Updated: 26th July, 2013
At first, taking a home enema seems like an uncomfortable, embarrassing practice, and many try to find a reason to dismiss it as unnecessary. This is how I felt at first, but after a few experiments I find it to be a powerful cleansing tool and quite easy and comfortable to do.
I wrote 'Why and How to Take and Enema' to report on the benefits I have found and to explain how to easily perform this at home. It is truly a cheap and powerful health remedy, living up to the name of this website. This article introduces the basic salt-water enema for cleaning and detoxifying the colon, as well as coffee enema for detoxing the liver and releasing gall stones.
To put it simply, an enema is a powerful tool to help the body detoxify and cleanse the colon. The colon works like a dehydrator and draws liquids from the food you eat and whenever you eat starchy foods, such as white flour products or potato, they turn into a glue-like substance and stick to the colon walls. The longer the food matter stays stuck in the colon the more toxic it becomes, and the more it hinders the colon function, putrifies, rots and prevents the absorption of nutrients.
Eating a lot of meat and other non-fibrous foods can make the problem worse, as we need fibre to 'scrape' the colon walls clean and move stuck material. (Note: many people have a problem digesting fibre because of weak stomach acids - a very common problem in the Western countries. This problem should be addressed to enable the body to properly digest the all-important fibres present in fruit and vegetables.) An additional problem with eating a lot of meat - as reported by many pro-vegetarian health professionals - is that our digestive system is somewhere between that of a meat-eating and that of a vegetarian animal - and in fact our digestive system is too long for digesting meat. As a result it putrefies and becomes toxic. Meat is also very labour-intensive to digest and often stays in the body for many days before being excreted.
The colon has an extremely important function in detoxifying the body, absorbing nutrients and its proper function is essential for the strength of the immune system.
I truly realised the power of the enemas during my 21-day juice fast. As my body was cleansing due to the liquid diet, I would start getting detox symptoms if I didn't have an enema every 1-2 days. The typical symptoms were throatache, achiness, weak muscles, headaches, and just general feeling of being unwell. As soon as I took an enema, however, these symptoms would be relieved and some hours after, completely disappear! During three weeks of experiencing this again and again, I became convinced of the efficiency of the enema to help the body detoxify. For a day-to-day diary of this process, follow the juice fasting link above.
On the day I broke the fast, I took a coffee enema, without expecting much in terms of results. I had just read that it helps to cleanse the liver so I thought it would be a good thing to do. And although taking the coffee enema itself felt like an easy and gentle process, the results were quite dramatic. First I felt and heard a squirt on the LEFT hand side of the belly, just below the rib cage and then I passed what seemed like a HANDFUL of gall stones. This seems odd, because the sound is meant to be on the right side of the body, nevertheless in my case I felt it on the left side.
I had no idea I had gallstones! This inspires me to take the coffee enema a few more times, to help the liver cleanse even more. Reading more about this on various websites, it seems that gallstones are not only in the gall bladder but, in fact, the whole liver can be full of them.
It is important to have performed the water enema for a few times before attempting a coffee enema. It can be quite harmful if the colon is blocked up and the toxins released from the liver/ gallbladder can't come out quickly enough.
The other important thing with coffee enema is the time. The recommended time to retain the coffee enema is 10 minutes and it is not adviceable to hold it for longer - in fact it can be harmful. Within this limited time, the coffee should not (unless you have an underlying health problem) go into the blood stream. I was caffeine free when taking the enema and felt no adverse effects - I didn't get a caffeine rush. But I did feel surprisingly energetic and well after taking the enema.
A coffee enema follows the same procedure as the salt-water enema above but instead of sea salt and lemon you mix in some coffee. It is important to use organic fresh coffee, and NEVER instant coffee. I just bought a single espresso from my local organic shop and mixed it in the water (half an enema bag - less is better with coffee enema). The better way of doing this (some say crucial for the enema to work) is to boil a tablespoon of ground organic coffee (in ground up beans form - not liquid!) in a pot of water for 10 minutes and then sieve it, before cooling the water down.
With the coffee enema, generally, you hang the bag quite low so that the fluid flows in at a slower pace and doesn't go as high up in the colon. You lie on your right hand side, although other positions are fine as well.
If you have any complications with your colon or suspect that you are sensitive to caffeine or anything else in coffee, please consult your doctor before performing the coffee enema, or the salt water enema for that matter.
It's been two weeks since I took my last enema, at the end of the 21-Day Juice Fast. I decided to take another coffee enema, since the first time I did it the results were so promising. I wanted to continue with the liver cleansing. Some six coffee enemas in total should do it, and I am quite happy to leave long breaks in between to let my liver adjust and recover from the cleansing effort.
I took a salt-water enema first, to ensure that my colon is as clean as possible. Coffee enema releases a lot of powerful toxins from the liver, so it is important to make sure that they have an opportunity to come out as quickly as possible. For the same reason one should not hold the coffee enema for more than 10 minutes. This time I also laid on my right side, as recommended on some websites specifically for the coffee enema.
The difference between the water enema and the coffee enema was huge. The salt-water and lemon juice enema I took first (1 liter/quart of boiled and cooled tap water, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 tablespoon of sea salt) was very easy to retain and came out mostly clear. The coffee enema, done soon after, came out a muddy mess, with what felt like gall stones, although I couldn't see them this time. Coffee enema was also a lot harder to retain, due to the lack of salt (I wouldn't recommend salt in it, however, since that may help to retain the water longer, which - again - slows down the excretion of the toxins.) So in terms of the level of detoxification there is a clear difference between the two enemas. And I can understand why it is a general rule to do at least three successful water enemas before attempting a coffee one. (More about this written above: 'how to take a coffee enema'.)
I also felt a slight 'high' after the coffee enema, which may have been due to the caffeine - although it is not meant to be able to absorb into your system if the enema is only retained for 10 minutes. I have been caffeine free for 5 weeks now.
I also felt a little shaky afterwards and I do have this 'fresh' feeling at the top of my chest, which started already after the water enema. It is difficult to describe, and it is not the 'sparkly' feeling I've described before. Just a refreshed feeling, as if slightly cool air was passing through the top-middle of my chest. A subtle feeling, but very nice.
I am glad to have successfully detoxed my liver again. I hope this will increase my energy levels even more (last coffee enema definitely did).
Some people recommend taking implants, which are like enemas but much smaller quantities and generally absorbed by the body through the colon.
For benefits of wheatgrass implants, read: "Benefits of Wheatgrass"
For flaxseed oil (linseed oil) implant benefits, read: "Barbara Wren: Cellular Awakening"
I haven't tried either of these implants, just wanted to provide you with the links since I have heard interesting reports on how useful they may be.
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