Colon Cleansing Enema | Enema Therapy for Colon Cleansing

What Is Enema Therapy, Enema for Colon Cleansing?

Colon cleansing is also known and referred to as enema. Enema therapy involves introduction of the solution into the rectum and sigmoid colon. Its function is to remove feces or flatus or both. Enemas are classified into four groups according to their action:

  • Cleansing enema. This stimulates peristalsis by irritating the colon and rectum and/or by distending the intestine with the volume of fluid introduced.
  • Carminative enema. This is given primarily to expel flatus. The solution instilled into the rectum releases gas, which in turn distends the rectum and the colon, thus causing peristalsis.
  • Retention enema. This involves introducing oil into the rectum and sigmoid colon. The oil is retained for a relatively long period of time, usually 1 to 3 hours. It acts to soften the feces and to lubricate the rectum and anal canal, thus facilitating the passage of feces.
  • Return flow enema. Referred also as colonic irrigation, this is used to expel flatus. This involves the alternating flow of fluid into and out of the large intestine to stimulate peristalsis and the expulsion of feces.

How to use Enema Therapy

The following enema instructions will likely reduce the risk of complications after the procedure is done.

  • The fluid used for colon cleansing has to be in the right temperature. For adults 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit and for children 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The amount of enema solution to be administered depends on what kind of enema is given.
  • The time it taken for enema insertion largely depends on the amount of fluid to be instilled to the persons’ tolerance.

Home Remedies for Colon Cleansing

When a person undergoes colon cleansing enema, they usually experience a few minor complications and complaints, which are fairly expected.

You can do the following home remedies to treat possible complaints and concerns.

  • Drinking warm water with a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of sugar. This is also referred to as home oresol, which is an oral rehydration solution.
  • Allow the individual to rest since the procedure may have caused an alteration of the fluid and electrolyte balance of the body.
  • Since the gastrointestinal tract has been induced to peristalsis, the stomach itself cannot tolerate certain diet. Hence, you need to switch to a tolerable diet.
  • Soft, bland diet such as toast, crackers, and pudding can help reduce indigestion and it will less likely cause gastric disturbance.