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Enemas Versus Colonics

Categories: Colon Cleansing
Sources: How And When To Be Your Own Doctor

People frequently wonder what is the difference between a colonic

and an enema.

First of all enemas are a lot cheaper because you give them to

yourself; an enema bag usually costs about ten dollars, is available

at any large drug store, and is indefinitely reusable. Colonics cost

anywhere from 30 to 75 dollars a session.

Chiropractors and naturopaths who offer this service hire a colonic
technician that may or may not be a skilled operator. It is a good

idea to find a person who has a very agreeable and professional

manner, who can make you feel at ease since relaxation is very

important. It is also beneficial to have a colonic therapist who

massages the abdomen and foot reflexes appropriately during the


Enemas and colonics can accomplish exactly the same beneficial work.

But colonics accomplish more improvement in less time than enemas

for several reasons. During a colonic from 30 to 50 gallons of water

are flushed through the large intestines, usually in a repetitive

series of fill-ups followed by flushing with a continuous flow of

water. This efficiency cannot even be approached with an enema. But

by repeating the enema three times in close succession a

satisfactory cleanse can be achieved. Persisted with long enough,

enemas will clean the colon every bit as well as a colonic machine


Enemas given at home take a lot less time than traveling to receive

a colonics at someone's clinic, and can be done entirely at you own

convenience--a great advantage when fasting because you can save

your energy for internal healing. But colonics are more appropriate

for some. There are fasters who are unable to give themselves an

enema either because their arms are too short and their body is too

long and they lack flexibility, or because of a physical handicap or

they can't confront their colon, so they let someone else do it.

Some don't have the motivation to give themselves a little

discomfort but are comfortable with someone else doing it to them.

Some very sick people are too weak to cleanse their own colon, so

they should find someone to assist them with an at-home enema or

have someone take them to a colonic therapist.

Few people these days have any idea how to properly give themselves

an enema. The practice has been discredited by traditional medical

doctors as slightly dangerous, perhaps addictive and a sign of

psychological weirdness. Yet Northamericans on their civilized, low

fiber, poorly combined diets suffer widely from constipation. One

proof of this is the fact that chemical laxatives, with their own

set of dangers and liabilities, occupy many feet of drug store shelf

space and are widely advertised. Is the medical profession's

disapproval of the enema related to the fact that once the initial

purchase of an enema bag has been made there are no further expenses

for laxatives? Or perhaps it might be that once a person discovers

they can cure a headache, stop a cold dead in its tracks with an

enema, they aren't visiting the M.D.s so often.

The enema has also been wrongly accused of causing a gradual loss of

colon muscle tone, eventually preventing bowel movements without the

stimulation of an enema, leading finally to flaccidity and

enlargement of the lower bowel. This actually can happen; when it

does occur it is the result of frequent administration of small

amounts of water (fleet enemas) for the purpose of stimulating a

normal bowel movement. The result is constant stretching of the

rectum without sufficient fluid to enter the descending colon. A

completely opposite, highly positive effect comes from properly

administered enemas while cleansing.

The difference between helpful and potentially harmful enemas lies

in the amount of water injected and the frequency of use. Using a

cup or two of water to induce a bowel movement may eventually cause

dependency, will not strengthen the colon and may after years of

this practice, result in distention and enlargement of the rectum or

sigmoid colon. However, a completely empty average-sized colon has

the capacity of about a gallon of water. When increasingly larger

enemas are administered until the colon is nearly emptied of fecal

matter and the injection of close to a gallon of water is achieved,

beneficial exercise and an increase in overall muscle tone are the


Correctly given, enemas (and especially colonics) serve as

strengthening exercises for the colon. This long tubular muscle is

repeatedly and completely filled with water, inducing it to

vigorously exercise while evacuating itself multiple times. The

result is a great increase in muscle tone, acceleration of

peristalsis and eventually, after several dozens of repetitions, a

considerable reduction of transit time. Well-done enemas work the

colon somewhat less effectively and do not improve muscle tone quite

as much as colonics.

Injecting an entire gallon of water with an enema bag is very

impractical when a person is eating normally. But on a light

cleansing diet or while fasting the amount of new material passing

into the colon is small or negligible. During the first few days of

fasting if two or three enemas are administered each day in

immediate succession the colon is soon completely emptied of

recently eaten food and it becomes progressively easier to introduce

larger amounts of water. Within a few days of this regimen,

injecting half a gallon or more of water is easy and painless.

Probably for psychological reasons, some peoples' colons allow water

to be injected one time but then "freeze up" and resist successive

enemas. For this reason better results are often obtained by having

one enema, waiting a half hour, another enema, wait a half hour, and

have a final enema.

A colonic machine in the hands of an expert operator can administer

the equivalent of six or seven big enemas in less than one hour, and

do this without undue discomfort or effort from the person receiving

the colonic. However, the AMA has suppressed the use of colonics;

they are illegal to administer in many states. Where colonics are

legal, the chiropractors now consider this practice messy and not

very profitable compared to manipulations. So it is not easy to find

a skilled and willing colonic technician.

Anyone who plans to give themselves therapeutic enemas while fasting

would be well advised to first seek out a colonic therapist and

receive two or three colonics delivered one day apart while eating

lightly and then immediately begin the fast. Three colonics given on

three successive days of a light, raw food diet are sufficient to

empty all recently eaten food even from a very constipated,

distended and bloated colon, while acquainting a person with their

own bowel. Having an empty colon is actually a pleasant and to most

people a thoroughly novel experience. A few well-delivered colonics

can quickly accustom a person to the sensations accompanying the

enema and demonstrate the effect to be achieved by oneself with an

enema bag, something not quickly discoverable any other way.