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Enema Questions & Benefits
What is the difference between an enema and colon hydrotherapy?
The bottom line is that you have access to a lot more water during a colon hydrotherapy session (40-80 liter) versus the 2 liters that your average enema bag holds. Colon Hydrotherapy, done well, is often a better tool to get the intestinal muscles to start pumping or 'peristalting'. Often, the number one goal of colon cleansing is to get the gut muscles to expand and contract rhythmically, just like the heart. This action is the key to getting out the right amount of stool daily. When a colonic is taken using the 'closed system' you can use the tubing to stimulate peristalsis in an effort to retrain the colon.
Enemas, done well, can be nearly as effective as colonics and are much more cost effective. Given experience and patience, enemas can clean out the entire colon just as a colonic would. It just takes some work and you have to know what you are doing. I promote both for different reasons, which include effectiveness, cost, personal preference of the client, health goals, how often one needs the treatments, etc. I think both are very useful and often best used in conjunction with each other.
Will a enema clear up my skin?
Your skin actually "breathes" and is an important organ of elimination of waste material. Sometimes, if the colon, liver or kidneys are functioning poorly, the skin will be required to make up the difference. Surface eruptions on the skin of various sorts may occur due to toxins being released. Cleansing and healing the colon diminishes the burden placed upon the skin as well as the other organs of elimination: lungs, liver and kidneys. As elimination is accomplished through its proper channels, the skin will very often clear up. Coffee enemas are great for the skin.
Some people say that enemas wash out intestinal flora and valuable nutrients. Is this so?
The truth is that the washing out of putrefied material in the large intestine, increases the good intestinal flora. Good bacteria can only breed in a clean environment, which has been washed free of putrefaction and it’s accompanying harmful bacteria. This is why the intestines of a newborn baby immediately begin to grow good intestinal flora. Each time you clean out the putrefying rubbish and make a better environment for the good flora, they start to multiply immediately in their natural media. It also stands to reason that valuable nutrients can better be absorbed in a clean environment than in a putrefied one. If there is Candida present I recommend an implant with bifidus bacteria.
I'm worried that I could become dependent on enemas. If I have too many, the colon may stop functioning on its own. Are enemas habit-forming?
The enema is a tool intended to be used to create a clean and healthy colon. You should set a goal of having a well-functioning colon. Your fulfillment comes from assisting yourself in healing your colon, not in making yourself dependent upon enemas. Actually, one of its features is that an enema (if done correctly!) can be used to tonify the colon muscle so that the colon doesn't perform so sluggishly. Many people have sluggish colons. It can take sometimes days for bowel movements to return after a good enema. This is when people think they are becoming "dependent" on enemas. A good enema can be worth 2 or 3 regular bowel movements, so it may take some time for fecal material to build up in the colon once again if one has a sluggish colon. When the colon is sluggish and bowel movements do not return for a few days after one enema, it is an indication that extensive colon work is needed to remove the debris that the bowel has built up over the years. This build up of fecal material has decreased the muscular action in the colon. Enemas can give you a feeling of being lighter, cleaner and healthier with a sense of well-being. Cleansing and building programs offer preventative measures so that you can be in control of your own health. Dietary changes are often necessary to ensure long lasting and vital health.
Important: Always do an enema after your natural bowel motion! Enemas are not intended to replace Mother Nature’s call! If you suffer from serious chronic constipation enemas alone are not the solution - see your holistic colon hydro-therapist or health care provider!
What are the characteristics of a healthy, well functioning colon?Healthy babies, animals and adults not subjected to the "refinements" of civilization have bowel movements shortly after each meal is eaten. So, assuming there is sufficient fiber and water available to the colon, one characteristic is a bowel movement shortly after a meal is eaten (we are talking full meal not snack). Once the urge to eliminate is honored by a trip to the toilet, the elimination should be easy and take no more than a few seconds. The stool will be long, large in diameter, light brown in color, without offensive odor and should float just below the surface or sink very slowly. When the toilet is flushed, the stool immediately begins breaking apart by the action of water movement. As incredible as this may sound, it is true and commonly experienced in cultures where people live more naturally.
Will one enema completely empty the colon?
Almost never. Many of us have a considerable amount of impacted feces in our colon. This is a hardened, rubbery or wallpaper like material. Substantial work must be done to remove it. There is a subtle learning process involved in having enemas. As you become more aware of what is going on in your abdomen, and as your body learns how to allow the cleansing experience, you are better able to enter into that process, and therefore more material is released. One enema will remove some of the stagnant waste in the colon. The second and subsequent enemas will remove more waste. How many you may wish to have will depend upon your personal objectives? Remember that enemas are only a tool to be used for a short time. Don't get dependant on them.
How often should I clean my colon or take an enema?
This is a question that can only be answered on an individual basis. You are a unique individual with unique needs. In order to answer this question, one should look at their health and lifestyle history, their diet, their goals, their economic situation, and their present lifestyle. One very important guide when thinking about the use of colon cleansing is to realize that it is a powerful emotional tool that often allows the person to frame a difficult lifestyle change, thus promoting a successful program that brings more self-directed motivation.
I highly recommend cleaning your colon at least once a year with a good cleansing program. This can be any type of fasting or herbal cleanses, depending on your body type. During that time you can have more enemas or see a holistic colon hydro-therapist. Often the waste is so hard and deeply lodged in the colon that a series of enemas may be necessary to sufficiently soften and loosen it. Properly done enemas also stimulate the liver, kidney and lymph system to dump toxins.
Remember, enemas are not intended to replace your bowel movements. You want your bowel to do the work.
Once your system becomes cleaner you get a renewed sense of how you ought to feel, which will help you to know for yourself how often you should clean your colon.
Will it be okay to eat after having an enema?
We suggest that you eat at your normal mealtime, and consume a moderate amount of whatever seems gentle and nourishing to you. Just as it doesn't make sense to have your car cleaned and then immediately drive it through mud, eating a meal known to cause trouble in your abdomen directly after an enema isn't an intelligent choice. Something light like salads, vegetable soups or broths, fruit, or juices are the best choice.
And what can I expect after having an enema?
Most likely, you'll feel great. Probably you'll feel lighter and enjoy a sense of well-being. As soon as the enema is finished you can carry on with your daily routine. For some, the enema may trigger several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours, but there won't be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. I generally recommend having some time for yourself in case you feel like some quiet time after the enema.
Signs of self-poisoning
- Allergy or intolerance to certain foods
- Bad breath and foul-smelling gas and stools
- Constipation, diarrhea, sluggish elimination, irregular bowel movements
- Frequent congestion, colds, viruses
- Flatulence or gas and frequent intestinal disorders
- Frequent headaches for no apparent reason
- General aches and pains that migrate from one place to another
- Intolerance to fatty foods
- Low energy; loss of vitality for no apparent reason
- Lower back pain
- Lowered resistance to infections
- Needing to sleep a long time
- Pain in your liver or gall bladder
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast soreness, vaginal infections
- Skin problems, rashes, boils, pimples, acne
Benefits of an Enema
Depending on the purpose of doing an enema, the benefits that you may receive could cover health, well being, and pleasure, pain or vitality aspects. As enemas can be carried out for medical reasons and attended under physician's supervision in clinics and hospitals, it is also known that many individuals practice them for erotic purposes, including BDSM activities such as Bondage (BD), Bondage and Discipline (B&D), Domination and submission (D&S, DS, D/S) and Sadism, Masochism or Sadomasochism (S&M, SM).
However, most people use enemas as part of alternative healing and wellness therapies, because they are relatively simple procedure to perform whether self-administered or by another person. The colon is the end portion of the human digestive tract (large intestine) and it is approximately 5 to 5 and half feet long and 2 and a half inches in diameter. The intestine function is to conserve water in the body and eliminate the waste from the body which, in average individuals, may have 10 to 25 pounds of dried fecal matter lying down in their colon that increases it size with obesity or allergic patterns.
Regardless the selected therapy, colonic treatment benefits can often be quickly observed in the form of improved bowel function altogether with bright clearer skin, increasing of mental clarity, and fewer headaches in comparison with those observed before the cleansing. Enemas are effective in primary bowel conditions of IBS, where colic and spasm may be relieved, as well as in constipation, where the impactions can be expelled while the bowel muscle is exercised by water temperature variation and also diverticulosis where regular elimination is important.
With the use of enemas as colonic irrigation method, many secondary conditions accompanied by poor bowel mechanics can also be aided, especially those affecting the skin, kidneys, lungs and urinary tract. The colon, as all these other eliminative organs, is responsible for eliminating waste from the body, but over time, it might lose its ability to properly do it from the gastrointestinal tract due to an improper lifestyle, poor diet, or abuse in alcohol or drugs intake.
Coloncleansing hydrotherapies are benefic to destroy all anaerobic organisms in the large bowel, including pathogens that produce a wide range of diseases. Enemas can remove parasites from the intestines thanks to the warm water used in the therapy which has a definite calming effect on the nervous system. A colon cleansing treatment in overweight people can eliminate as much as 8 to 30 pounds of dried fecal matter over a series of treatments by merely cleansing out their lower gastrointestinal tract, clearing the colon of the waste material, stimulating the immune systems and restoring proper pH balance to the body.
Enemas associated with the colon cleansing practice, allow freer passage of nutrients into the blood by increasing prevention of toxic absorption via healthy mucosa and creating a favorable environment for "good bacteria" and micro flora required for proper digestion and promoting the return of normal, regular bowel movements. Other common health problems that are helped by enemas and colon cleansing hydrotherapy include common illnesses such as insomnia, allergies, anxiety, worry, irritability, asthma, fatigue, depression, tension, cold hands and feet, loss of memory, loss of concentration, blood pressure, menstrual problems, overweight, flatulence, poor appetite, abdominal distention, indigestion, colds, prostate trouble, sagging posture, hemorrhoids and hypoglycemia.
Finally, immune and circulatory problems often also improve with colonic treatment, including the treatment of cancer in its early stage.