The Coffee Enema: How and When to Do It


On accounts of various individuals and healthcare professionals today, coffee enemas have been utilized to relieve various conditions and illnesses. The following article emphasizes several important basic information people should know before utilizing a coffee enema. It’s fundamental to assess the individual’s health as a whole before attempting any procedures on your own.

Using enemas for therapeutic purposes has been around since ancient times and is referenced in both the Dead Sea Scrolls and a third-century Aramaic manuscript. There are many things you can use in an enema like probiotics, essential oils, and chlorophyll; but my favorite and probably the most popular ingredient to use in a therapeutic enema, is coffee.

Using coffee dates back to World War I, when it was discovered that administering coffee rectally provided pain relief. This prompted studies which showed that coffee dilated bile ducts, restored the liver, and released toxic bile and waste products into the digestive tract to be carried out of the body. Since then, coffee enemas have been shown to help with many health conditions like arthritis, depression, cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

In my personal experience, doing a regular enema healed the scar tissue in my intestine, was huge in healing my crohn’s disease, tackled a lingering candida issue, and regenerated my bowel function. Most importantly, it saved me from having to have one of those beautifully attractive colostomy bags that every 20-year-old wants to have when they’re looking for Mr. Handsome Man.

Because of coffee’s ability to address the toxic cause of chronic disease, Dr. Max Gerson adopted it into his cancer healing program, and countless doctors including O.A. Meyer, Martin Heubner, William Kelley, Harold Manner, Nicholas Gonzales, W. J. Mayo, and Linda Isaacs, have done the same. Dr. Peter Lechner (an oncologist surgeon) of Austria conducted a trial of the Gerson cancer therapy in the post-surgical treatment of metastasized colorectal cancers and reported in 1984 that “Coffee enemas have a definite effect on the colon which can be observed with an endoscope.” Currently, coffee enemas are being tested for the prevention of pancreatic cancer and were even listed in the Merck manual from 1899-1977 (and was removed to make room for new material…not because of ineffectiveness).

And hey, if it works for cancer it works for me right? If you’re wanting to heal intestinal scar tissue, use essential oils in your enema. If you want to gently cleanse the gut, use chlorophyll. If you want to address and re-populate your gut flora, use probiotics. If you’re serious about detoxing, pull out the big guns and use coffee.

How To Do a Coffee Enema

Fill a small coffee pot with filtered water. Add 3 tablespoons of coffee, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. You can let it cool down to room temp or slightly higher than body temperature (which I prefer). This could take an hour or two. Attach the hose and attachment piece to your enema bucket and clamp the hose. Strain and pour in the coffee solution. Grab your iPad and head to the bathroom. Put a little olive oil on the attachment and insert into your bumper. I know…it’s weird but you’ll get over it. Lay on your right side or hang out in down dog (on your knees) and unfasten the clamp. You can also hang the bucket on the door knob. Release the solution and clamp the hose if you need to slow down the flow or if you feel cramps. Once your solution is gone, clamp the hose, pull out the attachment, and either invert or lay on your right side, knees to chest, and breathe deeply to bring the solution deeper into your colon. Try to retain the enema for 15 minutes so you can get all the effects of the coffee. When your 15 minutes is up you’ll know it. Go…sit on the loo…and let er’ poo. When you’re done, clean your toilet, take a shower, rinse the bucket and sanitize the attachment. Go run a marathon…you’ll feel like you want to.  How often should you do a coffee enema?

Many programs recommend doing enemas every day during a detox. If you have cancer or a severe medical condition, programs like Gerson Therapy would advise using it several times a day (and sometimes in conjunction with castor oil). To me, that seems like a lot. Once every 2-3 days or as needed, is a more balanced approach.

Can you become addicted to coffee enemas?

Although some are concerned about becoming addicted to using enemas, I have a hard time wrapping my mind around it. A person can be addicted to anything and people are certainly addicted to drinking coffee in this country (which is far inferior therapeutically). That to me, is a greater concern. The people from “My Strange Addiction” on TLC are not accurate representations of people who utilize enemas.

Despite the great feeling post enema, doing it is a process, requires preparation, a set aside block of time, a good toilet cleaning, and a shower. Do that every two days for 2-3 years while babies are running around and you’ll come to appreciate your ability to naturally take a poo in the loo.

Will my colon become dependent upon an enema?

Many people think their colon will become reliant on an enema to relieve itself. In my experience, this is not the case. An enema is not a laxative or a stimulant. In rehydrates the stool, soothes the colon, and your body evacuates on its own. I had zero bowel function for almost three years and used an enema to regain it. However, an enema should not be used as a crutch for bad habits. If you can’t #2, you need to address your food.

Where can I buy the enema kit and coffee?

Although you can find inexpensive enema bags at Wal-Mart and internal cleansing systems on Amazon, I’ve found that these products are great for single uses but are very hard to clean. Nobody wants to populate the gut with black mold. If you’re serious about detoxing and are using enemas therpeutically, I’d recommend investing in a good one.

I personally use a stainless steel enema kit with Gerson coffee from Pure Life. The kit comes with instructions on how to use the enema and this lovely disclaimer, which I took a picture of for my own amusement.

That aside, I’m not allowed to give medical advice either, so this is my personal opinion on the matter. If you want a medical opinion you should heed the disclaimer and consult your doctor who (unless he/she is super cool) will probably freak out because they’ve never done it themselves and have no understanding of, or training in the therapeutic use of an enema. It does however, make for an entertaining appointment. In addition to heeding the disclaimer, I would also invest in a book on Gerson Therapy.

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Dating back to approximately around the time of World War I, coffee has been utilized in enemas by physicians as a method to help detoxify the body of harmful toxins and improve illnesses and conditions. While additional research studies are still necessary to determine their effectiveness today, many individuals still use coffee enemas to rid their bodies of these undesired toxins.

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