Chlorophyll Enemas



By Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D.

Called bastis in Ayurvedic medicine, enemas are considered an ancient and important part of purification therapies like panchakarma (a seasonal detoxification process that is performed at an Ayurvedic facility). Bastis are so important because of the central role of the colon in processing end-stage toxins. Sometimes, things get stopped up in there, and bastis can be helpful in getting them moving out of the body.

The entire digestive system is a long tube running continuously from the mouth all the way to the anus, but it certainly isn’t a straight shot from beginning to end. It twists, it turns, and it folds back on itself over and over. Microscopically, even the folds have folds. These folds are useful for peristalsis—they allow the muscles to move them, accordion-like, so they can push food through. However, the downside to this structure is that food and old stool and bacteria can get trapped in all those folds. There are some really obvious manifestations of this—conditions such as toxic mega colon, in which someone is so constipated and waste builds up to such an extent that the colon stretches almost beyond its limit and the bacterial load becomes life-threatening.  However, on a more subtle level, slow movement and buildup can be more than uncomfortable. It can be toxic in a more low-grade, chronic way, as the bad bacteria aren’t shed quickly enough and accumulate in the colon.

An enema will clean out the lower colon. A colonic—which always should be administered by a professional—cleans higher up, which means it can be more detoxifying but also harsher. An Ayurvedic enema has a specific method behind it: First, the enema cleanses and nourishes with a substance such as chlorophyll or other herbs, and then it is always followed (the next day or in the evening of the same day) by an oil enema, to relubricate the colon and help dissolve some of the lipophilic (fat- loving) toxins that won’t dissolve in water. You would never do a water enema without getting an oil enema afterward because water alone strips away moisture and good bacteria. The bowel is moist and needs to stay lubricated with fats and mucus to hold the good bacteria. It’s not supposed to be squeaky clean.

I recommend doing an enema at least once a month and never during the menstrual cycle for women. Once a month is plenty for people who are not having any major health issues. There are special purification protocols in Ayurveda when enemas are done more frequently, but those are always under supervised conditions. If monthly is still too much for you, I suggest at least trying this twice a year, as part of a spring and fall cleanse. A lot of my patients who would never in a thousand years have thought they would be doing enemas, especially male patients, later tell me they hate to admit it but they feel fantastic afterward. The first time is usually the least comfortable because there is an initial detoxification reaction. You may feel crummy for a few days, but don’t let that discourage you. It only gets better and better, and if you feel bad at first, it is evidence that the intervention was particularly needed. And for anyone who has skin conditions, the chlorophyll enema is a godsend.

Here are instructions for how to do a chlorophyll enema, and how to follow it with an oil enema.

How to Do a Chlorophyll Enema


  • Disposable enema bags (available on Amazon)
  • Organic Liquid Chlorophyll by World Organic (also avail- able on Amazon)

Preparation of the Chlorophyll Enema:

  • Warm 3 cups of filtered water (see the following directions for details).
  • Add 3 tablespoons of liquid chlorophyll to the warm water.
  • Empty one to two capsules of probiotics into the mixture and stir (this step is optional but beneficial; choose any probiotic with at least 1 billion colonies—I prefer the ones in the refrigerated section of the store, as I believe these bacteria are more likely to be intact).

General Instructions:

  • The water should be heated up to where it is slightly warmer than room temperature and still comfortable to touch. If you have overheated the water, just wait for it to cool.
  • When you pour the mixture into the enema bag, the lock on the enema tube should be on.
  • Lie on your right side and insert the enema tube 3 to 4 inches into the rectum. If the tube isn’t prelubricated, you can use some coconut or sesame oil to lubricate it.
  • Unlock the tube to allow the enema to move into the rectum.
  • Lock the tube again once the enema has been administered and before you remove the tube from the rectum—this pre- vents leakage from the tube.
  • Try to hold the enema for 5 to 10 minutes, but if you feel any cramping, go ahead and empty your bowels. Sometimes you have to administer a small amount (about 1 cup) and then empty the bowels. Then administer the remaining amount and hold for 5 to 10 minutes. If it becomes uncomfortable at all, just empty your bowels. You can work up to 5 to 10 minutes. I don’t recommend holding it any longer.

For the Follow-Up Oil Enema

  • The evening of or the day after doing a chlorophyll enema, heat 1 to 2 cups of cured, organic sesame oil warmed to slightly warmer than room temperature. To cure the sesame oil, add one drop of water to the oil and heat until the drop “pops.”
  • Administer the enema as outlined above. You may need to wear a pad that day because occasionally there is some leakage of the oil during the day or night.

Note: Again, never do an enema the week of your menstrual cycle.



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