Detoxification Techniques

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Enemas are an ancient technique for clearing the colon and supporting detoxification. The enema introduces liquid, usually water by means of an enema bag, into the anus which leads to the rectum and colon. The movement of liquid into the body tends to stimulate the colon to release faecal matter. Therefore enemas may be used for clearing the rectum, sigmoid colon and possibly some of the descending colon of faecal matter.                                                 

Enema Kit Components

Enema Kit Components

A=Enema bag

B=Enema Tap

C=Nozzle (vaginal)

D=Nozzle (anal)

E= Tubing


  1. Prepare the floor area where you are going to lie with suitable protective material
  2. Make up 1 litre of your chose enema fluid to body temperature (see enema recipes)
  3. Close the enema tap and fill the enema bag with the enema fluid.
  4. Hang the enema bag up so that it is positioned around 1 metre above the position you are going to lie in.
  5. Place enema nozzle into a small jug and open the enema tap to allow the release of any air which may be trapped in the enema tube into the jug. Close the enema tap
  6. Lubricate the anal area with a suitable vegetable oil
  7. Get into a comfortable position to receive the enema (back, side or kneeling). For enemas targeting the liver (coffee, chamomile etc) it is preferable to lie on the right side. This position facilitates the passage of the enema fluid to the liver.
  8. Insert around 3-5 cm of the enema nozzle gentle into the anus
  9. Open the tap to allow the enema fluid to enter
  10. Massage the abdomen as the fluid is entering
  11. Hold the enema for the specified time described for your specified enema (see enema recipes)
  12. On completion move to the toilet to expel the enema

Enema Tips

  • It is advisable to do a water enema before any other enema as it helps to clear the bowels in preparation
  • If you are finding it difficult, try doing an enema whilst submerged in a warm bath as this will help to relax the abdominal muscles.
  • The quantity of enema fluid may need to be adjusted to avoid difficulties in holding
  • Do not do an enema when hungry
  • Do not do stimulating enemas like the coffee enema before going to bed.


Avoid enemas if there is a prolapsed organ in the pelvic area or if haemorrhoids are a problem.