Enema



Remember when taking enemas always use filtered or bottled water!
Never inject anything into your colon hotter than 115 Fahrenheit.

   ENEMA  { Procedure }

Multiple enemas should be given to insure the entire colon is empty.

The word enema itself comes from the Greek en-hienai, meaning to "send or inject into".  The enema has been called one of the oldest medical procedures still in use today.
   The earliest medical text in existence, the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, (1,500 B.C.) mentions it. Millennia before, the Pharaoh had a "guardian of the
anus," a special doctor one of whose sole purpose was to his administer enemas.

   The Greeks wrote of the fabled cleanliness of the Egyptians, which included the internal cleansing of their systems through emetics and enemas. They employed these on three consecutive days every month.
Colon/large intestine: showing the transverse colon, sigmoid colon, descending colon, ascending colon, cecum, appendix, rectum and anus. Colon/large intestine: showing the transverse colon, sigmoid colon, descending colon, ascending colon, cecum, appendix, rectum and anus.


  An enema involves an injection of a
solution into the rectum and colon to soften feces, distend the colon and thereby cause the easy emptying of the bowel.  An enema is often given for relieving constipation. Nowadays about the only time doctors employ a large volume enema is before or after surgery and childbirth or various medical procedures. The use of difficult barium enema before colonic X rays are of course still used by physicians.

  For centuries, enemas were a routine home remedy. Then, within living memory, the routine use of enemas has almost died out, much in part to pharmaceutical companies providing laxatives and chemical enemas.

  During the administration of the enema, you will normally be asked to lie on your left side  {This is the most commonly used position, referred to as a Sims position} with the right leg flexed up towards the chest.  This position will enable the administrator easy access to the anus to insert the nozzle and instill the solution into the colon.     
depiction of 'Sims' position or left side enema position

  The solution most commonly used is a mixture of mild soap and approximately 2 qts. {two liters} of warm filtered water in an enema bag or can with tubing and enema nozzle. The nozzle and anus should be lubricated for easy insertion into the rectum, after which the solution should be slowly administered.

An alternative enema to use would be a warm water enema it causes less irritation to the intestinal tract.

Injecting the enema solution slowly will also help to minimize discomfort and cramping.

  It is also helpful to breathe slowly and deeply through the mouth a few times this helps you relax and will enable you to take the enema more comfortably. If you experience cramping let the administrator know so that the flow of the solution can be slowed or stopped to make your procedure more comfortable. Once the enema is administered, you will probably feel the need to move your bowels. If possible, retain the solution for about 5 or 10 minutes to obtain optimum results,  if you can not hold the solution go ahead and move to the toilet and release. Then start the procedure again.

Your most important safety measure while taking an enema, as well as your most effective tool for a complete colon cleaning, starts and ends with relaxation and taking your time.

By taking your time while taking an enema, you can can safely take up to 2 to 4 quarts of water to fill your colon.

  By 'take your time', we mean add the water very slowly, one-half to one cup {8 to16ozs.} per minute. By using this method, one does not need to insert a long colon tube deep into the colon. Also, you will be able to alleviate minor pain and cramping and minor irritation in the colon.

  Water is the most important part of a therapeutic enema because it is the main tool for cleaning your colon. A good enema program consists of being able to infuse water deep into your colon to stimulate peristalsis {muscular contractions of the colon} throughout the entire colon, thus cleansing the majority of the colon and not just the rectal or sigmoid areas.

There are many sources of quality water. If you use tap water, make sure it has been filtered.

  The temperature of the water is also very important. If the water is too cold, you are more likely to cause yourself unnecessary cramping and pain. If the water is too hot, you could damage the sensitive tissues of the colon. Recommended water temperature you use at time of injection should be 98 to 105 Fahrenheit.

  There are many clinical facts strongly suggesting  that toxins and poisons are absorbed in the digestive tract during constipation, and this can be alleviated by using an enema.

   A popular enema used today is the chemical enema and works by drawing water out of the bloodstream and into the colon. The chemical enema is not as safe as a simple but effective warm water enema. By dehydrating the bowel lining, a chemical enema can cause a loss of electrolytes. Harsher on the body and potentially harmful,  this enema is not one we recommend.

  The sensory inputs from our digestive tracts can profoundly influence our emotions, our mental processes and our vasomotor balance.   Particularly in sensitive people the brain is profoundly influenced by afferent impulses coming from a distended, overactive bowel. A therapeutic recommendation is for enemas to relieve the pressure, in contrast to purgatives or laxatives. What is especially interesting is the broad variety of symptoms that can be caused by constipation, and relieved by an enema.

"In cases of headache due to mechanical causes, particularly from constipation, relief is almost immediate after taking an enema"

   There is a positive effect from the enema on the blood supply and tone of the colon. There are a few specific possible dangers, generally resulting from insertion of a stiff tube colon tubes, hard plastic nozzles these include perforation and can produce injury to the polypus, or injury to the rectal valve, and or abrasion of the intestinal wall.

   A good enema occurs when you are able to infuse enough liquid into your colon to stimulate peristalsis throughout the entire colon, thus cleaning the entire colon and not just the rectal or sigmoid areas.
Once enough water is in the colon, you then expel it, and the resulting waste, into the toilet.

You then repeat the process one or two more times. This is similar to a simple enema, except for the volume of water you inject. Most people will find that, when done slowly, they can easily take 1-3 quarts of water during one injection.  Enema bags are a perfect tool for putting water into your colon. An enema bag can hold between 1-6 quarts of water. What follows are some simple guidelines for taking a successful enema series: 

Find a comfortable, warm area where you can lay down; yet, is easy for you to get up from and to easily get to the toilet. The bathroom floor can be ideal due to the proximity of the toilet. Many prefer to take an enema series right in a hot bath tub. In this way, you are more comfortable and relaxed as your body is slightly lifted off the ground. Others prefer to take their enema bag, a Rubber Matt and their IV Stand into their bedroom or sunny living room.

  Taking an enema in a sunny location is quite therapeutic, especially during the winter months. Try different locations until you find what works for you. Prepare your first enema solution. Before you fill the bag, make sure the tubing clamp is shut tight so no water spills out as you are filling the bag. Using plain water often works well. The essential oils Peppermint, Frankincense, Fennel, and Lavender (1-3 drops of each) stimulate peristalsis and immune function. You can try them together or individually. I recommend them over soap, but if you want to use soap,
 we recommend a good brand of castile soap or aloe vera soap.

This will promote a positive musculature response, without chemical exposure, and move your bowels well. Water temperature of 98-103 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. Hang the bag so the bottom of the bag is approximately two feet above the entrance to your rectum. Some people find that preparing two to three enemas using two to three different enema bags, at the start of the enema series, works best. For this purpose, it is an excellent idea to own an IV Stand. Use a non-petroleum lubricant if possible as  petroleum products can take a toll on your liver. I prefer a  plant-based lubricant. I will use the sterile, water soluble lubricating jellies such as KY Jelly or Surgilube. Olive oil and Vitamin E oil also work. Lie on your right side or your back, which ever makes insertion easier for you. Insert the lubricated nozzle. See article about enema equipment to determine which nozzle is right for you.


Make sure you are comfortable and then open the clamp. Keep the clamp in your hand or nearby so you can, without difficulty, control the flow of water into your body. Go slowly! The skill needed for successful colon cleansing is to let only a small amount of water enter your colon at a time. If you add water too quickly, you will stimulate peristaltic action in the sigmoid and the rectum, making it near to impossible to get water into the transverse and ascending colon. If a hint of cramping occurs, immediately stop the flow and relax. Take a big breath and slowly let it out. When there is no more cramping, or 30-60 seconds have passed, resume filling your colon with small amounts of solution until your have taken in 1-3 quarts, or you can no longer tolerate the amount of cramping that is occurring. You do not need to force yourself to withstand any pain. If you were only able to take a pint of solution before you experience consistent cramping, sit on the toilet and let your bowel empty.


It can be helpful to gently massage your abdomen to assist the flow of the enema solution into the entire colon. Massage your colon from the bottom left corner of your abdomen toward your chest, moving the water up the descending colon, then across toward the right, moving the water through the transverse colon and finally down the right side into the ascending colon and the cecum area. Reverse the direction of massage when eliminating the enema solution. I use a massage tool called a Percussion Massager. It works wonders. If you have difficulty holding water or eliminating during a colon cleansing treatment, you may also want to try a massager.


Some people find that being on their left or their right side at some point during a session can make a big difference. Give it a try. Turn over onto your left side and, while gently massaging the abdomen, take in more water. This will facilitate filling the entire colon. Others find that lifting the buttocks off the ground with your body propped up on a pillow or using the yoga position of a full shoulder stand (not recommend if you haven’t tried this before) will further move the liquid into your colon. Try to retain the enema for about 5-15 minutes on the first enema.  For the next enema you do not have to retain the solution for a specific amount of time.
Sit on the toilet and evacuate  whenever you need to.
If you can't take all 2 quarts of water, that's okay. Take only what you can hold comfortably. On the first enema, you are most likely very full in the sigmoid and rectal area. This is where the nerve endings that stimulate peristalsis are so it is very common to only be able to take a small amount of liquid on this first fill. Once you take the nozzle out and sit on the toilet. Make sure you first closed the clamp. After you have expelled your first enema and most of the fecal matter on the toilet, you will want to repeat the procedure. This time follow the same procedure, but now try to increase the volume of water. With your colon now empty, you will have room for more water.

Taking into your colon 1-3 quarts of water is key to an effective enema series. And, take only as much as you can comfortably hold. Do not put yourself in pain that last for more than a couple of passing seconds. Use pain as a guide to what your colon is comfortable with. Again, go slowly. Repeat the enema again, if you have time and are still passing feces.

For the third enema in a series, I recommend that you use a therapeutic substance like Bifidonate or my Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, and MSM

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Chemical:  or sodium phosphate enemas which are available over the counter, are used to provide short-term relief for treating constipation.


Peristalsis:  is a series of organized muscle contractions that occur throughout the digestive tract. Peristalsis is also seen in the tubular organs that connect the kidneys to the bladder.

Peristalsis is an automatic and important process that moves food through the digestive system. It also moves urine from the kidneys into the bladder, and bile from the gallbladder into the duodenum.

Peristalsis is a normal function of the body. It can sometimes be felt in the abdomen as gas moves along.

Afferent:  Carrying inward to a central organ or section, as nerves that conduct impulses from the periphery of the body to the brain or spinal cord