Why take an enema?
Your digestive system consists of a long tube extending from the mouth to the rectum. It digests the solid food and liquid we eat and drink, absorbing the nutrients along the way. What is left of the solid material exits the body via the large intestine and rectum.
Nutritionists and doctors have advised us on the importance of eating lots of organic fruit and vegetables because of their living enzymes, vitamins, fibre and trace minerals.
These nutrients are mostly absorbed in the small intestine and the colon (large intestine). Healthy intestines pass food through your body in a natural, circular, muscular movement (peristalsis). Diets that are high in refined, over-processed foods, with high fat and sugar content and low fibre, cause peristalsis to become weak and ineffective. Indeed, food can end up getting stuck in the many small pockets along the way and becomes impacted against the wall of the colon. The material then begins to putrify and ferment -- this is when your whole internal environment can become toxic. The colon is meant to serve as a reservoir from which the blood absorbs nutrients to circulate throughout the entire system. When the colon is toxic, or impacted with faecal matter, poisons are distributed instead and the condition of toxemia arises. You then begin to feel hungry all the time and eat more than you need, because the nutrients are not absorbed and circulated.
The colon also serves to eliminate waste products which arise from normal body function. It can't do this if the walls are covered with a toxic lining.
Your colon is also a natural breeding ground for bacteria. In a healthy colon the bacilli coli (friendly bacteria) will control the unfriendly, disease producing bacteria. When there is too much putrification and fermentation in the colon, the pathogenic bacteria proliferate and illness results. Constipation is often the first symptom to manifest.
Regular bowel cleansing will help remedy this situation. Once your bowels can resume normal, cleansing activity, the odd cleanse here and there (once a week or once a month) will help to ensure that toxic wastes do not build up. If you feel the need for enemas too often, please seek professional guidance, so that you don't weaken the system by overusing the enemas.
If you are fasting or on a detox plan, extra toxins are released into the blood and lymph. An enema is the most effective in carrying away toxins out of the body. It is also a necessary part of any programme dedicated to deep bowel cleansing.
Cleansing your emotions!
A big advantage of having a clean colon is having a more stable emotional life! Natural healers say that the constipated person is an irritable, impatient one. Internal hygiene has a massive impact on our health, well-being and appearance! Once you accept enemas as part of your lifestyle, you will be able to apply it when needed for beneficial results. If you have felt a resistance towards accepting enemas we hope that this information has helped in some way.
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 programme. Some types of enema can reach the portal vein and enabling the liver to release toxins.
Our Artsana 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 can also use a rectal implant tube which is a small tube 14" long, which attaches to the end of the rectal nozzle i.e. it lengthens the overall length of the tube by 14". This either provides you with more convenient length or it will enable you to take a higher enema i.e. the rectal implant tube can be carefully inserted further. We would advise that you consult a complementary therapist and/or follow their advice and instruction in this respect.
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 would be uncomfy, 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 so that they can assume yoga postures like the shoulder stand while retaining the liquid, others choose to use a slant board or tip-u-up, allowing gravity to help in retention. Since we are all different, our advice would be to experiment and find out what works for us. What follows must only be taken as a guide. Many may have been advised by practitioners -- follow their instructions!
When you are ready:
- lubricate the enema nozzle (we use coconut oil)
- lie on your back or on your right side
- gently insert the nozzle into the rectum until it is firmly in place
- 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
- 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)
- aim to retain about 2 pints for at least 10 minutes at the outset (your practitioner may have already advised you)
- 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.
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.
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 ensure 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.
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.
Profoundly purifying, an excellent aid in the treatment of worms. Liquidise 4 cloves in 1 pint of warm water and strain.
Witch hazel, bayberry, or white oak bark, used to help stop diahorrea and dysentery.
The coffee enema is widely publicised these days as a part of chronic care therapy and 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 regime and the Kelly programme. The coffee enema is prepared by putting 3 tbsp. of drip ground coffee into 1 quart 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 programme 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.
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