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Enemas & Colonics

The difference between an enema and a colonic is the type of equipment used and how it works. In addition, an enema can be self-administered; whereas a Licensed Colonic Therapist trained especially to do colonic irrigation, need administer a colonic.

Enema equipment consists of a water bottle, an adapter, long tubing, a shut-off clamp and an enema pipe.

Whether at home or while traveling, I believe an enema kit to be even more important than a toothbrush; at times a colonic is just not practical nor possible but an enema is always an option if one has the equipment.

Typically, an enema uses about two quarts of water. The bottom of the enema bag should be elevated about 18 inches above the tube’s end that is penetrating the anus.

To make enemas most effective, lie on the right side (the enema goes deeper into the bowel most effectively from the right side), with both legs drawn close to the abdomen, and breathe deeply, in order to take in the greatest amount of fluid into all parts of the Large Intestine.

After the water has been injected into the colon and expelled, one can refill the bottle and re-administer as often as wanted or needed. That involves getting up and moving around which under the circumstances is quite beneficial. In the process, if there is any discomfort, cramps, or a feeling of fullness after the water has been flowing in, it is best to stop the flow, withdraw the enema pipe and expel the water and feces into the toilet bowl.

After evacuating all that is ready to be expelled, refill the bag and take the enema all over again. By doing this several times, or until the water expelled is clear, approximately the first 18 inches of the decending colon will be clean.

It is a good practice to clean the bag, the tube and the enema pipe with warm water and soap before putting them away.

It is impossible to wash out the colon completely by means of an enema. The most effective rectal method is a colonic. One properly administered colonic is equivalent to approximately fifteen enemas.

With an enema, the water temperature is unchanged during each fill or refill of the container, whereas with the colonic the therapist can control the water temperature at will for any part of the treatment, obtaining results, which only a change in the water temperature can give.


A colonic is administered using a stainless steel instrument, which attaches to two surgical latex hoses.

The therapist does all the work. The patient lies on their left side with their knees drawn up while the therapist inserts the instrument to the rectum. Then the therapist allows the water to flow, entering and exiting the colon.

By administering small amounts of water at a time, the therapist can gradually increase the amount of water until the entire colon is washed. A gentle massage of the abdomen is done to help facilitate the removal of feces.

Many gallons of water may be used, injecting a few ounces at a time, in one continuous treatment for up to an hour or more. A colonic enables a therapist to wash out each part of the colon, allowing the water to be expelled and injecting more without any effort on the part of the patient.

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