Today, I’m gonna introduce you a very effective and nonexpensive way to detox your body. It has a long long history. That is ENEMA~~ ah by the way, someone told me that the word “enema” can refer to the liquid so injected and/or a device for administering such an injection. I’m not sure which one is more commonly used. Enema has been used for thousands of years medically, religiously or simply as a routine of detoxification and even sexually. Nowadays, there are a wide array of use of enema.
So the answer to why doing an enema is to help body detox. The biggest and the most obvious benefit is keeping your colon clean. Having a clean colon is the key to true health. Many of us (including me) are in a subhealthy state which means that it’s not real healthy but with small issues that are still tolerable and doesn’t show much of serious symptoms or signs. Those toxins goes into the fat tissues and gets stored there. For example, sometimes, I feel a little bit of pain or itch here and there but it goes away soon. I know that our bodies have the ability of self cleaning but because of modernization and industrialization, we need to give some assistance to our body … Some good reasons to do an enema:
- The latter part of digestive system is built to absorb. (Think about suppository and retention enema)
- Food not as natural and healthy as they were before: chemical additives like preservatives other toxins.
- Good for acne, bloating, headaches, backpains, constipation, fatigue, depression, allergies, and irritability. These symptoms are commonly found in people who suffer chronic constipation. In this study, it shows that the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in constipated patients is much higher than general population. Also in this study, more in-depth medical management of constipation is investigated including enema.
3. Different types of enema
In this study mentioned above, holding water-based cleansing enemas for a short time to flush your colon is discussed. Those enemas are often held for several minutes until your body rids itself of the fluid, along with loose matter and impacted stool.
- Water or saline (similar to body’s sodium concentration). The least irritating choice.
- Epsom salt. This is similar to a water or saline enema, but magnesium-rich Epsom salt is said to be more effective at relaxing bowel muscles and relieving constipation. However, there have been reports of Epsom salt enemas causing death from magnesium overdose.
- Sodium phosphate. This is a common over-the-counter enema. There are reports of severe electrolyte disruption caused by taking two sodium phosphate enemas.
- Lemon juice. Lemon juice mixed with warm, filtered water is said to balance the pH of your body while cleansing your colon.
- Apple cider vinegar. Advocates say that mixing apple cider vinegar with warm, filtered water can quickly clear the bowel and may have other antiviral healing effects on your digestive system.
- Soap suds. Adding castile soap, or another mild soap with minimal additives, to water mildly irritates the bowel, which encourages the rapid excretion of stool.
Lemon and apple cider vinegar enema are highly acidic. Their acidity and makeup can harm your bowel and lead to rectal burns, inflammation, infections, and even death.
There are also retention enemas which are designed to be held in your bowel for an extended period — usually a minimum of 15 minutes — before being released. For instance, coffee enema. I’ll make another post about this.
Specifically, the procedure is as follows:
- Put the prepared water in the enema bucket and a matress on the ground (this will prevent some leakage and make it easier to clean).
- Hang the bucket somewhere above the ground. Remember to clip of close the nozzle before putting liquid in the bucket. Otherwise, it’ll be everywhere … 🙁
- Remember to expel all the air inside the tube before putting it inside the rectum. It prevents bloating.
- Put the lubricated nozzle inside the rectum and adjust the flow of the liquid to go inside the body.
- Hold the liquid for 5 to 10 mins and one could slightly rub the stomach. This is because the warm water stays inside the colon and it’ll soften the stools that’s inside the crevice of the colon and take it out when released. This is especially important for doing coffee enema. I’ll make another video on coffee enema later. 🙂
- Then go boom~!!!
5. Some tips
For enema kits, I recommend the stainless steel one. Stainless steel bucket one is firmer, sturdier and easier to clean compared to enema bags and also it’s more unlikely to release harmful chemicals.
Some tips :
- Prepare a thick rug with a towel for lying more comfortably. Also easier to clean if leakage happens.
- Water : Use distilled, boiled carbon filtered water. Use your pinky finger/ inner side of your wrist to test the temp. You should feel comfortable not too hot or too cold. If it’s too hot, it might burn your rectum or colon. If it’s too cold, it will give too much stimulation to the colon wall and make it hard to retain. (a little bit of sea salt. Otherwise the law of diffusion osmosis will make the water stay in your system and you’ll feel bloated.), little gentle rub, 5~10 mins.
- Frequency : 1~2 times a day. It depends on one’s health condition. Normally, once a week for a normal healthy person is totally fine.
- Amount : 800ml to 1 liter. Occasionally, I do large volume enema to clean out what’s inside me if I feel uncomfortable or stressful. Also I keep an eye on what’s coming out of the enema, if there’s sticky gluey things or parasite, large volume enema will help. Luckily, I’m all good 🙂
- Position: Left lateral, right lateral, on one’s back legs up, on all fours and bottom up. All these positions have been used by many people and it all depends on one’s preference. To me, I prefer lateral position because it’s more comfortable and easier to insert the nozzle in. Especially, the left lateral position due to human anatomy, it makes the liquid flow into the retum and colon much easier and it helps retain the liquid in as well.
My picks: The followings are the ones I use for my enema session. The links are affiliate links so if you decide to try coffee enema, please use them. This will help me create more. Thank you If the products are no longer available, it'll direct you to search result and you can find something with higher rating that's similar to the one I use.
I use (and many doctors suggest ) distilled water, spring water or carbon-filtered boiled tap water for an enema. The water filter I use is this. Its replacement filters are easily available too such as this. The replacement filters fit in all Zero Water pitchers and water dispensers, from the smallest pitcher to the largest and it’s also NSF certified to reduce lead and other heavy metals. Zero water removes 99. 6% of total dissolved solids. This is just the one I use and to be honest, I think most of water filters do a pretty similar job. Another brand called “Brita” is quite popular too.
Now another basic requirements for coffee enema is an enema bag or enema bucket. (enema fleet bottle might not be able to hold enough coffee) I personally prefer buckets over bags since the buckets are open at the top which makes them easier be thoroughly cleaned. Although there are enema bags with open top, it is also easier to spill the coffee. The closed top bag is harder to clean, but not really difficult to rinse out. when it come to material, it is recommended to use a plastic or glass bucket because stainless steel or any metal bucket will oxidize the coffee to some extent and therefore weaken it somewhat. However, I still use stainless steel enema bucket (I never put coffee in enema bucket for long. I always do the enema right after I put coffee inside the enema bucket. This minimizes the oxidation effect of using stainless steel enema bucket)because I really don’t like the smell of plastic or rubber. The enema bucket I use is this. If you prefer enema bag, this one has the highest rating and positive feedbacks from the users.
The last thing is the lubricant which is super super important. I often use coconut oil but it’s sometimes hard to clean… a water-based lubricant is of a good option.
Generally the risks of enema is very low. However, if not done properly, it may cause serious consequences ranging from damage to your rectum, anus, or colon to dehydration, imbalanced electrolytes or even death. If you self-administer an enema at home, it’s critical to make sure that the tools you use are sterile ( the bucket, tubing, solution, and sometimes a bulb). The use of dirty tools increases your risk of contracting a potentially dangerous infection.
Thank you guys for reading my blog posts. 😃😃😃 I'm glad if I could offer a sliiiightest help. Let me know what you think about this post~~ and don't forget to share share share 😃
- 1. Psychological disorders in patients with chronic constipation
- 2. Medical Management of Constipation
- 3. Recommendations on chronic constipation (including constipation associated with irritable bowel syndrome) treatment
- 4. Management of chronic constipation in adults
- 5. Chronic constipation: Current treatment options
- 6. Perforation and mortality after cleansing enema for acute constipation are not rare but are preventable