Enema is the process of cleaning the colon and moving bowel through introducing substance into the anal area. The solution is a combination of water, sodium phosphate or sodium bicarbonate. An enema bag connected to a thin tube is utilized during the process to transport the solution to the colon.
Benefits of Enema
Aside from cleaning the colon, performing enema brings many benefits to the individual.
- It prevents conditions such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome due to unhealthy colon weakened by accumulation of toxins.
- A general well-being shows if colon health is maintained. Clear skin and healthy hair are clear manifestations of a body free from toxins caused by the food they eat.
- The state of emotional health is likewise enhanced, preventing depression and anxiety.
- Enema is also an effective relief from other conditions such as the onset of cold, flu or a deteriorating lymphatic system. It provides a refreshing feeling after draining stagnant mucous from the lymph nodes.
Home Enema Tips
- Follow the instructions from the enema kit. It is advisable to consult a doctor for people who are performing enema for the first time.
- Avoid using enemas too frequently in order not to upset the body’s natural bowel movement.
- Individuals performing enema should consider reported side effects like dehydration, nausea and cramps. Some patients also experience allergic reactions.
How To Do a Home Enema
- Assemble the enema kit based on the instructions. Use an IV stand or a post from which the enema bag can be attached.
- Fill the bag with distilled water then use the clamp to let the water flow through the tube. Make sure there are no air pockets forming inside the tube.
- The patient is recommended to lie down while taking enema, or assume the knee chest position, a prone position where the person rests on his or her knees and support the chest with the arms and elbows.
- Lubricate the anus and the tip of the insertion tube with oil.
- While assuming the right position, carefully insert the nozzle into the anus. Adjust the angle slowly if there is a feeling of resistance.
- Slowly release the clamp to start the enema, keeping the movement slow and avoiding cramps. If there is pain, clamp the tube first and inhale. A light massage of the abdomen can also relieve the cramps.
- Once there is enough of the water consumed, remove the insertion tip slowly and proceed to the toilet.
- Relax for 15 minutes before expelling the liquid from the enema.
- Clean and air-dry the enema kit before storing it.