If you are suffering from gastrointestinal complications, you are not alone. Each year, millions of adults struggle to balance their GI system and often seek remedies outside of traditional medications. If you are considering options for normalizing your GI tract, enemas may be an option you will want to ask your doctor about.
Enemas are typically not a first line of therapy for individuals who suffer from gastrointestinal complications. As a form of therapy that is similar to suppositories, enemas are commonly used when a patient is suffering from constipation and can not obtain relief through diet and use of laxatives. While there are medically-prescribed enemas on the market, many individuals who are well versed in GI complications, will often create homemade enemas using everyday products in the house.
For the purpose of clearing out the gastrointestinal system, enemas made with tap water are just as effective as enemas made with other forms of more sterile water. Because tap water will distend the colon, thereby prompting your body to reflex and move to empty in a natural process, tap water provides the most cost effective way to clean out the colon and restore health to the gastrointestinal tract.
In many patients, the use of enemas is regarded as safe and, unlike laxatives, your body typically will not become dependent upon enemas for normal bowel movements. So, even if laxatives seem to solve your gastrointestinal complications, your doctor may still recommend homemade enemas as a way to prevent dependency on laxatives if you are using them everyday.
While you can add olive oil or baby oil to your homemade, tap water enema, most physicians will simply recommend that you use tap water and nothing more. Oil is typically recommended only if you feel like stool has become hardened and will cause pain when clearing through the rectum. Otherwise, when hardening is not of concern, your enema should be simply made of nothing more than tap water.
Gastrointestinal complications are common complaints among adults in the United States. With poor diet, lack of exercise, and an abundance of stress, it is not uncommon to find that our bowel movements and GI tract are not functioning normally. If you find that you are struggling with complications of the gastrointestinal system, be sure to ask your doctor about the use of homemade enemas as an alternative form of therapy.
Sources: The Sensitive Gut, by Harvard Medical School, pp. 118-119.