We received this email from a reader who was having issues using my probiotic retention enema and I wanted to share it with you in case anyone else is having the same issues.
A probiotic retention enema is the fastest way to implant a mega dose of beneficial bacteria directly into the colon and lower part of the small intestine – and can lead to dramatic healing results. As the name suggests, this isn’t a cleansing or flushing enema, but rather an implant or retention enema – the goal of which is to hold the mixture in your colon until the fluid is completely absorbed.
Many people use it for quick healing of severe inflammation and bleeding, while others prefer to wait until the situation has calmed down a bit and they can first tolerate the probiotics orally well. All you really need to do is follow your own body wisdom (intuition) when it is best for you. Even people who haven’t had great results with oral probiotic supplements (it takes longer and can be more difficult to colonize through oral supplements) will see significant symptom relief after this retention enema.
If you haven’t tried Jini’s probiotic retention enema before, maybe Jay’s story here will inspire you.
Question: Hi. I tried doing the enema described in Listen to Your Colon and it was disastrous! I heated the water to 90 degrees but couldn’t get all of the lumps out. I called Natren and was told not to heat it up or shake it, just stir it. Well, first I tried just putting it in a 10 ounce syringe but it was too thick to go through the attachment then I put it in an enema bucket but it was too thick to go through the Hose to go, and it could also be that not all of them come into the tube anyway, because the bucket cannot be completely emptied. (BTW, I can’t stand those orange plastic enema bags, and I all use silicone tubing, and my plunger syringe was also white and didn’t smell.)
I want to try again, but need more tips, please! I know adding water will dilute it, but then it may not be possible to hold the liquid back. How warm can the water be according to the experiences of others?
Answers: Different people’s bodies like different things. You could try it at room temperature and see if you can handle it better. But you can’t go any higher than body temperature, and usually hotter liquids are harder to hold on to anyway.
Instead of adding more water to dilute it, I would use whatever amount of liquid you think is acceptable and then reduce the probiotic amounts accordingly. Even 1/4 teaspoon of each probiotic would be a good start! Think of it this way: ANY probiotics you can teach your colon are better than none. So don’t be impatient with your body and move slowly so it can get used to this new procedure.
To mix the probiotics into the filtered water to make sure they don’t form lumps:
1. Put 1-2 tablespoons of water in a glass.
2. Add your probiotics and use a spoon to blend into a smooth paste – crush lumps against the side of the jar and squeeze smooth.
3. Then add 2 more tablespoons. Water and mix again until dissolved and smooth.
4. Add the rest of your water and mix again until smooth.
5. When you have to take it slowly and take a while to get all of the mixture into your colon; Then shake or crush the enema bag from time to time to keep the powder from settling on the floor.
The best enema bag?
An enema bucket is not really the best system for this type of application because you cannot mix the probiotics as you administer them (by squeezing or massaging the enema bag). I’ve found that the best enema bag is this disposable enema bag (and it’s white / clear and doesn’t have an unpleasant rubber odor either). Although this is a disposable enema bag, you can actually wash it in hot, soapy water, then rinse it in hot water and reuse it several times.
The tip of this disposable enema bag is also much thinner than the tip of disposable enema bags – so ideal for people with a sensitive, inflamed, or injured rectum. It’s also great for kids or babies. This is the enema bag that I use on myself if necessary.
Hope this helps and if anyone has any further questions please post them below in the COMMENTS section …
Originally posted in 2011. Last updated September 2021.
Jini Patel Thompson is an internationally recognized expert in naturopathic treatments for digestive diseases. She healed herself from the widespread Crohn’s disease and has been drug and surgery free for over 20 years. Appeared on numerous podcast, television and radio shows in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, Jini gives people hope and visions on how to cure colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in all natural methods. Her books on natural digestive disease cures have been sold in over 80 countries around the world.