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Colon Cleansing: Step-by-Step Home Enemas

Polarity Therapy founder, Dr. Randolph Stone was a vigorous proponent of colon cleansing as an important part of optimal health. Today our unhealthy diets and environment have placed greater and greater strains on our bodies. The main job of the colon (large intestine) is to reabsorb water and nutrients from food and remove waste and toxins. Over the years, the colon walls can become encrusted with non-eliminated waste, making it sluggish and inefficient at nourishing the body.  There are various methods from herbal cleanses to colonics and enemas to help detoxify the system.

Oxy Powder is an excellent scientifically formulated, all natural oxygen colon cleanser in pill form.  It helps to gently cleanse the entire 25 to 30 feet of the digestive tract. It is designed to clean, oxidize and reduce the amount of hard impacted fecal matter in both the small and large intestine. Oxy-Powder adds oxygen to your bloodstream and bowel, naturally and toxin-free. It uses time-released oxygen to turn the solid compaction into a liquid or gas.

An Enema gently cleanses the colon and induces bowel movements, leaving you feeling cleaner, lighter, and healthier almost immediately. It provides you with a hands-on relationship with your own body, where there are restrictions and an ability, through movement and massage, to work out the hard to get to places. By creating space in the lower GI tract it provides an easy elimination route for toxins, drawing them from the tissues. It’s my first line of defense for an oncoming cold. It’s also an excellent home remedy for allergies, depression, headache, fatigue, swelling, weight problems, backache, bloating, constipation, candida yeast infections, and much more.

I’m often asked how to do an at-home enema. I thought I’d use a 2-stage approach. Here’s a really good video for people needing clear (maybe a tad graphic) visuals. Of course I have some alternative or additional recommendations as well.

What you’ll need:

  • Enema Bag/Bucket w/ Hose and Nozzle
  • Distilled Water
  • Lubricant
  • Bath Towel
  • Toilet (obviously)

Silicone Enema Bag

ENEMA BAG:  The first thing you’ll need is an enema bag. At the inexpensive end of the spectrum you can get a $10-15 combo enema/hot water bottle from your local pharmacy. These are made from ribbed rubber and are a great way to get started. At around $50 you can get a pure silicone enema bag or stainless steel enema bucket for around $65. If you are going do be doing enemas on a regular basis or have sensitivites or compromised health I would recommend one of the more expensive options. You can find the silicone bag and bucket in my Amazon eStore under Products.

WATER:  The next step is the fluid. You can start with distilled water, but as you get more adventuresome you can also use soothing teas like chamomile, organic coffee or wheatgrass juice. Never use unfiltered tap water, especially if you live in an area where your municipal water is chlorinated. Take the distilled/purified water and boil some in a tea kettle. It doesn’t have to reach boiling, just get somewhat hot.  Fill the enema bag ½ to ⅔ of the way with room temperature water and add the hot water to that, stir/shake and keep adding more hot &/or cool water, testing it on your wrist as you would a baby bottle until you get it to between neutral and slightly warm.

RULE OF THUMB:  Cooler water has a more tonifying/contractive affect on the colon while warmer water is more relaxing but may create more tissue permeability allowing more fluid to pass outside the colon for elimination via the kidneys. I personally like it slightly warm. I find this helps deeply relax my low back muscles which is a huge added bonus.

LUBE: You can use any personal lubricant. I suggest Vitamin E.

PROCESS:  I recommend doing an enema first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.  If you do it later in the day or after you’ve eaten the pressure of food going down from one end and water coming up from the opposite may make the process a little less comfortable.

Once your enema bag is filled with water (see above) attach the hose with clamp and enema nozzle. You may find the longer tip with flared end stays in better, it’s a personal choice.   place the bag on the lip of the sink and open the clamp to allow water to begin to flow and any trapped air to escape. Apply lubricant to the tip and to your anus (see above).  Now you’re ready to start.

Place a bath towel on the bathroom floor and hang the enema bag from a towel rack (shoulder height or lower) or door knob. The higher the bag the more the force of gravity acts on it. Lie on the floor face up with your feet on the floor and knees up. Lubricate the nozzle and anus and insert tip securely.  Open the clamp to allow a small amount of water to enter your colon then reclamp. Repeat this process to get a sense of water temperature and to see how your body responds. Allow the process to be as gentle as possible. As the water enters, slowly rock your knees from side to side and massage your belly counterclockwise starting at the lower left inside the pelvic bowl up to the lower left border of the ribcage across to the right and down to right pelvis. Any obstructions in the colon can cause the sensation of “having to go”. Whenever this occurs or when you’re just feeling full clamp the hose and see if you can allow the feeling to subside by relaxing and massaging.  if it subsides open the clamp and see how much more of the water you can retain. If it doesn’t then proceed to the toilet to evacuate, afterward start the process over and over until the bag is empty (or close enough for you this time). Rinse and relubricate the nozzle each time.

Remember it’s not a contest—there are no prizes for holding in the whole bag. When you first start you may only be able to do small amounts at a time and maybe only half the bag.  The more enemas you do the more the pathways will be open and you will find it easier to hold more and for longer periods up to as much as 15-minutes. That’s the basics!

AFTERWARD:  What next? Colon cleansing can be a regular part of a healthy lifestyle.  People often want to know how often should I cleanse? I recommend cycling through as part your purifying/detoxifying process paired with a detox diet (vs health building or maintenance—each is equally important) and activities like a far-infrared sauna. You can do it only once, or daily for several days, once a week for several weeks, seasonally or as needed. However it’s not an every day all the time activity. Consult with your health care provider to determine what might work for your health condition and needs.

Cleansing can flush both the healthy and unhealthy bacteria from the GI tract, so replenishing healthy intestinal flora is a VITAL part of the process. Be sure to follow cleansing with probiotics—in pill form and/or through live/active fermented foods like raw organic sauerkraut, kimchi, miso soup, kefirs or yogurt, and kombucha. A healthy gut biome is the heart of a healthy immune system and body.

If you decide to try colon cleansing, you can find many of these products in my Amazon eStore or in your local health food store or pharmacy. Also see Donna Gates website for more information on cleansing and reestablishing a healthy gut. Here’s to your health!


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