Your most important safety measure while taking an enema, as well as your most effective tool for a complete colon cleanse, starts and ends with taking your time.
By taking their time while taking an enema, most people can safely take 1 to 3 quarts of water into their colon. The only way to safely experience a complete colon cleanse is to add the water very slowly, one-half to one cup per 30 to 90 seconds. By using this method, one does not need to insert an excessively long colon tube into the colon. Also, one will be able to avoid undo pain and cramping and irritation to the colon, and not develop an unnecessary fear of enemas.
The following excerpt has been taken from the book, Kristina Amelong’s Ten Days to Optimal Health:
"Open the enema tubing clamp. Five to twenty seconds later, completely close the clamp. This is the most important technique in a safe enema that is also a deep cleansing enema, without inserting a long and hazardous tube. The opening and closing of the enema tubing clamp keeps you in control of how much pressure you will build up in your colon. Additionally, the opening and closing of the enema tubing clamp offers you the most opportunity for fully cleaning out your entire colon. Keep the clamp in your hand so that you can, without difficulty, control the flow of water into your body by frequently opening and closing the clamp. Go slowly! The skill needed for a successful and safe enema is to let only a small amount of enema solution enter your colon at a time.
By a small amount of enema solution, I mean one-half to one cup of solution per fill or opening and closing of the enema tubing clamp. If you add the enema solution too quickly, you are more likely to harm yourself. Additionally, if you add the enema solution into your colon too quickly, you will stimulate peristaltic action in the sigmoid and in the rectum, making it nearly impossible to get the enema solution all the way into the transverse and the ascending colon.
If a hint of cramping occurs, immediately stop the flow and relax. Take a big breath and slowly let it out. Before your session, dab a drop of peppermint essential oil on your hand or chest. Use the oil to relax by smelling the oil and taking deep breaths. I would always have a bottle of peppermint essential oil around while taking enemas to relax and to increase the therapeutic value of your enema experience. When there is no more cramping, or when 30 to 60 seconds have passed, resume filling your colon with small amounts of enema solution until you have taken in 2 to 4 quarts, or until you can no longer tolerate the fullness of your colon."
By following the above enema procedures, you will experience safe enemas.
UNSAFE ENEMA PROCEDURES
Historically, the procedure of using an enema to cleanse the entire colon to the cecum was attempted by using tubes that were 40-60 inches in length. Inserting long colon tubes into the colon dramatically increases one’s chance of perforating the wall of the colon.
Another unsafe practice is a common mistake for those taking an enema. Most enema users attempt to compel the entire content of their enema bag into the colon in one fill. Trying to fill the colon with their enema solution by opening the enema tubing clamp and not quickly closing the clamp is unsafe. This "one-shot fill" enema practice has caused pain, cramping, irritation to the colon, and a fear of enemas for millions of people.
Enemas which utilize the enema tubing clamp appropriately need not cause pain and cramping or irritation to the colon, and will hopefully relieve an unnecessary fear of enemas.
Both of the above methods have the same healthy goal behind them: thoroughly cleansing the colon. However, they can be unsafe and do not work well.