If you have never self-administered an enema, you are in for a real treat! Before you cringe and run away, here’s something to consider: what’s more horrid; having a healthy, clean colon or living with a colon impacted with putrid
It’s quite simple: the ability and confidence to occasionally self-administer a therapeutic enema can dramatically improve your quality of life, and from the comfort of
Water enemas were standard practice in hospitals prior to most surgical procedures for pain reduction in the body.
Therapeutic Enemas (know as Basti) are foundational
So what are the benefits?
- Pain Relief
Up until about 20 years ago, water enemas were standard practice in hospitals prior to most surgical procedures for pain reduction in the body, often ceasing the need for medical intervention altogether.
- Constipation Relief
Constipation is extremely common, but not a condition to take lightly as it has serious long-term health implications. Although constipation must be remedied through diet and lifestyle, a self-administered water enema is a quick solution for immediate, albeit temporary, relief to a very uncomfortable state.
- Immediate Energy boost
The water enema versus the retention enema
There are two types of enemas. They differ in both intention and method. 1. The water enema: also sometimes called a high enema and 2. The retention enema: also sometimes called medicated or medicinal enemas.
Water enemas are able to reach the last 1⁄2 meter of the colon, where most of the toxic waste lives and can accumulate.
The intention of water enemas is to help remove impacted
Coffee enemas increase the activity of the protective enzymes and amino acids
ofthe liver and gut to bind to toxins while boosting bile flow.
The objective of the retention enema is not to clean the colon, like the water enema, but to use the thin and permeable membrane of the colon to introduce medicinal solutions into the bloodstream. The membrane of the colon is the most permeable surface in our body, and by leaving a solution in there long enough (usually between twelve and fifteen minutes), it can pass through into the blood.
Honourable mention: the coffee enema
If you’re familiar with popular detox practices, you’ve probably heard about the coffee enema. Coffee contains caffeine and other beneficial molecules that stimulate the production of glutathione S-transferase (GST) in the liver; the “master
Other types of retention or medicated enemas used in Ayurvedic Basti treatments as well as modern hard-core health hackers are: ghee, sesame oil, raw aloe
Will retention enemas be on the 2017 health trend alert lists? Probably not, but if so, you saw it here first.
Emily is a certified nutritionist and detox specialist. She has studied alternative medicine from the Andes to the Amazon. In 2011 Emily also spent some time in Kerala, India