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Colon Tube Safety

How To Use Colon Tubes in Your Home Enema Program

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Silicone vs. Latex Material


Safe Diameter


Silicone vs. Latex Material    |    Lubrication    |    Safe Diameter


When used properly, colon tubes are effective nozzles to use in a home enema program for those seeking a deeper, high-volume colon cleanse. Colon tubes are ideal nozzles for those new to home colon cleansing due to how smooth and easy to insert they are, and can also be the best option for people suffering from anal fissures or hemorrhoids for the same reason.

Colon Tube Material

I recommend using silicone colon tubes rather than the latex/rubber colon tubes in a home enema program. It's generally better to avoid latex enema equipment, firstly because many people suffer from latex allergies, which in some cases can be severe. Furthermore, if you are using essential oils in your enema solution, latex can be degraded by these oils, and you don't want the broken-down latex to be absorbed into your body.

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Colon Tube Usage

Once your enema bag is full, hang the bag from a towel rack, showerhead, shower curtain, or IV stand.

I recommend lubricating your colon tube with either Super Salve or Surgilube.

Lie down on either your side or back (whichever is most comfortable for you) near a toilet.

How the colon tube is inserted varies between individuals, but the preferred way to insert a colon tube is to begin a flow of enema water or solution, then insert the colon tube in stages, gradually. Again, be sure the end of the colon tube is well-lubricated.

It is not really necessary to deliver the entire colon tube into your colon in order to accomplish a "high" enema. Many people will only need to insert the colon tube a maximum of about 10 inches (25 cm) to achieve for a very effective enema, and even 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) may be enough. Use time, patience, and gravity to your benefit. Unless your colon is congenitally abnormal or something similar, the enema should be able to reach the "high" areas of the colon (including the transverse and ascending segments; see diagram).

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Remember that it's not necessarily how deep the colon tube goes in, but rather how deep the solution goes in that really counts. This takes time, relaxation, and listening to one's body.

Slowly take in the enema solution over 5 to 15 minutes. (In the case of a coffee enema, I recommend holding the solution for 12 to 15 minutes.)

Once you have taken in the entire solution and have retained it for the recommended length of time, sit on the toilet and release the solution.

Colon Tube Safety

A snug connection between the tip and body of the colon tube is very important. This connection can loosen over time and with frequent use, so if you notice that this connection is no longer secure, it's time to replace the colon tube.

Above all, never force a colon tube deeper than what feels comfortable. If you feel any pain or resistance from your body, immediately stop inserting the colon tube. Listen to and check in with your body throughout the enema process.

Each person reacts differently to a colon tube, even when a channel of enema water or solution is created. You might never get the tube all the way in, which is okay! Again, you should never force it.

Always lubricate your colon tube or any enema nozzle before insertion.

IMPORTANT: Some thinner colon tubes on the market actually can be dangerous. You run a higher risk of puncturing the colon when using these thinner colon tubes. Thus I strongly recommend a medium-diameter colon tube, about 30 to 34 Fr in diameter. This is a measurement of the outer diameter of the tube.

▶︎ Optimal Health Network sells latex-free silicone colon tubes with an outer diameter of 32 Fr (7/16 inch or 1.1 cm).

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DISCLAIMER: This material is presented for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or prescribing from a licensed healthcare professional. We make no claim or guarantee for cure or relief of any specific symptom, medical condition, or disease when using any of the products or protocols referenced here. Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before altering or discontinuing any current medications, treatment, or care, or starting any diet, exercise, cleansing, or supplementation program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health condition that requires medical attention.

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC
I-ACT-Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Certified Nutritional Consultant

Kristina Amelong

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