How To Do An Enema At Home
Why Should I Do Enemas?
That’s an excellent question! Edgar Cayce recommended enemas or colonic hydrotherapy hundreds of times in the readings. Having a clean colon is a foundation of health, along with proper diet, exercise, mindfulness, and spirituality. In my experience, cleaning the colon with water has helped with almost every type of dis-ease, including:
- Migraine Headaches
- Tension Headaches
- Fatigue / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Heartburn / GERD / Indigestion
- Stomach issues
- Foggy thinking
- Restless Legs Syndrome
Even if you do not experience any health issues, keeping your colon clean will increase your energy levels, vitality, and longevity. It is essential for excellent health.
Consult Your Doctor First.
This article will give you all of the tools you need to do an enema at home. At the same time, it is important to first consult with your doctor before doing enemas on your own.
Cautions & Contraindications:
If you have any of the following, do NOT attempt enemas AT ALL without the supervision and guidance of your primary care physician and any specialist physicians, along with your natural physician.
- any cancers
- cirrhosis of the liver
- ulcerative colitis
- Chron’s disease
- diverticulitis or diverticulosis
- kidney disease
- uncontrolled hypertension/ high blood pressure
- rectal bleeding or bleeding hemorrhoids
- recent surgery
- blood thinning medication like Coumadin (warfarin)
- If you are on a salt or sodium restricted diet
- If you have congestive heart failure
- If you have any water or fluid overload disease states where you take water pills (Lassie / furosemide)
- If you take water pills for any eye disease or ear disease, including glaucoma, be sure to consult with your specialist first.
- Women breast feeding: If you are nursing, do not use any additives except salt and baking soda, as I describe in this article. Any other additives, like coffee grounds or herbs, will be absorbed into your body and will show up in the breast milk. Consult with your natural minded doctor before starting.
- Pregnancy: If you are pregnant, consult your gynecologist before doing enemas, especially if you are in your first or third trimester of pregnancy.
That being said, I have been doing enemas for myself at home for many years now and I have never had an issue. They are generally very safe.
What You Will Need:
Enema bag:You can buy a disposable enema bag at amazon.com, or from your local pharmacy. In my experience, they are hard to find in stores. Your other option is to buy a reusable bag. This is perfectly fine as long as you clean it properly when you are finished. To clean it, run water through the hose and wash the tip with soap and hot water. Then, soak the tip with alcohol, and run alcohol through the hose.
Towel:To lie down on the floor.
Lubricant:It is important to use good lubricant to minimize discomfort and irritation to the rectum. I used to use vaseline, which works perfectly. Any ointment works fine. Now I prefer to use TIBBEX, which is a formulation by Edgar Cayce used for hemorrhoids (it used to be called T.I.M.) It is extremely soothing to the rectum and prevents the rectum from becoming swollen. This issue arises if you are doing a complete enema cycle and you will be removing and re-inserting the tube multiple times.
Hemostat/Forceps:This is not totally necessary because your enema kit will come with some kind of release button. I like to use the forceps because they are easier to grab, release, and control the water flow. They are very inexpensive and last a long time; a nice addition to your enema tool box!
Salt & Baking Soda:I prefer to use sea salt, but table salt will also work. Sea salt is balanced with minerals from the ocean, whereas table salt is pure sodium chloride. Baking soda will also be added to the water; it will alkalize the system which helps to restore balance and health to your body.
Glycothymoline:Edgar Cayce recommended using 1 tablespoon of Glycothymoline per 1 1/2 quarts of water, buy only in the last wash. This will be used instead of the salt and soda. So if you are doing a three round enema (three bags in a row), the first 2 bags will be salt and soda, and the third bag will be Glycothymoline.
Step by Step Instructions For Doing an Enema at Home:
Why Add Salt and Baking Soda?
Have you ever had water go up your nose? We all have, and it is very irritating! That is why if you are going to clean your nose, you are supposed to use saline, not pure water. Saline is simply water with salt added to it. When you use saline, it does not irritate the mucous membranes inside of your nostrils. This is because the cells on the inside of your nostrils (mucous membranes)are filled with saline, not pure water. The same is true during an enema. The inner wall of your colon is lined with cells. The cells are filled with fluid that is similar to saline. So if you are to place pure water inside of the colon, the water will rush into these cells by osmosis and cause them to swell. The water will also draw out vital minerals and nutrients, weakening the cells and colon wall.
Edgar Cayce made it very clear to always use a saline solution during enemas or colonic hydrotherapy. At the end of his life, he was very sick, and after giving a reading for himself, he learned that one of the things that caused such a weak condition in his body was that he had done too many enemas with pure water, and this weakened his body immensely. So ALWAYS use salt and baking soda, as follows:
What is the Dosage of Salt and Baking Soda?
Add 1 heaping teaspoon of sea salt and 1 level teaspoon of Baking Soda for each 1 1/2 quarts of water used. Most standard enema bags have a capacity of 1 1/2 quarts, so you don’t need to make any calculations there.
What is the Dosage of Glycothymoline?
Add 1 tablespoon of Glycothymoline for each 1 1/2 quarts of water used. Most standard enema bags have a capacity of 1 1/2 quarts, so you don’t need to make any calculations here, either.
When I Add Glycothymoline, Do I Need To Also Add Salt and Soda?
Glycothymoline also has its own salts, so it is in itself a saline type of solution. Therefore, when adding Glycothymoline to the last bag, you do NOT need to add salt and soda.
Can I Control The Speed of Water Flow into My Rectum?
Your enema bag will come with a plastic clip that opens or closes on the hose. This puts you in control of the water flow. While it’s shut all the way, no water will flow out. You can unlock it slightly and allow a slow, gentle flow through the tube. You can also unlock it completely, allowing the full speed of water flow. During the process, you have full control of the water flow. I like to use a hemostat/forceps because it is more comfortable and easier to use than the clips that come with the enema kits. You can experiment with this and do whatever makes you more comfortable. They both work the same way.
Do Different Types of Doctors Know More About Colon Cleansing and Enemas?
Hopefully, your doctor has knowledge and experience with enemas and colonics. Chiropractors (D.C.) (Doctor of Chiropractic), Naturopaths (N.D.) (Naturopathic Doctor), or Osteopaths (D.O.) (Doctor of Osteopathy) will tend to have a more holistic and natural approach to care. They will hopefully have more knowledge and experience with constipation, natural healing, and the importance of a clean colon. They may be able to offer more support than a traditional M.D. Medical Doctors tend to shy away from natural healing and are afraid of things like enemas. Your Medical Doctor may not be as helpful in this process unless you have one of the cautions or contraindications listed above.
Are Enemas Habit Forming?
No! Colonic hydrotherapy and enemas are not habit forming, and may be done as often as needed, as long as you always salt and baking soda!
How Often Can I Safely Do An Enema or Get a Colonic?
Usually, I don’t recommend you doing enemas more often than twice per week. In some cases, 3 or 4 times a week is OK, but this will depend upon your age, other health issues, medications, etc. Again, it is important to have the guidance and support of your doctor. I like to do one every week for myself.
What Is The Difference Between Enemas and Laxatives?
When you do an enema, you introduce water into the colon. This gently stretches the colon wall, telling it to contract (squeeze), pushing the water out, along with the stool. This is the same thing that happens when you eat food! The food (mostly fiber and water) expand the colon, and so the colon reacts by pushing it out. By using the body’s natural method to induce a bowel movement, it is very safe and actually exercises and strengthens the colon wall!
Laxatives, on the other hand work in a variety of different ways. The only ones which work similar to an enema are fiber, or bulk-forming laxatives, and Miralax. Miralax is my preferred laxative because it is not habit forming, works very well, and is very safe for all ages to use.
Enjoy in good health!