What is a therapeutic enema?
Water (or the prescribed liquid) is inserted into the rectum through a colon tube or nozzle in order to cleanse the rectum and lower colon to get the desired effect
While lukewarm saline water is the most recommended, effective and safest for cleansing constipation, certain additives may be prescribed for specific conditions as well as for therapeutic enemas (which is decided by a Naturopathy physician)
Enema is also known as - internal bath, rectal irrigation, colon irrigation
Make sure to follow their instructions carefully to avoid unpleasant side effects and injuries.
- Enema can
- Enema catheter
- Enema tube
- Enema table
- Water of required temperature
Enema can be of various types based on temperature, type of liquid used, amount of liquid used etc.
Patient position – (Any one)
- Dorsal position – Patient lie down in supine position with legs slightly bent at knees, hips relaxed, this position is attained by weak patients
- Right lateral position right leg is kept straight and left leg is kept slightly bent at the knee, the body is relaxed, this position is attained by a patient with moderate health
- Left lateral position – left leg is kept straight and right leg is slightly bent at the knee, this position is used only when 600 ml of water is used, it washes only rectum and large intestine
- Prone position – the patient lies in the prone position
- Knee chest position – patient in prone position draws both the legs towards chest, this is done by a healthy person
- High enema – here the rubber tube is 32 inches long, 30 inches is inserted at 2 inches remain outside.
- Enema can is filled with sterile water at the required temperature and raised to a height of 3 ft. from the patient
- Open the stop cork and let the water flow so that the bubbles are removed, then close it.
- Enema catheter is fitted at the nozzle of the enema tube and the other end is lubricated with oil
- The patient lies down on his right, extending his right leg and folding the left leg at the right angle. (or any other position)
- The lubricated end of the enema catheter is introduced into the rectum.
- Slowly and water is allowed to enter the rectum. If the patient feels pain or a strong urge to evacuate prematurely during this process, the height of the can should be reduced and the flow of water stopped for a while. The anus should be compressed with a napkin. The pain will then subside. The enema can is again raised to 3 ft.
- Great care should be taken to avoid the introduction of air into the bowels as it may lead to colic pain. When there is pain due to gases, while giving an enema, a gentle massage over the colon region will relieve the same. Large quantities of water should not be injected as this may sometimes cause damage by distending the colon.
- Generally, 2 to 4 pints (900ml – 1.8 L) of water is injected into the rectum.
- The water has to be retained for at least 5 to 10 minutes. The patient should take a short walk while retaining the water and then to the toilet where he should slowly expel the water along with accumulated morbid matter. The patient should not hasten to release all the water at once.
What should be done after enema??
- Drink sufficient water
- Take proper rest
- Take a light diet throughout the day
- Seek your doctor if you feel any dizziness or discomfort
- Enemas should be used only when necessary.
- Enema is not a replacement of natural satisfactory bowel moments; it is only used to facilitate or support when needed
- Should be prescribed by a naturopathy physician and should be taken under supervision.
- Should not be taken more than once a week unless for short detox purposes.
- Enemas are best done in the morning at the time of natural bowel call.
- Drink lots of water after taking the enema.
- An incorrectly administered enema can damage tissue in your rectum/colon, cause bowel perforation.
- If the device is not sterile it can cause infections.
- Long-term, regular use of enemas can cause electrolyte imbalances.
- When not to give enema - enemas definitely have their uses, there are many situations where they are not advisable
- People with heart or kidney ailments should avoid taking, as enemas can cause an electrolytic imbalance in them
You can order the Enema Kit from this WELLCURE SHOP or can buy it from any medical shop near you.
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