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A 36-year-old member asked:

what makes an enema more effective?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Need a little help: Normal bowel frequency varies from 1 every 3-4 days to 3-4 movements per day. Many "normal" people alternate their stool pattern within this range. Given the nonspecific nature of your question, it would be helpful to hear why you are considering an enema (& with what contents). Be aware enemas are NOT recommended for casual "cleansing", weight loss, or recreational use AND sometimes cause harm.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are enemas?

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Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Rectal delivery : An enema is a method of delivering medicine into the colon via the rectum. Usually made up of a plastic container with a soft flexible tip.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Does the enema detox really work?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
rids some poop: Yeah, this was a popular idea in ancient egypt, but was disproved decades ago. You will get rid of some stool. No one ever measured "toxins" supposedly removed before and after the rx to see if it worked. Pt of mine insisted on high colonics as bowel prep for colonoscopy-failed; had redo the prep and the procedure. Empty bowel may look flatter, maybe you feel better, but not detoxed.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is soap in soap suds enema?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Irritant. Don't use: Soap is soap. Soap suds enemas are highly irritating to the lining of the rectum and colon. Aside from causing a bowel movement can cause a whopping inflammation (colitis). Tap water enemas or store bought phosphate enemas are safer (check with md, especially if history of heart, kidney, liver trouble). Oil retention enemas are lubricant.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the need for an enema vs other types of medicine administration?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Enema cersus others: Enema is given as an emmergency if there are impacted and symptomatic stools. But you may use suppositories, and laxatives to achieve the same goals.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are some of the benefits of coffee enemas?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
None: These were promoted by cancer quacks in the early 20th cenetury and are used today only by charlatans. People have died from them. If you think you have been suckered by a sweet-talking, seemingly-knowledgeable crook, contact your district attorney or the state board of healing arts.

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