Enemas are a home remedy for chronic constipation, an affliction of the digestive system characterised by infrequent bowel movements, or painful, hard or incomplete bowel movements. If you experience chronic problems, visit a doctor for an exam before trying a home remedy or an enema. If a constipation problem becomes chronic, it can cause an obstruction or problem that manifests as another disease.
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Types of Enemas
Enemas introduce water or air into the colon to release constipation symptoms. There are three types of enemas for relieving chronic constipation: air, saline or barium.
Enemas commonly cause rectal irritation. In rare cases, enemas can cause side effects like dizziness, nausea, bloating and stomach cramps.
An enema can relieve chronic constipation, leaving you with normal or more frequent bowel movements; less bloating, stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting or stomach upset; and solid and fibrous bowel movements.
Be gentle when administering an enema, you can perforate your colon. Ask for assistance and use lubricant if you need to.
Most professionals feel that enemas are a quick fix, not a long term solution for chronic constipation. Changing your diet to include more fibre and healthy vegetables, exercising to assist in digestion, relaxation and stress reduction will reduce chronic constipation and the need for enemas.
For a natural remedy for chronic constipation, make an herbal tea of red raspberry leaves and fennel and use it as the enema water.
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