Many people believe that toxins are produced by poor lifestyle choices such as overeating, skipping meals, or eating an unhealthy diet. An enema flushes the colon with fluid, expelling built up toxins. An enema is also an alternative remedy for headaches, painful menstrual cramps and influenza. An enema is ideal to use for those that have bouts of constipation as it stimulates the intestines and can create the urge to have a bowel movement. Some people may also use enemas as a source of erotic pleasure. If you are interested in administering an enema, you will need the right equipment for this task.
Throughout history, enema equipment was created out of different materials. During the 11th century to the 15th century, colon tubes in France were made of hollowed leg bones, wood, metal, or reed. Old fashioned enema bags were made of animal bladders or silk bags and were called clyster purses. Clyster is another word for enema. This old-fashioned bag was emptied by squeezing it with both hands. In Spain, this technique was referred to as "playing the bagpipes". By the 17th Century in England, enemas gained in popularity. The first recorded tool for administering enemas was the clyster syringe developed by Fabricius Hildanus. This type of syringe used a rectal nozzle and a plunger. Once the nozzle was inserted into the patient, the plunger was depressed. Most clyster syringes were made of copper or porcelain. The wealthy enjoyed syringes made of silver or mother of pearl. By the 19th century, enema bulb syringes were used.
Most enema kits come with this equipment. An enema bag is needed to hold the solution. It may be made of different materials such as plastic, silicone, latex rubber and stainless steel. Bag sizes vary but 3-quart to 4-quart capacity is recommended. The larger the size of the bag the less often it needs to be refilled. Avoid using latex and rubber if you have a chemical sensitivity. An enema hose also called a colon tube is very flexible and soft. Enema hoses can be used to ensure that the enema solution reaches high into the colon. An enema hose may be made out of materials such as latex or silicone and is attached to the enema bag. An enema hose that is at least 5 feet long makes finding a position easier. A hose clamp is used to control the fluid while you are administering your enema. Some people ignore this clamp and simply raise or lower the bag to stop the flow. The higher that the bag is held, the deeper the solution will flow into the colon. A clamp is usually needed in the end to prevent a back flow of fluids. An enema nozzle is attached to the other end of this hose. Nozzles vary in length and in width. Some nozzles can be 6 inches long and ¾ inches wide or it can be 3 ¼ inches long and ½ inch wide. The length and width depends on your preference. Lubrication such as vaseline, Astroglide, or K-Y Jelly will make insertion more comfortable.
Once you have prepared all of your enema equipment it's time to use them. Enemas are simple to administer. Fill the enema bag with your enema recipe. The temperature of the solution should not be cold because it can induce cramping. Warming the enema solution to at least 103 Fahrenheit may help to relax and soothe the colon. Suspend the enema bag about 12 to 18 inches above your rectum. The higher that you hold the bag, the more pressure there will be. Attach one end of the colon tube to the bag. Attach the nozzle to the opposite end of the hose. Find a comfortable position and insert the nozzle into your rectum. Open the hose clamp to allow the enema solution to flow. If you feel too full or cramping begins, stop or slow down the water flow. Try to massage your abdomen in a counter-clockwise position to minimise cramping and to assist the fluid to reach further into your colon. It helps to take deep breaths and to breathe slowly out of your mouth. After you have taken as much of the enema solution as you need, try and hold it in for 5 to 10 minutes. If this is too uncomfortable, you can proceed to the bathroom to release the fluid. Massaging the abdomen in a clockwise direction can help move the fluid out of the body.
It is important that you take proper care of your enema equipment to avoid health problems. Never share your enema equipment with anyone. Family members should have their own enema kit. Proper care is needed of your enema bag. Mold can grow inside the bag if moisture builds up. Essential oils should be wiped off the interior surface of the bag each time that it is used. Bags that have wider openings are much easier to clean because you can clean and dry it. Always clean all of your enema equipment with soap and water to disinfect them. Hang the enema bag and the tubes to air dry. Grapefruit extract is a natural disinfect that is often used to clean equipment used in enemas.
While some say that enemas are vital for good health, there are some risks involved. Those that frequently use enemas have an increased risk of injuring their rectum and anus. Forcing the colon tube into the colon can cause serous damage. Some ingredients used in enema solutions can cause irritation to the colon or rectum. Those that frequently use enemas may experience difficulty in having a bowel movement. This may occur because the colon has lost it natural ability to move fecal material. Frequent enemas can be dangerous because they can create an imbalance of electrolytes. An imbalance can be fatal in those with cardiac or kidney disease. Never use enemas if you are having abdominal pain, vomiting, or nausea unless you have consulted your physician. Consult your physician if you experience difficulty in having a bowel movement or rectal bleeding after having an enema.