As part of a colon cleanse, you may find it necessary to use a flush with water. Often psyllium, enzymes, and other things are not sufficient to correct the problem. There are basically three methods of doing this.

Enema: This is inexpensive and fast, but only reaches the first 20% of the colon. Your real objective is to clean the entire colon. The enema bag does not hold enough water for a thorough cleanse, and the apparatus is designed to allow for inflow only. Reinserting the tip multiple times causes irritation.

Colonic: This is a procedure performed by a colonic therapist. It takes about 3/4 to 1 hour. A tube about 1 inch in diameter is inserted into the rectum to a depth of about two inches. This is for outflow. Within this tube is a 1/8 inch tube of water for inflow. You change into a gown and lie on your side on a padded table. The therapist inserts the tube and then you lie on your back. The therapist can then allow water to flow in through the smaller tube, or out through the larger tube. She can also massage your abdomen which in turn massages your colon.

There are several disadvantages to this procedure. You, the patient, have little control. As a result, there is inevitably some cramping. Any material larger than the outer tube cannot pass through. You will often feel the need for a normal evacuation and may have to plead with the therapist to use the toilet normally. You cannot urinate during the procedure. You have to schedule an appointment and may have to drive a considerable distance.

Colema: There is a device which can be purchased for about $165 called a Colema board. It is shown in the diagram below. It has been available for over 20 years and is manufactured by several companies. I consider it to be an excellent investment. The design is ingenious and you will appreciate it if you have ever had a colonic. The bucket holds 5 gallons of water, equivalent to the amount of water used in a colonic. But since you are in control, you can add things like bentonite and enzymes.

Unlike a colonic, there is only an inflow tube, which is only about 3/16 inch in diameter – much smaller than that of either an enema or a colonic. As in the diagram below, the board rests on your toilet and a chair. You can put about 4 telephone books on your bathroom counter and set a 5 gallon bucket on that. Put one or two folded towels on the board for a base cushion and then stack some pillows against the chair back to support your back and neck. The board comes with the special tubing and a syringe which you use to start a siphon. The tube has a clamp just like the one on an enema tube. You can keep most of your clothes on, if you wish. Put a towel on the toilet back for your feet to rest upon. Optionally, put on some meditative music and maybe something that smells nice into an aromatherapy dispenser. The board comes with a video that shows the whole thing. Now you lie on your back on the board and just slide up to the lubricated tube until it is properly inserted. You can use your hands for massage or use an optional massage machine. Set it up so you will be comfortable for about an hour.

The brilliant part of the design is that evacuation can be done at any time and this takes place around the inflow tube with nothing to obstruct the flow. You can even urinate without changing position.

The colon has a mind of its own. Sometimes it tells you that it wants inflow and sometimes it tells you that it is time to evacuate. You can flow with your body’s natural rhythms and no one can know that but you yourself. As a result, you can get better cleansing than with a colonic with less cost, and much more comfort and convenience. Most people find the experience very pleasant – like having your own health spa at home.

You can get the Colema board from Jeff Kowalski at (763) 425-1699. He will also talk you through its use.