Enema Instructions

Suggested directions for taking a high enema.

Please note that these instructions are guidelines only, we accept no responsibility for the self administration of enemas, as with all health procedures it is recommended that you consult a relevant health professional before proceeding.

How to take an enema

Although complete bowel cleansing and maintenance requires herbs, diet, massage and often packs and poultices, enemas are a significant and useful self-help measure which serves an important function in any bowel program. Some types of enema can reach the portal vein and enabling the liver to release toxins. The typical enema kit relies on gravity feed. This means that the bag is designed to be placed on a hook at approximately shoulder height.  A tube of about 5 feet connects the container with the nozzle at the other end and there is a small tap with which the flow of the liquid can be regulated.

You will need the following:
A convenient hook
An enema kit!
2 pints of enema liquid (various types are listed below). Whatever the contents, the liquid should be room temperature. Too warm and it could be dangerous, too cold and it would be hard to retain.

You will find your enema a simple and pleasant experience if you organise yourself well, set aside a relaxed half an hour and provide yourself with something to do when you are retaining the enema (music, book, etc). Many people like to take their enema while they are soaking in a warm bath, others
prefer to do it on a rug on the bathroom floor, the illustration shows one of the most common positions.

When you are ready:
The enema kit should be filled with 2 litres of your chosen liquid, and hung approx 2-3 feet from the floor, a door handle is suitable.  Open the tap on the enema kit to allow the air out, and the liquid to the end of the tip.
1. lubricate the enema nozzle (we use coconut or olive oil)
2. lie on your back or on your right side
3. gently insert the nozzle into the rectum until it is firmly in place
4. gently turn the little tap to allow the liquid to flow through the tube
you can control the level of flow by turning the tap
5. don’t expect too much of yourself the first time, either in terms of the amount of liquid retained or the retention time (after a number of enemas your body will get used to retaining more liquid for longer)
6. aim to retain about 2 pints for at least 10 minutes at the outset (your practitioner may have already advised you)
7. sometimes the urge to release cannot be ignored and it is wise to let it go and begin again.

As the bowel condition improves, it will be easier to accept and retain more liquid with a minimum of discomfort. The colon is a very large eliminative organ and is arranged internally like three sides of a large square. The aim is to let the enema liquid go up the descending colon positioned down our left hand side, along the transverse colon positioned from left to right under our stomachs and into the ascending colon which goes down our right hand side. It will help to gently massage the colon in a clockwise motion and to change positions.

Lying on your right hand side, insert the anal tip ( this is the shorter tip in your kit ) approx 2 inches, or until you feel it is comfortable, turn the tap gently and slowly to allow the liquid to flow in. If you feel uncomfortable, turn off the tap and take some deep breaths, if you feel the need to evacuate, remove the tip and go to the toilet. After a few times you should be able to
retain between ½ and 2 litres.  When you feel that you have introduced enough liquid, turn of the tip and remove gently, roll over onto your back and place a cushion underneath you buttocks, take some deep breaths and
gently start to massage around your colon area, start from your left hand side above your hip and work your way up to just below the ribcage, then across to right hand side and then back down, you may feel the liquid moving in your colon, this is quite normal, the process of doing this will help to loosen faecal matter in the colon.

The aim is to retain the enema for 15 min’s before going to the toilet, but 5 min’s is acceptable and your first few attempts.  When you are ready to go to the toilet proceed as normal, but bear in mind that it may take a few minutes for all the liquid to pass out.

Congratulations you have now performed your first enema

Types of enema

Warm water enema
This will effectively cleanse the rectum and release toxins which may be causing headaches and flatulence.  Its effects are superficial, but can be relied on whenever any of the other enema fluids are not readily available.

Herbal enemas
Make a strong infusion of herbal teas or a decoction of roots and bark, strain and cool. Use 2 teaspoons of herb per pint of water, 4 tsp for each quart. This may be made up in advance, but used preferably within 24 hours, though certain herbs keep up to 72 hours. However, once souring and scum appears,
throw it away. It should be kept in a glass container in a fridge or cool place. Make herbal infusions or decoctions in stainless steel or enamelled pots only. The colon is very absorptive and very sensitive so insure the water used is distilled or from a known pure source. Catnip is mildly nervine, calming, soothing, relaxing. Effectively brings down fevers. Excellent for use
with children. Chamomile is excellent for recuperative periods after illness or a healing crisis.

Detoxifying Enema
Make a decoction of yellow dock and burdock roots, then add red clover and red raspberry infusions.  Stimulates the liver to dump bile, thereby relieving stress and pain in a healing crisis.  Slippery Elm is a mucilagenous, soothing, softening and nourishing enema. Excellent to give if you are having trouble eating or retaining food, as the bowel absorbs the nutrients.  Sage is Warming and purifying.

Garlic injection
Profoundly purifying, an excellent aid in the treatment of worms. Liquidise 4 cloves in 1 pint of warm water and strain.
Astringent
Witch hazel, bayberry, or white oak bark, used to help stop diahorrea and dysentery.

Flaxseed
Relieves inflammation, pain and bleeding (more effective if you add 2 tsp.liquid chlorophyll). Also aids healing process.

Wheatgrass implant
inject pure chlorophyll juice of wheatgrass which restores positively to bowel and blood stream. Excellent for chronic diseases. Can be mixed with rejuvelac (water from soaking wheat).

Coffee Enema

The coffee enema is widely publicised these days as a part of cancer therapy and chronic care naturopathy.  It is excellent to relieve healing crisis pain and discomfort, to stimulate the liver to dump bile by absorption of the coffee into the haemhorroidal veins and the portal vein, and to encourage deep cleansing of the colon by stimulating peristaltic activity. It is a regular part of the Gerson Therapy. The coffee enema is prepared by putting 3 tbsp. of organic coffee the strongest possible (not decaff) into 2 litres of distilled water which has just been brought to the boil. Continue on the boil for 3 minutes and then simmer on very low heat for 20 minutes. Cool. Strain and inject while at body temperature. Retain 10-15 minutes. This can be done every morning when on a detox program or fast, and every hour during an acute healing crisis. The bowels continue to operate independently even when taking the coffee enema regularly and start functioning easily on their own after the coffee enema is discontinued.  The coffee enema is recommended after a lymph massage to cleanse the colon of the lymph which has drained into the bowel, but not before sleep as it is too stimulating.  A herbal substitute for the coffee enema is: Red Clover, Yellow Dock root, Burdock and Red Raspberry.