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Home Enemas: How and Why You Should Perform Them to Help Achieve Optimal Health

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Most people greet the notion of a home enema with a wince and a snicker. Knowing the benefits of an enema can change that wince into a sigh of relief.

An enema can be a very nurturing experience.

An Internal Bath for Your Colon

An enema is a method to flush waste out of the colon. It's not such a bad idea when you consider that the average person may have up to 10 pounds or more of non-eliminated waste in the large intestine!

Simply put, an enema cleans up the colon and induces bowel movements, leaving you feeling cleaner, lighter, and healthier almost immediately. The main job of the colon is to absorb 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.


When you start drinking probiotic beverages like CocoBiotic, bacteria and yeast may begin to die off in your intestines. You can use a gentle home enema to release these toxins and restore health.

When that happens, you might experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Indigestion
  • Irritability
  • Stomach pains
  • Swelling
  • Weight problems

Fit for a King

Enemas are not a new fad or something that's only performed by those obsessed with their health. It wasn't that long ago that enemas were routinely prescribed by doctors as part of a normal cure for illness.

An Egyptian king, as early as 1500 B.C., was known to receive routine enemas by a physician who used them for regular medical treatments. The Egyptians believed that all diseases were caused by tainted, unwanted additions to food, or too much food, and understood how an enema could offer relief to serious situations.

Ancient regions in Africa, Greece, Babylonia, India, and China used enemas. American Indians performed enemas. Louis XIV had almost 2000 enemas in his lifetime and stayed healthy throughout. And even the vivacious and voluptuous Mae West started every day with a morning enema.

While the medical community has somehow disconnected itself from the benefits of enemas, some medical professionals are slowly coming around. Suzy Cohen, also known as "America's Pharmacist," declares that coffee enemas are safe when performed by holistic physicians and even at home in her Ask The Pharmacist column. Cohen goes on to say that coffee enemas can be used as therapeutic treatment for a number of conditions, like constipation, fatigue, liver detoxification, and even cancer.1 Research has confirmed the effectiveness of administering therapeutic agents through the colon instead of the mouth.2

When Do You Need an Enema?

Before we get into enema-techno, let's take a look at what you could see disappear with regular enemas:

  • Backache
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Candida yeast infections
  • Fatigue
  • Flatulence
  • Indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Loss of concentration
  • Sinus congestion
  • Skin conditions
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Weight issues

If you experience any of those conditions, perhaps you should consider an enema! Whenever you're feeling lethargic or constipated, it's a sure sign that an enema should be scheduled into your immediate future. Even if you're feeling great, releasing extra toxins can only make you feel better.

As you approach a healthier lifestyle and begin The Body Ecology Diet, home enemas are incredibly important for:

  • Colon Cleansing - If you're using any type of clay cleansing agents to pull toxins out of the system, you'll want to use an enema to help release the bulk. You don't want to pull out toxins and leave them with nowhere to go!
  • Fasting - If you choose to fast, enemas are critically important. You must keep things moving out of your body because your cells will be dumping their toxins quickly. You will feel miserable if you are not cleaning downstream.
  • Fermented Foods - As you begin to add fermented foods and drinks to your diet, such as cultured vegetableskefirCocoBiotic, or InnergyBiotic, you might experience symptoms of yeast and pathogenic bacteria die-off as the good bacteria begin to colonize your inner ecosystem. Gas and bloating are a signal that the mighty floras are busy attacking toxic waste in and on the colon walls. Home enemas will rinse out the toxins, helping to shorten the discomfort you might be feeling.
  • Liver Cleansing - Because your liver dumps its toxins into your colon, you want to make sure the colon is open and in perfect working order to move all those toxins out quickly.

Cleansing or Retention: 2 Separate but Powerful Tools

There are two types of enemas:

  1. The cleansing enema is retained for a short period of time until your natural peristaltic movement eliminates both the water and the loose fecal material. It is used to gently flush out the colon.
  2. The retention enema is held in the body for longer. For example, the famous "coffee enema" is retained for approximately 15 minutes or can also be left in and absorbed. Coffee enemas are an example of short-term (15 minute) retention enemas. They were made popular by Max Gerson, who used them with cancer patients to open the bile ducts and increase bile flow, helping to rid the liver of impurities.3 A 2007 analysis observed six case studies of cancer patients who followed Gerson therapy, which included treatment with coffee enemas. Patients on the Gerson regimen showed some evidence of both physical and psychological support, though further research is needed.4

Examples of cleansing enemas:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar in Water - Helps with viral conditions and to clear mucous from the body. Great if you suffer from nasal congestion or asthma.
  • Burdock Root - Helps to eliminate calcium deposits and purify blood.
  • Catnip Tea - Relieves constipation and congestion and will bring down a high fever.
  • Lemon Juice - Just what you need to clean the colon of fecal matter, balance its pH, and detoxify the system.

Examples of retention enemas:

  • Coffee - A coffee solution (we mean a good organic breakfast blend, not decaf or instant) stimulates both the liver and the gallbladder to release toxins (15 minutes only).
  • Minerals - This is one you will want to retain permanently. It helps rebuild the energy of the adrenals and the thyroid.
  • Probiotic - Perfect for candidiasis and other yeast infections.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf- High in iron, great for the eyes, and particularly helpful for women.

Each enema requires a slightly different method, but the results for each will be glorious. When a smaller amount of liquid is retained permanently, we prefer to call this an implant. One cup of liquid with a probiotic, minerals, or something green with chlorophyll (like wheat grass) makes an excellent implant. They'll quickly have you on your way to a happier, healthier colon!

You Want Me to Put What, Where?!

Alright, before you hit the "Exit" button, let us put your mind at ease. The thought of an enema can be a little off-putting, but they're really much more comfortable than you might anticipate.

In fact, an enema can be a very nurturing experience.

All you need is either a bag or a bucket (specifically designed for an enema in mind), a gentle catheter, a little coconut or olive oil for lubrication, clean water, and a little privacy. At Body Ecology, we highly recommend the home enema kit and supplies from Health & Yoga. We particularly like the Enema Kit with the Stainless Steel Can and think you will too!

What To Remember Most About This Article:

Forget what you know. A home enema really isn't as scary as it sounds. An enema can be used to flush waste out of the colon—up to 10 pounds of excess waste in the large intestine, depending on the person! When you are done with this nurturing experience, you'll feel cleaner, lighter, and healthier.

An enema can also benefit your health. It is the colon's job to absorb water and nutrients from food and flush waste and toxins. When walls of the colon grow crusted with non-eliminated waste over the years, it becomes sluggish and inefficient.

As you begin to enjoy more fermented foods and beverages in your diet, like cultured vegetableskefirCocoBiotic, and InnergyBiotic, you may especially benefit from a home enema to counter yeast and pathogenic bacteria die-off. A home enema can flush out these accumulated toxins and ease your discomfort. Start this natural process at home with a bag or bucket designed for enema use—we recommend the home enema kit and supplies from Health & Yoga. Happy cleansing!

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  1. "Ask The Pharmacist: Benefits of Coffee Enemas." NPDN.
  2. Vaccine. Volume 26, Issue 5, 30 January 2008, Pages 639–646
  3. "Scientific Basis of Coffee Enemas." Gerson Institute.
  4. Integr Cancer Ther. 2007 Mar;6(1):80-8.

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  • St Sw

    Enemas is the shit ! ;)
    I do em daily !

  • Robert McAndrew

    These people do not know what they are talking about! Waste matter DOES NOT dry up and become encrusted on the wall of the colon. Their ignorance and willingness to spew these myths disqualifies them as credible "experts." The colon is not a dry pipe like a sewer line where material can become stuck and build up over time.

  • debby

    After discovering the colon detox procedure with enemas, I reduced
    greatly (70%) my medicines for allergic asthma. Once a week I take a 1 -
    1,5 quarts enema with chamomile. I like to stay in Savasana yoga pose
    on a camping inflatable mat, more comfortable (soft) than a bed or a
    yoga mat. A camping mat partially inflated is great for a full relaxed
    and pleasant experience. I don't care about volume, I receive the fluid
    slowly, stopping when my body ask to stop. This small volume is great
    for me, no pain, no cramps, a pleasant cleaning experience. if don't
    feel clear with this one, I like to repeat the procedure in the evening
    (always I listen my body), with a similar volume. I close my eyes to
    listen my body only.

    Remember that pain and cramps are enemy of relax, so are allied with asthma!

    Four times a year I made a deeper cleansing, with a one day fasting with:

    a) 1,5 - 2 quarts chamomile enema early in the morning

    2 - 3 quarts chamomile enema in the afternoon (I took about 2,5 quarts,
    sometime less, sometimes a little more, other times I stopped before
    2). Always in a pleasant and comfortable detox experience, enjoying the
    healing power of the fluid entering in my colon. This must be a pure
    pleasant detox experience, I always avoid pain, cramps and any other
    type of discomfort. I love to listen nice music (Mozart, for example).
    Sometimes, when I feel fully relaxed, especially after a 30-60 minutes
    of yoga, I can took easily almost the whole bag.

    c) Before
    bedding, I took a strong chamomile enema (one quart or slightly less)
    with 6-8 chamomile tea-bags, sligtlly warmer than body temperature (39
    Celsius max!) Great to relax, great for a nice sleep! I love this one so
    much that I use it every time I want a super relaxing night!

    the day I integrated liquid, sugar and electrolites drinking water,
    Gatorade and eating some cookies and some small pieces of pure

    Please note that this is my personal experience only.

    VERY IMPORTANT: Before starting with enemas, I consulted a doctor in medicine. Always consult a physician before taking an enema or before others cleansing methods!

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  • Ally

    Can the author of this article or anyone reading this question:

    Please post Full and clear instructions of how to do Cleansing enemas, Retention enemas, and Implants?
    (E.g. by using/labeling each step/sentence 1. 2. 3 ....), along with Tips for the very nervous first time user.

    Also how often should you do them?

    I suffer from a lot of health issues including Brain Fog - it takes a lot of mental activity and time to write a simple paragraph like this! - So please provide Clear, Concise and Comprehensive Instructions on how to Effectively and Safely conduct at home these three Different Enemas and Protocols. I am sure this will help a lot of other readers aswell, and make doing enemas at home much more accessible!

    Thanks and hope to hear soon!

  • joanna stephens

    I use enemas to get rid of chronic constipation. It is simple and gives fast results.
    I use clear warm water in a 2 quart enema bag, ,usually I get results in less than a hour.

  • Kelly


    I'm talking from experience it is possible to have 15kgs ( I'm from Australia ) if not more of backed up matter In your colon. Have you ever seen an autopsy done on a long time opiate user? As is common knowledge all opiates slow down your digestion and rob your digestive tract of vital water needed to promote healthy bowel function. In saying this I have seen the above situation and also myself have suffered from impaction where laxative after laxative and small volume enemas have failed. Check out some of the images available online of an impacted colon. You will be shocked at what you find.
    Regards Kelly

  • Cassandra

    I often use home enemas, as I have a "lazy bowel" I am not really sure what that means but Ive also food allergies. If I am toxic an enema makes me feel a lot better

  • Hanaa

    Can I sleep over the night with 2 tablespoon olive oil implanted withy all amount of water

  • Hanaa

    I liked the topic especially that I take enemas regularly,I would like to know which kind is best ,olive oil or salt as I have chronic constipation
    I would also like to have more information about the coffee ones

  • Kaja

    I am doing coffee enemas every day for a few months by now. It's an amazing tool for so many health issues. My skin improved, my brain, my speaking/ cognitive abilities, I sleep less, my candida is disappearing, eyes improving. Beside coffee enemas, I am also doing some cleansing enemas once in 2-3 weeks - with salt, lemon, vinegar, baking soda - I love them all. I wish I started much earlier in my life; I could've avoided a lot of misery.

  • Bonny

    I have found that I can purchase 48 disposable enema kits (2 quarts) for $1 each on the internet. That really takes away all the hassle of cleaning up the equipment after use. I also distill my own water, which gives me really clean water for the enemas.

  • george l. costa

    i just started my enema regime , and i feel great.i have a polycystic liver and using a colon tube. ior retentin nozzle really does a great j,tob of cleaning my colon i ifeel better and have more energy,.this series, of colon cleansing enemas with a f ive qt.bag also has done wonders for my prostate, .iam having a stronger erection from the warm water going into my colon and need to relieve myself this is wonderful therapy at my age

  • Dorit @ Health Begins With Mom

    Hi, great article! I was wondering if you could instruct me on how to conduct an enema to a child without traumatizing them? thanks in advance!

  • poobie

    what do doctors give one before an endoscopy they give you an enema that cleans up the colon and when they use the scope the debris have been removed impacted colon cleaned out and you feel better and they see none of the impation cause its removed with the enema they give you
    Ok if there impaction has been in the intestines for a long time it causes problems with the walls of the intestines cancer,ulcers,discomfort,allergies if its cancerous then the doctors cut but if caught early all this is avoided patients feel absolutely healed after an endoscopy because of the enema that they give you if theres no damages from the impaction of the colon.
    Enemas taken regularly are good to avoid an unhealthy mind and body and expensive medical intervention.
    Try polishing your car without washing it same with the intestine it can only absorb nurtition if it is clear of impurities STAY DIS-EASE FREE HAVE REGULAR ENEMAS AND STAY HEALTHY FREE

  • John

    I have used enemas at least three times a week, occasionally daily for a while, and have enjoyed a very good health. Whenever I stop doing enemas it has not affected to have BM naturally. I recently had my first colonoscopy (I'm 65 so way behind on the recommended schedule), and yet the doctor was amazed the have found only two very small polyps. I did confine to him that I was a long-time regular enema user, to which he responded that he suspected that the enemas had largely contributed to my good colon health and the small amount of polyps. Enemas make me feel great and energized and certainly are a contributor to my good health and weight. I highly recommend regular enemas to anyone,

  • Mom of 4yr old

    Is it safe procedure for a four year old candida affected child???

  • kimberley

    Are coffee enemas safe for people who have mold allergies/candida? As coffee beans have mold on them. I just wanted to check

  • Krystal

    Hello everyone,

    I really want to attempt a cleanse but am a very nervous person since I've never done anything like this. I am F 5'11 263, I have a lot of stomach bloating and think a cleasne could be the answer but I'm not sure where to start. Any suggestions?

  • isaac umelo

    i havent emptied my bowel for 2weeks and doesnt show any problem. will enema help where laxatives have failed?

  • ger

    Hi every one I am about to do my first enema can any one till me the best way to start or what do put in the water... I am looking to get rid of my bad habit I drink like 5 or 6 cans of redbull every day and there is lots of bad sugar in them . But I don't no where to start thanks very much . I am from ireland

  • Random person

    Well I saw in some comment someone made that u can use small 12 v electric pumps and I had a small pump siting around and a 12 volt NiMH battery and I just did it 5 times total in a row before I took my shower. I am 24 and I figured that there may have been lots of build up. I don't think I put any more than 64 oz in at once. When it start to hurt I stop. I don't see Much expansion but that's a small pump and some unused rc gas line with no bit so it's not air tight I gess. Well we will see how I feel in the morning.

  • Kenneth Stewart

    I just filled me up with more water, four quarts. I hurts a bit but sure had a great cleaning out.

  • MG

    how often is it OK to do a home enema?

  • NSangoma

    Any information on black raspberry enemas: using either freeze dried black raspberry powder or black raspberry extract?

  • Rita

    I just started doing coffee enemas again. The benefits far outweigh any temporary discomfort. When I eat garbage too many times in one week, (fast food) or take in too much acidic things (sugary drinks, alcohol, red meat, packaged food, processed starches etc.) I inevitably feel the fibromyalgia symptoms exciting. A few key herbs taken orally and a coffee enema take the pain away. I've experienced multiple benefits from coffee irrigations but relief from fibro pain is the biggest benefit for me.
    32 yrs old, 5'9", 140lbs

  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

    Hi. I am very interested in this but am concerned about how an enema might disturb the body's pH and could lead to the "good guys" being flushed out. Could you address this please? Here is a quote from a Nutritional Therapist regarding enemas:

    "if you use anything other than water with probiotics, you will need to do an enema afterwards with probiotics. The pH of the colon can get thrown off by enemas. I've only ever used them in an emergency situation, not an ongoing basis....."

  • jk

    Yes the human body can store large sums of waste. To the poster who finds it impossible . Please explain large sized belly's?? . This country does have a severe problem with diet and managed food intake. When i was 15 i was 260 pounds 5 5, and a waste line of 44. This weight just came on very fast. I had one bowel movement once a week if that , Maybe two weeks for one So where was all the food i was eating sitting? but obvious of course. I decided to ask my mother to get a coffee enema ready and she was happy i was finally deciding to make a change. After two weeks once daily i started to smell and see my problem. Im 37, 6"1, 170 pounds and no regrets. Had i not have made that choice as a kid of getting rid of the garbage and changing my diet i would have been one of the sad souls who cant even leave the house or walk due to weight. PS keep little debbie snacks from your homes ! that's pure evil

  • http://N/A Ray Johannsen

    I was introduced to traditional enemas while vacationing in Florida. The results and general overall improvements to my health have been amazing! Directly stated, I would never have believed this about enemas but a Nurse with extensive knowledge of colonic health persuaded me and what a difference this has made in my life.
    I encourage anyone to set aside your "reservations" and experience the difference!
    Please feel to contact me at the above e-mail if you want to read further about the difference this made in my life.

  • Richard

    I just came back to this page and saw your response to my inquiry. Thank you for replying. It is appreciated.

  • Roxann


    10 pounds of waste is absolutely possible. My step-son was in a weight management program, which would NEVER promote something like an enema because the program was part of a hospital, and they stated the EXACT same FACT. No agendas here. Same fact completely different perspectives.

  • bruce

    Enemas are beneficial and were used by my Mother when I was young and have found then beneficial as an adult.

  • Terry

    I have not been to this facility, but spoke to the people who run it. There is a guy who is an RN and his female assistant. You have to bring a stool sample with you when you come for your appointment. They test the sample for parasites and presence of blood. After that you get a short vital signs exam. Finally you are given 3 large enemas with a colon tube. You choose to take it in any position you desire. His female assistant inserts the colon tube as the enema is being given. After you are cleaned out men may elect to have a prostate massage. The cost of the visit and treatment is $180.00.


  • Marge

    @ "other Michele" - - "People have been known to carry 30-50 pounds of old dried up fecal matter in their intestines. Old feces does not pass generally out of the body like new waste, the old forms a home in the large intestine and needs special attention to dissolve the glue which binds the old waste to your intestinal wall. . . Some people with normal bowel movements hold about 3-5 pounds of waste in their intestine most of the time".

    "For every foot of colon we can store approximately 5 - 10 lbs. of feces"

  • anonyomous

    will an enema be good for the removal of a foreign object from the butt/colon ?????

  • Richard


    Can you relate any other information about this facility? Have you used their services, as you are obviously familiar with enema treatments. I was looking for such a facility. And do you know if they give a cursory exam prior to the enemas? Locating such a facility nowadays is extremely rare, and though I know it has been done in the past, routine vital signs were often taken prior to the enema(s), which was the exam portion.

  • Michele

    Well it is obvious that other Michele has nevver had to deal with somebody who is impacted, and had to deal with results after cleansing, which I might add was done by doctors, not other people, the resulting feaces was over three feet long where the person was standing on tipstoes and the dia of the (log) was bigger than my upper arm, this person was covered in ulcers had rotten teeth, hair falling out in large chuncks and the worst body odour I have ever smelt, this clean out happened three times the second result was almost as much as the Michele you do not know much about the human body as you think...scared the beejeesus out of me when I saw the result, by the way the person concerned started to heal almost immmediately and the first thing we noticed was the body odour reduced almost instantly and the ulcers started to clear up after only a few days with no antibiotic intervention.

  • Taumar

    I am 52 years old (5'-9" / 140 lbs). On and off have to take junk food. My digestion seems OK (Do have one bowel daily without fail). Can any expert on this forum would recommend to take enema. If yes, which is the best way (instant or coffee). In the beginning, I thought enemas are only taken by persons having constipation problems or before surgeries but after going through the contents of this article, I believe cleansing is an important factor. One more question is that will I loose essential minerals. If yes, what should I do then.

    Warm regards from: Taumar

  • Michele

    I don't understand why anyone would believe, let alone repeat, that there was 10lbs of waste in one's colon--it isn't even physically possible. Hasn't anyone here had a colonoscopy? You can actually see your colon on the screen and there isn't anything there after doing little more than a one night laxative flush. When this type of crazy misinformation is casually stated for the basis of recommending a procedure, not only the procedure, but everything one has stated in connection is suspect. I think there is much about the BE diet is healthy and sane, but this just makes my confidence in all of it go down the drain.

  • Angie

    I am a sugar junky and I need a fast safe effective way to cut my sugar cravings. I am also a breast feeding mother so I need to do this for the health of my child as well as myself. What would you suggest? I read that Cleasing is a fast way to get past the withdraw symptoms. But I also read cleansing is bad for the pregnant and breast feeders. I know my sugar problem is messing up my health and skin and now my newborn baby too. Any advise would be great. Thank you.

  • Mike K

    I practice regular coffee enemas and am just wondering about the oxalate value of the coffee as I have fibromyalgia and have just read an article which suggests only eating and drinking low oxalates. As coffee is classed as high oxalate I wondered if using it for the enema causes my body to have high oxalates?

    Julie Coffee Enemas are very safe and will not increase the oxalates. write me at I will share exactly what they do with good information for you .

  • julie

    I practice regular coffee enemas and am just wondering about the oxalate value of the coffee as I have fibromyalgia and have just read an article which suggests only eating and drinking low oxalates. As coffee is classed as high oxalate I wondered if using it for the enema causes my body to have high oxalates?

  • Lucy

    So, you said each enema requires slightly different preparation, but never explain what exactly they need. How much water should I use? How much water should I use for a retention vs. a cleaning enema??

  • Terry

    I am sending good information with regards to traditional enemas administered by a colon hydrotherapy clinic in Connecticut in case anyone from New England or NY may be looking to set up an appointment. They use the traditional high enemas with bag or can using colon tubes to provide a complete flush of the colon. They also provide prostatic massage for those men who desire to have one. See the advertisement below.

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    I hope this helps. Enemas are important and I grew up receiving enemas regularly from my grandmother, aunt and mother in that order...LOL Well thanks for the article and information on your website.


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