I can’t tell you how many times over the years that I have sat across from a client and strongly encouraged them that doing a coffee enema would powerfully benefit their health. The looks that I have received and comments they give me are usually some of embarrassment, humor, or plain old disgust. “You want me to put coffee where”? “Coffee is meant for drinking purposes only”! “Should you make it with cream and sugar?”  Nope, I reply, just black. I could probably write a book on people’s reactions to this strange sounding therapy. Actually, I had the same thoughts when I first heard about it in my training. Let’s go on a little journey together to find out what a coffee enema is, how to make one, and why it can be so beneficial to health and longevity.

In 2004 I attended the Gerson Therapy Practitioner Program in San Diego, California. It is a nutritional based program for individuals dealing with cancer and chronic health issues. Dr. Max Gerson, who founded and developed the Gerson therapy in the 1930’s, believed that illness is caused by nutritional deficiency and toxicity. There are many important parts to the Gerson Therapy, but the two main parts are juicing and coffee enemas.

The fresh extracted juices of this therapy add critical and easy to digest nutrients to an individual with a compromised immune system. The fresh juices are so nutritious and valuable to restoring health and vitality. As individuals drink the fresh juices (10-13 glasses daily), toxins start to be released out of the cells and tissues of the body. The juices force old stagnant material out of a sick body and restore energy and healing. As this process takes place, the toxins being released into the bloodstream need a route of elimination. This is where the coffee enemas come into utmost importance.

Dr. Max Gerson believed that the coffee enema allowed elimination of poisonous substances trapped within the cells and tissues of the body, lowering serum toxicity. The purpose of the coffee enema is not only to clear out the intestines, but to stimulate peristaltic action. The enema also dilutes the bile and increases bile flow, thereby flushing toxins out of the intestines. Dr. Gerson also found that coffee enemas reduced severe pain, nausea, spasms, precordial pain, nervous tension, and depression.

Coffee enemas are not given just to improve elimination but to stimulate the liver to release toxic matter. The caffeine in the enema is absorbed through the hemorrhoidal vein. From the hemorrhoidal vein the caffeine is then absorbed into the portal system, which then carries the blood supply to the liver. During the coffee enema, which takes 12-15 minutes, the body’s entire blood supply passes through the liver 4-5 times, carrying poisons picked up from the tissues. The coffee enema acts as a form of dialysis of the blood across the gut wall.

Coffee enemas have also been shown to stimulate the liver enzyme glutathione S-transferase by 600-700% above normal levels. This enzyme neutralizes free radicals in the bloodstream, which then become dissolved in the bile and excreted through the intestinal tract.

Coffee enemas increase cellular energy production, enhances tissue health, improve blood circulation, boost immune function, encourages tissue repair, and cellular regeneration.

I have personally found for myself and clients that coffee enemas also assist in relieving brain fog, fatigue, toxicity overload, constipation, and improve health and well-being.

Guess what I hear a lot of the time from those same individuals that laughed and complained about doing these enemas? Most of them swear by them now and state that they feel great after doing a coffee enema and will continue to use them as a detoxification method. In this toxic environment and world we live in, we all need a way to detoxify harmful agents we are exposed to on a regular basis. Coffee enemas are one way to do just that!

The following information and recipe is taken from, “The Little Enema Book-For those on the Gerson Therapy.” You can order this valuable little resource and much more about the Gerson Therapy and nutritional information at https://gerson.org/gerpress/

Do not do the coffee enema without consulting with your physician or health care provider first. There are many contraindications for certain health conditions that could be dangerous without seeking medical advice about your specific health situation. This information is just for informational purposes only and not a treatment or cure for any health concerns.

Enema Recipe

  • (1 enema)
  • 3 Tablespoons of organic ground coffee (not Instant Coffee)
  • 32 oz. distilled or purified water

Put the water into a heavy stainless steel pot (do not use aluminum or Teflon-coated pans). Bring the water to a boil. Add the organic ground coffee. Boil for 5 minutes, uncovered. Cover and lower the heat after 5 minutes, and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain (through a fine mesh strainer) and allow to cool. When cool, add enough water to solution to equal a quart of coffee solution, because some of the water will have boiled off during the cooking process. Use coffee solution at body temperature when ready to take your enema.

Taking an Enema

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Into the enema bucket pour the quart of body temperature coffee solution (made above) into the enema bucket (make sure the hose is clamped!). Run a little of the coffee solution through the tube into the toilet to get rid of air bubbles. Clamp the plastic tube shut. Place the enema bucket about 15-18 inches above your body (no more than 15-18 inches).

Lubricate about 2-3 inches at the end of the tube with olive oil, coconut oil, Unpetroleum, or other lubricant. Lie down on your right side and draw both knees close to your abdomen. Breathe slowly and deeply.

Insert the end of the well lubricated tube about 2-3 inches into your rectum, but NEVER more than 4-5 inches. NEVER force the tube into the rectum, go slowly and stop immediately if there is any resistance or pain. Open the plastic clamp and allow the fluid to run very slowly into the rectum, to avoid cramping. It generally takes about 3-4 minutes for all the coffee solution to empty into the rectum and colon. After all the coffee solution has been taken in, hold for another 10-12 minutes, if you can. You may experience some cramping from time-to-time, but it should pass relatively quickly.

The blood circulates through the liver about once every three minutes. Therefore in 15 minutes, the blood will have filtered through the liver five times.

If you have trouble retaining or taking in the full amount of coffee solution, lower the bucket (lower than the 15-18 inches). If you feel spasms, lower the bucket to the floor to allow the flow to back up a bit to relieve the pressure. After 10-20 seconds, slowly start raising the bucket towards the original level. You can also control the flow of the solution by pinching the tube with your fingers or adjusting the plastic clamp in a partially closed position. You’ll quickly learn what works best for you. If you can’t take the full quart at first, slowly build up your capacity over several enemas.

Keep your equipment clean

Don’t place the tube back into the bucket until after you have thoroughly cleaned both the bucket and the tubing. The bucket and tubing can be very good growing grounds for bacteria. Use a biodegradable food-use detergent and rinse well. You can also run 6% hydrogen peroxide through the bucket and tubing for a deep cleaning, as needed. Rinse equipment well after using peroxide for cleaning.

*Sometimes adding 2 Tablespoons of Organic Black Strap Molasses to your coffee solution will assist with the 12-15 holding time. The minerals from the molasses help to prevent excess cramping and spasms, which aids in proper retention of the solution.