Practiced for centuries, enemas involve the introduction of liquids, often infused with different elements, directly into the rectum and colon through the anus to flush out the intestines. The resulting expansion of the colon causes a digestive reaction that nearly completely evacuates the contents of the digestive tract. Enemas are the subject of controversy surrounding their usage and efficacy. Most often, they are used to detoxify the colon and treat certain digestive ailments.
Most common usage of enemas
- Laxative – enemas stimulate bowel movements, and some believe that they can completely clear out the colon. They can be beneficial in relieving constipation or fecal impaction.
- To clean the colon prior to a colonoscopy or other bowel procedures and surgeries.
- Certain medications may be more effective when administered via enema.
- To calm inflammation caused by Irritable Bowl Syndrome
- To deliver treatments directly to areas of the colon affected by inflammatory bowel diseases.
- To avoid the expulsion via vomit of certain medications, including anesthetic agents.
- Barium enemas are used to provide contrast in the imaging of the colon to diagnose disorders.
Enemas may be administered by a health care practitioner or self-administered at home. There are a variety of enema kits and recipes available for home use. Of course, it is best to obtain the advice of a medical professional prior to experimenting with enemas. Some types of enemas may actually cause colon irritation and lead to inflammation and other problems. Enemas are contraindicated for people with certain underlying medical conditions.
By far the most popular home usage of enemas is for detoxification. The colon plays a major role in ridding your body of the toxins you ingest on a daily basis. Many believe that toxins accumulate in our digestive tract, much like plaque on our teeth or lining our arteries. It is thought that enemas help to flush out this accumulated waste matter, and thus improve digestion and overall health. Supposed benefits include:
- Clearing acne and other skin problems
- Easing allergies
- Alleviating arthritis
- Helping back pain
- Boosting respiratory functions and thus calming asthma and chronic coughs
- Preventing and treating cancer
- Fighting fatigue
- Improving immune function
- Easing digestive complaints like colitis, constipation, food poisoning, and irritable bowel syndrome
- Weight loss
- Calming flatulence and cramps
- Fighting depression
- Soothing headaches
- Stimulating the circulatory system to fight problems like blood clots and varicose veins
Different kinds of enemas to treat different conditions include:
- Burdock root – blood purifying, skin problems, kidney function, elimination of calcium deposits.
- Castor oil – constipation and impaction.
- Catnip – soothing, energy boosting, circulation stimulation, good for fever, colds, and gas.
- Green juice (watercress, wheat grass, dandelion greens, or parsley) – full of beneficial vitamins, good for cancer patients.
- Lemon juice – detoxification and treating colitis.
- Red raspberry leaf – good for women, high in iron, very nutritious.
- Yarrow – detoxification of colon, liver, stomach, lymphatic system. Blood purifier by increasing sweating. Good for colds, cramping, fever.
- Coffee – detoxification for the colon, liver, and to control pain, vomiting, anxiety and depression.
- Yogurt – provides beneficial bacteria. Good for inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, constipation, colon cancer, and hemorrhoids.
- Sea salt or Epsom salt – laxative effects.