Home Enemas: How and Why You Should Perform Them to Help Achieve Optimal Health


Most people greet the notion of a home enema with a wince and a snicker. Knowing the benefits of an enema can change that wince into a sigh of relief.

An enema can be a very nurturing experience.


An enema is a method to flush waste out of the colon. It’s not such a bad idea when you consider that the average person may have up to 10 pounds or more of non-eliminated waste in the large intestine!

Simply put, an enema cleans up the colon and induces bowel movements, leaving you feeling cleaner, lighter, and healthier almost immediately. The main job of the colon is to absorb water and nutrients from food and remove waste and toxins. Over the years, the colon walls can become encrusted with non-eliminated waste, making it sluggish and inefficient.

When that happens, you might experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Indigestion
  • Irritability
  • Stomach pains
  • Swelling
  • Weight problems


Enemas are not a new fad or something that’s only performed by those obsessed with their health. It wasn’t that long ago that enemas were routinely prescribed by doctors as part of a normal cure for illness.

An Egyptian king, as early as 1500 B.C., was known to receive routine enemas by a physician who used them for regular medical treatments. The Egyptians believed that all diseases were caused by tainted, unwanted additions to food, or too much food, and understood how an enema could offer relief to serious situations.

Ancient regions in Africa, Greece, Babylonia, India, and China used enemas. American Indians performed enemas. Louis XIV had almost 2000 enemas in his lifetime and stayed healthy throughout. And even the vivacious and voluptuous Mae West started every day with a morning enema.

While the medical community has somehow disconnected itself from the benefits of enemas, some medical professionals are slowly coming around. Suzy Cohen, also known as “America’s Pharmacist,” declares that coffee enemas are safe when performed by holistic physicians and even at home in her Ask The Pharmacist column. Cohen goes on to say that coffee enemas can be used as therapeutic treatment for a number of conditions, like constipation, fatigue, liver detoxification, and even cancer.1Research has confirmed the effectiveness of administering therapeutic agents through the colon instead of the mouth.2


Before we get into enema-techno, let’s take a look at what you could see disappear with regular enemas:

  • Backache
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Candida yeast infections
  • Fatigue
  • Flatulence
  • Indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Loss of concentration
  • Sinus congestion
  • Skin conditions
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Weight issues

If you experience any of those conditions, perhaps you should consider an enema! Whenever you’re feeling lethargic or constipated, it’s a sure sign that an enema should be scheduled into your immediate future. Even if you’re feeling great, releasing extra toxins can only make you feel better.

As you approach a healthier lifestyle and begin The Body Ecology Diet, home enemas are incredibly important for:

  • Colon Cleansing – If you’re using any type of clay cleansing agents to pull toxins out of the system, you’ll want to use an enema to help release the bulk. You don’t want to pull out toxins and leave them with nowhere to go!
  • Fasting – If you choose to fast, enemas are critically important. You must keep things moving out of your body because your cells will be dumping their toxins quickly. You will feel miserable if you are not cleaning downstream.
  • Fermented Foods – As you begin to add fermented foods and drinks to your diet, such as cultured vegetableskefirCocoBiotic, or InnergyBiotic, you might experience symptoms of yeast and pathogenic bacteria die-off as the good bacteria begin to colonize your inner ecosystem. Gas and bloating are a signal that the mighty floras are busy attacking toxic waste in and on the colon walls. Home enemas will rinse out the toxins, helping to shorten the discomfort you might be feeling.
  • Liver Cleansing – Because your liver dumps its toxins into your colon, you want to make sure the colon is open and in perfect working order to move all those toxins out quickly.


There are two types of enemas:

  1. The cleansing enema is retained for a short period of time until your natural peristaltic movement eliminates both the water and the loose fecal material. It is used to gently flush out the colon.
  2. The retention enema is held in the body for longer. For example, the famous “coffee enema” is retained for approximately 15 minutes or can also be left in and absorbed. Coffee enemas are an example of short-term (15 minute) retention enemas. They were made popular by Max Gerson, who used them with cancer patients to open the bile ducts and increase bile flow, helping to rid the liver of impurities.3 A 2007 analysis observed six case studies of cancer patients who followed Gerson therapy, which included treatment with coffee enemas. Patients on the Gerson regimen showed some evidence of both physical and psychological support, though further research is needed.4

Examples of cleansing enemas:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar in Water – Helps with viral conditions and to clear mucous from the body. Great if you suffer from nasal congestion or asthma.
  • Burdock Root – Helps to eliminate calcium deposits and purify blood.
  • Catnip Tea – Relieves constipation and congestion and will bring down a high fever.
  • Lemon Juice – Just what you need to clean the colon of fecal matter, balance its pH, and detoxify the system.

Examples of retention enemas:

  • Coffee – A coffee solution (we mean a good organic breakfast blend, not decaf or instant) stimulates both the liver and the gallbladder to release toxins (15 minutes only).
  • Minerals – This is one you will want to retain permanently. It helps rebuild the energy of the adrenals and the thyroid.
  • Probiotic – Perfect for candidiasis and other yeast infections.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf- High in iron, great for the eyes, and particularly helpful for women.

Each enema requires a slightly different method, but the results for each will be glorious. When a smaller amount of liquid is retained permanently, we prefer to call this an implant. One cup of liquid with a probiotic, minerals, or something green with chlorophyll (like wheat grass) makes an excellent implant. They’ll quickly have you on your way to a happier, healthier colon!


Alright, before you hit the “Exit” button, let us put your mind at ease. The thought of an enema can be a little off-putting, but they’re really much more comfortable than you might anticipate.

In fact, an enema can be a very nurturing experience.

All you need is either a bag or a bucket (specifically designed for an enema in mind), a gentle catheter, a little coconut or olive oil for lubrication, clean water, and a little privacy. At Body Ecology, we highly recommend the home enema kit and supplies from Health & Yoga. We particularly like the Enema Kit with the Stainless Steel Can and think you will too!

What To Remember Most About This Article:

Forget what you know. A home enema really isn’t as scary as it sounds. An enema can be used to flush waste out of the colon—up to 10 pounds of excess waste in the large intestine, depending on the person! When you are done with this nurturing experience, you’ll feel cleaner, lighter, and healthier.

An enema can also benefit your health. It is the colon’s job to absorb water and nutrients from food and flush waste and toxins. When walls of the colon grow crusted with non-eliminated waste over the years, it becomes sluggish and inefficient.

As you begin to enjoy more fermented foods and beverages in your diet, like cultured vegetableskefirCocoBiotic, and InnergyBiotic, you may especially benefit from a home enema to counter yeast and pathogenic bacteria die-off. A home enema can flush out these accumulated toxins and ease your discomfort. Start this natural process at home with a bag or bucket designed for enema use—we recommend the home enema kit and supplies from Health & Yoga. Happy cleansing!


  1. “Ask The Pharmacist: Benefits of Coffee Enemas.” NPDN.
  2. Vaccine. Volume 26, Issue 5, 30 January 2008, Pages 639–646
  3. “Scientific Basis of Coffee Enemas.” Gerson Institute.
  4. Integr Cancer Ther. 2007 Mar;6(1):80-8.