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How to Perform an Enema

Sometimes, people suffering from constipation, or those who need to cleanse their colon, are asked to undergo enema. This article provides you with adequate information and steps that you should follow while giving yourself an enema.
HolisticZine Staff
Enema is a method for cleansing the colon and is done by injecting a solution into the anus through a nozzle attached to the enema bag. When the solution is introduced into the rectum, it stimulates the bowel, thus easing the evacuation process. Enema is one of the best methods that has been used to treat people suffering from constipation. Apart from this, it is also used to cure irritable bowel syndrome, to treat flu or fever, as well as to cure some other chronic illnesses. It is also recommended for pregnant women who suffer from constipation. Other than this, enemas are also administered to people who have to undergo procedures like sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, surgery, etc. Though enemas can be done at hospitals, many are not comfortable with this idea and prefer doing it themselves. Follow these simple tips to ensure you do it properly. More on enema for constipation.
An enema kit can easily be bought from a local drug store. You can either invest in a kit in which you will have to make the solution on your own, or buy a pre-packaged kit which can be disposed after use. On the other hand, you can use the former one several times, but not before cleaning it properly after use. It is also important to make sure that the enema is not shared with any other individual for the purpose of hygiene.
Step #1
If you have got a pre-packaged enema, you can skip this step. However, if you have bought just the equipment, you should know the ingredients and their quantities to make the perfect solution. The main ingredient in the solution, that acts as a laxative, is lukewarm water. The temperature of the water should be anywhere between 95 degrees F to 100 degrees F. Accordingly, make sure that the water is not very hot. Squeeze a single lemon into the water and mix well. You can also use brown vinegar instead of lemon juice, but do not use both of them together. Once this is done, fill the enema bag with this solution.
Step #2
The next step is to find a comfortable place where you can actually perform the enema. Though the bathroom is the ideal place, it is fine to do it in any room, where you can relax and be comfortable. Place the enema bag at least 2-3 feet above you. This is essential as it ensures a strong flow of water. Once the bag is placed in the appropriate position, remove the cap that covers the nozzle. Usually, the nozzle or the tip of the tube is covered with some kind of a lubricant to make insertion easier and painless. You may also apply some lubricant on your anus. Next, sit on the floor on your hands and knees. Keep your legs apart so that it becomes easy for you to insert the nozzle into your anus. Another position that you can choose while giving enemas to yourself is by lying on your side.
Step #3
Once in position, the next step is to insert the nozzle of the enema into your anus. Take the nozzle in your right hand and gently push it into your anus. This can sometimes cause a little pain or a mild discomfort. Once the nozzle is in, squeeze the bag that contains the solution with the other hand. After you squeeze in the entire solution, remove the nozzle gently out of the anus. Though you will get a sensation of going to the bathroom immediately, you need to hold yourself back, at least for 10-15 minutes. It is important to wait for several minutes to allow the solution to spread to the entire colon. Continue lying in the same position for a few minutes, and then, gently massage your abdominal area. After giving yourself an enema, it is advised that you do not leave the house for a few hours, as you may feel the urge to use the bathroom many times.
I hope this article was useful and informative. Though it is absolutely fine to use enema on your own, it should be done only if the doctor recommends or suggests it to you. If you experience severe pain or discomfort, during or after the use of enema, consult your doctor immediately, who will guide you effectively through the procedure and aftercare.