Question: Hi. I tried to do the retention enema described in Listen to your Colon, and it was disastrous! This was a few weeks ago. I warmed the water to 90 degrees but could not get all the lumps out. I had called Natren and was told not to warm it more, and not to shake it but just stir it. Well, first I tried just putting it in a 10 oz bulb syringe, but it was too thick to go through the attachment, then I transferred it to an enema bucket, but it was too thick to go through the tubing, and also it could not all get in the tube anyway because the bucket cannot be completely drained. (Btw, I cannot tolerate those orange plastic enema bags, and I use all silicone tubing, and my bulb syringe also was white and non-smelly.)

I want to try again but I need more tips please! I know adding water will thin it but then may not make it possible to retain the fluid. In others’ experiences, how warm can the water be?

Answer: Different people’s bodies like different things. You could try it at room temperature and see if you tolerate that better. But you can’t go higher than body temperature and usually hotter liquids are harder to retain anyway.

Rather than adding more water to thin it, I would use the amount of liquid you think you can tolerate, and then reduce the probiotic amounts accordingly. Even 1/4 tsp of each probiotic would be a good start! Think of it this way: ANY probiotics you can get your colon to retain are better than none. So don’t be impatient with your body and go slowly, giving it time to adjust to this new procedure.

Here’s how you mix the probiotics in the filtered water to ensure no lumps:

1. Put 1-2 tbsp of water in a glass.

2. Add your probiotics and mix with a spoon to form a smooth paste – crushing lumps against the side of the glass and squashing them smooth.

3. Then add 2 more tbsp. of water and mix again until dissolved and smooth.

4. Add the rest of your water and mix again until smooth.

5. If you need to go slowly and take a while to get all the mixture into your colon; then shake or squish the enema bag around from time to time to keep the powders from settling on the bottom.

The Best Enema Bag?

An enema bucket is not really the best system for this type of application, since you cannot mix the probiotics as you administer them (by squishing or massaging the enema bag). I have found the best enema bag to use is this disposable enema bag (and it is white/clear and has no nasty rubber smell either). Although this is a disposable enema bag, you can actually wash it in hot soapy water, then rinse it in hot water, and re-use it multiple times.

The tip on this disposable enema bag is also much thinner than the tip on non-disposable enema bags – so it is ideal for those with a sensitive, inflamed, or wounded rectum. It is also ideal for children or babies. This is the enema bag I use on myself when needed.

Hope that helps and if anyone has any further questions, please post them in the COMMENTS section below…

Tips for Jini’s Probiotic Retention Enema

22 thoughts on “Tips for Jini’s Probiotic Retention Enema

  • Thanks for the great tips! The mixing advice reminds me of making gravy or white sauce – make the roux first then slowly add liquid while stirring, so this is a familiar concept that makes total sense! My question is – doesn’t a warmer solution help resolve the lumps more easily? If so, how warm can the water be? I have no problem with a warm enema solution, but I don’t want to kill the probiotic.

  • I am stringing 2 ounce of probiotics daily for my husband as he is not too keen on the full enema. Some days I try to stringe more, mayb 4 ounce. is there such a thing as probiotics overdose? His inflammation marker is still a few points above normal. He just started WOO 10 drops 3 times a day plus probiotics powder drink before sleep. He is also taking 200mg Azathioprine and 2000mg Pentasa. Thanks

    1. Hi Cassandra,

      I’m afraid we cannot comment on the prescription medication but we’re not aware of any instance where one could overdose on probiotics but, even if there was, your husband wouldn’t really have to worry about it since he’s also using WOO.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • I am considering putting Penta Water in my probiotic retention enemas. I am wondering if it is superior to spring water or purified water. There is a locally owned health food store near us called Roberta’s. They changed the name from Healthway. One of the former owners, or a family member of the owner was diagnosed with Crohn’s. Rumor has it that this person never went anywhere without Penta Water and swore by it for the Crohn’s.

    One day, I went into Roberta’s. I told the employees about my Angstrom iron and Mini Minerals Bone Support. They said that reminds them of Penta Water but better. They told me that Penta Water is broken down small…(and some other scientific explanation that I do not remember.)

    Now I know that you will say that any bottled water is good for the probiotic retention enema. However, if Penta Water is BETTER for healing, etc., then I will use it the for probiotic retention enemas.

    1. Hi Susan,

      We’ve never seen any credible scientific evidence that Penta water is special in any way. We’d suggest just sticking with normal filtered water for the enema and saving your money.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • I am currently taking the healthy trinity probiotics. Is it okay to empty a couple of those capsules into water for a retention enema? The book recommends the individual powders, but I don’t have those on hand.


    1. Hi Jen,

      Yes, you can certainly substitute the contents of the healthy trinity capsules and use them in the enema. It’s just more cost effective to use the powders and easier because you don’t have to open up capsules to get to the probiotics.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • ALTHOUGH you might find it very difficult to open the Healthy Trinity capsules – last time I tried, they were sealed pretty darn well!

  • How often can I administer a probiotic retention enema? I know your book says to administer the enema once monthly for Phase II, but will I benefit more if I can handle weekly enemas? I feel so much better after the first!

    1. Hi Kelly,

      Jini has a number of readers who have told us that they do the enemas weekly and have experienced good results. Many people have difficulty with the enema process so the once/month frequency mentioned in the book is just what Jini suggests to “supercharge” the propagation of good gut flora.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Can I do a coffee enema followed by probiotic enema? What is the protocol for probiotic enemas when also doing coffee… thank you!

    1. Hello Jamie,

      We do not have experience with doing the coffee enemas with the probiotic enemas. However, Jini says a lot of people are sensitive to coffee with IBD/IBS so you may want to be cautious of that if that is what you are trying to treat. So there is a chance that doing the coffee enemas along with the probiotic that the probiotic enemas may not have as much of a effect than without the coffee. If you decide to do both we would love to hear how it works for you. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • I wanted to suggest maybe a cartoon or animation on how to do this? it’s a bit awkward/hard to do and all of Jini’s videos are amazing – obviously she can’t really make one for this but an animation of a person doing it would be so good to make figuring out how to do this easier!

    1. Hello Ruth,

      Thank you for the idea! Enema’s are just one of those things that sometimes can take some trial and error to figure out what works for best for you! Sometimes just need to read over directions a few times and take it step by step and give it a few times to try. If you have any questions concerning the instructions or on anything else please let us know.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hello,
    I have ulcerative proctitis and use a Canasa (anti inflammatory) suppository during flare ups. This made me think that I might be able to use the probiotics in capsule form as a suppository at bedtime instead of a liquid retention enema. Is there a reason this wouldn’t work? It seems less messy and I would be able to retain the probiotics, as long as the capsule dissolves, overnight instead of just 15 minutes. I just finished 10 days of amoxicillin for strep throat, followed with a diflucan, and thought it would be good timing to try probiotic enemas. Also, do you recommend a specific oral probiotic for a four year old? My son was just treated for strep as well.
    Thank you!

    1. Hello Laura,

      We would not recommend using a capsule rectally. They are not designed for dissolving in that area, and we cannot be certain on the safety of using them that way. We would recommend best doing it in the enema with just the powder of the probiotics. For children, the best probiotics we recommend are the Natren Life Start supplements. You can see the ones we sale here:
      Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hi Jini do you have a new book out ? I noticed at the top of this article it noted that the person writing mentions what seems like the title of another book called ” Listen to your Colon ” is this this the title of a new book or a typo on ” Listen to your Gut ” ?
    Please let me as if it is I would like to purchase it if it is useful to people who have already lost their colon .

  • Hello Jini,

    I have been GI sick for 4 years. Just got my Comprehensive Stool Test Results and I have Klebsiella oxytoca that is Dysbiotic Flora, along with 3 other bacteria that are imblanced. Grapeseed extract was sugested. Can it be taken via enema? How much? And, for by mouth what dose should I take? My system is super sensitive to most supplements and I’m only able to eat steamed squash, carrots and little chicken. Please help.

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Unfortunately, we can’t comment on that particular application for that condition as we haven’t tested it. You can also check Jini’s Wild Oil Of Oregano.

      Jini’s Wild oregano oil is an amazing healing substance with antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic capabilities. You can get the eBook for FREE by signing up in the PINK box at the left side of this page. Click the link below:

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

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