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Enema: Frequently Asked Questions

Is it an enema?

While both methods use water to cleanse the colon, colon hydrotherapy has several significant advantages. Unlike an enema, it doesn't require toilet facilities; waste is eliminated directly into the drain line while the client lies on a massage-type table. Colon hydrotherapy provides an extensive cleansing of the entire length of the colon, whereas an enema briefly cleanses the lower one-third of the colon. The pressure and rate of flow is far milder in colon hydrotherapy. ...

What is enema?

This is a procedure by which a fluid is infused into the rectum for the purpose of cleansing. 61
An enema is a ready-to-use laxative in liquid form which is administered rectally, NOT orally , for the relief of occasional constipation or for use prior to a medical procedure when prescribed by your doctor. The enema acts locally, introducing liquid into the rectum so it does not upset your digestive system. Rectum (Rectal) - The last section of the large intestine where feces are stored before defecation, it extends from the colon to the anus. Oral – Administered or taken through the mouth. ...
The word “enema” comes from the Greek en-hienai, meaning to "send or inject into. " It is a procedure meant to introduce fluid into the rectum for the purpose of clearing out the bowel or of administering drugs. It is one of the oldest medical procedures still in use today. Tribal women in Africa, and elsewhere, routinely use it on their children. The earliest medical text in existence, the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, (1,500 B.C.) mentions it. ...
This is a procedure by which a fluid is infused into the rectum for the purpose of cleansing. 93

Is it like an Enema?

Not at all. With an enema, fluid and chemicals are placed in the rectum and held there for as long as possible. Eventually the inevitable urges win over, and the bowels are evacuated. You quite literally have to go. This often causes discomfort, cramps and even pain. Colonic Hydrotherapy however, is a very gentle procedure. The bowel is cleansed by continuously flowing water. There is therefore nothing held in the bowel and the urge to go is not present.
An enema works on the lower part of the colon only. Colonic irrigation cleanses the entire length of the colon.

Is Fleet an enema?

The word "Fleet" does not mean enema. It is a brand name. Depending on the procedure you are scheduled for, there are various Fleet products including enema, drink, or suppositories.

What is the coffee enema?

The coffee enema is a very famous enema recipe that is used to open the bile ducts for the liver. This sends toxins such as liver stones into the colon. It usually is used for liver detoxification.
It is the introduction of therapeutic organic coffee into the rectum and retaining it for five to fifteen minutes. During which time the coffee will be absorbed through the bowel wall into the blood vessels, making its way directly to the liver. In the liver, the chemicals in the coffee, the caffeine and palmitates, work synergistically to detoxify the liver. ...

How effective is the Enema function?

The CleanButt BidetSps exclusive and patented Enema function is simply intended to assist and aid in one's regular personal hygiene routines. Not to be confused as a replacement for a doctors prescribed enema, but simply a more thorough cleansing aid for problems such as hemorrhoids, constipation and diarrhea. Please read more in the Health Benefits 16.

What is a barium enema?

radiographic exam that allows us to properly X-ray the large intestine and colon. This procedure is especially valuable as a screening tool for patients who have a family history of colon cancer. It’s also helpful in diagnosing certain diseases or conditions for patients who are experiencing unexplained weight loss, changes in their bowel habits, pain, anemia, or bleeding.
A barium enema is an x-ray examination of the of the colon. In order for the anatomy to show up on radiographic images, the upper colon must be coated or filled with a contrast material called barium, an element that appears bright white on radiographs. The barium is given to the patient by rectum. Additionally, after the barium is administered, some patients also have air insufflated into the rectum to create gas and further improve the images; this procedure is called a “double contrast” barium enema.
This is a radiographic examination that allows us visualize the large intestine/colon.

Is it embarrassing to have an enema?

I guess, this depends if you feel that it is embarrassing to go to the toilet. It is a very natural process after all. You can make a little mess if you are not doing it right or are not very experienced with the procedure - but it's not worse than changing a nappy from a baby. Also, when you go to the toilet you usually generate a smell which can be worse when you eliminate toxic waste. So I suggest you make sure that you have an hour of uninterrupted time. ...

How expensive is an enema kit?

This varies, dependant upon the type of enema, between (US$10 - US$300) Although cost is obviously relevant, your health is far more important.

Why is a Barium Enema performed?

A barium enema can provide information about the large intestine or colon that will help diagnose certain diseases or conditions in those patients that are experiencing changes in their bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, pain, anemia or bleeding. A barium enema can also be a valuable screening tool for patients with a family history of colon cancer
barium enema can provide information about the large intestine or colon that will help diagnose certain diseases or conditions in patients that are experiencing pain, bleeding or changes in their bowel habits. A barium enema can also be a valuable screening tool for patients with a family history of colon cancer.

Why a colonic and not an enema?

Enemas work well to cleanse the lower part of the colon; however, a series of colonic treatments will provide a far greater level of cleansing by removing impacted matter from the whole colon. ( is about 5ft long) Colonic Hydrotherapy gently helps the return of peristalsis (action of the intestines) which encourages the colon muscles to regain its tone essential in the return of regular bowel movements. Colonic irrigation, although not a cure is an invaluable tool to enable the body to function more efficiently.

Is a colonic the same as an enema?

An enema involves inserting a predetermined amount of solution into the colon, usually not reaching beyond the rectum & sigmoid, and an individual holding the solution as long as they can before evacuating. This procedure is by no means equal to a total colon cleanse. A colonic is an irrigation of the entire large intestine usually reaching the cecum (where the colon joins the small intestine). No holding of solution takes place as water is inserted and then released immediately with each cycle. ...

Is the temperature of the enema solution important?

Yes. If administered too hot, damage to the lining of the rectum may occur. If the solution is too cold it will be ineffective. The ideal temperature is 100 F eg just above blood heat.

What is the difference between a colonic and an enema?

An enema is the insertion of around 1 litre of fluid into the lower part of the bowel. Once injected, the fluid is held for as long as possible before being expelled with any constipated material from that lower part of the bowel. A simple practice that has long been used to start the bowel moving again. However, its effects are temporary and merely lessen the auto-intoxifying effects of constipation. Colonics are a continuous flow of water throughout the entire colon, whilst relaxing in the prone position. ...
An enema is the insertion of around 1 litre of fluid into the lower part of the bowel. Once injected, the fluid is held for as long as possible before being expelled with any constipated material from that lower part of the bowel. A simple practice that has long been used to start the bowel moving again. However, its effects are temporary and merely lessen the autointoxicing effects of constipation. Colonics are a continuous flow of water throughout the entire colon, whilst relaxing in the prone position. ...
Enemas are used to cleanse the lower part of the colon whereas a course of colonic treatments will provide a greater degree of cleansing by removing any impacted matter from the greater colon. Colonic irrigation can help the return of peristalsis which encourages the colon muscles to regain tone thereby leading to more regular bowel movements.

How high should the enema bag be?

I usually hook the enema bag at the same height as my doorknob, which is 2-3 feet above the bathroom floor. Remember, the higher the bag is, the stronger the water flow. If you want a comfortable enema, ensure the water isn't too hot or cold (around 99 degree Fahrenheit), and that the water flow is just right.

What is the difference between an enema and colonic?

First and foremost, an enema is much more cheaper than getting a colonic. You simply buy an enema kit/bag for $60+ and you can keep reusing it for many years until it's unusable. A colonic session on the other hand can cost as much as $100 per session. Though, a professional can make the entire experience much better, an enema is definitely the more convenient solution for most of us. That said, a colonic cleanses the colon much more thoroughly than an enema.

How does a colonic treatment compare to an enema?

An enema is the simplest form of the open system of colonic irrigation and only reaches the lower part of the bowel. According to Doctor Norman Walker, "One colonic is equivilant to 30 enemas. " The Brunelle method (Closed system) stimulates the whole colon to defecate on its own without the water pressure which is present with an open system .

Is the barium enema exam safe?

Within the medical community there is general agreement that the benefits of performing the tests far outweigh the dangers of the small amount of radiation associated with these studies. Scientific advances allow for better images with lower doses of radiation. We continually upgrade our equipment to provide the latest technology and adhere to a strict monitoring and quality assurance program for all equipment. Prior to any exam, please inform the staff if you are, or think you may be, pregnant.
Yes. Our state-of-the-art Digital Fluoroscopy unit allows us to perform fluoroscopy studies using the highest resolution and image quality at lower doses of radiation. We can also adjust the brightness and contrast of the images on screen, thus limiting repeated exposures to the patient. If you are pregnant, (or think you might be), please inform our staff prior to your exam.

How should a patient prepare for a Barium Enema?

The following is to be done the day before the test: 1:00pm - Drink 8 ounces of water. 3:00pm - Drink 8 ounces of water. 5:00-6:00pm - Eat a light supper consisting of clear soups, clear fluids, and jello (no solid food) 7:00pm - Drink 8 ounces of water 8:00pm - Drink 1 whole bottle of citrate magnesia and take 4 tablets of Dulcolax. On the day of the examination: 7am - Drink 12 ounces of water or clear fluids, and take 1 dulcolax suppository.
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