During a retention enema, a liquid is held in the large intestine. Usually, 1-4 cups of liquid is administered through an enema equipment and held for 15-30 minutes before evacuating the contents in the toilet. The purpose of a retention enema is to:
1. Re-inoculate the intestines, or
2. Add nutrition in the form of minerals and vitamins
3. Helps with getting rid of candida and parasites
Usually, a cup of probiotic liquid is used to re-inoculate the intestines. This could either be 1 cup of non-dairy or daily based kefir or you can also use some watery yogurt. You could also use 1-2 capsules of probiotics by adding them to a cup of water. This particular enema is meant to be retained for 30 minutes. If this does not get followed by a bowel movement, it is completely fine. The purpose of this enema is to implant the probiotics in the intestine and not to get a bowel movement.
As compared to retention enemas, a regular enema is used to cleanse the intestines and get the bowels moving, to ease constipation or fecal impaction. Most enema bottles sold over the counter are salt solutions which you can easily perform at home. The quantity of solution used in a regular enema is higher as compared to a retention enema: 4-8 cups of the solution is administered and held for a shorter span of time such as 5-10 minutes.
Some of the popular enema recipes used to cleanse the bowels are:
• 4-8 cups of distilled water
• 1 tbsp. Himalayan or Celtic sea salt per 4 cups of water
• 1-4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar in 8 cups water
• ¼ cup fresh lemon juice in 8 cups water
• 2 tbsp. castor oil + a dash of castile soap + 4 cups water mixed together in a blender. If you want, you can replace the water with coffee as well.
Whether you are performing a regular enema or a retention enema, the water temperature should be lukewarm or finger hot. A cold solution may cause cramping in the intestines and hot liquids may cause severe internal burns. The procedure of performing both the enemas is exactly the same, the only difference lies in the volume of the enema and the time for which it is retained, and of course, the purpose of performing the enema.