AN EASIER PROCEDURE THAN YOU WOULD IMAGINE
In case you’ve never heard about the use of an enema, you’re in the right place. An enema is a procedure that stimulates stool evacuation and relieves constipation. It’s a liquid treatment that conveniently helps push waste out of the colon, with your body reaping many benefits in the process. The average person has almost 5 kgs, if not more, of waste inside their large intestine, so periodically including enemas into your routine can be advantageous to your health. They are especially helpful to those individuals who do not have at least one regular bowel movement per day. Guided support is always recommended, too, especially for your first time.
Read on to learn about the benefits of this ancient technique for cleansing the colon–which you can do either at home or in the comfort of your local spa.
AN ANCIENT DETOXING TECHNIQUE
Dating back to 1500 B.C., the Egyptians were the first recorded people to use the procedure of colon flushing. References have also been made to enemas in ancient texts, from the Babylonians and Assyrians in 600 B.C. to the Ancient Greeks, to Africans along the Ivory Coast in 500 A.D. and among the rich in the Middle Ages. The 17th century became known as ”the age of the enemas” and Parisians would use them three to four times daily. In the 19th century, the development of rubber gave way to more advanced colon hydrotherapy equipment. And the craze ultimately reached into the fancy neighbourhoods of Beverly Hills in California in the 1950s.
Today, the procedure of cleansing stool residue from the large intestine is also called ‘colonic lavage’ and ‘colonic irrigation’. Variations of this flushing technique are used world-wide, and are growing in popularity as the idea of inner hygiene spreads.
COLON PROBLEMS AND THEIR EFFECT ON THE BODY
The role of the colon is to absorb liquid and nutrients from food and to remove waste and toxins from the body. Over the years, however, and especially with the increased exposure to chemically infused food, the walls of the colon can become encrusted with residual waste. This, in effect, makes for a slower and inefficient digestive system.
WHAT AILMENTS DO ENEMAS TREAT?
Usually diet changes and exercise are recommended as the first steps in treating gastrointestinal issues such as constipation. Laxatives may be recommended by a doctor as well, and enemas are often used for the first time when the “dis-ease” has become more advanced. After discovering the benefits, many people get them regularly.
It makes sense that this technique is used in treating colitis, since the way an enema enters the body is directly through the rectum. Colitis, for those unfamiliar, is an inflammation of the inner lining of the colon. Colitis has variations, which include the ulcerative type, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and more.
Surprisingly, enemas can be effective in treating a variety of ailments other than stomach issues. These include backaches, Candida yeast infections, headaches, hemorrhoids, skin problems, weight issues, fatigue, and more. Constipation is often treated with enemas, and it is important to do so, as residual accumulation in the large intestine can lead to colon cancer. Yale researchers have also discovered that constipation is linked to the herpes virus and kidney disease. This shows that, as seems logical, the body is a system that works in a unified way, and all organs influence each other. Consequently, the benefits of an enema are all-encompassing; this includes improvement in mood as the stomach and its chemical reactions have been proven to have important links to the brain.
EFFECTS ON THE BODY
The benefits of enemas are wide-ranging and include eliminating bacteria, toxins, and excess fatty acids from the intestines, and aiding in the restoration of the stomach’s natural flora. They can also have a positive impact on the nervous system, flushing away exhaustion and anxiety. Enemas help to balance hormones, control appetite, regulate sleep, and improve mental processing. Enemas can also clear your skin, and improve concentration and circulation.
THE RIGHT PREPARATION
This is how you do it. It’s important to sterilise all equipment and start with an empty stomach and bladder before proceeding. Ideally, you should have a few old towels underneath your body in case the liquid leaks. A water bag is filled with warm water and, optionally, a mixture of ingredients depending upon your preferences and goals. The tube, attached to the bag, is then slowly and carefully inserted into the rectum–it is especially helpful to keep a lubricant handy in order to facilitate the insertion. With the bag slightly elevated, gravity begins the flushing process pumping water into the colon.
RECIPES FOR ENEMA
Generally speaking, there are two types of enemas. Cleansing enemas are meant to be retained for two to three minutes, until the body’s impulse naturally expels them; and retention enemas are meant to be held for about 15 minutes.
Here are some cleansing enemas to consider:
- Apple cider vinegar enemas (2-3 tbsp diluted in water) clear mucus from the body and to eradicate viral conditions.
- Burdock root enemas aid in eliminating calcium deposits as well as purifying the blood.
- Lemon juice enemas detoxify the system and balance the pH level.
Some retention enemas include the following:
- Organic coffee enemas stimulate the liver and gallbladder to eliminate metabolic and environmental toxins (no more than 15 minutes).
- Probiotic enemas are ideal for treating Candida or yeast infections.
- Red raspberry leaf enemas are particularly helpful for women as they are high in iron, and they are also good for the eyes.
The most crucial part of using an enema is to be safe. Be careful to investigate options thoroughly, be aware of possible allergic reactions, and be careful with the insertion of the tube as it is possible to damage the walls of the rectum if it’s not properly lubricated. Also, use them in moderation as there is potential for too much of a good thing. And when in doubt, consult with a specialist.