Enemas for Bowel Health

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Bernard Jensen was no doubt one of the worlds experts on enemas and bowel health. Below we present some exerpts from his book “Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management”


From: “Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management” by Bernard Jensen

“Enemas can be beneficial in restoring healthy bowel regularity. This is why I believe enemas should be used every day for a year by those who have problems with a sluggish, irregular or underactive bowel. Many ingredients can be added to enema water to increase its effectiveness in some specific manner. Coffee enemas help detoxify the liver. Flaxseed tea enemas relieve inflammation in the bowel. Bentonite, a clay water, when added to enema water assists in absorbing and mobilizing toxins from the bowel wall. Acidophilus culture taken orally is helpful in detoxifying the bowel and in building friendly bacteria. Acidophilus implants can also be inserted rectally over night.”

“I believe that each of the many health professions and approaches to health care have a special value. I do not believe, however, that any therapeutic method—no matter how sophisticated—can effectively overcome disease in a toxic-laden body. The toxins must be eliminated first. Nor do I believe that any drug-based therapy can restore or rejuvenate tissue damaged in the course of chronic disease. Only nutrients from foods can do that. I believe when we work with nature, we get the results nature intends us to get. A clean body nourished by natural foods and uplifting thoughts will put anyone on the path to right living that brings health as a natural consequence.”

“It is interesting to note that the famous beauty queen, whom I knew, Mae West, was a great believer in the benefits of the enema. She started every day with a morning enema. I’m sure that this simple practice greatly contributed to her unusual vitality, bright mindedness and long lasting attractiveness, as true beauty is but a reflection of the beauty within. ”


“Colonics, as administered today, vary greatly in their effects due largely to the expertise of the colonic technician.”

“We feel that in some respects colonic therapy is taking advantage of people by making them believe that long and costly treatments are necessary. Also water applied under pressure is potentially hazardous. Those individuals with known or suspected serious bowel problems should approach pressurized colonic treatments with extreme caution.”

“Those practitioners who administer colonic therapy properly are offering a useful service to the public. This service can be greatly enhanced with the addition of sound dietary counseling so as to eventually overcome the need for colonic therapy. Without this knowledge, the colonic recipient is merely digging holes and filling them again—a net zero toward building a better health quality.”

“Many professionals giving colonies today are getting successful but temporary results. The reason for this is that just getting rid of the toxic waste in the bowel is not the complete answer, although it is the first step along the correct path. Unless proper exercise, diet and right living are practiced, good and lasting results will not be achieved. We must be interested in making bowel tissue changes.”


“NOTE: A colema board is a board that you lie on while giving yourself an enema over the toilet. However it is also possible to just purchase a normal enema bag or bucket, and lie in the floor, either on your right side, or with your head and knees on the floor and bottom in the air. Both thses positions are suitable for letting the enema water flow into the bowel. The only difference is, that when you are ready to evacuate the water, you must jump onto the toilet. In these positions it is necesarry to lay on your back for a while after inserting some water and perform the bowel massage as described below.”

“The colema board has been designed to provide a safe and easy way to take a high enema. Once you are in the correct position, it is possible to relax and virtually enjoy the rest of the procedure. Both hands are free so you may massage the abdomen and colon. For best results, massaging is most important.”

“Place body-temperature water in a four or five gallon plastic bucket; do not fill completely. The pail of water may hang on a hook, shower rod or be placed on a sink top or box. Make sure that your bucket is sturdy enough to hold 5 gallons of water and that your hanging point is strong enough to hold the full bucket. There should be approximately four feet between the colema board and the bottom of the pail. Add the mixture you are using (coffee and vinegar, clay water or garlic) into the water.”

“Place the working end of the colema board over the toilet. The top of the board, where the head rests, may be placed on a chair or the side of the tub for convenience. To prevent splashing of expelled fecal matter, place the lid for the splash board over the end area of the colema board. Check to make sure the water can run freely through the tube which goes to the rectum.”

“Place a folded towel or foam pad on the board so that it will be comfortable to lie on. Before inserting the colema tip into the tube on the board, rinse well. Apply a small amount of lubricant on the rectal tube so colema tip will be easily inserted, being careful not to clog the holes. Position your body on colema board in order to easily insert the colema tip into the rectum. Slide body down until the buttocks touch the wooden edges of the support.”

“Open clamp on the colonic to allow the solution to flow into the colon. You do not have to remove the rectal tip in order to evacuate. The fecal matter will bypass the tip, allowing normal bowel action. The colema board encourages normal peristalsis without producing bowel distension. Begin abdomen massage. Start massaging upward on your left side. If you find any tender or sore areas, continue to massage until the tenderness is gone. Continue up to the ribs on the left, then across the abdomen and down the right side. This brings the solution to the ascending colon. When cramping or the desire to evacuate occurs, close off the water clamp (in-flow) and simply relieve the bowel. The small, pencil-like tip will allow free elimination without being removed.”

“Continue this procedure until you have eliminated the bulk of fecal mass or until you have exhausted the water contents in the bucket. This will normally take about 30 minutes. Be sure to clamp off tube before all the water is used, in order to maintain the siphon action in the hose.”

“Upon completion of the colema, clean the board and tubes with a germicidal solution. When removing the tip for cleaning, be sure to replace the piece of 1/4-inch rubber tubing that holds the tip on the adjustable holder of the rectal tube. It is suggested that the tip be immersed in a germicidal solution and stored until the next colema.”


“To start the water flow in the enema hose you must siphon it. This is accomplished by putting the end that goes in the bucket under the faucet. Run water through it, past the u-tube, then hold it up in the air so the water can run down the long part of the hose. Once it has run down, close the clamp, then start it in the same way you did before and your enema siphon will be working. The idea is that when water is pulled down the long part of the hose it will naturally draw the water up the hose from the bucket and around the u-tube. To keep the enema siphon flow, always clamp off the hose before the bucket has run dry. This way you will retain your suction without having to resiphon. If the bucket does run dry, you must repeat the starting procedure.”

“Another way to drain the bucket is to attach a small plastic fitting into a hole at the base of the bucket. Attach the neoprene hose to this fitting and the other end to the colema board.”


“There are a few additives I might mention to use in the enema water. First of all, you can add a pint of coffee. Coffee helps bring down bile from the liver and stimulates the bowel wall to throw out the toxic material faster. You can also add clay water, which I believe has a great effect on the bowel mucus membrane, loosening it and releasing it faster. Of course, this procedure is repeated two times a day for the seven-day period. After the week, the Maintenance Program is followed for seven weeks. It is recommended that you follow this with another cleansing program. I feel this is the Ultimate Cleansing Program, a process which completely and thoroughly removes the toxic material from the bowel.”

Colonic irrigation

Colonic irrigation or colon hydrotherapy is a large enema which cleanses the whole colon. It was in vogue for hygienic purposes at the beginning of the 20th century (see John Harvey Kellogg) and remains popular as an alternative health therapy in many parts of the world. Advocates believe that, when carried out by trained personnel using sterile equipment, it can be a safe and valuable tool for eliminating toxins from the body and restoring normal muscular activity in the colon. However, there have been cases of intestinal perforation due to improperly done colonic irrigations. The actual medical benefit of colonic irrigation is contested.

For those people who don’t like enemas, they could consider the 8 Day Blessed Herbs Cleanse or the Master Cleanse.


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