Enema called by different names by different is a method of cleansing that has been used for years. It's not new and it's not going anywhere due to its amazing benefits. An enema is the insertion of a liquid into the rectum or colon by way of the anus. Your doctor may recommend an enema for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes. Constipation is one of the most common reasons for an enema.
Here are some of the other benefits of using enema, other than constipation.
- Cleansing the body of toxins
- Removing toxins from the colon
- Detoxifying the liver
- Improving immune system function
- Balancing the microbiome
While performed in many African homes this method is also in Health facilities to help patients get relief from certain conditions that can lead to constipation.
How to perform enema?
Well it's quite easy and it can be easily performed at the comfort of your own home.
Here is what you need to do down below:
-home enema equipment you may need
If you are not using a store-bought enema from the pharmacy or grocery store, you may need the following enema equipment:
- Enema bottle, bag or bucket: Simple enemas at the pharmacy may consist of a bottle and nozzle with a prepared saline solution. If you are performing a large-volume enema, you will need an enema bucket or bag and tubing. Most enema bags are made of silicone, latex-free materials. Silicone is the right choice if you are preparing an enema containing oil, such as mineral oil.
- Enema nozzle or tip: The nozzle may be part of a kit or purchased separately. There are different types of nozzles. An enema retention nozzle for adults is contoured so that the applicator will more easily stay in the rectum and there is less leakage. There are also inflatable balloon enema nozzles to form a ‘seal’ and keep the solution in the rectum for the specified time. A Foley catheter is commonly used to give a child an enema. A Foley catheter has an inflatable balloon to keep the solution in the rectum. If you are giving a child an enema, check with your pediatricianabout the correct size of Foley catheter to use for your child.
- Tubing and clamp: You connect the silicone tubing from the enema bag to the nozzle (or Foley catheter). Clamp the hose until you are ready to dispense the solution.
- Enema ingredients: There are a variety of enema recipes. Normal saline is a common enema recipe—1 teaspoon salt in 1 quart of water, or as prescribed by your doctor. Some enemas contain glycerin, phosphate or soap to help with the bowel movement.
- Lubricant: You will want to apply lubricant on the nozzle before inserting it into the rectum.
At-home enema procedure details
Follow the instructions from your doctor or on the packaging of a store-bought enema.
Generally, giving yourself a therapeutic enema includes these steps:
- Wash your hands.
- If you are not using a store-bought enema, prepare your enema solution using filtered warm water (internal body temperature, so 98-100°F or 37-38°C). Fill your enema bottle, bag or bucket. Clamp the tubing if that is part of your enema system.
- For either type of enema, remove the tip cover from the enema. Often, enema nozzles are lubricated for easier insertion.
- Position yourself to insert the enema. There are a few positions you can try. You can lie on your left side and pull your knees up to your chest in a fetal position. You can lie on your back and pull your knees up to your chest. Or you can kneel with your head lowered and your chest forward until your face nears or rests on the ground.
- Relax as much as possible. Relaxing your muscles will ease insertion.
- With steady and even pressure, gently insert the enema tip into your anus with side-to-side motions. Use a lubricant on the enema nozzle to make it glide in easier, about 4 inches into the rectum. Stop if it is hard to insert. Forcing an enema can cause damage.
- Squeeze the store-bought enema bottle—or release the tubing clamp until the liquid has flowed into your rectum or colon. Remove the enema tip/nozzle. Follow your doctor’s directions or the enema kit directions for how long to retain or keep in the enema liquid. It may be 30 minutes or longer for medicated enemas. For a cleansing enema, you will probably feel an urgent need to sit on the toilet and expel the liquid and stool.
While no major complications have been seen when using this method. It is suggested that consulting with a health practitioner before performing it is recommended especially in young infants and pregnant woman.
Well there you go. Do you know of this method? If yes have you tried it before? Comment down below.
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