Miscellaneous Enema Information
enema users today, are unable or unwilling to tolerate the large
enemas which were commonly recommended 50 to 100 years ago. Consider
the following facts, for evidence of this assertion:-
recent survey of over 900 enema users most (56%) take between 2 and
3 quarts. Only 3% regularly take 4 quarts and .3% more than 5
quarts. Only 5% have EVER taken 4 quarts at a time, .5% five quarts
and .05% more than 5 quarts.
those surveyed as many as 72% have used a soapy solutions; but the
following warning should be heeded:-
Clair Boewer, who runs the leading German Colonic clinic in Munich
warns: "Beware of using tap water or a soap solution, especially
when large quantities of water are used. Soap solutions result in
unnecessary irritations of the colon and plain water risks upsetting
the sugar and salt balance in the blood, which can result in great
tiredness and even total collapse. Solutions used for enemas should
contain a teaspoonful of [table] salt to each liter of water used."
Forum Vol. 5 No.6 1993.
quantities have been recommended for effective enemas for adults?
Perhaps the first western man who really saw the value of the
treatment was Dr. Wilford Hall, of New York City, a clergyman and
scientist. Dr. Hall was broken down in health, and in his desperate
endeavors to regain strength and health he experimented along many
lines. Almost by accident his attention was directed towards the
colon. He began to use a bulb syringe to treat himself. [This could
have referred to what the English call a Higginson's syringe.]
Hall went so far as to habitually use four quarts for his regular
treatments. In a short time he was again hearty, well, strong and
vigorous. He then tried his treatment on some friends, with similar
results. He used these large enemas regularly for over 40 years, to
treat his constipation and indigestion and to stay healthy. Dr. Hall
attracted considerable attention and accomplished great good by
teaching that almost every person needs a large enema at least three
times a week. Through his efforts thousands of families were made
acquainted with the system of 'flushing the colon', but there are
still millions of people who need this knowledge today and who have
never heard a hint of it.
: How Nature Cures - E.Densmore M.D.- London 1891, Plain Facts for
Young and Old - John Harvey Kellogg M.D. - 1895 and ......... The
Practical Water Cure - Yogi Ramacharak a.
Based on Dr. Hall's results with colon flushing, Dr. Tyrell
developed the J.B.L. (Joy, Beauty, Love) Cascade Syringe. This was a
large rubber hot water bottle with a nozzle mounted on the side,
which when placed flat on the toilet seat with the nozzle vertical,
enabled a 4 quart enema to be taken at home by the person sitting on
it. It was even considered to be safe for the use by children, as
the lesser weight of the child enabled a safe pressure to be applied
to completely fill the colon. Over one million of these syringes
were sold between the years 1900 and 1950. The quote from Dr.
Tyrell's book follows:-
the simple purpose of preserving health, once or twice a week will
be found amply sufficient for colon flushing. Dr. A. Wilford Hall,
Ph. D., LL. D. and W.E. Forest, B.A., M.D., two world- famous
authorities on internal bathing, are among the thousands of
physicians who have given their hearty and active endorsement and
support to colon flushing [using 4 quart enemas for adults.]
Experience has proved, and will continue to prove that scientific
Colonic cleansing, as already described can only be healthful. We
have made this subject our constant study for the past 35 years.
Over one million grateful patients have testified to the value of
the internal bath and diet.
The Royal Road - C.A. Tyrell, M.D. - 395th Ed 1947.
Kloss in his comprehensive herbal manual 'Back To Eden' recommended
four quart enemas for most adults, for the treatment of almost all
disease conditions. He advised repeating the enemas until the full
four quarts could be held for five to ten minutes:-
enemas - High enemas are recommended to thoroughly cleanse the
entire length of the colon. Place four quarts of warm water in the
container. ...... It is usually not possible to take the entire four
quarts at one time, at least not at first. As soon as the colon is
clean, you will be able to retain the full four quarts. You must try
again and again until this is possible. After withdrawing the tip,
fold a towel and press tightly over the anus for a few minutes to
aid in its retention. Four quarts can be injected if care is used,
and can be retained for five to ten minutes. Repeat this several
times until the returns are clear. (Long-standing or abnormal bowel
conditions might prevent the patient from ever taking in the full
amount. In such cases take as much as possible.)
Back To Eden - Jethro Kloss - 1939 - Revised and expanded 1988.
popularity of the enema in America has no doubt been encouraged by
the attitude of the establishment. Several stars of stage and screen
have publicly enthused about the benefits of enemas and Colonic
Forum Vol 26 No 3 1993.
she was asked Mae West claimed that her secret for staying looking
so young was taking daily enemas. Mae West took enemas of a gallon
(4 quarts) of water twice a day, one in the morning and one at
David Russell - 27/08/1998 and Blondes - Paula Yates 1983.
Veronica Lake, a slim blonde actress of the 1940's, recommended the
regular use of enemas for weight reduction, consisting of a gallon
of water with the juice of a lemon. From Slenderizing for New Youth
and Beauty - Veronica Lake.
Kellogg (of cornflakes fame), went even further, and recommended
copious enemas daily for many conditions. These enemas ranged from 4
to 6 quarts:-
copious enema - The purpose of this mode of applying the enema is to
introduce the largest quantity of water possible to fill the entire
colon without overdistending it. Four to six quarts [4 to 5.5
liters] are often used. Frequently quantities of old putrefying
fecal masses, semi-hardened by long retention, make their appearance
after a copious enema has been thoroughly administered every day for
a week or more, showing that a single flushing of the colon, no
matter how thorough, is not sufficient to achieve effective
cleansing. In this class of patients the copious enema should be
administered daily for two or three weeks if necessary, while the
patient complains of gaseous distention of the bowels and fetid
Home Handbook of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine -
J.H.Kellogg M.D. 1903
Other therapists followed the example of Dr. Kellogg and recommended
enemas of AT LEAST 4 quarts for effective results:-
colon has a capacity of a gallon [4 quarts] or more, when not filled
with feces, or the residue that will become feces. This complete
filling of the colon is absolutely essential to its effective
cleansing. As a means of temporarily remedying chronic constipation,
this method cannot be improved upon. It can be highly recommended
when one is suffering from a sudden attack of acute disease.
Frequently, attacks of acute illness can be almost immediately be
relieved by this one measure. Where an acute illness is being
treated and there are symptoms at all serious in nature, it is
advisable to use all the water the patient can hold for a few
minutes; for under such circumstances the bowels are more thoroughly
cleansed and the process of eliminating poisons is continued more
Encyclopaedia of Health and Physical Culture - B. Macfadden - 1926 &
home health guide, used in many homes in the 40s through the 60s,
The Modern Medical Counselor, listed conditions and simple home
treatments including large enemas. This Adventist publication, which
incidentally had sold more than 420,000 copies at that time and
crossed well over the million mark by the 1950's, was the book in
many of our homes as children. It was this book that served as a
guide to our mothers in our care when we were sick. Many grew up
with this book in their family library and followed its
'Colon Therapy Online' Newsletter - Feb. '98 - J. Glenn Knox. BA,
large saline enema can be used as a bowel cleanser in cases where it
is important to avoid irritating the bowels. Four quarts or more
would be a large enema. Few patients can hold a large enema at a
single injection [at the first attempt]. Instruct the patient to
take in and hold as much water as possible. If possible the patient
should retain the water a few minutes before discharging. Repeat
until a thorough bowel movement is secured. ....... From Modern
Medical Counselor - 1951.
gravity enema is the most natural way of cleansing the colon.
Results with the gravity enema can be just as good as with the
special Colonic irrigation apparatus and is more practicable in the
private house. They can be obtained at most chemists in various
capacity sizes, but it is best to obtain an 8 pint size [4 quart] as
this can be used for lesser amounts when required, while 8 pints is
the normal maximum ever taken in this way. ........ From
Naturopathic Practice - Hewlett Parsons - 1985. [Note: According to
The Colonic International Association, 8 pint enema bags or cans are
not available anywhere in England, where this book was published.]
therapists, although they recognized the benefits of large enemas,
warned against their use in the home by untrained persons:-
High Enema - In the high enema the water is forced much further up
the bowels and some ten pints [Imperial or 5.5 liters] of water are
used, but it is wise to get this treatment under professional care,
otherwise it is possible to do harm. Many people feel this type of
apparatus holds the key to their health and are very disappointed
when they are unable to get such treatment. Although unwilling to
condemn this attitude entirely, I feel that better results could be
had by a closer attention to diet.
About the Water Cure - Russel Sneddon 1965.
Others, by contrast, stressed the need for fully distending the
colon for effective results:-
earnestly advise the "internal bath" - what is usually called
"flushing the colon" - but definitely not what is known as taking an
injection. Mere injections of a half to one quart of water, as
usually practiced, are insufficient and ineffective. The colon is 5½
feet in length and fully three inches in diameter when distended. To
properly wash the colon, at least four or five quarts of water are
necessary. The proper appliance for cleansing the colon has a
capacity of five quarts to which the tube is attached. It is an
important factor in my system of physical rejuvenation. I strongly
urge its practice, at least once a week, though twice a week is
Old Age It's Cause and Prevention - Sanford Bennett - 1912. Revised
Moser not only refutes the claim that large enemas weaken the colon,
but actually recommends the daily use of one gallon enemas for
several months, in order to strengthen the muscles of the colon:-
average colon empty of new food will usually hold about 4 quarts of
water. That is the average. A small colon might only hold 3 quarts,
a large one might accept 6 quarts, or even more. If I were in the
business of manufacturing enema bags I'd make them hold at least one
gallon. You could make your own enema can from a two gallon plastic
bucket with a small plastic hose barb glued into a hole drilled in
the bottom or lower edge.
difference between helpful and potentially harmful enemas lies in
the amount of water injected and the frequency of use. Using a cup
or two of water to induce a bowel movement may eventually cause
dependency, will not strengthen the colon and may after years of
this practice, result in distention and enlargement of the rectum or
sigmoid colon. However, a completely empty average-sized colon has
the capacity of about a gallon [4 quarts] of water. When
increasingly larger enemas are administered until the colon is
emptied of fecal matter and the injection of close to a gallon of
water is achieved, beneficial exercise and an increase in overall
muscle tone are the results.
Correctly given, enemas serve as strengthening exercises for the
colon. This long tubular muscle is repeatedly and completely filled,
inducing it to vigorously exercise while evacuating itself multiple
times. The result is a great increase in muscle tone, acceleration
of peristalsis and eventually, after several dozens of repetitions,
a considerable reduction of transit time.
How and When to Be Your Own Doctor - Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with
Steve Solomon June, 1997.
Finally, some therapists, not content with completely filling the
colon, advocate the retention of all the water for periods as long
as thirty minutes:-
Flushing the bowels is often necessary, The person should lie down
on the left side and allow from a 1 to a 1½ [4 to 5.5 quarts] of
moderately warm water to pass from the syringe into the bowels.
While the bowels are heavily loaded in this manner, the body should
not be constricted, nor should much exercise be taken until the
water has passed off. To be effective the water should be retained
in the bowel from 5 to 10 minutes, unless too much uneasiness is
experienced, when it should be released. Once a week is sufficient
for bowel flushing.
Viavi Hygiene - Hartland Law MD and Herbert E. Law, FCS - 1910.
How Nature Cures - Emmet
Densmore, M.D. - Swan Sonneschein London 1892.
Viavi Hygiene - Hartland Law
MD and Herbert E. Law, F.C.S. George Putnam & Sons. London 1910.
Practical Water Cure - Yogi Ramacharaka. L.N. Fowler & Co
Encyclopaedia of Health and Physical Culture
- Bernarr Macfadden. Macfadden Book Company, New York. 1926 & 1940.
The Royal Road - Charles A.
Tyrell, M.D.- Tyrell's Hygienic Institute Inc., New York. 380th Ed
1930 & 395th Ed 1947.
Modern Medical Counselor -
Hubert O. Swartout, M.D., PhD Pacific Press Publishing Association
Mountain View, California - 1951.
Old Age - Its Cause and Prevention
- Sanford Bennett. Health Research, Mokelumne Hill, California.
1912. Re-printed 1963.
About the Water Cure - An
explanation of hydrotherapy - Russel Sneddon Health for All
Publishing Co. 1965.
Naturopathic Practice - J.
Hewlett-Parsons DSc. Thorsons Publishers Ltd. London 1968.
Back To Eden - Jethro Kloss.
Woodbridge Press Publishing Co 1975. Also Lifeline Books, Santa
Barbara, California 1972. Also Beneficial Books, New York. 1971.
Also Back to Eden Books - New revised Edition 1988.