Enema 101

by lydia on February 28, 2012

Yes, I am finally bracing the moment and bringing up the topic of enemas. This is a somewhat feared practice for most, but it offers incredible benefits. How many of you have gone a day or two or four or more without pooping? When you got to the point of no return, wouldn’t you do just about anything to go? An enema is the most effective way to clear the bowels in an urgent case like this. Enemas can also be very helpful therapy for just the average relatively healthy person to the person stricken with cancer.

In day with most Americans having essentially ‘dirty colons’ ( I once heard Dr. Richard Massey use that term, and I agree), learning how to incorporate enemas would be of great benefit. I think it’s time to revive this age old practice. In her book, ‘Gut and Psychology Syndrome‘, Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride says that the enema kit is a common tool found in family bathrooms in many Eastern countries. It can be performed  without any medical assistance or prescription on children and adults alike. It is the most effective and quick relief of constipation. It is also the most effective way to clear out fecal compaction from the bowel, greatly reducing the amount of toxins coming from the putrefaction into the person’s body. It’s also the best way to introduce probiotic bacteria directly into the bowel. So long as an enema is done properly, it is completely safe. Unlike some of these medications and suppositories given to make you go.


The Enema

Purpose:  To support detoxification by cleansing the colon stimulating the liver to dump bile, its main avenue of waste elimination.  This simple water therapy is safe and effective at reducing the common side effects of Clinical Detoxification: headaches, fatigue and irritability.


1. Enema bucket or bag
2. Lubricant (olive oil or coconut oil)


1. 1½ quarts pure water (boiled or distilled) that is nice and warm to the touch

2. a small amount of fresh juiced greens, something with chlorophyll or a good quality chlorophyll capsule (6 or so emptied) – *Optional

3.  A pure probiotic formula, therapeutic strength with predominantly Bifodobacteria species – 4-5 billion viable cells (to replace the health promoting bacteria) OR a few tablespoons of homemade yogurt – *Optional

4. 1 Tbsp. liquid bentonite (toxin absorbing clay) Or you can use 1-2 teaspoons bentonite clay powder added to the warm water. Place all ingredients in a mason jar with lid and shake until smooth with no lumps.  *Optional

Optional liver cleansing ingredient: 1 cup regularly brewed organic coffee

Directions:  Mix the above ingredients together, recheck the temperature of the solution, and instill the solution into the rectum once a day in the evening.

How to give an Enema:

  1. Place solution in your enema bucket (valve closed).
  2. Open valve to fill tube and remove any air bubbles in the tube, close valve and lubricate the tip of the tube as well as the opening to your rectum.
  3. Place the enema bucket on the bathroom counter.  On several bath towels, lay down on your left side in the knee-chest position.  Gently and steadily insert the enema tube into the rectum approximately 6 to 12 centimeters for adults and 3 to 4 centimeters for
    children, with the tip pointing towards your navel.  Warning: Do not force the tip.  If you experience resistance, change the angle and try again.
  4. Open the valve and let the solution flow into your rectum as much as tolerated.  It helps to massage the abdomen to relax the colon and allow filling, especially if it becomes uncomfortable.  A small amount of liquid may remain in the bucket.  It is not
    necessary to completely empty the contents of the bucket.  Close the valve and remove the tube when you are done.
  5. Rest on your left side or on your back with knees bent for 1 to 5 minutes and gently massage your abdomen before getting up to evacuate on the toilet.
  6. Wash the enema bucket and the tube with soap and hot water following each use. Additionally, you can rinse it with hydrogen peroxide.

The ideal goal would be to hold the enema contents for 15 minutes, hold for 5 on the left side, then the back (hips elevated is helpful) for 5, then the right for 5 minutes. It takes practice to get the hang of and to be able to tolerate the whole 15 minutes.

My personal recommendation would be to a do plain water enema the first few times you do an enema. Often people are not able to retain the enema for very long at first. Therefore, I do not think it is worth investing in the added ingredients until you get good at holding the enema for longer than a few minutes.

Want to hear a personal testimony of one person’s successes with enemas? The Benefits of Enemas: A Testimonial





Lydia Shatney, Nutritional TherapistNow…I would love to hear from you! 

So let me know in the comments below what insights you have gained, what questions you might have for me, and the ways in which you applied this information. Thanks!

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Julie February 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

What is the purpose of laying down on the left side? My husband recently injured his back and is in much pain and thus taking pain pills just to be able to move. He can lay on his right side ok, but he can’t lay on the left due to the injury. He is in need of an enema (pain meds are very constipating).

lydia February 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

It’s an anatomy thing Julie – the rectum leads to the sigmoid colon by a sharp turn and it’s on the left side – if you lie on the right side it won’t allow the water to go where it needs to. I’d wait until he heals OR, try it just laying flat maybe with a something under his rear for gravity to do it’s thing. Even if he can only do that it could really help.

diane laganaro-nestor February 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Next on my list is all of the abovementioned supplies. Sounds like a good thing. But once a day for how long? A week? Looking forward to hearing more health benefits.

Andrea Jones February 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

What if you poop plenty of times aday, But still feel Crappy so to speak, would an emena still be beneficial?

Randy September 11, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Andrea: Yes an enema benefits me when I feel crappy like that. Some is poor diet at times and junk food.

Curious about colonics September 24, 2013 at 2:56 am

I am loving all the info that you have provided so far- thank you so much for sharing. I am a certified colon therapist in Canada working alongside two naturapathic doctors and i was thinking of purchasing your program and potentially becoming an affiliate but first I would like to know if you support the practice colonics / colonhydrotherapy in moderation on a case by case basis and administered by a liscenced and insured practitioner of course. Curious to hear your thoughts – Thanks

lydia May 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

I am all for that Curious about colonics!

I’m sorry I missed this comment – a lot of comments were in my spam folder which I don’t usually check!

Michelle Nettles June 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Do you have somewhere that you recommend to purchase the ingredients that you have listed above? I am guessing that a local “Whole Foods” store would be a good place to purchase the items or the internet. Thanks for the info!!

Nema Nyar December 9, 2015 at 11:58 am

According to Ayurveda, adding oil to your enema solution is a good idea, as it balances dryness and nourishes the colon.

Ralph August 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

You say lay on your left side. Why does my internist have me on my back with feet in the air?

lydia August 9, 2016 at 7:18 pm

I really don’t know why but you should ask him/her and see what they say.

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