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Are you wondering which of the different kinds of enemas are suitable for you? If you do a search on Google, you will find there ?are over 20 of them. Choosing the right one depends on the results that you wish to obtain from the procedure.

In this post, we will take a look at a few of the most common kinds of enemas and their applications. Only then can you determine which type is best for you.


Type of enemas for constipation


Milk and Molasses Enema

People struggling with constipation due to excess faecal matter can find relief from taking a “milk and molasses” enema. As strange as it may sound, this was an old school treatment widely used in the nursing profession until the advent of more conventional solutions like suppositories.

A milk and molasses enema works by feeding beneficial bacteria in the colon with its’ rich sugar content creating gases that enable the enema to seep further into the colon and drawing in more water in the process. The result is better peristalsis and evacuation of most (if not all) faecal matter in the colon thereby relieving constipation and related illnesses.


Mineral oil enema

Another excellent choice for people suffering from constipation and one that you can take as a form of laxative. Mineral oil enema works in two ways – oil can naturally act as a lubricant as well as help stool retain moisture which makes it easier to pass.


Coffee enema

Lauded by most holistic experts as the best type of enema for constipation due to its revitalising effect on the liver. The direct introduction of coffee to the liver accelerates bile flow throughout the body. Moreover, coffee intensely stimulates peristalsis ridding the body of traces of waste and faecal matter in the colon and lower intestines.


How long does it take for an enema to work?

Enemas in the form constipation relief usually take effect in less than 30 minutes. If in doubt, it would be best to contact your physician to rule out any serious health problems related to a poor bowel movement.

If there is no bowel movement after the enema, then that may suggest there is a weakness in the colon. It may not necessarily mean that you have a health problem or there was something wrong with the enema procedure. ?In most cases, the colon just requires time to strengthen, and you should see results in a day or two.


Types of enemas used in hospitals


There are 3 kinds of enemas that doctors routinely administer in a hospital setting:


Cleansing enema

Similar to home enemas used for constipation in that they stimulate peristalsis, in most cases, hospitals only approve the use of filtered water, soap suds and normal saline as an enema solution. A cleansing enema is often only performed in hospitals during bowel-related surgeries to help prevent infection and fluid imbalance.


Return-flow enemas

Doctors primarily order that a return-flow enema be done to patients to dislodge flatus. Large volumes of liquid are gradually introduced to the colon to promote peristalsis. It varies from a cleansing enema in that the fluid returns to the container and medical personnel repeats the flow until flatus is expelled from the abdomen.


Medicated enemas

In some cases, doctors may recommend an enema for specific effects on the body. One good example is bowel surgery which often requires a pass of enema laced with “neomycin” a potent antibiotic the kills bacteria in the colon to reduce the risk of infection.


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