Colon Cleanse

Is an enema the best means for colon cleansing?

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 too.)

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 oils.

 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 spilling out.
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 body’s 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 expand slightly.
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 enema.

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 your colon.

Look into the section on essential oils and herbs to see what other possibilities there are for your enema.
 

Be it known here, that medical science doesn't always agree with this assessment.  Not enough research is done to know the benefits of herbal enemas but there are a growing number of people who use them and are quite satisfied with the results.  Research and consult with practitioners you trust.

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