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Transmitted: Tue Sep 26 00:37:30 1995

Comments added by Thur Oct 05 1995
Most Recent Rev. June 8, 1997

This is a partial response to FAQ needs for It is not really in question/answer format. I will supply a question/answer part later - this part is maybe more of a reference work.

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Most people find that a warm water enema can be held more easily than a cold one. I use a very warm enema when I want to fill myself with the maximum amount of water possible. I use a cool water enema when I need to force out water and material that is stuck in my bowel. The temperatures given are that of the water as it is poured into the bag. It cools off some before it gets into the colon. Don't try to judge temperature with your fingers, they're too unreliable. If you don't want to use a thermometer, use your tongue! It's a fairly reliable reference for body temperature.

Cool water is 30 - 35 degrees C ( 86 - 95 degrees F ) Warm water is 40 - 42 degrees C ( 104 - 108 degrees F ) Hot water is 43 - 45 degrees C ( 110 - 113 degrees F ) Don't take water any hotter than 45 C or 113 F or you can scald the colon. You can take it as cold as you can stand, some take crushed ice enemas, but I suspect most people couldn't even accept water that cold into their bowel.

Anatomy of the Colon:

The Anus is the external sphincter that closes off the rectum from the outside of the body. It is a ring of muscles. It can easily stretch to about 1 inch diameter, and can be stretched wider if you go about it slowly.

The rectum is a powerful muscular organ about 5 inches long, with a sphincter at each end. The sigmoid colon is a looped section of the bowel just above the rectum. It is shaped somewhat like a question mark, hence its name. The loop occurs at about a depth of ten inches, as can be felt if you push a firm object into the rectum, and up through the inner sphincter. The sigmoid comes in two sizes in humans. There is the long sigmoid and the short sigmoid, and few are born with one in between the two distributions of sizes. Those who have the big sigmoid can probably take about a full quart of water more than those with the short one.

The descending colon is in the left side of the lower abdomen, and can be easily felt any time the abdominal muscles are fully relaxed. It hugs the left wall of the pelvis, and reaches up to the splenic flexure, which is just under the left rib cage.

The transverse colon extends from the splenic flexure to the hepatic flexure, right across the abdomen on the right. It follows a sagging course across, and in many people sags about ¾ of the way down in the middle.

The ascending colon is on the right side of the pelvis, and the lowest part of it is called the cecum, the part of the colon where the small intestine expels its contents into the colon in a liquid form. It is the part of the colon with the largest diameter, and is most effective in absorbing water.

After taking a large enema, stand in front of a mirror, with the light from a ceiling lamp falling across the abdomen, and the shadows will make many of these structures readily apparent. The transverse should show up as a shadow about 2-3 inches below the belly button. When lying face down on a bed, the cecum will expand to an enormous size, then lift the body a few inches with the hands and knees and the right side of the belly will clearly show the shape and position of this part of the colon. The colon narrows gradually from the cecum (about 2-1/2 to 3 inches when distended) to the sigmoid, about 1 to 1-1/4 inches diameter.


There are many positions in which an enema can be taken. Two of the most widely known are the "Sims" position and the "Knee-Chest" position. The Sims position has the recipient lying on the left side, with the right knee brought up near the chest. The Knee-chest position has the enemee supported by the knees and the shoulders, with the chest sagging down, so that the chest almost touches the floor. This places the abdomen nearly upside down, so that the water can flow down from the rectum to the transverse colon by gravity. In cases of deep-seated constipation, this position will help the water reach way up into the colon for a good cleaning out. It is also useful in a technique for floating air or gas in the colon above the water so that the air can be expelled.

Standing upright requires you to hold the tube in the anus unless you use a nozzle that can be held in, but it allows me to accept more water than any other position.

Lying on the back is a favorite position, especially for the first enema of a session. You can watch the bag slowly deflate, and you can also watch the abdomen expand as the water enters the colon. You should lie down so that you can prop your head against a wall, like a pillow. You will probably be most comfortable if the knees are raised. You will first see the belly swell very low, just above the crotch, as the sigmoid expands. Then you will see the left side start to bulge as the water enters the descending colon. You will be in a position to massage the bowel as well as feel the shape and position of your colon.

Lying face down can be used, but pressing the belly on the floor restricts the abdomen's need to expand.

Lying face down and arching the back by raising the upper body on the elbows is a very stimulating position, and lifts the belly up from the floor. This presses the genital area against the floor, and leaves the hands free to massage the breasts, etc.

Lying on the right side is the opposite of the Sims position, and causes the water to flow down into the cecum. When you do this, feel the ballooning out of the cecum, the part of the colon with the largest diameter.

Sitting on the floor allows you to tense certain skeletal muscles, and can lead to a powerful orgasm. The floor helps hold the nozzle in. This may not be the greatest position for filling and cleaning the bowel, however.

Reclining is similar to sitting, but you lean back against something.

Standing on the head uses gravity to force the water down into the transverse colon, which usually needs a good cleaning out anyway, but especially if you are quite constipated.

Reclining in the bathtub is quite comfortable, except that the tub may be cold. You don't have to worry about leakage here.

Leaning over the edge of the bathtub is similar to getting on your hands and knees, but it leaves your hands and arms free, and is a little easier to stay in that position for a while.

Sitting on the edge of the bathtub is comfortable, and is the way to do a faucet enema, described in equipment.


Every individual has his or her own capacity, and it will change from each enema to the next. The cleanliness of the colon and the amount of gas present will have a great effect on the volume of water that can be taken. Medical researchers have determined that the average adult human colon has a capacity of 7 quarts. I believe that this measurement may have been made using colons removed from cadavers, who wouldn't complain about the pressure. It may be that the average colon has this capacity, but that no one except a woman who has just delivered a baby has that much room in the abdomen to allow the colon to expand to its fullest. You may want to experiment with this by taking the largest enema that is comfortable, and then rolling from side to side very slowly and seeing if the water runs downhill to distend the lower side more. You probably will find that the lower part of the colon will be noticeably more swollen, indicating that it is your abdomen that is unable to expand to allow the colon to accept any more fluid.

Fifty or so years ago, most adult patients receiving barium enemas were given 4 quarts of the barium solution and made to hold it during the X-ray procedure. At the same time, the enema bags sold in drugstores held 3 or 4 quarts, and many people felt that they could not be properly cleaned out unless they took the full bag. I took my first 4 quart enema at 12 years of age. I had to refill the bag in the middle - what a pain. Today's drugstore fountain syringes do not hold over 2 quarts, which many feel is a real shame.

For more on this topic, see The 4 Quart Enema: Fact Or Fiction


Most people will find it difficult to retain an enema for more than 5 minutes. If the bowel is not clean, then the peristaltic action of the colon will push against the fecal masses and produce intense pressure. This will frequently happen with your first enema in a series. Not much to do but expel and try again. If you get a strong cramp and an urge to expel, getting up is the worst thing you can do. Making the descending colon vertical adds gravity to the force pushing out. This is how to have an accident. If you can, wait while lying down. The pressure will pass in 10-15 seconds as the wave of peristalsis passes the sigmoid colon and reaches the end. Then you can get up and expel without straining to hold it in. If you must go to the toilet, and the pressure is intense, you can hold the buttocks together with both hands. This helps the anal muscles keep it in.

A trick I use is to lie face down on the bed, and wait for three waves of cramps to pass down. After the third cramp, I can walk leisurely to the toilet to expel, and I get a real good expulsion of all that stuff. If the cramps are extreme, however, I just don't wait. Another aid in retaining the water is to get into the knee-chest position when the pressure builds. This causes gravity to help hold the water in.

Another method is to lie on your back, and massage the colon with both hands. Whenever you feel pressure building, or can feel a big bulge with your hands, massage around that area until the pressure relaxes.

Some people recommend rolling from one side to the other every minute or so. The idea is that the water will flow repeatedly downhill, alternately filling the descending and sigmoid colon and then running down to the cecum. This is supposed to break up any masses in the transverse.

Need I mention that some people use a butt plug to hold the water in?


Obviously, most people expel their enemas while seated on the toilet. This is probably not the best position for expelling water from the colon because of the need for the wide cecum to push the water up hill to the transverse, and then for the transverse to pump it back up its sag to get it to the descending. A large volume in the descending will cause the descending colon to slide down the left side and kink where it meets the sigmoid. This can get you stuck! If you can feel lots of water bulging on the left side, but can't get it out, you need to change positions. Get up and lie down for a moment, or get into the knee-chest position, or just turn around as if you are looking over your right shoulder. These techniques can un-kink the descending, and get the water passing out again.

Some people prefer to expel in the bathtub, which is much easier, because the colon does not need to lift water to get it out. This is extremely messy, however, so don't do it unless you don't mind cleaning up. If the colon becomes severely blocked while holding an enema, you may prefer to do this rather than call the paramedics. In the hospital, patients are frequently given a bedpan when expelling enemas, to get the same benefit of the position.

If there is substantial gas in the colon, it may be very difficult for the colon to lift water when large air bubbles are present. These like to collect at the hepatic flexure, high on the right side, and can be detected by a rumbling sound when you press there. If you want to get the gas out, you can sit on the floor and make sure the gas is at the hepatic. Roll slowly onto the right side, then massage the transverse, following its course with your hands. You will know that you are moving that gas by the rumbling. When you have the gas moved to the splenic flexure, move quickly to the knee-chest position. Now massage the descending colon upward, from the ribs to the groin on the left side (you're upside down, remember) until the gas has moved to the sigmoid. Use heavy massage in the groin area, to move water out of the sigmoid, and move the gas in. When this is done, get on the toilet quickly, and you should be able to expel a prodigious gas blast. You may have to repeat this procedure several times, but when all the gas is out of the colon you should be able to expel the water quickly.

Don't sit on the toilet for more that a few minutes if there is no water coming out. Sitting too long and straining are the chief causes of hemorrhoids. Those will certainly ruin your enema pleasure. If nothing is coming out, lie down either face down or up, or lie on your left side, or get into the knee-chest position. These will help the water move, and soon you can go back to the pot.


Standard Brands:

The standard enema apparatus available in the drug store can be divided into several types. There is the open-top fountain syringe, usable for enemas and douches. There is the closed-top type bag, which can also be used as a hot- water bottle. There is the four-way type, which also is intended to be used as an ice bag. Most of these units offer 2 quart capacity. If that is the limit of your capacity, the open-top fountain syringe is the best type to use, because it is very convenient. The enema and douche nozzles that come with these units leave much to be desired. There are also discreet type units sold primarily for feminine hygiene use, but some come with enema tips also. These are good because a woman can put them in her purse.

Shy - An expandable syringe that is filled by pressing the mouth of the bag against the sink faucet. This bag will hold 4 quarts. The big drawback is that it has no way to shut off the flow except to remove the bag from the tube, which will cause the water to flow from the rectum. What you need to do is to attach a hose with a clamp to the nozzle, which is inserted into the bag. You can pour liquid soap into the bag before filling with water.

Special Hardware:

Here are some descriptions of exotic enema equipment you can build from commonly available items.

The faucet enema is not for the inexperienced. If you don't have much enema experience, I suggest that you start with a standard 2-quart open-top fountain syringe from the local drug store. When you get able to take 2 fillings of the bag at one time, then you are ready to get more exotic.

Actually, the equipment for the faucet enema is available at any hardware store. It is called a shower hose adapter for the bathtub faucet. It has a rubber fitting that fits over the bathtub faucet, a hose, and a rubber shower head. Attach the faucet fitting to the bathtub faucet, remove the shower head from the end of the hose, and you are ready. Set the faucets to a gentle flow, with a temperature that feels a little warm to the tongue. Sit on the edge of the tub, and ease the flowing hose against and then into your anus. You will feel the water filling your rectum. Relax the bowels as much as you can, and you don't need to worry about spilling a little water into the tub. When the bowels feel full, remove the hose and wait a moment. The feeling of pressure should pass, then insert again. When you are totally full, move to the toilet and expel the water. You can repeat the process as many times as you like. Since the water is always running, you can move back and forth between the tub and toilet very quickly, and get a good cleaning out in about a half hour to 45 minutes. When the bowel is clean, take as much water as you can, and then enjoy the sexual release. When completely filled, don't miss looking at your distended belly in the mirror. You can also adapt a colon tube or other nozzle to the flexible hose on a personal shower head.

A few cautionary notes about the above procedure! The pressure from the water faucet is enough to burst the colon. Don't let the pressure rise too much in the bowel. When the pressure is strong, pull the tube out, or let the water pass out of your rectum. Don't take water that is too hot. Use some lubricant on the anus first, and after every few insertions. If you have a very large colon, or have heart disease, the water absorption can be deadly. You must use water with salt in it to avoid "hyponatremic shock" - dilution of blood electrolyte.

A 4 quart enema jug can be made from a Rubbermaid 1 gallon orange-juice pitcher. Drill a hole near the bottom of the pitcher, insert an all-thread pipe nipple of about 3/8" size, and seal with nuts pressing on rubber washers sealed with RTV (bathtub caulk) or contact cement. Attach plastic tubing to exposed end of pipe nipple, held with hose clamp, and sealed with same sealant. You will have to make or order a large diameter enema nozzle or colon tube, although the end of the plastic tube can be smoothed off and used just like that.

A 4 quart bag can be made from a Faultless brand ice bag. Drill a hole in the center of the plastic cap, and adapt as above with the pipe nipple, etc. Get an 8-32 Eye Bolt with machine screw threads, 2 8-32 fender washers as large as available, and 2 8-32 nuts. Poke a hole in the center of the end of the bag opposite the filling mouth just big enough to take the eye bolt. Screw one nut onto the eye bolt. Place a washer on the eye bolt. Put contact cement onto the washer facing away from the ring end. Push into the bag from the outside. Coat the other washer with contact cement, and place over the exposed end of the eye bolt inside the bag. Screw the other nut on to hold the bag between the two washers. This should provide a leak-proof hanging hook for the bag. Glop some contact cement on the inside washer and nut to prevent rust. Voila! A 4-quart enema bag!

Nozzles and tubes: There are many different types of nozzles and tubes available for inserting into the rectum. What you want is either a colon tube (a rubber tube from ¼" to ½" diameter and anywhere from 10" to 3 feet long) or a nozzle with a bulb on the end, to help you hold it in. These are called "N-Tips". Some of the best drug stores carry these items, but you will have to ask for them. Some drug stores also carry the fleet high-volume bag enema or an equivalent brand, these are made of plastic and will not deteriorate when oils are used, as a rubber bag will. The "high-volume bag" usually holds 2500 CC (over 2 quarts) but in the same series, the manufacturers make a barium enema container which can be ordered, and it has 3500 cc capacity (almost 4 quarts). Medical and ostomy stores carry many of these items. These are considered disposable, but with a little care they will last a long time.

The Colon Tube is a straight tube with a rounded end, and usually a small hole in the side near the tip. They come in many sizes, and are usually measured in "French" sizes. 28 French is a small tube, and 36 is fairly large.

Conversion of French size to standard measures,

As provided by Cody - Thanks

Fr. size      Inches        mm
   18            ~¼         5.7
   24           .30         7.6
   28           .35         8.9
   32           .40        10.2
   36           .45        11.5
   42            ~½        13.4
   48           .6         15.3
   60            ¾         19.0

The N-tip is really made to help patients hold a barium enema, but many people use them for other enemas. It is made of molded plastic.

The typical balloon retention catheter has a rubber balloon (they usually come in 50 and 100 cc sizes) near the end of what would otherwise be an ordinary colon tube. When the balloon in inflated with air from a bulb, it makes it impossible for the tube or the solution to come out until the balloon is deflated. These tubes are nearly always made of gum latex, and you must be sure not to use Vaseline or oil on them. Lately, some people have had severe allergic reactions to certain types of tubes, and some models have been taken off the market. It's probably rare, however. In Great Britain one style of this tube is called a "Warneke Barium" tube.


The 4 Quart Enema: Fact Or Fiction?

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Elf Sternberg writes:
In article <317ekm$> (Jonathan M. Elson) writes:

If you start out with one quart of water administered with the bag about 2 feet above you, and try to hold the water in for 5 minutes, and then expel completely, you should get most of the large fecal masses out of the bowel.
A couple of points: One, not everyone can take one quart, much less the two Jonathan recommends later. If you're going to play with enemas, play safely-use the valve if you have to and, as with any sex games, if it hurts when you don't want it to, something is wrong and it's time to stop.
Yes, most certainly, if it hurts, or is even uncomfortable, stop the flow and relax until the pressure passes. Certainly, there is considerable variation in all aspects of human anatomy, and the colon is special in that a dimorphism is well recognized in the sigmoid colon. Some people have a short one, some have a long one, and few people have one in between. I think that nearly all adults can take at least 3 quarts, but the colon must be empty of fecal matter, free of air or gas, and completely relaxed and free of cramps. This is tricky! To artificially empty the colon with enemas, which are irritating at some level to the colon, and then to have the colon completely relaxed requires some work, but it can be done.
The other point is that the bowel is not really intended to take a whole lot of pressure, especially not pressure applied externally. The best books on enema play recommend *one* foot above the top of the bowel, so if you're standing, the bag should be just about even with your breastbone, and if you're kneeling, the bottom of the bag should probably be hanging just above your belly, and no higher.

Further to the 4 Quart Extravaganza

Research gastroenterologist have measured the force exerted by the muscles of the rectum as providing 50 Pounds per square inch of pressure during a bowel movement. Now this is the rectum, not the entire colon, but the pressure of water standing at a height of four feet is less than two pounds per square inch.

Nursing textbooks and radiological textbooks suggest heights from 1 to 3 feet for the bag. As long as you control the flow with the clamp, you should have no worries about harming the bowels. When gastroenterologists have a case of intususception (infolding of the bowel), a free flowing enema with the bag 5 or more feet above the patient is used, the enormous pressure pushes the intususception out and back to normal. This procedure is done under light anesthesia, and would undoubtedly be unbearably painful, but the doctor who developed this procedure wrote that he had done hundreds of these procedures and never burst a patient's bowel.

Now, I'd like to describe the method for taking the largest enema you can. This isn't a dominance issue, some people find that by stretching the bowel with a large enema they receive fantastic sexual stimulation. It is probably due to pressure on the internal pelvic organs (both male and female), which can't be provided any way from the outside. This is true for me.

First, the bowels must be completely cleaned. You can start with a one quart enema (or as much as you can get in) taken slowly in the knee-chest position. You can make the enema soapy by holding ivory bar soap in the water as it fills the bag. The water should be warm, about 102 degrees F (39 C). This water will actually have cooled to body temperature by the time it enters you. Take it slowly, stop the flow with the clamp when you feel pressure, but try to take about one quart and hold it for 5 minutes. Massage the belly gently while the water is going in, and while you hold it. Expel on the toilet until you feel that you got all the water out. Repeat this procedure at least 3 more times, preparing 2 quarts of water each time, in case you will be able to accept more than one quart. Relax, let the water flow in, and try to take as much in as you can. You might allow as much as ten minutes for the enema to flow in (with pauses as needed), although if you use soap, you probably can't wait that long. Again, hold it for 5 minutes, if possible.

If there is substantial gas in the colon, it may be very difficult for the colon to lift water when large air bubbles are present. These like to collect at the hepatic flexure, high on the right side just under the ribs, and can be detected by a rumbling sound when you press there. If you want to get the gas out, you can sit on the floor and make sure the gas is at the hepatic. Roll slowly onto the right side, then massage the transverse colon, which sags from just under the ribs on the right, down about 2-3 inches below the belly button, and then back up to just under the left ribs, following its course with your hands. You will know that you are moving that gas by the rumbling. When you have the gas moved to the splenic flexure high on the left, move quickly to the knee-chest position. Now massage the descending colon upward, from the ribs to the groin on the left side (your'e upside down, remember) until the gas has moved up to the sigmoid (in the groin region, and hard to feel). It is behind the bladder. Use heavy massage in the groin area, to move water out of the sigmoid, and move the gas in. When this is done, get on the toilet quickly, and you should be able to expel a prodigious gas blast. You may have to repeat this procedure several times, but when all the gas is out of the colon you should be able to expel the water quickly.

The above procedure sounds like a real ordeal, and is only necessary when there is a large amount of gas in the colon. But if you can't get that gas out, the whole enema experience will be very uncomfortable and crampy, instead of an incredible turn-on.

Don't sit on the toilet for more that a few minutes if there is no water coming out. Sitting too long and straining are the chief causes of hemorrhoids. Those will certainly ruin your enema pleasure. If nothing is coming out, lie down either face down or up, or lie on your left side, or get into the knee-chest position. These will help the water move, and soon you can go back to the pot.

If you have used soapy water, take one more enema with plain water with one teaspoon of salt per quart to flush out the irritating soap. If you have given enough time to expel each enema, your bowel should be almost completely clean. The first enemas may take a half hour to expel, but the later ones may only take ten minutes or so. When the bowel is completely empty of water and gas, as can readily be felt with the hands, you are ready to find out what your capacity is.

Prepare a full enema bag and a 2 quart juice pitcher both with water salted as above and at a temperature of 110 degrees F (44 C). Again, the water will have cooled about 5 degrees when it enters you, so it will be warm, but not hot. An excellent position for obtaining the best filling is standing up, but it requires you or someone to hold the tube in. Hang the bag so it is about shoulder height (Elf will have a fit) and start the flow. Stop the flow whenever the pressure is uncomfortable. When the bag is nearly empty, stop the flow to avoid drawing air into the tube, and refill the bag from the juice pitcher. Start again, and see how much you can take. I took my first full 4 quarts at the age of twelve, and I was a scrawny kid! If the soap causes any strong cramps, You will probably do best without any soap when trying to find your maximum capacity.

With 3 or 4 quarts in the bowel (to the point of being *very* full but not quite painful), your sexual organs should be tingling, and the slightest stimulation will cause an earthshaking orgasm that leaves you completely drained sexually. I'm usually interested in sex again 24 hours after an orgasm, but after an enema orgasm it is 2 to 3 days. Obviously, it is much more stimulating (for me) with an enema. I don't say that enemas are for everyone, but some experts have suggested that 10% of the population can be turned on by them.


Enema Solutions Chart

Subj: solutions chart
Date: 95-12-08 09:41:13 EST
From: (jessa)


Jim... one of our members, Bark, who has considerable medical expertise,
created this chart of solutions a couple of years ago. We both thought we'd
lost it and were lamenting that fact, but i ran across it on my office
computer and now can't find Bark's address to send it to him. Soooo... i
thought you might like to use it in the newsletter for the E-SIG which
should both get it to Bark and get it to anyone else who might like it. :)
 (Note 2 qts is roughly equal to 2000ml)   (105F is 40.5C)
Solution                 Amount      Comments
 Tap water                2 qts      Mild cleansing. Not isotonic
                                     meaning it does not match body
                                     electrolytes, depleting salts.
Saline                               Isotonic. Recommended temp is
  table salt             4tsp        105F but is easier to hold
  water                  2 qts       cooler. Best enema for frequent
Soda                                 Useful in relieving diarrhea.
  sodium bicarbonate     1/4 cup     Retain 5 min. or longer
  water                  2 qts
Soapsuds                             Commonly referred to as "SSE"
  castille soap          2tbs        Cleansing, irritating. Follow
  water                  2 qt        with tap water or saline enema
Saline and Soda
  table salt             4tsp
  sodium bicarbonate     1/4cup
  water                  2qts
Soda and Soapsuds                    Less irritating to expel with
  castille soap          2tbs        the addition of soda. Follow
  sodium bicarbonate     1/4cup      with tap water or saline enema
  water                  2qts
Peroxide                             Gas expelling. Insert a rectal
  hydrogen peroxide      2tbs        tube after 10 min.
  water                  1 qt
Epson Salt
  epson salt             1/4cup
  water                  2qt
Glycerin and Water                   Sometimes called "G&W" enema
  glycerin               1/2cup
  water                  1 qt
  glycerin               2tbs        Small gas moving enema
  water                  1/3 cup
Milk and Molasses                    Warm milk to 110F, add molasses.
  milk                   1 cup       Administer rapidly. Very strong
  molasses(blackstrap)   1 cup       cleansing action with brutal
                                     cramps. Follow with tw or saline
Turpentine                           Stir well.
  turpentine             1tsp        Turpentine is irritating to
  castile soap           1 tbs       mucous membranes.
  water                  1 pt        Follow with tw or saline
  turpentine             2tbs
  castile soap           1tbs
  mineral,cottonseed     1/4cup
   or olive oil
  water                  1pt
Coffee                               Precede with a tw enema for
  coffee (ground)        2/3 cup     initial cleansing. Briskly boil
  water                  2 qt        water,add coffee and stir well.
                                     Continue to boil for 5 min. then
                                     remove from heat and steep 5 min
                                     Strain, add sufficent water to
                                     make 2 qts. Cool to 105F. Retain
                                     10 to 20 min. Useful in
                                     relieving cold symptoms or a
                                     toxic headache.When introduced
                                     through the colon coffee does
                                     not act on the nervous system.
Herbal                               Precede with a tw enema. Add
 catnip                1/4 cup       catnip to boiling water, cover
 water                 2 qt          and steep 15 min. Strain, add
                                     to make 2qts,cool to 105F.Retain
                                     10 to 20 min. This is a soothing
                                     calming enema. Very nice.
Honey                                Precede with tw enema. Disolve
  honey               1tbs           honey in water and add lemon.
  lemon juice(strain) 1tbs           Retain 10 to 20 min.
  water               2 qts
Wine                                 Heat to 105F and slow
  wine (white recomm.)   Use         administration are the keys.
  water                 Equal        Retain indefintely or until
                        Qty's        totally absorbed.
NOTE: See cautions on amount of wine.
Cold water                           Useful as fever reduction
  salt                 2 Tbs         therapy. Solution should be 50
  water                3 qts         to 60F. The enema MUST be given
                                     slowly and retained for enough
                                     time to permit heat absorbsion.
                                     The saline version is useful
                                     in treating heat exhaustion or

Isotonic Enemas

The Salt Water enema (Saline Enema) is just warm water with one tablespoon of salt to the quart. The salt is to prevent absorption of the water by the colon. It does this by bringing the salts content of the solution closely in balance with that of the body fluids. Thus, transfer of fluids through the colon walls is virtually halted.

The baking soda enema (which can also have salt added as above) has one or 2 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in each quart of water.

WaterLuv's favortite recipie is one teaspoon of salt and one tablespoon of soda per quart of water.

Soapsuds Enemas

Soaps: Ivory Bar soap works well. Hold the bar above the top of the bag while the water fills it. For a stronger soapy solution, use a container and swish the water around to dissolve more soap.

Ivory Liquid dish-washing detergent should be used in very small amounts, such as one teaspoon per quart. It can be fairly irritating.

Castile Enema soap in premeasured packets. Standard packet is 2/3 Oz of soap. Instructions on packet usually say something like : Dilute contents of packet with 1 or 2 quarts of lukewarm water. This is too strong for me, I use it about half that strength.

Castile Liquid soap (Dr. Bronner's is one brand). Use about 1 teaspoon for each quart of water. Dr. Bronner's soap is available in plain (green label), with Peppermint (blue label) and with Eucalyptus Oil (brown label). Never use the Eucalyptus oil in the bowels, it will cause a very bad reaction. The peppermint oil is a cooling additive, but I prefer the plain Castile soap. If you use any Castile soap, you may want to finish with a plain water enema to prevent any soap from remaining in the bowel to cause irritation.

Kirk's Hardwater Castile Soap is a very fast dissolving bar soap. If you hold it in the running water filling the bag, take the soap away when the bag is about half filled, or the solution will be too soapy.

Hair Shampoos can be used like soap for enemas. Look at the label, don't use any with formaldehyde. Use a small amount, perhaps a teaspoon per quart or less.

Non-soap: Plain tap water can be used, but be warned that your colon will absorb quite a bit of the water, which will dilute the blood electrolytes. Then the various tissues of the body absorb the excess water and swell. Your brain swells, too, and there isn't any place for it to expand into. This is called cerebral edema. A few 2 quart plain water enemas won't do any harm, but if you take large or many enemas, use salt.

Oil Enemas

The Oil Retention enema is an injection of about 4-8 fl. Oz. of mineral oil, vegetable oil or olive oil. It is held in the colon for 1 hour or more before a soapy water enema is given. The soapy water enema can be very strong because the oil will protect the colon from irritation. The oil coats the lining of the colon, and also softens the bowel contents, making for a spectacularly powerful evacuation. When the oil is in the colon, do not be fooled by what feels like the urge to expel gas. If you do so, you will expel a blast of dirty oil with it, and it will be a mess. If you absolutely must pass the gas, get into the knee-chest position for one minute, and then hold a piece of toilet paper over the anus, to prevent the release of the oil. Do not expel the oil before taking the soapy water enema. You will need to take at least three soapy enemas to remove all trace of the oil, or dirty oil will leak out of the anus for about 12 hours.

Coffee Enemas

Coffee enemas have been used in the past for cleansing. The theory is that the coffee assists the large intestine and liver in getting rid of the toxic substances that have accumulated there. It does seem to work. They are still popular among certain US naturopaths, and are widely available outside the US in specialized clinics.

Exotic Enema Solutions

Beer (usually warm) or wine can be used. It is pretty irritating. Obviously, you will get drunk. A word of caution. Use any form of alcohol sparingly. It is absorbed in the intestines much more rapidly than in the stomach, and once it's in the bloodstream, you can't readily get rid of it. Also, whenever alcohol and sex are mixed, there is increased risk of doing foolish things that compromise safer sexual practices. Play should be fun, so do play safely.

Lemon Juice is said to help dissolve fecal masses. Use 1/3 cup real-lemon per quart, similar to a lemonade recipe. It is also said to dramatically enhance cramping; so consider lemon-juice enemas if cramping is your bag.

Epsom Salts (2 tablespoons per quart) can be soothing to the colon.

AIR can be pumped into the colon. An easy way to do this is to disconnect the hose from the enema bag and insert the nozzle into the anus. Take the other end of the hose into your mouth and blow. Don't mix air and water. If you have taken enemas, make sure you get all the water out before you put the air in. A mixture of water and air in the colon causes terrible cramps. If this ever happens to you, you may have to expel in the bathtub, where the flat position makes it easier for the colon to push the water out without the large air bubbles defeating the peristalsis.

Barium Sulfate is injected into the colon for diagnostic purposes. It absorbs X-rays, leaving a picture of the shape of the hollow inside of the colon. Sometimes some of the barium is released and then air (or CO2) is injected. This double contrast enema leaves barium coating the colon wall, and gives a clear but ghostly image of the lining of the colon.

Urine is sometimes used by the "Golden Showers" crowd. While you might catch something from the urine of an unhealthy donor, your own won't hurt you. You certainly won't contract any disease from it that you don't already have. In fact, yogis drink their own; and claim great restorative powers for the practice. No question that the practice would at least let you exercise your control over your gag reflex.

Jmelson's Favorite Enema

Maintainer of the a.s.e FAQ
Transmitted: Tue Sep 26 00:37:30 1995

This is the description of the way I normally take an enema. I do this at least once a week, and will do it about twice a week if I get a chance.

I use a 4 quart bag made from a Faultless brand ice bag. It has a 6 foot hose with a #28 Fr. colon tube, and a hanging hook added to the bag. I sprinkle some salt into the bag, and then fill it with warm water while holding a bar of Ivory soap in the stream. When the bag has a little over 2 quarts in it, I screw on the cap and shake it a few times to mix up the salt and soap. I then hang it from the doorknob on the bathroom door. I let the water run from the tube until it is warm, and all the air is out. I lie down on my back, with my head propped up against the wall. I take the greased colon tube and push it into my rectum, and then with a little twist I work it up through the second sphincter into the sigmoid colon. This puts the end of the colon tube about 8 - 10 inches into me. I then open the clamp. With the bag at this height, the flow is slow, and with a few stops it takes about 3 to 4 minutes to get 2 quarts of water in. When it is all in, I get up and go to the bed. I lie on my stomach, with a pillow under my chest, to take the pressure off my belly. I try to lie there for at least 5 minutes. When that time is up, I go to the toilet and let it all out. I usually don't get a lot of material out the first time, but whatever was in the sigmoid or lower colon comes out quickly. When I have expelled as much as will come out, I start over again with three quarts or a little more in the bag, prepared the same way. I now hang the bag from the towel hook on the back of the door, to get a little faster flow. I lie down on my back again, and put the tube in. This time the water flows more easily, and I can often take the three quarts without stopping. When I am full, and I don't always take the full bag, I go to bed, and again try to hold it for 5 to 10 minutes. When The pressure gets to me I go to the toilet and expel. This time a great amount of fecal matter comes out, and if I am lucky, the "mud" from the cecum comes out on this second enema. This diarrhea-like material is difficult and unpleasant to expel, but I know that I have gotten pretty clean if it comes out on the second. Anyway, when I feel that I have expelled everything, I prepare the third enema. I need to decide if three will be enough, or I want to go for four. The time available and how clean I already am enter into this decision. If I am going for four, the third enema is the same as the second. But for the last enema, I use water that is a little warmer, 42-43 C, and usually only use a little soap. I fill the bag up to the full 4 quarts, and hang it on the towel hook. I lie on the floor and try to take the fill without stopping. I massage my belly as the water expands my colon. Whenever I feel really full, I stop. This is almost always at least 3 and a half quarts, especially if this is the fourth enema. When I get up, I always look in the mirror to see how large my belly has gotten. I am usually swollen from my sternum (breastbone) to my pubic bone, and from one hip bone to the other. The bulging belly is a big turn-on. I go to the bed, and lay on the pillow, laying on it completely down to my groin. I put my penis under the pillow, and it is much like missionary position sex. I then lift up my upper body on my elbows, and squeeze my breasts. Not much there, but my breasts are about as sensitive as my wife's. It usually only takes about one minute to have an enormous orgasm that leaves me panting and sweating.

This procedure leaves me in a sexually tingling mood for an hour or more, and it is usually two days before I have much interest in sex again. I love the clean feeling after the enemas are over, and I don't have to think about BM's for about 4 or 5 days. I think I sleep better for 2 to 3 days after my enemas because the fecal matter and gas is not constantly moving around in my bowels while I try to sleep. Maybe it's just cerebral edema that makes me sleep better, I don't know. Or maybe its just being totally sexually drained. Any comments about sleeping better after enemas? I have seen others report this.


The Snake and I

Maintainer of the a.s.e FAQ
Transmitted: Tue Sep 26 00:37:30 1995

Some years ago I ran across a length of smooth, large-diameter rubber hose in a laboratory. It was 5/8" (16 mm) in diameter, with a ¼" (6 mm) inside diameter, with a wall thickness of 3/16" (4.5 mm). Being a complete enema nut, I immediately thought of some interesting uses for such a fine piece of tubing, and "borrowed" it.

I made a gigantic colon tube with it by rounding off one end of the tube. This was not such an easy task, but with scissors, fresh razor blades and such, I got it fairly well smoothed off.

I attached the other end of the hose to the bathtub faucet, and set the faucet for a slow flow of warm water. I lubricated the hose with vaseline, and laying on my back in the tub, I started to insert the hose into my rectum. To my surprise, it slid in easily, and further than I had ever gotten a tube in before. After letting the hose fill me for a while, I evacuated my bowels on the toilet.

When I felt empty, I got back into the tub, and repeated the process. This time I decided to try to slide the hose as far up into my colon as I possibly could. I relaxed on my back, and eased the hose back in. I let the water fill me for a moment, and then I started to twist and push the hose inward.

When the end of the tube reached the top of the sigmoid, I felt some resistance, and just gently pushed and pulled back on the tube while twisting it constantly. After a moment it slipped in farther. I could really feel the tube moving around inside me, and it was great. I kept gently pushing, and the tube moved farther until the tip was at the bend between the sigmoid and the descending colon, far down on the left side. I had a bit of difficulty getting past this point, but I pressed in with my fingers at that point on my abdomen, and worked my fingertips around in a circular motion, and the tube eventually moved up into my descending colon. Ahhh. I could feel even more sensation now.

I kept pushing gently, and worked the tube all the way up to the top of the descending fairly quickly, and then wiggled it through the splenic flexure (behind the stomach). Now the tube was passing across the transverse colon, and I was starting to get filled up. The sensation was incredibly stimulating, and I could feel the tube's progress across my belly with my fingertips. The tube made a firm lump whenever I felt the appropriate part of my colon. It was getting hard to make the tube progress farther, and when the tip reached the hepatic flexure, I pushed on the part extending from my anus until the loops inside me hurt.

I realized that I wasn't going to get it any farther up me than this, so I let the water fill me until I couldn't take any more. I then pulled the end of the tube from the faucet and let the water start to drain out. I had a marvelous orgasm at this point as the water gently ran out from the tube. When I could feel the end of the tube sucking at the interior of my bowels, I started to pull it out, slowly. I finished my evacuation on the toilet.

I worried that this might not be a safe procedure to perform, because it was at least uncomfortable, and at times fairly painful. I now know that when people are examined with a fiber optic colonoscope they are sedated, but that instrument hadn't been invented when I did this.

This same tube is now the hose on my high volume (1 ¾ Gallon) (6 Liter) enema setup. No, I have never taken (or even tried to take) the whole can. I really only did this whole procedure once, so you could say it was a once in a lifetime thing, but it was quite an experience. If I'd left the tube in, I could have gotten a high colonic irrigation, but I really hadn't even heard of colon irrigation before. I got somewhat in excess of 4 feet (about 130 cm) of tubing inside me, and because of the thickness of the tube and my ability to feel it through the abdomen I know it wasn't curled up inside me.

This tube was of a type made for vacuum use, it is very soft and flexible, but its wall thickness makes it resistant to kinking and folding up inside. I have several other large diameter colon tubes, but their stiffness makes it too hard to pass them around the many bends of the colon. The metric conversions are for those readers abroad who don't want to think in the old "English" units.


Mineral Oil Special

Maintainer of the a.s.e FAQ
Transmitted: Tue Sep 26 00:37:30 1995

I would like to describe a new (for me) enema which I just tried, and I thought went rather well. I saw it described in Waterworks Vol. 3 No. 2 from at least 10 years ago (they never put a date in those things). I used to take a mineral oil enema about an hour before I took a soapy water enema, and the evacuations were wonderful, but holding 6 Ozs. of oil for an hour was not the most pleasant way to do it. The writer described a method of pouring the oil into a colon tube, and then connecting the colon tube to the bag of soapy water. I improvised with the equipment I had available in the following manner.

First I slid a standard enema bag-type steel clamp onto the colon tube. I attached a small funnel to the end of the colon tube. Holding the colon tube at both ends, and with the clamp open, I slowly poured vegetable oil into the funnel, slowing down when I guessed that the oil was about to reach the end you insert into the rectum. When the oil did reach that end, I closed the metal clamp. The few drops of oil that made it out of the tip of the tube were smeared all over the end of the tube, and I inserted it into my anus, while lying on my back. I slid it up as far as it was easy to insert. I then filled the funnel with oil and raised it, and then opened the clamp. As the oil level dropped, I refilled the funnel twice. This was a very small funnel, so I probably got about 4 ounces of oil into me. When the funnel was empty, I clamped the tube, removed the funnel and attached the tube from an already filled enema bag to the colon tube. I then opened the clamp and the soapy water rushing in pushed the oil farther up into my bowel, as I pushed the colon tube farther in. The sensation was great, and I held the soapy water and oil in for ten full minutes. As before, holding the oil for an hour and then getting the soapy water enema, I had a terrific evacuation that seemed to leave me cleaned out much better than just a standard soapy water enema. But this method didn't require the holding of the oil for an hour to get the same great result. After using the oil, I always take 3 soapy water enemas to get all of the oil out. If I don't take three soapy enemas I tend to leak oil from the rectum for several hours, which makes a bit of a mess. I wait till the third enema to come, it's a little hard to wait that long, but the results are worth it! I try to take as much water as possible for the enema I plan to have my orgasm on, and make it a little hotter than the ones that went before. This enema technique also seems to cause less irritation of the anus, which I sometimes have trouble with, especially when I have to strain to get it all out. This enema comes out with a gush and no straining. Let me know what you think of my discovery!


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