With the toxins that surround us every day, we get more and more susceptible to diseases. These disorders may range from minor stomach problems such as constipation, to more dangerous ones such as cancer. Surprisingly, these diseases are often related to unhealthy colon. Today there are several ways to cleanse the colon, and one of it is by performing an enema.
What is an Enema?
An enema is a clinical procedure to cleanse the colon. It is performed by inserting water in the colon through a nozzle or tube connected to a bag that contains the enema solution. Its primary goal is to clear the large intestine of waste by creating a feeling of urgency through the tube inserted inside the colon.
Enemas are classified into two, depending on how much liquid is required to clean the intestine. Low volume enema fills only the lower part of the rectum and colon. This is ideal for mild constipations, while high volume enema fills the entire colon for deeper and more thorough cleansing and detoxification.
Types of Enema
Enemas can be performed at home or under the supervision of medical expert. Lukewarm water is the conventional liquid often used, however users are given the following options.
Saline enema is the most popular type of enema directly available from local pharmacies. It is done by inserting a lubricated syringe into the rectum triggers bowel movement.
Mineral oil enema is more ideal for women who have gone through medical procedures and/or childbirth. It uses mineral or castor oil which is believed to attach into the wastes so it goes out the body easily.
Barium enema is a device inserted into the rectum to get an XRAY of the intestines. This is often used to examine suspected disorders in the small intestines.
Enema Pro’s and Con’s
Enemas are said effective in cleaning out 12 inches of the colon without upsetting the whole digestive system. Unlike oral laxatives, enemas do not cause dependency among users. Furthermore, apart from cleansing the colon, some people find the procedure of enema as rather erotic. The pressure building among men’s prostate, and the walls between the anus and the female reproductive organ turn some people on.
On the other hand, there are claims that chemicals such as sodium phosphate used in this procedure can cause renal failure when used repeatedly. Some also believe that excessive fluids entering the colon can cause electrolyte imbalance.
Colon Cleansing is proven beneficial to improve over-all health. A healthier colon means eliminating harmful toxins so that essential nutrients are better absorbed by the body. Whether you want to do it with an enema or other ways, it is important to follow the instructions carefully to avoid any bodily harm and achieve optimum health.