What is an enema?
An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum. This may be performed to administer medicines or to aid bowel evacuation.
The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese, Romans, and Sumerians have all used this type of colon cleansing technique to improve their health.
Moreover, Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest medical systems, for more than 5000 years has valued the use of enemas in its cleansing therapy.
Compared to a colonic (the infusion of water into the rectum by a colon therapist), an enema is milder and targets a specific region of the colon (descending colon or the left side) as opposed to the whole colon in the case of a colonic.
An enema can be administered to relieve constipation, to empty the bowels before a diagnostic procedure or surgery, expel flatus, to initiate a bowel training program, or to instill a medication.
The benefits of apple cider vinegar come from its strong healing active compounds, that include potassium, acetic acid, probiotics, magnesium, and enzymes. ACV is a potent alkalizing substance which helps digestion.
An apple cider vinegar enema cleanses the colon and releases toxins from the liver. In addition, it has helped people with hypertension, arthritis patients, and some with skin conditions.
More importantly, apple cider vinegar is packed with natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida.
Candida is a common condition that has been blamed for numerous health problems, such as – fatigue, poor memory, depression, headaches, yeast infections, and sugar cravings.
#1 Empty your bladder before starting this procedure to reduce the discomfort linked with adding fluid to the bowel.
#2 Prepare your solution. You should aim for a temperature of 37-40 degrees C (98-104 degrees F).
#3 Lubricate the enema tip with nonmedicated ointment/cream (such as – vitamin E oil or virgin olive essential oil,) or petroleum jelly. Apply the lubricant to the anal area as well.
#4 Find a comfortable position. Lying on the back is a favorite position for many, particularly for the first enema session. You can also lie on your left side on the towel or pad, and bend your knees.
#5 Carefully insert the enema contents into your rectum by slowly compressing the collapsible container. The content should be emptied within a maximum of 40 seconds.
#6 Remove the tip of the enema from the rectum once the device is empty. Remain in the current position for 15 minutes or until you have a strong urge for a bowel movement.
- Once all of the solution is emptied into the colon, a bowel movement is expected in maximum one hour. If you fail to expel any waste, call your healthcare specialist.
- If a nurse is giving you this procedure, you may find it more easy to assume the knee-chest position.
- Take a shower and wash the anus well before and after the procedure.
- Remember to use only filtered, chlorine-free water in your solutions.
- Never do an enema the week of your menstrual cycle.
Other types of enemas
Coffee as an enema stimulates the liver to dump its contents and helps flush out the bowel. Regular coffee enemas flush out candida as well.
Catnip is very relaxing and soothing to the intestinal lining. It is also a great enema for reducing fever and rehydrating the body.
Water is hypotonic (meaning – stretching) and exerts a lower osmotic pressure than fluid in interstitial spaces.
After infusion into the colon, water escapes from the bowel into interstitial spaces.
The medicinal properties of aloe vera are known to the world since millennia. An aloe vera enema will be beneficial for those with diverticulitis or irritable bowel and will promote healing of the intestinal tract.
Chlorophyll provides numerous benefits ranging from the ability to bind to and remove heavy metals to anti-inflammatory properties.
The most common saline solution involves 2 tsp of table salt to a quart of lukewarm distilled water.
Oil enemas are generally recognized by medical practitioners as being effective in reducing constipation.
Burdock root extracts are effective in treating colitis and gastric ulcers.
A castile soap is a soap that is produced from olive oil or coconut oil, thus, it is gentler than regular soap.
This type of enema is useful for patients with long-term conditions, like – IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and candida.
Side effects of enema
The largest concern with this procedure is that the fluid injected into the colon can disrupt the bacterial balance that exists.
As a side note, there are 100 trillion bacteria (approximately 3 pounds) in our intestines.
Although rare, improperly administered enemas could cause rectal injury and bleeding. Also, if you have type 2 diabetes mellitus, be very careful when performing this therapy.