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Cleansing vs. Retention Enemas: What's The Difference?

Enema is known for helping cleanse the bowel. It has been widely used to treat chronic constipation, which causes problems with the natural movement of stool.A

Doctors also conduct enema to clean the colon as part of preparation for surgeries. The procedure could help reduce the risk of infection and the chances stool may affect the surgery. A

Some people also use enemas for weight loss, managing blood pressure and maintaining healthy skin. Advocates claim that the rectal injections of fluid could help eliminate metals and toxins from the body.

However, treating constipation and preparing patients forA surgeries are the only uses of enemas supported by science. There is little to no evidence supporting claims that it could help cut weight, maintain skin and reduce blood pressure.

Doctors recommend two types of enemas. Read on to see which approach could help you in the future along with their potential side effects. A

Retention Enemas

This approach uses water or oil to help soften the stool. Retention enemas works by holding in your bowel for at least 15 minutes or longer before excretion.A

There are different types of retention enemas that work based on the product used. Doctors may use a mixture of brewed, caffeinated coffee and water to help remove bile from the colon.A

Mineral oil enema is another option to cleanse the colon by using only water and oil to lubricate the area. Probiotics can also be used to promote better bowel movement.A

When mixed with water, probiotics flow into bowel and colonize good gut bacteria. This approach has been linked to reduced inflammation in children with ulcerative colitis.

The last type of retention enemas uses herbs. Garlic, catnip tea or red raspberry leaf mixed with water are known for their nutritional benefits that could fight infection and inflammation.

Cleansing Enemas

Compared to retention enemas, the cleansing approach requires a shorter period of time to cleanse the colon. This water-based enema also uses different kinds of liquid.

Salt water is the best option for cleansing enemas. It is known for being less irritating compared to other options.A

Salt water enema works like the body's natural sodium concentration, which expands the colon to help release waste. Epsom salt is another option to relax bowel muscles and treat constipation.

Some people use sodium phosphate or lemon juice to relieve their constipation. These products are easier to find and can be a cheaper approach to cleansing your colon.

Side Effects Of Enemas

Despite the widely reported health benefits of enemas, the procedure may still cause unwanted effects. Enemas may disturb your gut bacteria, cause electrolyte disturbances, harm bowel because of acidic products and cause rectal burns, inflammation and infections.A

In some cases, problems associated with enemas could also lead to death, according to ( Healthline . Previous reports showed that some children who underwent enemas experienced bloody diarrhea, long-term complications and an inflamed colon.A

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Date:Aug 7, 2019
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