Is an enema the best means for
Using some simple guidelines, an enema is safe and
effective for colon cleansing.
An enema is an injection of liquid
through the anal canal for the purposes of colon cleansing. The fluid soaks
and loosens hardened waste matter on your colon walls and enemas have been
used for therapeutic purposes to cleanse hardened waste matter for thousands
of years. They do not have any laxative side effects only cleansing effects.
Once completed and the colon is cleansed, the only long term effects are
those associated with a clean colon.
Enemas are generally administered without assistance you can do this by
yourself in the privacy of your own home. This site will tell you the ins
and outs of doing an enema, so that you can administer it yourself. They are
not difficult nor are they painful. Give yourself approximately 1 hour to
complete the process especially if it is your first time. As you get more
experienced at colon cleansing, your enemas may be as short as 30 minutes.
A few simple pointers:
Use only clean, properly sterilized enema equipment.
Do not share enema supplies with anyone else.
Find a comfortable location where you can lie comfortably, but also near the
toilet for latter evacuation of your bowels.
Make sure the water or solution is at a comfortable temperature; between 98
and 103 degrees is ideal.
Do not hang the enema bag too high above your body, as the flow of water may
be too strong.
Introduce water slowly, stopping if cramping occurs. Wait till cramps have
subsided before continuing.
If you use abdominal massage to help the liquid flow into the colon, use
only gentle force.
Research or speak with your health care provider.
What do I need if I'm just starting out:
Enema kit - The easiest thing to do is to purchase an
enema kit. This kit usually consists of a hot water bottle (actually a
rubber or silicon bag) with a long tube attached to the stopper. The tube
has an end that is designed for easy insertion and removal from your anal
canal, and it has a clamp that will regulate the flow of fluid during your
enema. The hot water bottle will also have a hook so that you can hang it in
an elevated position to allow gravity to help you administer the enema.
Personal Lubricant - Vaseline, olive oil, or lubricants designed for
personal use work very well.
Distilled water or purified water
A watch or kitchen timer to be able to time the process.
Any additional ingredients, if you are trying a therapeutic enema solution
An old towel and pillow
A CD player (music is nice to create a relaxing setting, I like some candles
Where should you administer the enema?
I have administered an enema in bed using a plastic sheet to protect the
bedding especially if doing an implant enema or one with essential
If doing an enema to
relieve constipation and using soaps suds or mineral oil it may be
much more comfortable to do this in the bathroom. The bathtub may also be
used, though a bit confining to be comfortable. Line the bathroom floor with
towels to keep me warm and lay on top of them. Actually, when the
enema is done properly little or no water is actually released. However,
especially in the beginning, you may be afraid that something will go wrong
and the contents of the water bottle or worse yet my colon will come
Play music or what ever will help you to relax and enjoy the process.
How do you prepare the enema?
Heat 32-40 ounces of distilled water to about a warm bath temperature
approximately 102 degrees. Since your bodys internal temperature is
approximately 101 degrees, this temperature is warm to the touch, but not
hot. If you do not have a cooking thermometer, you may use a body
temperature thermometer to measure the temperature of the water. Keep in
mind that it is easy to overwhelm those thermometers, so be sure that the
water is well under 110 degrees before inserting the thermometer not hot
to the touch. This is the time to add whatever ingredients you
have decided to use (essential oils, soap solutions, Epsom salts, mineral
oil or herbal compounds).
Fill the hot water bottle with the warm distilled water. Attach the
stopper and secure the clamp on the tube such that water will not drain
through when the bottle is inverted with its stopper facing down. Open the
clamp a little and let a little water out, then re-clamp it. This will
ensure that all the air is purged from the tube.
Make sure the clamp is secured to stop water flow from the tube. Hang
the hot water bottle on your shower door or towel rack. The bottle should be
inverted (stopper facing down) and must be hung above you, when you are in a
lying position. Add a little lubricant to the tip of the tube to be inserted
into your anal canal.
How do you administer the enema?
Your first step is to try and evacuate your bowels. This will remove the
contents of your lower colon and allow the fluid to better penetrate up into
the upper parts of your colon.
Next, lie on your left side on the floor on top of the towels. Make sure you
can reach the clamp mechanism and that you are familiar enough with it to be
able to unclamp it when you are lying down. Take the lubricated tube and
gently place it on the anal opening. It's very helpful to understand how
your body is constructed before inserting the enema tube. Your anus has two
sphincter muscles that close to prevent the colon from leaking. As you push
the tube through the outer muscle, the inner one will contract. You must
wait a few seconds and allow it to relax in order to gently push it through
the second muscle.
Gently push the tube into the rectal opening. Remember, as the tube is
pushed in, the inner sphincter muscle will constrict to prevent the tube
from being inserted. This is a natural reaction. Take a deep breath in, and
exhale, and relax . Do this at least 2-3 times to allow the inner muscle to
relax. As you exhale, slowly push the tube with a gentle twisting motion
into the rectum. Push it in a couple of inches only.
When you are ready, unclamp the tube to allow water flow. You will feel
the warm water enter into your colon. The water will cause your colon to
If you experience cramping, the solution is coming in too quickly. Clamp the
tube and wait until the cramping has stopped before starting the flow again.
The higher up the bag is, the faster the solution will flow into your body,
so if necessary, lower the bag slightly.
Massage your abdomen a little bit to allow the water to properly penetrate
the colon and bypass air pockets. This will also help relieve the bloated
feeling you may experience.
Once the fluid has drained from the water bottle, secure the clamp on
the enema tube. Then slowly remove the tube, again using a gentle twisting
motion, if necessary. This time, your muscles will help you remove the tube,
so this should be much easier than inserting it.
Remain lying on your left side for about five minutes. This will allow the
fluid to properly make its way up the left side of the colon. Use your free
hand to gently massage your abdomen to help loosen the hardened debris from
your colon. Massaging motion should start on the lower left side of your
abdomen and move in circular motion up to your ribcage, along the gut and
back down the right side.
Now it's helpful to roll over so you are facing stomach side down and
put your knees to your chest. The weight of your body should be on your
knees and on one hand. Keep your head facing down so that gravity will help
the fluid travel up towards the transverse section of your colon. Continue
massaging from the lower left side of your abdomen, up across the area just
beneath your ribcage (transverse section), and back down the right side of
your abdomen. Remain in this position for a minimum of five minutes.
Finally, rotate your body to lie on your right side so that the fluid
travels to the top of your colon. Continue the circular massage motion with
your free hand. Remain in this position for a minimum of five minutes.
Although your goal is to keep the water in you for 15 20 minutes, when
you first do the enema, you may find that you need to go evacuate your
bowel. Just keep the water in as long as you can, because the longer
it stays in, the more waste matter it will loosen and clean out.
When you are ready, sit on the toilet and expel the water. Your bowel
movement will eliminate loosened waste matter. Do not be alarmed if the
waste has a strange color or texture. This just means that you have
effectively loosened waste that has been long encrusted to your colon.
Sterilize the tube by boiling it or thoroughly cleaning it with soap and
water and soaking for 5 minutes in 2C water with 4 drops tea tree oil or
grapefruit seed extract.
I suggest that you repeat the entire process again with cool (never ice
cold) water - I actually use room temperature water. The warm water helps
loosen the waste matter. The cool water actually causes your muscles to
contract, further dislodging waste and also cleansing it out of your system.
Consider adding a therapeutic ingredient to your enema solution.
Are there other enema solutions I can try?
Many other types of enema solutions have additional therapeutic effects.
Cool Water Solutions:
By adding a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the enema solution, you
can help convert your colon into an inhospitable environment for parasites
and anaerobic bacteria.
Adding 1 cup of pure aloe juice to 32-40 oz of pure water alleviates all
sorts of ills. Aloe is renowned for its ability to soothe and heal damaged
tissues. So it can help relieve inflammation of the lining of the bowel. In
addition, aloe can kill parasitic worms within the bowel and has a strong
stimulating effect on the muscles of the colon, which helps expel them.
Lastly, aloe promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria.
Add the juice of one lemon to 32-48 oz of pure water for a cleansing and
alkalinizing enema solution.
Add 2 tablespoons of wheat grass juice or liquid chlorophyll to 32-48 oz
of pure water for an alkalinizing enema solution that is high in minerals
that feed the liver. Consider this solution as a follow up to a coffee
A Lactobacillus Acidophilus enema is an excellent way to restore
beneficial bacteria to the colon. It is as simple as adding 2 tablespoons
organic yogurt with live culture to 32-48oz pure water and using this as the
enema solution. Avoid this one if you are allergic to dairy.
Warm Water Solutions:
A coffee enema is an extremely powerful and therapeutic liver cleanse. Learn
how coffee stimulates the liver to excrete toxins, while the enema cleans
Look into the section on essential
oils and herbs to see what other
possibilities there are for your enema.