Notes on how to do an enema:
Although enemas are an age-old natural remedy for a host of ailments and disorders, some people feel uncomfortable discussing or even reading about this topic.
So here’s the head's up:
this page gets a little graphic in its descriptions, as I want my readers to have the knowledge needed to perform an enema in case they have never done one.
If you’re squeamish about it (like I was at first), please try to overcome your resistance for the sake of good health. This can be very important information for anyone who is sick or in pain.
There is nothing improper or vulgar in discussing how to do an enema. An enema is an important therapeutic aid for many ailments and conditions.
Enemas have been documented for thousands of years in medical and health writings. Even in today’s modern hospitals enemas are commonly administered prior to surgery, and to women in labor in preparation for childbirth.
If you have any health concerns which may be affected by doing this procedure please speak with your doctor or health care practitioner before proceeding.
Once you have the equipment and know what you’re doing, it’s really quite easy to administer an enema in the privacy and comfort of your own home. When you purchase new equipment, assemble it all, fill with clean water and do a demonstration for yourself over the sink or bathtub to see how it all works.
After that, I would recommend “practicing” first with a simple water enema until you feel at ease with the process before doing any special recipe enemas. By the way, a plain water enema is fantastic for relieving a constipated bowel. It is the most immediate form of relief from constipation there is.
Do a lower volume enema on the first day and then proceed to doing a full enema the next day if you desire. You will use anywhere from one cup to one quart, or more, of water for your first low volume enema. A full enema means filling as much of the colon as you can with pure water – up to three quarts of water at once.
Please use either distilled water or filtered water at just slightly warmer than body temperature, or tap water which has been boiled, uncovered, for 30 minutes and cooled to just slightly warmer than body temperature.
How to do an enema - Step 1
Gather your supplies. You will need the following:
-a warm comfortable place to do it, such as a private bathroom with a heater or sunny window
-a couple of large, old towels
-an old washcloth or rag
-your clean enema equipment, assembled
-a spot for the enema bucket to sit or a spot for the enema bag to hang from (about 2 or 3 feet up off the floor is a good height)
-a teaspoon of coconut oil, almond oil or other good quality vegetable oil for lubrication
-one quart pure, non chlorinated water at body temperature or just slightly warmer
-a book or magazine if you like
How to do an enema – Step 2
Assemble the enema equipment according to the directions and make sure there’s a place to put the bag or bucket at a good height. When administering, you will be lying down on the floor and will want the bag or bucket to be about 2 or 3 feet higher than you. Too high and the water will flow very quickly, too low and the water will not flow well enough. Remember that it works with the natural force of gravity, so you’ll adjust the height and water flow to work best for you.
How to do an enema – Step 3
Fold the towels on the bathroom floor to make a comfortable spot for yourself. Use the oil to lubricate your anus and also the first few centimeters of insertion tip of the enema tube. Sorry to be so graphic here, but its important to do as it really helps with ease of insertion and we need to be as gentle as possible to the delicate tissues.
How to do an enema – Step 4
Hold the insertion end of the tube over the toilet or bath, using the valve or clamp to prevent any flow, and fill the enema bucket, bag or bulb with the plain water. Open the valve or clamp to allow the water to flow throughout the tube until it is coming out in a steady stream. Make sure there are no air pockets in the tubes, you don’t want air bubbles to flow in along with the water as they can cause discomfort or cramping. Now, clamp or turn the valve again to stop the liquid flow.
How to do an enema – Step 5
Make sure everything is close by, so if you need to reach something it's all within your grasp. Lie down on your back with your knees drawn upward toward your chest, or lie on your right side, whichever is easier for you to do the insertion. Get comfortable, and then gently insert the nozzle (avoiding any hemorrhoids) about 3 inches. Trust me, it only feels weird for a second and once that moment passes you realize it's really no big deal. If you feel any resistance as you begin inserting, stop. You’ve most likely encountered an obstruction. Simply adjust the angle slightly to bypass the obstruction until you can gently, easily insert.
How to do an enema – Step 6
Gently release the clamp or turn the valve to begin the flow of liquid. Go slowly. The key to a successful enema is to be able to take and retain the liquid. Going too fast can stimulate peristaltic action in the sigmoid and rectum and create the need to expel immediately. Going too fast can also cause uncomfortable cramping. Also, during your first enema there will likely be fecal matter in the colon which will be taking up some of the space. You may feel the urge to get right on the toilet and evacuate almost immediately the first time, that’s fine. Go ahead and then just repeat the process, holding it a little longer next time. If you experience any cramping just clamp or turn the valve to stop the flow of water and take a long, deep breath, blowing it out slowly. It will usually pass in less than a minute’s time. When the cramp subsides continue slowly taking water in. When you have taken in as much as you can comfortably hold, gently remove the nozzle and continue to lie on the floor, or move to sit on the toilet.
How to do an enema – Step 7
Once you are comfortable with doing a low volume enema you can proceed to doing a full enema. The goal is to retain the liquid solution for 5 to 15 minutes before expelling. Then just relax and sit on the toilet for a while so you can continue to expel as you need to for the next few minutes.
You might like to massage your abdomen to help the water move upward through the colon. After you have taken in as much liquid as you can comfortably hold with no pain or constant cramping, use this massage technique.
Start by massaging from the bottom left corner of your abdomen up toward your ribcage to help the water move up through the descending colon.
Then massage across your upper abdomen toward the right side, moving the water through the transverse colon.
Lastly, massage down the right side of your abdomen toward your pelvis which helps the water move into the ascending colon and the cecum area.
Reverse the direction of massage when eliminating the enema solution.
Voila, You're done.
Clean the enema equipment well and let it air dry completely before storing.
Usually you’ll want to do two or three good enemas in a row, or until you are no longer passing fecal matter. The third enema solution should often contain replenishing microorganims, (specifically, a potent strain of live bifidus) to help keep the large intestine populated with the good stuff. The more good stuff, the less room there is for candida and other pathenogenic organisms to overpopulate.
In a normal, healthy body enemas are not a necessary procedure on a regular basis. However when the body is in crisis (constipated, sick, toxic) they can be done every day for a few days in a row, and for an extended period in the case of severe illness (under the guidance of a professional health practitioner please).
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