DIY Colonic Irrigation

Updated April 17, 2017

Do-it-Yourself (DIY) colonic irrigation can be done with an enema bag kit or a colonic board. Colonic irrigation places water into the large intestine to remove waste. It can relieve constipation, jumpstart a weight loss program or improve digestion. See a doctor for medical clearance if you have not done a DIY colonic before.

What Are DIY Colonics?

DIY colonics are a way to do colonics at home. Were you to go to a colon hydrotherapy clinic for a colonic, it might cost £48 to £71 for a single session. Instead, purchase an enema kit for less than $20 at a medical supply store or online or a colonic board for under $250 for the same benefits.

An enema bag kit is an enema bag with tubing. You fill it with water, coffee or aloe vera juice, which you empty into the colon. This liquid will prompt bowel movements.

A colonic board is a board placed in a bathtub and has a place to hang the enema bag from and a small step to stand on. This is easier for some people to use.

Water Safety

Use only filtered water, organic coffee and organic aloe vera for DIY colonics. Moving waste out of the colon is a detoxification process, and you don't want to introduce toxins through bad water. Filter water with a faucet-mounted water filter (most use charcoal) that will remove waterborne parasites such as giardia and heavy metals such as copper, lead and methylmercury.

Using organic coffee and organic aloe vera will mean not introducing pesticides into your DIY colonic.


Clean all detox tools by washing them with hot water and soap. If you are using coffee, use filtered water to make about six cups of organic coffee.

Use about 1/2 cup of cooled organic coffee and 2 cups of filtered water to fill the enema bag. Most people use six rounds.

The last round can include 1/2 cup of organic aloe vera juice and about 2 cups of filtered water. The coffee helps cleanse the liver and aloe vera is healing to the tissues of the gastrointestinal tract (GI).

Eat live culture yoghurt with live cultures such as lactobacillus acidophilus to feed the friendly flora in the GI tract. Or take probiotic supplements that contain the same live cultures.


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About the Author

Sava Tang Alcantara has been a writer and editor since 1988, working as a writer and editor for health publications such as "Let's Live Magazine" and "Whole Life Times." Alcantara specializes in health and fitness and is a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer. She does volunteer work regularly and has taught free public yoga classes in Santa Monica, Calif. since 2002.