Internal Cleansing With Enemas
Enemas are a very common treatment. The cleaning of waste from within
the body with an occasional washing is one of the most healthful yet least
expensive, proven therapies in the modern medicine chest. They are used
for many conditions such as constipation, diarrhea, colitis, irritable
bowel syndrome, painful menstruation, headaches, depression, toxicity,
colds, parasitic infections, flu, sore throats, PMS, fever, dehydration,
allergies, Candida, preparation for childbirth, and to stimulate the immune
system to maximize health.
Knowledge and understanding of the body is important in giving an enema.
First of all, the colon, or large intestine is about 5 to 6 feet in length.
Wrapped all around inside of that is 22 feet of small intestine. All in
all, the distance from the mouth to the anus is approximately 30 feet!
Also, the diameter of a healthy colon is about two inches. There is no
sensation of cold, heat, burning or cutting in the colon. About the only
thing it responds to is stretching, such as with gas pains. Therefore,
some simple precautions should be taken.
The colon is much less defended by the immune system from invading microbes
and parasites. Therefore, practice the highest standards of cleanliness.
NEVER share your enema equipment with another person. ALWAYS clean enema
bags, tubing, and nozzles with hydrogen peroxide, or a Clorox solution
(1 tbsp. Clorox to one gallon of purified water) after each use, and rinse
with purified water before use.
Persons with colon disease or other serious health problems such as congestive
heart failure, kidney failure, acute liver disease, or colon cancer should
not take an enema without the expressed consent of a physician. The colon
absorbs a great deal of water introduced via the enema. This may put excessive
stress on diseased organs already compromised in their ability to filter
out fluids. Also, cancerous masses can rupture and bleed easily or spontaneously.
Be aware that electrolyte (salt) imbalances can occur from excessive
enemas. Excessive electrolyte imbalance can lead to heart failure. Colons
can rupture from too much water injected or excessive pressure, or punctures
from improper insertion of nozzles or enema tubes.
All that being said, remember that the enema is a very common home treatment,
and given simple precautions, is less dangerous than most over-the-counter
Positions for taking an enema can vary with each individual’s needs.
Here are the three most common positions used.
Lying on the left side, with right knee at about 90
degree angle, and left knee slightly bent.
pressure on the abdomen.
Water remains mostly in the lower length of the colon (sigmoid and descending)
Body supported by the knees and the shoulders with
chest nearly touching the floor.
POSITIVE: Gravity allows water to flow
further along to the transverse colon and flexures. Allows air or gas
to float up for ease of expulsion.
NEGATIVE: Not a comfortable position for
an extended length of time.
Lying on the Back
Pillows under the head, knees raised or flat.
POSITIVE: The most comfortable position,
allows you to massage the abdomen, water can reach the entire length of
NEGATIVE: Some pressure on the abdomen
(can be relieved with gentle massage and by turning on either side).
Everyone has their own individual capacity, and it will change from one
enema session to the next. However, the average amount of water one can
usually comfortably retain is two quarts. This will vary depending on
the amount of gas and waste in the colon. The most important thing to
remember is never attempt to take in more water than is comfortable to
retain. Initially, it may be difficult to retain the water for more than
five minutes at a time. Later on, you will be able to work up to ten or
fifteen minutes retention time.
Preparation and Procedures
Prepare the area where you will receive the enema either bed or
bathroom floor, or bathtub. Spread blankets or towels and a pillow or
two for your head for comfort and warmth and cover with a vinyl sheet
or large plastic garbage bag. Also, a blanket or extra large towel can
be used to cover yourself. Keeping warm and comfortable is your first
Prepare a pitcher with warm purified water Attach tubing to enema bag. Attach tip to
tubing. (The larger tip will allow for filling without having to hold
it in the rectum while lying on the back). Release
valve on tubing over sink to release any trapped air.
Hang enema bag no higher than two feet above the rectum. Hanging it higher
causes the fluid to flow out with too much pressure. Lubricate several
inches of the tip.
Attempt to have a bowel movement and empty the bladder before the enema.
A full bladder or colon makes taking an enema difficult and/or hard to
Insert tip about two inches or so into the rectum in the direction toward
the belly button. Do not use force; if there is any resistance, change
the direction and re-insert. While in the Sims position, release the water
very slowly into the rectum in this position, or roll onto the back position.
Attempt to take in as much fluid as tolerable and retain it for about
five minutes. Gently massage the abdomen; rotate from back to left side
and back, and onto right side and back throughout the process. Sit on
the toilet and expel the enema and repeat the process until you have finished
the first bag of water. Refill bag with pitcher of warm water
and repeat the process, attempting to take in and retain more fluid for
up to fifteen minutes. Repeat the process with the last pitcher of fluid,
or use implant solutions.
Never try to forcibly hold in the enema. Expel the enema at any time
you wish to do so. Nothing in this entire process should involve force
or strain. This entire process should take approximately one half-hour
per bag of water, or an hour and a half for a full three-bag session.
Changing positions can sometimes take the pressure off the urge to expel
by moving the fluid around the entire length of the colon. You will be
able to experiment with this as you become more comfortable with taking
Always thoroughly cleanse your equipment after each use and hang to dry
before putting away.
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