How To Do An Enema

How To do a Basic Enema

Benefits of the Enema

“Enemas can be beneficial in restoring healthy bowel regularity. This is why I believe enemas should be used every day for a year by those who have problems with a sluggish, irregular or under active bowel. Many ingredients can be added to enema water to increase its effectiveness in some specific manner. Coffee enemas help detoxify the liver. Flax seed tea enemas relieve inflammation in the bowel. Bentonite, a clay water, when added to enema water assists in absorbing and mobilizing toxins from the bowel wall. Acidophilus culture taken orally is helpful in detoxifying the bowel and in building friendly bacteria. Acidophilus implants can also be inserted rectally over night. I believe that each of the many health professions and approaches to health care have a special value. I do not believe, however, that any therapeutic method – no matter how sophisticated – can effectively overcome disease in a toxic laden body. The toxins must be eliminated first. Nor do I believe that any drug based therapy can restore or rejuvenate tissue damaged in the course of chronic disease. Only nutrients from foods can do that. I believe when we work with nature, we get the results nature intends us to get. A clean body nourished by natural foods and uplifting thoughts will put anyone on the path to right living that brings health as a natural consequence. It is interesting to note that the famous beauty queen, whom I knew, Mae West, was a great believer in the benefits of the enema. She started every day with a morning enema. I’m sure that this simple practice greatly contributed to her unusual vitality, bright mindedness and long lasting attractiveness, as true beauty is but a reflection of the beauty within.” — Bernard Jensen, D.C., Nutritionist  (From: “Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management”)

Basic Enema Procedure

The very last part of the colon, before reaching the rectum, is in an “S” shape and called the sigmoid colon. By the time stool gets to this part of the colon, most nutrients have been absorbed back into the bloodstream. Because the stool contains products of putrefaction at this point, there exists a special circulatory system between the sigmoid colon and the liver. There is a direct communication of veins called the enterohepatic circulation. Have you ever felt sick just before having a bowel movement, when stool material has just moved into the rectum for elimination? As soon as the material is evacuated, you no longer feel sick. This is due of the toxic quality of the material and the enterohepatic circulation coming into play. Because of this, it is important to evacuate when you have the urge. The rectum should usually be empty. This circulatory system enables toxin to be sent directly to the liver for detoxification, rather than circulating them through the rest of the body and all of its vital organs including the brain. This system of veins carries rectal / sigmoid toxins directly to the liver for detoxification.

Enema Solutions

Choose your cleansing solution based on your personal condition and desired effect. If you suffer from extreme allergic sensitivity, or serious illness or degenerative disease, distilled water is recommended.

1. Sea Salt Water Solution: distilled water plus 1 teaspoon of sea salt for each quart (liter) of water. The salt is optional, one can use simply distilled water.

2. Coffee Solution: Coffee enemas stimulate the natural peristaltic contractions of the colon, and help remove wastes and bile from liver and gallbladder, and mucous from colon wall. When a coffee enema is used, caffeine from the coffee is preferentially absorbed into this system and goes directly to the liver where it becomes a very strong detoxicant. It causes the liver to produce more bile (which contains processed toxins) and moves bile out toward the small intestine for elimination. If you are overly sensitive to caffeine, you can substitute fresh garlic juice, or fresh lemon juice. Use organic coffee, fully caffeinated, or drip grind coffee. To one quart (liter) of boiling water, add 2 flat Tablespoons of coffee. Let it boil for 5 minutes, then turn off and let cool.

3. Oil Solution: Can offset the possible depleting aspects of colon irrigation while helping in the elimination process. Oils, such as sesame or castor, are useful since they are calming to the nervous system. These can be used at room temperature, there is no need to heat them up.

4. Herbal Solutions: Combine herbs from the categories according to individual situation, and desired effect.

  •     Bitter herbs (wormwood, gentian, yarrow, turmeric, golden seal, aloe, willow bark) aid in the release of bile, help parasites, hypertension, fevers and heat.
  •     Flaxseed tea makes a soothing solution.
  •     Astringent herbs (comfrey root, slippery elm, bayberry bark, myrrh, cranes bill) tone the intestinal tissue and aid in prolapse and hemorrhoids.
  •     Spicy herbs (red peppers, ginger, mustard seeds, cardamom, basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme, garlic, onion) stimulate circulation, aid digestion & eliminate gas.
  •     Calming herbs (lavender, catnip, comfrey, valerian root) alleviate gas and are calming to the nervous system.
  •     Elimination Solution – For parasites, use equal parts garlic, wormwood and bayberry bark in a tea.

5. Nutritive Solution -For weak digestion and assimilation, deficient favorable bacteria, combine fermented barley or whole grain water, tamari soy sauce mixed w/water combined with a tea of marrow, meat, chicken, sesame, or olive oil.

6. Increase Friendly Bacteria Solution: Use buttermilk to help feed and multiply friendly bacteria.

 You will need the following materials:

  •  A bag or bucket preferably one of clear plastic that you can see through, or enema bag which one can purchase at your local pharmacy. The see through enema bag is preferable, but an old fashioned type that doubles as a hot water bottle can be used although it is hard to tell how much is used at each pass. Do not use any bag with a strong odor.
  •  A large pot with uncontaminated water. Chlorinated water should be boiled for 10 min. If you are making an herbal or coffee solution, then you will also need to boil the water.
  •  Your other ingredients to add to the enema water.
  •   Elimination bucket (optional). You can make a portable elimination bucket simply with a 5 gallon bucket, and two short boards to put on the edges in a V shape, to act as a ‘toilet seat’. This can be handy if one wants to do the enema in a room other than the bathroom & don’t forget to have a roll of toilet paper…
  •   A large towel and a large plastic bag (optional).


1. If you are doing an herbal or coffee solution or need to sterilize your water, then boil it in the big pot and then add your herbs/coffee. Next allow it to cool down to a very comfortable, tepid temperature. Test with your finger. It should be the same temperature as a baby’s bottle. Its safer to have it too cold than too warm; never use it hot or steaming; body temperature is good. If using coffee or herbs strain the water to remove any solid components.

2. Next, carry your pot and lay an old towel on the floor (or your bed if you are careful and know you won’t spill – for added protection, a piece of plastic can be placed under the towel). You can also do this in the bathroom on the toilet, but it’s not as effective when sitting upright.

3. Close the catheter clamp on your enema bag. Pour the solution into the enema bag. Put the tube end of the enema bag into the sink or the empty bucket, then loosen the clamp to allow the solution to run out to the end of the catheter tip and re clamp the bag when all the air has been removed from the enema tubing. Use a coat hanger to hang the enema bag at least two feet above the floor; on a door knob or towel rack or large nail. If using a bucket it can rest on a chair, shelf or be held. Make sure you don’t put it too high, the strength of flow can be too strong and/or your hose won’t reach. The solution should flow very gently into the rectum and distal sigmoid colon only. This is not a high enema or colonic. [Allowing caffeine solution to go well up into the colon may introduce caffeine into the general circulation as though you had taken it by mouth, and you will be very jittery.]

4. Lie down on the floor on your back or right side and gently insert the catheter. If you need lubrication, food grade vegetable oil such as olive oil, a vitamin E capsule, or KY jelly should be fine, unless you are chemically sensitive. It is generally a good idea to avoid petroleum products, such as Vaseline.

5. Gently insert the tube into the rectum a few inches [one inch = 2,5cm] and then release the clamp and let the first 1/2 of the quart (liter) of the solution flow in. Clamp the tubing off as soon as there is the slightest amount of discomfort or fullness, then remove the catheter tip and void when you have to.Do not change positions or use an incline board to cause the enema to enter further into the colon; this defeats the purpose of this type of enema. Gently massage the abdomen in the area of the large intestine with small circles, starting with left side above pubic bone, going vertically up and then across body (under belly button), and over to right side and down.

6. Try to retain the enema for 10 minutes if possible while doing a gentle massage (described above), sometimes there will be an immediate urgency to get rid of it and that is fine. It helps to clean the stool out of the colon so that next time around you can hold more of the enema longer. Never force yourself to retain it if you feel that you can’t. When you void, sit upright and use either the toilet or the large bucket, and doing a reverse massage of the large colon, starting with lower right side, moving up and across abdomen to left side and down, to assist with moving material out of the colon. Alternatively one can use the Quicken Touch technique during elimination. After you have emptied the bowel, proceed with the remaining 1/2 quart (liter) and likewise hold that for 10 minutes & do the massage, if able to, then void sitting upright.

7. When you have finished your session, rinse out the bag and hang it up to dry. Periodically run boiling water, peroxide, or other comparable anti microbial agent through the empty bag to discourage mold growth when not in use.

8. If you feel wired or hyper, or have palpitations or irregular heartbeats after a coffee enema, you should reduce the amount of coffee, usually by half for a few days or weeks.

9. Always discontinue enemas if there is any adverse reaction whatsoever, and discuss it with the doctor at your next appointment. If you find the enema helpful, do not use it more than once per day for any extended period without medical supervision. It should be noted that using enema can become addictive, where one relies on the technique to provoke normal elimination. If you see you are doing this, then you should seriously consider breaking this habit ASAP. The goal here is to establish normal health to the digestive system, by cleaning it out, so that elimination happens naturally, not to be using enemas daily as a way to eliminate and cleanse.

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