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By Cat, Sept 2008 (Image, right, from Amazon (17)

I have moved each recipe category to its own page, but am saving this version for just-in-case. It only includes what you need to do each enema; see complete instructions

This article also available as printable pdf file: 16-page EnemaRecipes-v2.pdf; see also 7-page: EnemaBasics-v2.pdf

This posting includes specific enema recipes, divided into sections:

  • Easy-to-take and soothing
    • Warm Water Enema (for diarrhea)
    • Castile Soap Enemas (for constipation)
    • Salt-Soda Enema (for spring cleaning; stimulates lymph)
    • Aloe Vera Enema (for reducing bowel inflammation)
  • Acidic or astringent (These can be hard to retain)
    • Apple Cider Vinegar Enema (for detox & pH balance)
    • Lemon Juice Enema (for cleansing, detox, & pH balancing)
  • Purging
    • Garlic-Epsom Salt Enema (purging, as for getting rid of parasites)
  • High Enemas
    • Sweet Dairy Whey Enema (detox, minerals, pH balancing)
    • Probiotic Enema (see also Probiotic Retention Enema, below)
  • Retention Enemas
    • Coffee Enema (for liver detox)
    • Chlorophyll or Wheatgrass Enema (for pH balancing, mineral)
    • Probiotic Retention Enema (Implant)

Cautions: 

  1. Do not use enemas for weight control.
  2. While enemas can be very helpful in helping you to detox or relieve constipation, if not done slowly and properly and with clean equipment, they can cause serious problems.
  3. If you are very constipated, or if you have diverticulitis, please seek the assistance of a medical professional.

I am not a doctor and am not qualified to advise you on your specific health situation. My intent is merely to raise awareness and express opinion.

Considerations

While enemas can be very helpful in helping you to detox or relieve constipation, if not done slowly and properly and with clean equipment, they can cause serious problems.

If you are very constipated, or if you have diverticulitis, please seek the assistance of a medical professional.

Always go slowly; do not force the fluid into your colon. If you encounter resistance to water flow, stop the flow, then gently massage your abdomen and try again; repeat as necessary.

If you have not done an enema before, or if it’s been a long time since you did an enema, I recommend doing one of the following soothing enemas first (recipe instructions below):

  • Warm Water enema, or
  • Castile soap enema

Always consult a medical professional if you are severely constipated, before performing an enema. And in the future, don’t allow yourself to get so constipated, by using a gentle enema at the first sign of constipation, or by taking herbs for constipation.

Specific Enemas

I am not a doctor and am not qualified to advise you on your specific health situation. My intent is merely to raise awareness and express opinion.

See category links (maroon text) for details and instructions for each enema. Only “What you need” list is included here for each enema.

Easy to take & soothing

These enemas are the least resistant to the process. By that I mean: Your colon will naturally want to expel anything you put into it from the anus, because the colon’s muscular wall is designed to move contents only one way: out. But the colon tissue is more tolerant of some fluids than others, and these are included in this section. These fluids also tend to be soothing to an irritated colon.

Warm Water Enema

This enema is recommended for diarrhea, but can be used anytime. It is also used during the veggie-juice fast. In addition to removing toxins and relieving diarrhea, it also helps to re-hydrate the body, something that is important with diarrhea, or during illness.

You need:

  • Warm filtered water to 120° F
  • Enema bag, hose and tip

Castile Soap Enema Instructions

This enema is recommended for constipation, and is the most common enema that hospital personnel are trained to do.

You need:

  • Warm filtered water to 120° F
  • 2 -3 drops Dr. Bronners or other liquid castile soap; or 1 packet Castile enema soap. Do NOT use shampoo or liquid detergent for this enema; they are too harsh and can lead to soap-induced colitis. Use only high-quality liquid Castile soap
  • Enema bag, hose and tip

For more detail, see instructions by Catherine Cavanaugh RN. (8, 19); other related enema articles (Gerson Therapy article on enemas, and “Coffee [enema]: the Royal Flush” for treatment of cancer, are also included on that same page (19).

Salt or Salt-&-Soda Enema instructions

This is a good cleansing enema and also stimulates the lymph system. Good to do as a spring cleaning, tho I like to do twice a year (spring and fall), along with a salt and soda bath. It’s also fairly easy to retain – the salt and soda are soothing to the intestinal mucosa.

You need:

  • 2 quarts warm filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp salt (I use unrefined sea salt such as Real Salt) Caution: Do Not Use iodized salt.
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda (optional)
  • Enema bag, hose and tip

I am not a doctor and am not qualified to advise you on your specific health situation. My intent is merely to raise awareness and express opinion.

Aloe Vera Enema instructions

Good healing treatment for inflammation of the bowel. (15)

  • 1 cup pure aloe vera juice
  • 1 – 1¼ quarts (4 – 5 cups) filtered water
  • Enema bag, hose and tip

Acidic or astringent

Astringent substances are used to shrink mucous membranes, causing a discharge. They are felt as ‘drying’. The astringent substance is often, but not always acidic. They may also be antiseptic, and/or anti-inflammatory.

If you have never done one of these before, I highly suggest using the lowest recommended amount of substance the first few times.

I am not a doctor and am not qualified to advise you on your specific health situation. My intent is merely to raise awareness and express opinion.

Apple Cider Vinegar Enema instructions

This ancient enema has many health benefits, and contains over 40 vitamins and minerals. It releases toxins from the liver and has helped arthritis patients, people with high blood pressure, and skin conditions. Other ailments helped by consuming apple cider vinegar are high cholesterol, insomnia and fatigue, liver and kidney problems, asthma, and more.

Candida (yeast) in the bowel thrives when the bowel is too alkaline; a cider vinegar enema encourages candida to exit, so is useful if you have problems with yeast overgrowth. Note, however, that candida will return in the next 24 – 48 hours, so this is not a permanent fix but rather provides temporarily relief from the symptoms. Be sure to take lots of probiotic foods (yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, etc.) right after this enema to help restore proper microbe balance. You can also follow this enema with a probiotic enema or a probiotic implant.

It is also useful for rinsing out the colon after a soap suds enema, especially if you have hard water, since soap combines with the minerals in the hard enema water to make soap scum. The mild acidity of cider vinegar breaks up & removes the scum while restoring the minerals to the bowel. See Health-Information-Fitness for more on this useful enema. (12)

You need:

  • 2 quarts filtered water,
  • ½ – 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Enema bag, hose and tip

For some reason unknown to me, this enema is hard for me to retain more than 2 cups at a time.

Lemon Juice Enema instructions

The following is from Prescription for Natural Healing, by Phyllis Balch, CNC. See Amazon for more about this book.

The main reasons to take a lemon-water enema are:

  • to cleanse the colon of fecal matter,
  • balance the pH of the colon for better nutrient absorption and increase your native probiotic colony; and
  • general detox. NOTE: Especially if using for detox, alternate lemon juice enema with coffee enema on different days.

You need:

  • 2 quarts warm, filtered water
  • juice of 1 – 3 lemons ** see caution, below **
  • Enema bag, hose and tip

**Caution: If you’ve never done a lemon juice enema before, I highly recommend starting with the juice of just one lemon, per 2 quarts of water. Lemon juice is very astringent, and your body will want to void it quickly, before you can get much into your colon. I also highly recommend doing a preliminary enema of 2 quarts warm water, to remove most stool, before doing the lemon enema. **

Purging

I am not a doctor and am not qualified to advise you on your specific health situation. My intent is merely to raise awareness and express opinion.

Purging means getting rid of what you don’t want. You would use a purging enema to get rid of parasites that reside in the colon, such as pinworms, infectious and other bacteria that are not native to the colon, and candida albicans.

Most astringent enemas such as those above, are also purging. And some others are purging without being astringent, such as the Garlic & Epsom Salt Enema.

Garlic-Epsom Salt Enema instructions

Precaution: This enema is very purging. Use no more than twice during a fast. Good treatment for pinworms and threadworms in the large intestine.

You need:

  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 quarts filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp Epsom salt
  • Enema bag, hose and tip

High enemas

I am not a doctor and am not qualified to advise you on your specific health situation. My intent is merely to raise awareness and express opinion.

These enemas are designed to push the fluid all the way to the cecum – the beginning of the colon (where the small intestine dumps into the colon). The first time you do one of these, you many not find them ‘easy’ to introduce, so I recommend first doing an ‘easy’ enema (above) such as pure water or castile soap enema, to remove as much fecal matter as possible, that would otherwise cause resistance.

Warm Water Enema

See above for instructions and info.  However, instead of the 3” tip, it is recommended to use a Davol tip which can be inserted to go farther up the colon. See Enema Basics: High Enema for more details.

Sweet Dairy Whey Enema Instructions

This enema is recommended for acidifying the colon, primarily to improve the habitat for beneficial acid-living bacteria and reduce candida albicans populations. It is also mineralizing and helps with detox. This is part of WIT (Webster Implant Technique) originated by David Webster in his book Acidophilus & Colon Health (see Amazon for more). See also TheWholeWhey.com.

The main idea is to get this mixture all the way to the cecum at beginning of the large intestine (where the small intestine dumps into the colon), where most of the probiotic bacteria reside. This requires at least 2 quarts of water. If you cannot get all of it in before you need to void, then void all and do another 2 quarts.

David Webster recommends following this enema with a probiotic implant. Although I believe any good quality probiotic is effective as an implant (including yogurt), Mr. Webster recommends Kyo-Dophilus (iHerb product code WAK-61049) or other good probiotic, which is ‘specially cultured human strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria’ that should colonize in your colon. I use iFora (iHerb product code SED-21001) because muscle testing indicates it is very good for me, whereas Kyo-Dophilus is not. See Probiotic Implant instructions below.

You need:

  • 3 – 4 Tbsp powdered sweet dairy whey*
  • 2 quarts filtered water, divided
  • Enema bag, hose and tip (use a Davol tip to deliver the fluids farther up into the colon (see Enema Basics)

* I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Sweet Dairy Whey, a byproduct of the Oregon cheese industry and not dried at thigh temperatures (available at iHerb.com if you can’t find it at your local natural foods store). Alternately, use at least 8 oz fresh liquid whey from cheesemaking, that is even better to use, as it has not been dried.

Probiotic Enema instructions

I include this in the high enema section, but it can also be used for the lower part of the colon. See also Probiotic Retention enema, below.

You want probiotic food or supplement that contains bifidobacteria (bifidus). This is because acidophilus (and other lactobacillus bacteria) prefer the small intestine and bifidobacteria (bifidus) prefer the large intestine (colon), so you’ll get the best results if your choice of probiotic includes bifidus.

You can use plain, unsweetened commercial yogurt or kefir, but  make certain it says “contains live bacteria,” (and not “made with live bacteria”). However, most yogurt does not contain bifidus, but some do (read the label). If your yogurt does not contain bifidus, open up 1 – 2 capsules of a bifidus probiotic and stir into the warmed yogurt before mixing with the water. Or culture your own yogurt using a culture that contains bifidus.

Or you can use probiotic supplements; however, liquid whey, yogurt or kefir are far better than supplements, as these have billions more probiotic bugs than dried probiotic in capsules.

Choose a probiotic that includes bifidus (bifidobacteri), as these are the dominant flora in the colon (acidophilus prefer the small intestine).

If using powdered probiotic (or capsules), choose one high in bifidus (bifidobacteria), as this is the primary beneficial bacteria in the colon; Kyo-Dophilus is generally recommended as it contains specially cultured human strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria that should implant in your intestines.

[NOTE: While Kyo-Dophilus-9 is generally recommended (iHerb product code WAK-61049), I have a sensitivity to Kyo-Dophilus-9 (so it is antagonistic in me). Instead, I use iFlora, which tests good for me using muscle testing, and contains bifidus. What tests good for one person, may not for the next. I highly recommend getting tested for several probiotics to find the one that is best for you. See NAET: Find a Practitioner. ]

You need:

  • 2 quarts warm filtered water,
  • 2 Tbsp liquid whey, yogurt or kefir, or 4 – 5 capsules of probiotic (dump the powder out of the capsules), OR
  • 1/8 tsp powdered probiotic
  • Enema bag, hose and tip

Retention Enemas

I am not a doctor and am not qualified to advise you on your specific health situation. My intent is merely to raise awareness and express opinion.

These are not retained indefinitely, but rather for about 10 – 20 minutes, which is enough time for them to do the work they are intended to do. For example, the coffee enema is designed to stimulate your liver/gall bladder to release bile into the small intestine, which requires about 10 minutes of retention in the lower colon.

Other retention enemas are designed for other purposes and require different retention times. the probiotic enema is designed to provide viable probiotic bacteria to the colon when your own flora are compromised or decimated, or after a cleansing enema which can deplete your flora.

I am not a doctor and am not qualified to advise you on your specific health situation. My intent is merely to raise awareness and express opinion.

Coffee Enema instructions

See also Coffee Enema Dr. Max Gerson protocol (18)

The main reason to take a coffee enema it to stimulate your liver and gall bladder to release bile and relieve an over-burdened liver (too many toxins to detox). Symptoms of this need are:

  • persistent itching of the skin,
  • eczema,
  • hives,
  • tenderness in upper right quadrant of the abdomen (liver area), and/or headaches at the top of your head.

Use regular (not decaf) coffee, as it is caffeine that stimulates the liver to release bile. However, you don’t want to do a high enema, because you would absorb the caffeine into your blood, which would add to the toxic load on the liver. Instead, deliver no more than 1 quart at a time. Some practitioners recommend no more than 1 – 2 cups which will fill only the lower part of the colon, to avoid caffeine shakes.

Void the lower part of your bowel before taking a coffee enema. If you are constipated, use the soapsuds enema (above) to help you empty your bowel.

You need:

  • up to 1 quart filtered water,
  • 1 Tbsp drip-grind coffee (not decaf) per cup of water, and
  • pinch of unrefined sea salt (such as Celtic sea salt or Real salt).
  • Enema bag, hose and tipSee Best Home Remedies: Coffee Enema for another, similar method. It also includes instructions for whey enema and lemon juice enema.

Follow coffee enema with a probiotic enema (see below for recipe).

Coffee Enema: Alternate Method:

This method stimulates bile secretion, but does not clean higher in the colon.

Make coffee mixture as above, but deliver only about 1 cup of enema into colon. Lie on side (as instructed above) for 10 – 15 minutes, then expel. Repeat with another cup of enema, etc., until the bag is empty (about 4 enemas).

Follow coffee enema with a probiotic enema (see below for recipe).

Chlorophyll or Wheatgrass Enema instructions

NOTE: Wheatgrass is alkaline, while the colon should be acidic. If you are trying to improve the environment of your colon to minimize candida and help your probiotic colonies to grow, do not use wheatgrass. Liquid chlorophyll is more adaptable.

Recommended for liver support, this enema provides valuable minerals to alkalize the colon and feed the liver. It is also a good followup to a coffee enema. Alternately, you could use juice of 1 fresh, Organic lemon instead of the chlorophyl/wheatgrass juice. (15)

This enema can also be administered as an implant.

You need:

  • 2 Tbsp liquid chlorophyll or wheatgrass juice
  • 1 – 1.5 quarts (4 – 6 cups) filtered water
  • Enema bag, hose and tip

Probiotic Retention Enema (Implant)

This enema is retained to reestablish probiotics in your upper colon. It should be done ONLY after a cleansing 2-quart enema, such as the castile soap or salt & soda enemas described above.

Following proportions above, mix up only 2 cups. It’s also a good idea to use a bifidus probiotic, as this is the most common beneficial bacteria in the colon, and it helps to fight candida infections.

You need:

  • 2 cups warm filtered water
  • ½ Tbsp yogurt or kefir and/or 1-2 capsules of bifidus probiotic (seeProbiotic Enema above for more on this)
  • Enema bag, hose and tip

See also: Moon Dragon website (9). This site suggests this implant should not be done more than three times a year. If you wish to do a probiotic enema more frequently, use the first version above.

Note: This can also be given as a vaginal douche, if you have a yeast infection.

I am not a doctor and am not qualified to advise you on your specific health situation. My intent is merely to raise awareness and express opinion.

 References

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  1. CureZone.com:  see (1a) curezone.com/art/1.asp?C0=818 for index; (1b) curezone.com/cleanse/enema/:  (1c) curezone.com/cleanse/bowel/
  2. Salt & Soda Enema:  curezone.com/art/read.asp?ID=34&db=5&C0=0
  3. History of Coffee Enema:  curezone.com/art/read.asp?ID=29&db=5&C0=0  or http://www.peak-health-now.com/coffee_enema_research.html
  4. Description of Coffee Enema:  curezone.com/art/read.asp?ID=31&db=5&C0=0
  5. Basic Coffee Enema Procedure & Description:  curezone.com/art/read.asp?ID=39&db=5&C0=0
  6. Coffee Enema for Liver Detox:  curezone.com/art/read.asp?ID=28&db=5&C0=0
  7. Probiotic Enema:  curezone.com/art/read.asp?ID=37&db=5&C0=0
  8. Garlic-Epson Salt Enema: [ curezone.com/art/read.asp?ID=32&db=5&C0=0 See also reference 19, below for Catherine Cavanaugh RN instructions.
  9. http://www.moondragon.org/health/therapy/lbifidusenema.html
  10. http://www.the-natural-path.com/enema.html
  11. (11a) http://www.health-information-fitness.com/enemarecipes.html; (11b) http://www.health-information-fitness.com/apcve.htm
  12. http://www.oocities.org/valerie_cct/
  13. best-home-remedies.com/alternative_medicines/enemas.htm
  14. http://www.enemakit.com/faq.html
  15. http://valerie_cct.tripod.com/parentsg.html
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  17. Amazon image: amazon.com/Mabis-Healthcare-Combination-Douche-Enemasystem/dp/B000BH8BL2
  18. Coffee Enema Dr. Max Gerson protocol: aloeride.com/people/coffee-enema/
  19. About enemas on Alternative Health website: alternativehealth.co.nz/cancer/enemahow.htm  [2020 update: The article by Catherine Cavanaugh RN: “How to Give Yourself an Enema” by can now be found on the Alternative Health website, at bottom of the EnemaHow page; other related enema articles (Gerson Therapy article on enemas, and “Coffee [enema]: the Royal Flush” for treatment of cancer, are also included on that same page.

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