Last Updated on April 27, 2020
Enema has been derived from Greek language meaning ‘to inject’. Technically, it is a method used to wash bowel by means of flushing it with fluid through rectal passage. This is not a new concept, however, it has been in practice for centuries. Ebers papyrus, a primitive form of medical literature in ancient Egypt, has been documented to be the first authentic literature mentioning the medicinal use of Enema. They used to heal various medical conditions including alimentary tract diseases. This therapy had earned such fame that each Pharaoh felt it imperative to keep a personal guardian of the anus. It was also implemented as a form of ritual practice.
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Recent Advances in Enema:
Practical implications have increased significantly in the use of enema. Modern healthcare, medicine and surgery, has greatly been influenced by the developments introduced in the process and equipment used for enema. Sophisticated design and texture of the tubing has made it more receptive and acceptable for the patients.
Enema is now being widely used in the diagnostic setting as Barium Enema. Barium Dye Enema introduced through the rectal route and X-ray images are acquired. This method gives information about various diseases like enteral fistula, sinuses, inflammatory bowel disease etc.
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Benefits of Enema:
Enema has been in use for various physical ailments, such as:
1. Primarily for the relief of Constipation
2. Upset stomach or symptoms of indigestion
3. Bacterial overgrowth
5. Stool impaction
6. Bowel cleansing
7. Eliminating toxic substances or gases
Complications arising from Enema:
The most common complications which may arise by the frequent use of enema are:
2. Electrolyte imbalance
Dehydration is one of the most frequently encountered in patients undergoing enema, due to loss of excessive water from the alimentary tract. The problem can be easily overcome by the use of oral intake of fluids while undergoing sessions of enema.
Second most common complication, after dehydration, is electrolyte imbalance. Water flowing from bowel during evacuation also takes with it many essential minerals. Therefore, replenishing electrolytes with oral rehydration salt (ORS) while enema sessions are being undertaken is one of the best ideas.
After having gone through different sessions of enema, one might feel weakness, which may again be attributed to loss of potassium while purging or due simply to loss of water.
If enema fluid is injected in a very rapid manner, it might induce cramps, therefore, the fluid should be injected in a graduated fashion in order to avoid premature stimulation of bowel movements.
Evidence from Research
There is an affluent data available supporting the treatment for various ailments by the help of enema. However, all the evidence comes from either observational studies or case reports. Therefore, the authenticity remains controversial in the modern era due to the fact that these studies were not controlled to avoid achieving results by chance.
A study published in journal of Chinese medicine in 2013 observed the effects of herbal enema formulation in patients with chronic ulcerative colitis. This study compared the results with conventional treatment for ulcerative colitis- that is, Mesalazine. Amazingly, patients receiving herbal enema formulation showed better outcome in terms of symptoms and intestinal mucosa score.
Accumulation of toxic bowel gases in blood, causing encephalopathy, is one of the major complications in patients with liver cirrhosis. One of the ways to get rid of gases like Ammonia, is to cleanse(watch this video for candida cleanse) the bowel with enema. Use of enema for relieve of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) has now been validated through various clinical studies and is a common practice carried out by gastroenterologists.
A study published in journal of Pediatric emergency care, 2011, observed the comparative efficacy of milk and molasses enema to kleen (sodium phosphate) enema in pediatric patients experiencing constipation. Hansen et al, lead author of study, proposed that there was no difference between the different forms of enema in alleviating constipation and were equally efficacious.
Dr. Gerson, holistic and alternative medicine physician, suggested that practice of coffee and castor oil enema, adjuvant to other nutritional supplements improves survival in cancer patients with significantly better results as compared to other treatment modalities. A study published in journal of Alternative medicine in 1995 looked at the survival rate of Melanoma patients using Gerson’s therapy which included coffee enema as a part of treatment. Hildenbrand et al, stunningly found Dr. Gerson’s therapy to be far superior in improving five years survival in patients with Melanoma, irrespective of the stage and spread. However, these results are not to be generalized due to the study being retrospective in methodology.
Role of Enema in Candida
Alimentary tract, bowel, is one of the commonest places for growth of Candida. Like any other organism, Candida derives its nutrition from sugar. People who take a lot of sugar content in their diet or are immunocompromised for any reason are at higher risk of developing candida overgrowth in their intestines. If the growth is left to go unchecked, candida shall invade the intestinal wall and spread in blood stream causing dreadful complications.
Enema is one of the powerful tools by which Candida can be washed out of bowel, efficiently and without any serious side effects. Enema causes intestines to purge off its harmful and long retained contents, including Candida.
Different kinds of Enema help against Candida by the help of their peculiar pathologic mechanism. Depending upon their mechanistic model, anti-candida enema can be classified into different categories:
1. Probiotic Enema
2. Retention Enema
3. Antifungal Enema
Probiotics are those beneficial bacteria present in our body which protects against many toxigenic substances and organisms by inhibiting their growth. When body is deficient in these probiotics, many opportunistic infections, like candida, begin to inflict the body in diverse ways. Therefore, enemas rich in probiotic content can prove to help fight against candida.
Retention enema are the formulations which are held in the intestinal lumen for a period of at least 15 minutes until stool is allowed to pass. The notion behind this retention period is to permit the ingredients in enema to act against the harmful substances along the maximum length of intestine.
Antifungal enema are the types in which the conventional antifungal drug is mixed with the enema formulation.
Combination of all these enema in a step wise manner can cause candida to die off by creating an unsuitable environment for candida to grow and thereby causing death and ultimately flushing by means of utilizing cleansing enema.
Different Enema Recipe for Candida
Let’s look at few different ways you can do enema to get rid of your candida.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Enema
Candida grows in intestine due to alkaline medium. ACV enema helps in creating acidic environment which is unfavorable for the growth of candida and therefore, cannot survive. Other than creating an acidic medium, its properties against candida to die off are well known. ACV enema can be made by following simple steps:
1. Take 1-2 quarts of water
2. Warm it to 120 Fahrenheit
3. Allow it to cool up to 103-107 Fahrenheit
4. Add 1-4 teaspoonful of ACV
5. Solution is ready to be used in enema bag or syringe
Aloe Vera Enema
Health benefits of Aloe Vera are widely known to healthcare providers. Its use in the form of enema formulation may prove to be helpful in ameliorating the conditions causing inflammation and redness of mucosal lining of intestines.
Formulation for enema can be prepared by following simple steps:
1. Take 1-2 quarts of water
2. Warm it to 103-107 Fahrenheit
3. Add 1 cup of pure Aloe Vera extract
4. Mix the solution and it is ready for use
Baking Soda Enema
Baking soda is effective in conditions where there is acidity and neutralization is deemed necessary. Excessive acidity can lead to causing ulceration of mucosal lining of the intestines, therefore, in such cases, providing enema with baking soda formulations proves to be impressive.
This can be prepared by adding 2 teaspoonful of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and warming it to 103 Fahrenheit. This can be used along with table salt or sea salt for additive effects.
Bentonite Clay Enema
Bentonite is a clay water which helps in mobilizing toxins, adhering to the luminal wall of intestine through its detergent effect and may even potentially absorb the toxic contents in the bowel.
1. 1-2 quarts of water
2. Warm it to achieve median temperature of 105 Fahrenheit
3. Add between 1-4 tablespoonful of bentonite clay
4. Stir the solution and add it to bag or syringe for use
Coffee enema has been known for centuries when it was first used by German nurses for their soldiers to relieve them of the pain. Its detoxifying properties for gall bladder and liver disease are well acknowledged. However, it can cure candida by the help retention enema and probiotic effects. Recently it has been used by Dr. Gerson to find treatment for various ailment.
1. Take 1 quarts of water
2. Add levelled 1-3 teaspoon of powdered ground coffee
3. Warm the mixture to 118 Fahrenheit
4. Allow it to cool to 103 Fahrenheit
5. Add the solution in enema bag or syringe for use
Castor Oil Enema
Castor oil has long been in use as a laxative and is still recognized for its purgative properties. It is one of the best ingredient with superlative properties in softening and mobilizing the hardened bowel contents. It can be used at a retention enema and to relieve constipation.
1. Take 2 ounces of castor oil
2. Mix it with 1 quarts water
3. Warm the mixture before use
Coconut oil, although contains small amount of oil, doesn’t become rancid over time. It has cholesterol lowering and weight loosing properties. Other than that it also exerts antimicrobial and antifungal effects. It can be used against candida effectively with little or no side-effects related to coconut oil.
1. Take 1.5 quarts of water
2. Add 8 ounces of coconut oil in it
3. Warm the mixture to 105 Fahrenheit before use
Colloidal Silver Enema
Colloidal silver is named for its unique morphology of contained into fine small particles which are larger to be dissolved and smaller to be seen by naked eye. Fine particles in colloidal form helps silver retain its properties and convert into an active ingredient while introduced in body. It is quite intriguing to find a natural ingredient possessing as powerful antimicrobial properties as any conventional antibiotics do. It has shown to exert antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal actions. It can be confidently used as an alternative therapy for candida infection.
Garlic has known to exert anti-parasitic effects. It is used as an effective home remedy to get rid of intestinal worms. However, its properties as enema are even overwhelming. Fareed et al, in 1996, demonstrated the antidiarrheal effects of garlic enema in 20 patients.
One of the experts in alternative medicine, Bee Wilder, published an article in Nourished Magazine, suggesting the use of garlic enema to cure candida.
1. Take 2-3 cloves of garlic
2. Add it in 1 quart of water
3. Let it to simmer for 10-15 minutes
4. Cool it to 103-105 Fahrenheit and use it for enema
Most important information to remember, before using hydrogen peroxide as enema, is that regular hydrogen peroxide which is widely available for purchase, contains toxic ingredients like phosphate and tin. Having to introduce these compounds in any form could produce deleterious effects. Therefore, it is imperative to find pure hydrogen peroxide solution devoid of any additive and/or potentially harmful compounds.
Hydrogen peroxide which is produced naturally, through various mechanisms, by many cells and tissues in our body to overcome toxic substances and to fight against invading microorganisms.
1. 3-6 teaspoonful of hydrogen peroxide added in 1 quarts of water
2. Before using it for enema, ensure to warm the solution to optimal temperature
This formulation can produce amazing results against candida infection.
Iodine is one of the natural and essential components of thyroid hormone in our body. Thyroid hormone is integral to maintain the metabolic activity in body. Without this hormone, everything slows- voice, walk, thoughts, heart etc. Therefore, iodine is important to maintain a balance. Other than this, antiseptic properties of iodine, used as pyodine solution, are undeniably profound. It has also been used by surgeons to prepare bowel before carrying out surgical procedure.
Antifungal properties has also been demonstrated in case reports. Enema can be prepared by:
1. 10-25 drops added in 1 quarts of water
2. Simmer at 105 Fahrenheit
3. Use it in syringe or enema bag
Kefir is one of the abundantly enriched sources of probiotics. It is fermented form of milk. Importance of probiotics in maintaining health of gut cannot be over emphasized. This can act as a readily available source of probiotics for the cure of candida.
A few researches suggest that kefir might possess anticancer and immune modulating properties.
Lemon juice is used as a form of cleansing enema. Due to its acidic content, it can help in maintaining PH of intestinal environment. Maintaining PH of intestines is pivotal to protect it from different threats which may arise while it is perturbed.
Lemon juice enema is prepared by following simple steps:
1. Extract juice of 2-3 fresh lemons
2. Add it in 2 quarts of water
3. Warm it to optimal temperature for enema use.
Miracle mineral solution is used as an effective antimicrobial agent including candida and yeasts. Before using MMS method for enema, it is proposed that one should have a session of pre-cleaning bowel. Solutions can be made by adding 10 drops of MMS in each 8 ounces of water. This will exert antimicrobial action directly on the microorganisms.
Nystatin is one of the earliest discovered antifungal drugs. Advantage of Nystatin over other antifungal drugs is its local action against candida and absence of systemic effects on liver. This can effectively annihilate candida from alimentary tract.
1. 2ml of Nystatin is added in 1 quarts water
2. Warm water to match the body temperature is used for enema purposes
Its use should be alternated with probiotic enema to reduce the need for Nystatin enema. It should not be used frequently.
Oil of oregano inherits excellent antifungal properties which makes it one of the best natural sources to be used as an alternative antifungal medicine. While using it for the cure of candida, it is worth remembering that its use is contraindicated in pregnancy and in lactating women.
Replenishing the bare minimum concentration of probiotics, lactobacillus, is unquestionably one of the most important steps while treating for candida. There are many forms of enema which can help flourish the growth of lactobacillus in intestines. However, it can also be taken in dried form orally. The natural herbs and ingredients which can help maintain concentration of beneficial bacteria in our gut are:
Probiotic enema can be prepared by following below mentioned steps:
1. 2 quarts of water
2. 2 tablespoonful of either of the above mentioned natural ingredients or 4 probiotic capsules
3. Mix and warm to optimize with body temperature
This is one of the most widely used enema form in medical practice. Using saline enema gives prompt relief from constipation. It can be used as a form of cleansing enema and/or retention enema. Other than softening stools, it also acts as an antiseptic solution. It doesn’t lead to loss of electrolytes as other formulations of enema do.
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Tea Tree Oil Enema
Tea tree oil, among other vegetable oils, is another strong bactericidal and fungicidal agent. Using it in the form of enema can cause intense and prompt purging even before optimal retention is met.
To prepare tea tree oil enema, put 8 ounces of oil in 2 quarts of water and warm it to 103 Fahrenheit.
Turmeric belongs to ginger family. Its main ingredient is curcumin. Its antibacterial properties has left scientists in amazement. Its efficacy can be considered equal to vancomycin in treating clostridium difficile infection.
Wheatgrass enema can be used for cleansing purposes. Although its properties are consistent with coffee enema, it has an edge over coffee enema in being rich source of nutrients and potential oxygen.
It can be made by following simple steps:
1. Grind wheatgrass and take 2 ounces of powdered form
2. Add it in 2 quarts of water
3. Warm it to 103-107 Fahrenheit
It is one of the best formulation for probiotic enema. Yogurt is deficient in sugar and therefore, helps starve candida in addition to rejuvenating the health of gut by enhancing growth of lactobacillus.