Basic Differences Between Enemas and Colonic Irrigation

Both enemas and colonics aim at cleansing the colon by introducing water via the rectum. Though both treatments have a similar approach and also have the same health benefits, there are still some key differences between enemas and colonics.

For instance, enemas involve a one-time infusion of water into the colon. While in colonics or colon irrigation, water is infused into the colon multiple times.

Another major difference is that enemas aim at cleansing just the lower colon, while colonics aim at cleansing a larger part of the colon.

Another major difference between enema and colonics is that to perform colonics you need specialized equipment and it can only be administered by a colon hydrotherapist. On the other hand, enemas can easily be performed at home with an at-home enema kit. 

Colonics usually last for 45 minutes to an hour and starts with the patient filling up a health history form along with a consultation with the colon therapist. During the colonics session, warm water is released into the colon slowly. The water flow promotes the peristaltic movement of the colonic muscles and pushes the waste matter out via the hose.

In several cases, the patient may experience abdominal pain or cramps. The therapist may have to massage the abdominal area gently to provide relief. Once the treatment is done, the client can go to the toilet and get rid of any residual stools and water.

Enemas can either be performed at a hospital or in the vicinity of your house. During an enema, a fluid (water, saline solution or any other enema solution) is injected into the colon via the hose of the enema kit. The client then needs to retain the injected solution for a stipulated time and then release it along with the stools.

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