An enema is a surefire cure for acute constipation, a way to get even the most clogged up bowels to empty. It involves the insertion of a tube through the anus through which a solution is pumped into the rectum and the colon. This softens the hardened stools and causes the colon to expand thereby facilitating the passage of stools.
Types of Homemade Enema Solutions
There are many different types of enema solutions that are quite effective at relieving constipation. The easiest to make is a soap water enema made by dissolving soap in water. The soapy water is warmed, then filled in the enema bottle and administered.
Castile Soap Enema :
A castile soap is a soap which is made from coconut oil or olive oil and is hence gentler than regular soap. Castile soap can cause some irritation and cramping. Hence, it is best to follow up a castile soap enema with a regular water enema or a salt water enema. Castile soap is available in bar form or liquid form. When using a bar use approx. 1/12th of it and dissolve it in 1.5 liters of regular water. In case of the liquid variant, dissolve a 9 ml packet in 1.5 liters of regular water. Ensure that the water is kept warm.
Olive Oil Enema :
Another recipe for an enema solution is to mix two tablespoons of olive oil with 1½ liters of warm water. You can also mix the same quantity of olive oil with 1 liter of milk and ½ a liter of water. The ideal temperature for the enema solution is about 104°F. The olive oil is rather more effective at softening the stools than plain or soapy water and will also serve to lubricate the rectum making passage of the stools much easier.
Coffee enemas :
Coffee enemas strange as they may sound, are also quite effective at relieving constipation. Coffee enemas can be made using instant coffee. It is reputed to be excellent for also removing toxins from the liver and gallbladder as well as forcing the body to produce glutathione-S-transferese, an antioxidant that can help skin glow.
Salt Water enema :
A salt water enema contains salt and water. The addition of salt reduces the exchange of water to and from the colon. This, in turn, does not allow the kidney and the bladder to be filled with water. Once this is prevented, you will not feel the urge to urinate regularly while receiving the enema.
Alcohol enema : Alcohol enemas can use beer, wine or even hard liquor. Alcohol is absorbed very quickly in the intestines as compared to the stomach. Hence you can get drunk very easily and very fast. Using alcohol in an enema can also cause alcohol poisoning which results in death. It is best to avoid an alcohol enema.
There are numerous other homemade enema recipes such as the milk and honey enema, barium enema, lemon juice enema and so on so forth.
Diet for Enema
A well balanced and healthy diet with special emphasis on adequate amount of fluids and fiber is highly beneficial in the process of colon cleansing. The patient should not eat anything one hour before and after an Enema home treatment. Moreover, the patient should take light foods like salads fruits juices, vegetable juices, soups after the process of Enema.
As Enemas tend to lower the level of blood sugar, it is often advised to eat a ripe banana or any other food that can raise the sugar level moderately. Preferably, Enemas should be done in the morning on an empty stomach.
Plus, it would be better to avoid the consumption of vegetables like lady’s finger, eggplant, potato and jackfruit a day prior to this detoxification process. Meat foods, carbonated drinks and alcohol are also best avoided.
Barium Enema is a type of Enema that is used in hospitals and clinics for X-ray examination of the large intestine. The patient going for this procedure should not eat anything 12 hours prior to it. Enemas should not be used in the presence of conditions like rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea etc.