Coffee enemas are one of the best ways of cleansing the liver, the colon, and speeding up detoxification processes in the body. All toxins must be processed by your liver — a near impossible job in our toxic world. Coffee enemas provide a means for your liver to ‘dump’ its toxic load of chemicals, excess estrogen, and heavy metals into the intestines for elimination. They are especially crucial if you have a chronic illness.
Coffee enemas have been used as a healing remedy for the last 100 years. They are particularly well known as part of the cancer treatment protocol with Gerson Therapy. As many cancers are fueled by estrogen, coffee enemas aid the liver in metabolizing estrogen, reducing estrogen levels. The enemas aid the body in detoxing chemicals and heavy metals that are the underlying cause of cancer and most disease. Additionally, coffee enemas can help to relieve pain, nausea, general nervous tension and depression.
How Coffee Enemas Work
Coffee enemas are superior to plain water enemas, as they provide so many more benefits. The theobromine, theophylline, and caffeine in the coffee travel via the rich capillary bed of the rectum into the portal vein, which leads directly to the liver. These substances dilate blood vessels and open up the bile ducts allowing the liver to release bile, which contains toxins.
Doctors at the University of Minnesota showed that coffee administered rectally also stimulates an enzyme system in the liver, which increases glutathione, the master antioxidant in the body, by 600%-700% above normal activity levels. This antioxidant reacts with free radicals (which cause cell damage) in the bloodstream and makes them inert. These neutralized substances become dissolved in the bile, are released through the bile flow from the liver and gallbladder, and are excreted through the intestinal tract. While holding the coffee enema in the colon for 10-15 minutes, the body’s entire blood supply passes through the liver 4-5 times, carrying poisons picked up from the tissues. So the enema acts as a form of dialysis of the blood across the gut wall.
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Anyone, but especially a patient coping with a chronic degenerative disease or an acute illness can achieve the following benefits from the lowering of blood serum toxin levels achieved by regular administration of coffee enemas:
- Increased cell energy production
- Enhanced tissue health and repair
- Enhanced cellular regeneration
- Better immunity
- Clean and heal the colon
- Most effective and quick relief of constipation
- Detoxify and rebuild the liver
- Reduce and get rid of many symptoms of general toxicity — the cause of dozens of common symptoms from arthritis to cancer
- Most effective way to clear out fecal compaction from the bowel, greatly reducing the amount of toxins coming from this putrefaction into the person’s body
- Increase the alkalinity of the intestines, making it less hospitable to parasites, yeast, and bacteria
- Help eliminate many parasites
- Improve digestion
- Less acid reflux
- Migraine headaches disappear
- Better mood
- Increase mental clarity and energy
- Relieve depression, anger and anxiety
- Nausea eliminated or greatly reduced
- Reduce many types of pain
- Clears acne and skin congestion
- Better sleep
- Feel ‘less toxic’
Coffee enemas only need to be done for few years while you’re detoxing, then can be done occasionally as needed. With Gerson Therapy for cancer and chronic illness, people perform 4-6 coffee enemas every day. Unless you have cancer or are very sick with a chronic illness, I recommend doing a coffee enema whenever there is a need, which can be once a day, once every few days or once a week. If you are healthy, once a week should be sufficient. Once you start doing coffee enemas, you will know when you need to do another one based on how you feel. I initially did them every day to rid my body of excess estrogen, which was affecting my thyroid and weight. Now I only do one when I start getting headaches, constipation, feel a bit nauseous, or simply for regular maintenance — about once a week or so.
Step 1 – Materials
- Buy a 2-quart enema bucket or bag with a clamp. You can also get an enema bag at any drug store, but the bucket is so much easier to pour the coffee into and easier clean. Enema bags are also made of plastic, which I try to avoid if I can.
- I recommend this stainless steel bucket for $42.
- This is a cheap plastic bucket starter kit for $5. The insertion tip may not be ideal, but you can always buy a different one.
- Buy any brand of regular coffee — regular grind or flaked, non-instant and not decaffeinated, or grind your own coffee. Organically grown coffee is best to avoid introducing estrogenic pesticides into your body, though any coffee will do. Store opened coffee containers in the freezer for maximum freshness. The S.A. Wilson coffee advertised specially for coffee enemas is great, but not necessary. This coffee is different from regular coffee in that it’s beige or tan in color. It has properties more appropriate for enemas like more caffeine and palmitic acid.
Step 2 – Preparation of coffee
- The coffee can be prepared any way you prefer. Prep it in an automatic coffee maker. Make it in a french press. Boil it on the stove.
- To make on the stove, place 2 to 3 cups of purified water and one to two tablespoons (15-30 ml) of coffee in a saucepan and bring to a boil (or use a coffee maker to percolate the coffee quickly). NOTE: The first time you do a coffee enema, use only 1 teaspoon (5ml), NOT TABLESPOON, of coffee. This is critical because some people are sensitive to caffeine and will feel very jittery on more coffee. After a few enemas, you will see how much coffee you can tolerate comfortably. Ideally, increase to two tablespoons per enema.
- Let it boil 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow it to cool. One or two ice cubes may be added to speed the cooling process. You may make a larger quantity and use it for several enemas.
- Tricks to speed up cooling the boiled coffee: 1. Boil only a little of the water with the coffee. Once it has boiled, add the rest of the water to the coffee mixture to cool the entire amount down to body temperature. 2. Pour the coffee mixture back and forth several times through the air from one container to another, even from the enema bag/bucket back into a cool pot. This will also cool it much faster. 3. Put the water in the refrigerator or freezer until cooled.
- Wait until the coffee is about body temperature. Body temperature feels hot when you place your finger in it. If the water is too hot or too cold, retaining the enema will be more difficult.
- Strain the liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper into a clean bucket or enema bag. Screw on the top of the enema bag.
- The enema is now ready.
Step 3 – Preparing to take the enema
- Prep yourself a little bed of towels to lie on in the bathtub or bathroom. I prefer doing them in the bathroom in case you leak or have an accident – easier clean up. You can lie elsewhere when you become better at performing the enemas. I just put towels in the bathtub and relax.
- If you have not had a bowel movement, take a plain water enema first, before the coffee enema. This will usually clean out the bowel quickly and effectively. For some, they can hold the coffee no matter what and do not need to use water first. Everyone is different.
- Be sure the plastic hose is pushed or fastened well onto the enema bag and the thin enema tip is attached to the other end.
- Remove any air from the enema tube the following way. Grasp but do not close the clamp on the hose. Place the tip in the sink. Hold up the enema bag or bucket above the tip until the water begins to flow out. Then close the clamp. This expels any air in the tube. If this air gets in your colon, it will give you the urge to evacuate too soon.
- Lubricate the enema tip with a small amount of personal lubricant, coconut oil or olive oil.
Step 4 – Taking the enema
- The position preferred by most people is lying on one’s back on a towel, on the bathroom floor or in the bathtub. If you can’t get on the floor, you can even just sit on the toilet.
- With the clamp closed, place the enema bag or bucket on the floor next to you, or hang the bag one to three feet above your abdomen. You will likely need to place the bucket well above the tip so that the water can flow out.
- Insert the tip gently and slowly. Move it around until it goes about an inch or two ( 2-4 cm) inside you.
- Open the clamp and hold the enema bag about one foot (30 cm) above the abdomen. The water may take a few seconds to begin flowing. If the water does not flow, you may gently squeeze the bag. If you develop a cramp, close the hose clamp, turn from side to side and take a few deep breaths. The cramp will usually pass quickly.
- Let a bit of water into the bowel. Your first enema will be quick as your bowel is full of feces. Evacuate.
- Repeat 2-4 times, if needed, until the water starts coming out looking fairly clean, which indicates that the bowel is empty. After that lie down on the back for a few minutes and relax. This will allow the remaining fecal masses (further up in the bowel) to move along the bowel to be expelled.
- Now you’re ready for the coffee.
- Let .5-1.5 liters or quarts of coffee into the bowel (or until you can’t take anymore). You only need a half quart or liter, but take as much as you can hold.
- Close the clamp. You can remove the insertion tip or leave it inserted to relieve gas, which causes the urge to evacuate.
- RETAIN THE ENEMA FOR 15 MINUTES (less time is okay, but not quite as effective). Changing position also helps to keep the coffee in longer. When there is an urge to empty, turn onto another side, onto the back, stand up or assume a knee and elbow position. Use the time to read a book, meditate, etc. Some people are able to get up and go lie on a towel in bed, instead of on the floor or in the bathtub. Walking around the house with the coffee inside is not recommended. A small number of people are unable to retain even a cup of water for the required 15 minutes. One can start with less coffee in these cases. First timers may have to do three enemas for 5 minutes at a time. Do your best. There seems to be no harm if one wishes to retain the enema longer than 15 minutes.
Step 5 – Finishing up
- After 15 minutes or so, go to the toilet and empty out the water. It is okay if some water remains inside. If water remains inside, you may be dehydrated.
- Wash the enema bag and tube thoroughly with soap and water. Run water with hydrogen peroxide through the bucket and hose. Wipe insertion tip with alcohol.
- The whole procedure takes about one to two hours, so allocate plenty of time for it and have a good book to read. However, if you do them often enough and don’t have a lot of fecal matter to evacuate, you can do a super quick enema in 20 minutes. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time.
- If you feel out of sorts or a little bloated after the enema, do a little reflexology. Rub the top of the toes of both feet, but particularly the left foot. You can also rub the entire foot, especially any part that is tender. This will often balance out the body’s energies after a coffee retention enema.
- Remember, you will do best if you have a bowel movement before doing the coffee enema. When you first take in some coffee, only take in a little to aid in a bowel movement, then procede to doing the full enema.
- If intestinal gas is a problem, some exercise before the enema may eliminate the gas.
- It is not essential but is helpful if the coffee fills the entire colon. You can assist by first lying on your right side for 5 minutes, then on your back for 5 minutes, and then on your left side for 5 minutes.
- If water will not flow around the entire colon, you may gently massage your abdomen.
- If the enema makes you jittery, reduce the amount of coffee. For instance, use one teaspon, instead of two tablespoons.
- The enema may lower your blood sugar. If so, eat something just before or after taking the enema. I always find I’m starving after the enema!
Difficulty Holding the Enema
Some people have difficulty holding the enema in the beginning. If you simply can’t seem to retain the enema very long, try these tips:
- Be patient. Practice makes perfect.
- You can break the 15 minutes up into 5-minute segments until you can hold the entire 15 minutes.
- The water may be too hot or too cold. Be sure the water temperature is comfortable.
- It may help to place a small pillow or rolled up towel under your buttocks so the water flows down hill into your colon.
- If trouble continues, try reducing the amount of coffee or add 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses to the water.
- Many find that adding a teaspoon of black strap molasses to the boiling coffee mysteriously aids in retaining the enema.
A Word on Constipation
Constipation lays the ground for all sorts of digestive disorders, including colon cancer, and produces a huge amount of various toxins, which poison the whole body. It is also frequently caused by SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Be sure to have this checked if you’re chronically constipated. For this reason, you should never allow yourself to walk around constipated for one minute! Coffee enemas are an incredibly effective tool to relieve constipation.
Constipation is always a sign of deficient gut flora in the intestines. The beneficial bacteria that normally populate the bowel play a crucial role in proper stool formation and elimination. The most numerous species of friendly bacteria in a healthy bowel are bifidobacteria and physiological strains of E.coli (a different kind than the E. coli that causes deadly infections). These microbes produce a host of enzymes and other active substances, whose action is essential in proper stool formation. They stimulate the wall of the bowel to produce mucus for lubricating the stool and passing it out as soon as it is ready. A healthy person should have 1-2 stools a day. Populating your bowel with beneficial bacteria is the most important thing to do in treating constipation. Bifidus can be implanted directly into the rectum after performing a coffee enema to repopulate the intestines and treat chronic constipation. Daily coffee enemas, even several per day, do not affect the flora in the colon in any significant way. It does not wash out the flora because the enema does not involve that much water (only 2 cups/half a liter).
Tips to Relieve Constipation:
- A person with persistent constipation should have a daily enema every night before bed, followed by a warm bath with Epsom salt, seaweed powder, cider vinegar, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), or sea salt.
- After a bath, rub some Udo’s oil, hemp oil, cold pressed sunflower oil, castor oil, or cold pressed olive oil on the skin of the abdominal area. These oils absorb quite well through the skin and relieve constipation in the long run.
- If you’re not able to take a bath, you can cover the oil with a piece of cloth like flannel and then cover this with a hot water bottle. Hot water bottles work better than a heating pad, but a heating pad will suffice.
- I do not recommend the use of laxatives, drug or herbal, to relieve constipation. They are designed to work on fairly healthy digestive systems. If used too often, the body will become dependent on them and not empty properly without them.
Have coffee enemas helped you heal your health condition or cancer? Do you have anything to add about coffee enemas – anything I left out? I’d love to hear about it! Tell me your story by leaving a comment below. WM
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