| An enema is the cleansing of the colon or
large intestine. It involves the injection of a solution into the
rectum and colon to soften feces, distend the colon and rectum, and thereby cause
the easy emptying of the bowel. An enema is often given for relieving constipation. Before
examination or various medical procedures
During the administration
of the enema, you will normally be asked to lie on your left side, 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.
The solution most commonly used is a mixture of mild soap and
approximately two liters of warm filtered water that is placed in a container or enema bag
with flexible tubing with an enema nozzle. The nozzle and anus will be lubricated for easy
insertion into the rectum,
after which the solution will be slowly administered. ( Super Salve)
Injecting the enema solution slowly helps to minimize any discomfort
It is also helpful to breathe slowly and deeply through the mouth
this helps 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 momentarily 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 minutes to obtain optimum results.
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." Tribal women in Africa, and elsewhere, routinely use
it on their families .
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 purposes were to administer the royal enema.
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 said Herodotus or at
intervals of three or four days, according to the later historian Diodorus. The Egyptians
explained to their visitors that they did this because they "believed that diseases
were engendered by superfluities of the food", a modern-sounding theory!
Enemas were known in ancient Sumeria, Babylonia, India,
Greece and China. American Indians independently invented it, using a syringe made of an
animal bladder and a hollow leg bone. Pre-Colombian South Americans fashioned latex into
the first rubber enema
bags and tubes. In fact, there is hardly a region of the world where people did not
discover or adapt to use the enema. Is almost as ubiquitous as the wheel. Enemas are found
in world literature from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Gulliver's Travels to Peyton Place.
In pre-revolutionary France a daily enema after dinner was
common. It was not only considered indispensable for health but practiced for good
complexion as well. Louis XIV is said to have taken as many as 20,000 in his lifetime.
Could this have been the source of the Sun King's sunny disposition? For centuries, enemas
were a routine home remedy. Then, within living memory, the routine use of enemas died
out. (Thanks to the Pharmaceutical Companies wanting to sell laxatives and chemical
enemas) Now the main times that doctors employ a large volume enema
nowadays is before or after surgery and childbirth. Difficult barium enemas before colonic
X rays are of course still used by many physicians.
What is an enema?
Is an enema right for you
Many people with health problems could benefit greatly by using a cleansing enema
series to help rid their body of Toxins and Poisons.
It can be a comfortable relaxing therapy.
Enemas can be beneficial in restoring healthy bowel regularity. This is just one
reason enemas should be used by those who have problems with a sluggish, irregular or
under active bowel. Many ingredients can be added to enema water to increase its
effectiveness in some specific manner.
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
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,
use one teaspoon to one tablespoon of Dr. Bonners Hemp Aloe Vera Pure Castile 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
Use a non-petroleum lubricant.. I like Super Salve the best or a
similar plant-based lubricant. I will use a 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.
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. Feel free to experiment a little bit. 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 the first fill. Once you
take the nozzle out and sit on the toilet." Make sure you have closed the hose
After you have expelled your first enema and most of the fecal
matter on the toilet, you need 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. 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.