An enema is a procedure of introducing liquids into the rectum and colon. Enemas are usually carried out for medical reasons, like treating constipation, or as part of alternative therapies. In the early days, they were known as “clysters.” Enemas are a popular way of detoxifying the digestive tract. One can find extensive information on the various types of enemas by visiting leading online resources devoted to the subject.
Enemas act as a bowel stimulant. When an enema is performed, the patient expels feces. Bowel simulating enemas usually consist of water, sometimes with baking soda enema or a mild soap dissolved in it. This helps draw additional water from the bloodstream into the colon and increases the effectiveness of the enema.
Enemas generally cleanse the lower part of the colon, the sigmoid and the descending colon. Unlike colonics, enemas involve a single infusion of water into the colon. And unlike colonics, enemas do not have to be administered by a professional. One can find many types of disposable enema kits available in drugstores.
Modern times have seen many kinds of enemas hitting the market. The coffee enema is a term often heard. It is believed to detoxify the liver by quickly emptying the colon and increasing the flow of bile and the elimination of toxins through the bile. The entire process provides immediate relief from toxicity symptoms like indigestion, headaches, pain and congestion.
Sometimes, for surgical purposes, anesthetic agents are administered by way of an enema. This is done to reduce medically induced vomiting during surgery. Similarly, a barium enema is used as a contrast substance in radiological imaging of the bowel. Though there are disposable enema kits available, it is always preferable that one administers them in consultation with a qualified physician.