Enema solutions

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Here are some suggestions for solutions to use for an enema:


Salt Water enema

Saline Enema is just warm water with one tablespoon of salt to the quart. The salt is to prevent absorption of the water by the colon. It does this by bringing the salts content of the solution closely in balance with that of the body fluids. Thus, transfer of fluids through the colon walls is virtually halted. The baking soda enema (which can also have salt added as above) has one or two tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in each quart of water. A suggestion is one teaspoon of salt and one tablespoon of soda per quart of water.

Soapsuds Enemas

Bar soap works well. Hold the bar above the top of the bag while the water fills it. For a stronger soapy solution, use a container and swish the water around to dissolve more soap.

Liquid dish-washing detergent should be used in very small amounts, such as one teaspoon per quart. It can be fairly irritating.

Liquid soap: Use about 1 teaspoon for each quart of water. Never use Eucalyptus oil in the bowels, it will cause a very bad reaction. Peppermint oil is a cooling additive. If you use soap, you may want to finish with a plain water enema to prevent any soap from remaining in the bowel to cause irritation.

Hair Shampoos can be used like soap for enemas. Look at the label, don't use any with formaldehyde. Use a small amount, perhaps a teaspoon per quart or less.

Non-soap Enemas

Plain tap water can be used, but be warned that your colon will absorb quite a bit of the water, which will dilute the blood electrolytes. Then the various tissues of the body absorb the excess water and swell. Your brain swells, too, and there isn't any place for it to expand into. This is called cerebral oedema. A few 2 quart plain water enemas won't do any harm, but if you take large or many enemas, use salt.

Oil Enemas

The Oil Retention enema is an injection of about 4-8 fl. Oz. of mineral oil, vegetable oil or olive oil. It is held in the colon for 1 hour or more before a soapy water enema is given. The soapy water enema can be very strong because the oil will protect the colon from irritation. The oil coats the lining of the colon, and also softens the bowel contents, making for a spectacularly powerful evacuation. When the oil is in the colon, do not be fooled by what feels like the urge to expel gas. If you do so, you will expel a blast of dirty oil with it, and it will be a mess. If you absolutely must pass the gas, get into the knee-chest position for one minute, and then hold a piece of toilet paper over the anus, to prevent the release of the oil. Do not expel the oil before taking the soapy water enema. You will need to take at least three soapy enemas to remove all trace of the oil, or dirty oil will leak out of the anus for about 12 hours.

Coffee Enemas

These have been used in the past for cleansing. The theory is that the coffee assists the large intestine and liver in getting rid of the toxic substances that have accumulated there. It does seem to work. They are still popular among certain US naturopaths, and are widely available outside the US in specialized clinics.

Exotic Enema Solutions

Beer (usually warm) or wine can be used. It is pretty irritating. Obviously, you will get drunk. A word of caution. Use any form of alcohol sparingly. It is absorbed in the intestines much more rapidly than in the stomach, and once it's in the bloodstream, you can't readily get rid of it. Also, whenever alcohol and sex are mixed, there is increased risk of doing foolish things that compromise safer sexual practices. Play should be fun, so do play safely.

Lemon Juice

This is said to help dissolve fecal masses. Use 1/3 cup real- lemon per quart, similar to a lemonade recipe. It is also said to dramatically enhance cramping; so consider lemon-juice enemas if cramping is your bag.

Epsom Salts

2 tablespoons per quart can be soothing to the colon.


Air can be pumped into the colon. An easy way to do this is to disconnect the hose from the enema bag and insert the nozzle into the anus. Take the other end of the hose into your mouth and blow. Don't mix air and water. If you have taken enemas, make sure you get all the water out before you put the air in. A mixture of water and air in the colon causes terrible cramps. If this ever happens to you, you may have to expel in the bathtub, where the flat position makes it easier for the colon to push the water out without the large air bubbles defeating the peristalsis.

Barium sulphate

This is injected into the colon for diagnostic purposes. It absorbs X-rays, leaving a picture of the shape of the hollow inside of the colon. Sometimes some of the barium is released and then air (or CO2) is injected. This double contrast enema leaves barium coating the colon wall, and gives a clear but ghostly image of the lining of the colon.


This is sometimes used by the "Golden shower" crowd. While you might catch something from the urine of an unhealthy donor, your own won't hurt you. You certainly won't contract any disease from it that you don't already have. In fact, yogis drink their own; and claim great restorative powers for the practice. No question that the practice would at least let you exercise your control over your gag reflex.

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