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How To Give Yourself An Enema

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

Enemas have been medically out of favor for a long time. Most people

have never had one. So here are simple directions to self-administer

an effective enema series.

The enema bag you select is important. It must hold at least two

quarts and be rapidly refillable. The best American-made brand is

made of rubber with about five feet of rubber hose ending in one of

two different white hard plastic insertion t
ps. The bag is designed

for either enemas or vaginal douches. It hangs from a detachable

plastic "S" hook. When filled to the brim it holds exactly one-half

gallon. The maker of this bag offers another model that costs about

a dollar more and also functions as a hot water bottle. A good

comforter it may make, but the dual purpose construction makes the

bag very awkward to rapidly refill. I recommend the inexpensive


The plastic insertion tips vary somewhat. The straight tubular tip

is intended for enemas; the flared vaginal douche tip can be useful

for enemas too, in that it somewhat restrains unintentional

expulsion of the nozzle while filling the colon. However, its four

small holes do not allow a very rapid rate of flow.

To give yourself an enema, completely fill the bag with tepid water

that does not exceed body temperature. The rectum is surprisingly

sensitive to heat and you will flinch at temperatures only a degree

or two higher than 98 Fahrenheit. Cooler water is no problem; some

find the cold stimulating and invigorating. Fasters having

difficulty staying warm should be wary of cold water enemas. These

can drop core body temperature below the point of comfort.

Make sure the flow clamp on the tube is tightly shut and located a

few inches up the tube from the nozzle. Hang the filled bag from a

clothes or towel hook, shower nozzle, curtain rod, or other

convenient spot about four to five feet above the bathroom floor or

tub bottom. The higher the bag the greater the water pressure and

speed of filling. But too much pressure can also be uncomfortable.

You may have to experiment a bit with this.

Various body positions are possible for filling the colon. None is

correct or necessarily more effective than another. Experiment and

find the one you prefer. Some fill their colon kneeling and bending

forward in the bathtub or shower because there will likely be small

dribbles of water leaking from around the nozzle. Usually these

leaks do not contain fecal matter. Others prefer to use the bathroom

floor. For the bony, a little padding in the form of a folded towel

under knees and elbows may make the process more comfortable. You

may kneel and bend over while placing your elbows or hands on the

floor, reach behind yourself and insert the nozzle. You may also lie

on your back or on your side. Some think the left side is preferable

because the colon attaches to the rectum on the left side of the

body, ascends up the left side of the abdomen to a line almost as

high as the solar plexus, then transverses the body to the right

side where it descends again on the right almost to the groin. The

small intestine attaches to the colon near its lower-right

extremity. In fact these are the correct names given for the parts

of the colon: Ascending, Descending and Transverse Colon along with

the Sigmoid Colon or Rectum at the exit end.

As you become more expert at filling your colon with water you will

begin to become aware of its location by the weight, pressure and

sometimes temperature of the water you're injecting. You will come

to know how much of the colon has been filled by feel. You will also

become aware of peristalsis as the water is evacuated vigorously and

discover that sensations from a colon hard at work, though a bit

uncomfortable, are not necessarily pain.

Insertion of the nozzle is sometimes eased with a little lubricant.

A bit of soap or KY jelly is commonly used. If the nozzle can be

inserted without lubricant it will have less tendency to slip out.

However, do not tear or damage the anus by avoiding necessary

lubrication. After insertion, grip the clamp with one hand and open

it. The flow rate can be controlled with this clamp. Keeping a hand

on the clamp also prevents the nozzle from being expelled.

Water will begin flowing into the colon. Your goal is to empty the

entire bag into the colon before sensations of pressure or urgency

to evacuate the water force you to remove the nozzle and head for

the toilet. Relaxation of mind and body helps achieve this. You are

very unlikely to achieve a half-gallon fill up on the first attempt.

If painful pressure is experienced try closing the clamp for a

moment to allow the water to begin working its way around the

obstacle. Or, next time try hanging the bag lower, reducing its

height above the body and thus lowering the water pressure. Or, try

opening the clamp only partially. Or, try panting hard, so as to

make the abdomen move rapidly in and out, sort of shaking the colon.

This last technique is particularly good to get the water past a

blockage of intestinal gas.

It is especially important for Americans, whose culture does not

teach one to be tolerant of discomfort, to keep in mind that pain is

the body's warning that actual damage is being done to tissues.

Enemas can do no damage and pose no risk except to that rare

individual with weak spots in the colon's wall from cancers. When an

enema is momentarily perceived unpleasantly, the correct name for

the experience is a sensation, not pain. You may have to work at

increasing your tolerance for unpleasant sensations or it will take

you a long time to achieve the goal of totally filling the colon

with water. Be brave! And relax. A wise philosopher once said that

it is a rough Universe in which only the tigers survive--and

sometimes they have a hard time.

Eventually it will be time to remove the nozzle and evacuate the

water. Either a blockage (usually fecal matter, an air bubble, or a

tight 'U' turn in the colon, usually at either the splenetic, or

hepatic flexures located right below the rib cage) will prevent

further inflow (undesirable) or else the bag will completely empty

(good!) or the sensation of bursting will no longer be tolerable. Go

sit on the toilet and wait until all the water has passed. Then

refill the bag and repeat the process. Each time you fill the colon

it will allow more water to enter more easily with less

unpleasantness. Fasters and cleansers should make at least three

attempts at a complete fill-up each time they do an enema session.

Water and juice fasters will find that after the first few enemas,

it will become very easy to inject the entire half-gallon of water.

That is because there is little or no chime entering the colon.

After a few days the entire colon will seem (this is incorrect) to

be empty except when it is filled with water. This is the point to

learn an advanced self-administered enema technique. An average

colon empty of new food will usually hold about one gallon of water.

That is average. A small colon might only hold 3/4 gallon, a large

one might accept a gallon and a half, or even more. You'll need to

learn to simultaneously refill the bag while injecting water, so as

to achieve a complete irrigation of the whole colon. There are

several possible methods. You might try placing a pitcher or

half-gallon mason jar of tepid water next to the bag and after the

bag has emptied the first time, stand up while holding the tube in

the anus, refill the bag and then lie down again and continue

filling. You might have an assistant do this for you. You might try

hanging the bag from the shower head and direct a slow, continuous

dribble of lukewarm water from the shower into the bag while you

kneel or lie relaxed in the tub. This way the bag will never empty

and you stop filling only when you feel fullness and pressure all

the way back to the beginning of the ascending colon. Of course,

hanging from a slowly running shower head the bag will probably

overflow and you will get splashed and so will the bathroom floor

when your wet body moves rapidly from the tub to the toilet. I've

imagined making an enema bag from a two gallon plastic bucket with a

small plastic hose barb glued into a hole drilled in the bottom or

lower edge. If I were in the business of manufacturing enema bags

I'd make them hold at least one gallon.

A word of caution to those folks who have a pattern of overdoing it,

or tend to think that more is better. This is not true when it comes

to colon cleansing. Do not make more than three attempts to fill and

clean the colon with an enema bag. Usually the colon begins to

protest and won't accept any more fill-ups. When having colonics on

a colonic machine it is a good idea to continue until the water

comes back reasonably clear for that session. It is not a good idea

for a faster to have colonics that last more than three-quarters of

an hour to an hour maximum, or it will be too tiring. Even

non-fasters find colonics tiring. After all, the colon is basically

a big muscle that has become very lazy on a low-fiber diet.

I've personally administered over five thousand colonics, taught

several dozen fasters to self-administer their own and stood by

while they gave themselves one until they were quite expert. In all

that experience I've only seen one person have a seriously bad

result. This was a suicidally depressed water faster that I

(mistakenly) allowed to administer their own colonics with my

machine. This person not only took daily colonics, but allowed water

to flow through their colon for as long as two hours at a time.

Perhaps they were trying to wash out their mind? After several weeks

of this extreme excess, the faster became highly confused and

disoriented due to a severe electrolyte imbalance. They had to be

taken off water fasting immediately and recovered their mental

clarity in a few days. The loss of blood electrolytes happened

because during colonics there occurs a sort of low-grade very slow

reverse osmosis.