facilities with complications after being given the treatment in recent months.

“In certain households, enemas are used to treat, among others, constipation, diarrhoea and vomiting, abdominal pain, abnormal stool colour or for bowel-cleansing,” the department said in a statement.

Dhlomo warned that some enemas produce strong herbal toxins that are dangerous to the rectum and internal organs.

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