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Healing Aids... - Enema
- Ailments / Situations Where Used
- General Cleansing Enema
- Catnip Tea Enema (Cleansing)
- Lemon Juice Enema (Cleansing)
- Coffee Enema (Retention)
- L. Bifidus Enema (Retention)
- Contraindications / Precautions / Warnings
- Contacts
- Ailment / Situation Listing
- See also
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(also referred to as...)

Catnip Tea Enema, Cleansing Enema, Coffee Enema,
L. Bifidus Enema, Lemon Juice Enema, Retention Enema

 
Introduction

Historically, the ancient Greeks and Romans used enemas as a form of internal bathing. The Ancient Egyptians performed enemas using reeds to pass water into the body via the rectum.

An enema is a partial colonic irrigation that cleanses the lower colon and promotes liver detoxification. Enema kits can be purchased at drugstores or health clinics and various approaches can be used to treat a variety of conditions. There are two types of enemas: cleansing and retention.

 
Cleansing Enemas

The cleaning enema is retained for three to four minutes and is used to flush the colon. Two cleansing enemas, catnip tea and lemon juice, are outlined below.

 
Retention Enema

The retention enema is retained in the body for approximately fifteen minutes and is used to promote liver detoxification. Two retention enemas, coffee and L. Bifidus, are outlined below. A cleansing enema is typically prepared first to enhance the effectiveness of a retention enema


 

Ailments / Situations Where Used

Enemas are used to treat constipation and migraine headaches. They complement a liver detoxification program and may also help relieve pain for some situations. Enemas relieve fever symptoms and facilitate quick elimination of toxins from the body. They may be used daily in this case until the condition improves. Enemas may also be combined with fasting to promote the elimination of toxins released during the fast.

Catnip tea enemas can be used to bring down a high fever, specifically when internal temperature reaches 102ºF - 103ºF, and relieve associated constipation and congestion that further aggravate this condition. This enema can be taken as frequently as every four to six hours during the initial phase of the fever. Reduce to twice daily for the duration of the fever, if required. NOTE: Children under two should not be given a catnip tea enema.

Lemon juice enemas can relieve colon disorders and are used during detoxification programs to cleanse the colon of fecal matter and other toxins. If dealing with colitis, this enema can be used once a week and will often quickly relieve discomfort. If dealing with constipation, prepare a lemon juice enema once a week as well as a coffee enema (see below) once a week. This approach will promote proper bowel movement and clean the colon. A lemon juice enema also balances colon pH (relative acid/alkaline levels).

Coffee enemas are useful for detoxification following a serious illness, hospitalization, and toxin exposure and / or chemical poisoning. A coffee enema is often used to treat fast-induced headaches caused by the sudden release of toxins during the fast.

L. Bifidus enemas relieve severe cases of gas and bloating (often providing rapid relief) and prove helpful in treating candidiasis and other yeast infections. This type of enema is also useful after colon therapy, which may have depleted beneficial bacteria stores in the digestive tract. In general, L. Bifidus enemas replace bacterial flora, improve digestion, and help fight yeast infections. NOTE: L. Bifidus enemas should only be used three to six times per year.

NOTE: Before preparing an enema, thoroughly read the Contraindications ... section below. Do not attempt any enema on your own if you do not feel comfortable with the procedure. Many clinics offer enema services and you may wish to consult with their specialists.


 
Preparing An Enema

There is a variety of methods to preparing an enema. Some techniques address specific situations while others are more suitable for general use. The basic enema preparation and four popular variations are outlined below.

 
General Cleansing Enema

Before you begin, ensure that all equipment has been thoroughly sterilized and that there are no nicks, scrapes, or sharp points on the end of the enema tube. A soft tube and good quality rubber enema balloon will make the enema easier to administer.

Use lukewarm steam-distilled water between 80ºF - 99ºF (27ºC - 37ºC). The warmer temperature will relax your bowel while a cooler temperature will strengthen it. NOTE: Temperatures below 75ºF/24ºC may cause uncomfortable cramping. You may also wish to add one-tablespoon salt. Fill an enema bag with 1/2 to 1 quart (0.55 to 1.1L) fluid for a child ten years or older or no more than 2 quarts/2.2L for an adult. 1 pint/550mL may be used for younger children. Place the bag approximately eighteen inches above you.

Lubricate the anus and the end of the enema tube with non-irritating lotion or oil (vitamin E oil or aloe vera gel works well) and lie partially on your head, with your buttocks in the air, on a comfortable surface. Alternatively, lie on your left side, with your knees pulled towards your chin, and buttocks relaxed. Insert the tubing into the anus to a depth of 11/2 to 2 inches. Hold the tube in place and slowly release the valve, allowing the fluid to enter the colon. Hold the solution for three to four minutes, then release into the toilet.

You may feel quite tired and/or cool after an enema. Keep warm and sleep for one or more hours.

NOTE: For a retention enema, follow the above procedure and hold the solution for approximately fifteen minutes, or until you feel the urge to release.


 
Catnip Tea Enema (Cleansing)

To prepare a catnip tea enema, bring 1 quart/1.1L steam-distilled water to a boil. In an enamel, glass, or stoneware pot, place 8 tablespoons fresh or dried catnip leaves. If using prepared catnip tea, add enough teabags to the pot to equal 1 quart/1.1L catnip tea. Pour the water over the herbs, cover, and let steep for five to ten minutes. Let cool until lukewarm (80ºF - 99ºF/27ºC - 37ºC -- the warmer temperature will relax your bowel while a cool temperature will strengthen it) and strain.

Add the full solution to the enema bag. Lubricate the end of the enema tube as described in General Cleansing Enema, above, and follow the remaining instructions for allowing the solution to enter the colon.

Once the solution has been taken, roll over to your back and then over to your left side. As you change positions, gently massage your colon to help dislodge accumulated fecal matter. Slowly move your fingers along your right side, up toward the bottom of your rib cage, across your abdomen, then down your left side.

Hold the solution for three or four minutes (the average duration for performing the roll-over and massage) and then release.

You may feel quite tired and/or cool after an enema. Keep warm and sleep for one or more hours.

NOTE: Children under two should not be given a catnip tea enema.


 
Lemon Juice Enema (Cleansing)

To prepare a lemon juice enema, squeeze the juice from 3 organic lemons and add to 2 quarts/2.2L steam-distilled lukewarm water (80ºF - 99ºF/27ºC - 37ºC -- the warmer temperature will relax your bowel while a cool temperature will strengthen it). You may wish to add 2 full droppers/40mL liquid kelp to increase mineral content.

Add the full solution to the enema bag. Lubricate the end of the enema tube as described in General Cleansing Enema, above, and follow the remaining instructions for allowing the solution to enter the colon.

Once the solution has been taken, roll over to your back and then over to your left side. As you change positions, gently massage your colon to help dislodge accumulated fecal matter. Slowly move your fingers along your right side, up toward the bottom of your rib cage, across your abdomen, then down your left side.

Hold the solution for three or four minutes (the average duration of performing the roll-over and massage) and then release. As you have taken in a large amount of liquid, you will find that after two or three sessions, the liquid will be easier to insert and hold.

You may feel quite tired and/or cool after an enema. Keep warm and sleep for one or more hours.

SPECIAL NOTES: 2 quarts/2.2L is a large amount and initially you may find it difficult to retain. As you are taking in the solution, stop the flow of the enema bag if you experience any pain. Relax and take deep breaths until the pain subsides. Resume the enema flow as you feel better. If the liquid is expelled before the enema bag is emptied, simply repeat the process over. If pain persists, however, do not continue the session and consult with your naturopath or other health practitioner to determine an ideal approach.

If you are allergic to lemons, you may use 1 to 2 ounces wheatgrass or garlic juice as a replacement or simply use plain steam-distilled water.


 

Coffee Enema (Retention)

When introduced to the body in this manner, coffee does not pass through the digestive system and affect your body as a cup of coffee does. Instead, a coffee enema promotes the release of toxins form your liver and gallbladder, where they are then flushed from the body.

For maximum effectiveness, you may wish to precede a coffee retention enema with a cleansing enema.

To prepare a coffee enema, place 2 quarts/2.2L steam-distilled water in a bowl and add 6 heaping tablespoons ground coffee. NOTE: Do not use instant or decaffeinated coffee. Boil the mixture for fifteen minutes and cool to 80ºF - 99ºF/27ºC - 37ºC (the warmer temperature will relax your bowel while a cool temperature will strengthen it). Use no more than 1 pint/550mL strained coffee solution per session and store the remainder in a closed jar in the fridge.

Add the measured solution to the enema bag. Lubricate the end of the enema tube as described in General Cleansing Enema, above, and follow the remaining instructions for allowing the solution to enter the colon.

Once the solution has been taken, roll to your right side and hold the solution for fifteen minutes before releasing. Stay still, relax, and do not move from side to side. If you have not expelled the liquid after fifteen minutes (which is common), simply stand up and move around until you feel the urge.

You may feel quite tired and/or cool after an enema. Keep warm and sleep for one or more hours.


 
L. Bifidus Enema (Retention)

For maximum effectiveness, you may wish to precede a L. Bifidus retention enema with a plain-water general cleansing enema beforehand.

L. Bifidus enema preparations are available at your health food store. Consult with the health food store staff, your naturopath, or other health practitioner to find a preparation suitable for your needs. To prepare an L. Bifidus enema, add the recommended amount of preparation to 1 quart/1.1L steam-distilled lukewarm water (80ºF - 99ºF/27ºC - 37ºC -- the warmer temperature will relax your bowel while a cool temperature will strengthen it) and mix until the preparation is fully dissolved. Use no more than 1 pint/550mL of solution per session and store the remainder in a closed jar in the fridge.

Add the measured solution to the enema bag. Lubricate the end of the enema tube as described in General Cleansing Enema, above, and follow the remaining instructions for allowing the solution to enter the colon.

Once the solution has been taken, roll to your right side and hold the solution for fifteen minutes before releasing. Stay still, relax, and do not move from side to side. If you have not expelled the liquid after fifteen minutes (which is common), simply stand up and move around until you feel the urge.

You may feel quite tired and/or cool after an enema. Keep warm and sleep for one or more hours.

NOTE: L. Bifidus enemas should only be used three to six times a year


 

Contraindications / Precautions / Warnings

Never use an enema if rectal bleeding is present. If this condition occurs, contact your naturopath or other health practitioner for immediate assistance.

Never give children under ten more than one enema daily, as this may cause hyponatremia, where blood sodium levels drop to dangerously low due to increased water intake.

Children under two should not be given a catnip tea enema.

As previously mentioned, coffee enemas should not be practiced for more than four to six weeks at a time and long-term, excessive use may lead to anemia.

L. Bifidus enemas should only be used three to six times a year.

It is important to thoroughly wash and sterilize the end of the enema tube after every session.


 

Contacts

International Association of Colon Therapy (ICAT)
10911 West Ave.
San Antonio, Texas
78213

Tel.: 210.366.2888

 
Colonic International Association
31 Eton Hall
Eton College Road
London
NW3 2DE

Web: www.colonic-association.com


 

Ailment / Situation Listing

Bloating (Severe)

Candidiasis

Chemical Poisoning

Colitis

Constipation

Fever

Flatulence (Severe)

Headache (Fast-Related)

Liver Toxification

Migraine

Pain Relief (Some Situations)

Post Colon Therapy/Colonic

Yeast Infection

 

 


 
See also

Colon Therapy, Detoxification, Fasting

 


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