How To Take An Enema
A good enema program occurs when you are
able to infuse enough filtered water into your colon to stimulate peristalsis
throughout the entire colon, thus cleansing the entire colon -- not just
the rectal or sigmoid areas. Once enough water is in the colon, you
then expel it, along with the resulting waste, into the toilet. You then repeat the
process one or two more times.
1. Peristalsis is a series of organized muscle contractions that occur throughout
the digestive tract, an action that moves food through the digestive system.
Location matters. An effective enema should be a relaxing and comfortable
process. Find a comfortable, warm area where you can lie down to take your enema yet
from which you can easily get up and reach 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
bathtub. 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 mat, 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.
Enema solution. Prepare your first enema solution. Before you fill the bag, make
sure the tubing clamp is shut tightly so that 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. Bonner's 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 to 103 degrees
Fahrenheit is ideal. Hang the enema bag at least two feet above your body. Some people
find that preparing two to three enemas using two to three different enema bags, at the
start of the enema series, works most easily. For this purpose, it is an excellent idea to
own an IV stand.
Nozzle lubricant. Use a non-petroleum lubricant on your enema nozzle.
Petroleum-based products always take a toll on your liver. I like Super Salve the
most, or a similar 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, whichever makes insertion easier for you.
Insert the lubricated nozzle.
Enema flow control. 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 nearly 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 to 60 seconds have passed, resume filling your colon with small
amounts of the enema solution until you have taken in 1 to 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.
Abdominal massage during your enema.
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. At our health center, we use a massage tool called a percussion massager.
It works wonders. If you have difficulty holding water or eliminating during an enema, you
may also want to try a massager.
Enema position. Some people find that being on their left or their right side at
some point during an enema 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 the body propped up on a pillow or using the yoga position of a full shoulder stand
(not recommended if you haven't tried this before) will further move the liquid into your
colon. Try to retain the enema for about 5 to 15 minutes. Sit on the toilet and evacuate
whenever you need to.
Enema water volume. 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.
Take the enema nozzle out and sit on the toilet. Make sure you have first closed the hose
Enema comfort level. 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 to 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 lasts 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.
Third enema. For the third enema in a
series, I recommend that you use a therapeutic substance like bifidonate or
the Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, and MSM Implant Kit with Peppermint Essential Oil.
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