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The Coffee Enema

All information in this article is only the opinion of the author and is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.



Coffee enemas have long been in use. In a case report in the Pacific Medical and Surgical Journal in December 1866, M.A. Cachot, MD, described successful use of a coffee enema to treat a child dying from an accidental poisoning.

Articles from the late 1800s reported that coffee enemas were helpful in post-operative care; at a medical meeting in 1896, Dr. W.J. Mayo, one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic mentioned coffee enemas as a routine part of care for patients after abdominal surgery.  Coffee enemas were listed as a stimulant and as a treatment for shock in medical and nursing textbooks in the early 1900s.

In an extensive 1941 article in Uruguayan Medical, Surgical and Specialization Archives, Dr. Carlos Stajano described immediate improvement in near-terminal patients after coffee enemas, including a patient with cocaine intoxication and a patient with post-operative shock.  He elaborated on his extensive experience with coffee enemas in post-operative management and made a plea for their continued use.” – Helping The Body Detoxify by Linda L. Isaacs, M.D.

Why in the world would someone want to take coffee in an enema?  I asked this question over 30 years ago when Dr. William Kelley, DDS, suggested, as part of his cancer regimen, that I do daily coffee enemas.  In spite of skepticism, I went ahead with them.  When I got over the initial feelings of disgust, messiness and other resistance, I quickly saw the benefits of coffee enemas.

Safety first.  If you decide to do coffee enemas, be sure to read the first part of the procedure entitled Safety First.  Thinking first about safety applies to any health procedure.

What Is A Coffee Enema?


Definitions.  Technically, a coffee enema may be described as:

  • A coffee implant. This means that one implants or applies the coffee herb into the colon.
  • A retention enema. The procedure is to retain the coffee mixture for 15 minutes, or perhaps a little longer.  Retaining the coffee solution is necessary for its proper absorption and effects.
  • A form of dialysis. Dialysis, in this context, means a forced or artificial method to enhance detoxification.
  • A form of Hydrotherapy. This means the therapeutic use of water for healing the body in some way.  In this case, water is used to wash out the colon and deliver a coffee solution to the body through the rectum.  Its effect is very different from drinking coffee, as explained later in this article.

Why Coffee Enemas?


We live in a toxic world.  Never has planet earth been as polluted as it is today.  The levels of some toxic metals are over a thousand times greater than ever before in history.  These metals include lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum and nickel.  However, there are others commonly found in our food air and water such as uranium, beryllium, bismuth, antimony, zirconium, gadolinium, tin and others, as well.

In addition, the earth is contaminated with over 100,000 toxic chemicals, with more produced every day!  For example, the laws of most nations permit the addition of over 3000 chemicals in our food.  Pesticides and herbicides are another group of toxic chemicals that are found in our water supplies and in many foods.

The widespread and often overuse of medical prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs adds over a thousand more toxic chemicals to our bodies, especially in the Western world.  These include surgical anesthetics, dental anesthetics such as Novocaine, vaccine preservatives and stray viruses, and many other poisons used routinely today in the medical profession.

The use of recreational drugs such as cigarettes, heroin, cocaine, Ecstacy, methamphetamines and the cadmium-containing drug, marijuana, just adds much more toxicity to our already-burdened bodies.

Drug residues often remain in the body for decades.  I know this to be true because our clients report tasting, smelling, and experiencing the effects of these drugs many years after taking them, during what are called purification reactions or retracings.

The cumulative and combined effects of this toxic assault on our bodies has not been studied sufficiently, at all.  However, their presence is associated with ALL major diseases of the 21st century.

According the United States Environmental Protection Agency, toxic chemicals and toxic metals constitute a great threat to our health.  Fortunately, great progress has been made in the past 50 years or so to limit them in America.  However, much more needs to be done.  To say that this is the century of toxicity is no exaggeration.  The coffee enema is one method, and a powerful one, to help with this problem.

In addition to removing toxins from the body, coffee enemas can:

  • Clean and heal the colon
  •  Detoxify the liver and colon and help rebuild the liver.
  • Reduce many types of pain.
  • Help eliminate many parasites.
  • Reduce and get rid of many symptoms of general toxicity.  Since toxicity is the cause of dozens of common symptoms from arthritis to cancer, coffee enemas help with many, if not most diseases and conditions.
  • Help with depression, confusion, and general nervous tension.
  • Increase mental clarity, improve energy levels, increase joy and happiness, improve digestion, and reduce anger.
  • Enable clients to get through difficult healing and purification reactions.

At least three dozen clients have confided to me “coffee enemas saved my life”.

Coffee for nutrition.  In addition to its detoxifying effects, coffee contains numerous nutrients that appear to be helpful for people today.  This, in part, accounts for why it is used as a common beverage around the world.  Some of the nutrient benefits of coffee occur when it is used in an enema, as well.

We have recommended coffee retention enemas to more than thirty thousand people.  We have yet to hear about horrible side effects of any kind, although the procedure is somewhat inconvenient, especially at first.  Most people get used to it quickly.

The coffee retention enema is really quite simple, very safe when done properly, highly effective, able to be done in the privacy of your home, and inexpensive.  The use of a bidet toilet attachment can make cleanup easier and better, as well.

Daily coffee enemas are now a central part of all development programs.  Dr. Eck did not include them in his original nutritional programs, although he was well aware of the value of coffee enemas for healing.

History Of Coffee Enemas


Ancient history of enemas. Healers have recommended enemas for thousands of years.  A colorful description of an enema is found in the Dead Sea scrolls. These documents, found recently in the State of Israel near the Dead Sea, date back at least 2000 years to the time of Jesus.  According to the scrolls, the master Jesus used these methods to perform his miracles of healing:

“Think not that it is sufficient that the angel of water embrace you outwards only. I tell you truly, the uncleanness within is greater by much than the uncleanness without. And he who cleanses himself without, but within remains unclean, is like to tombs that outwards are painted fair, but are within full of all manner of horrible uncleannesses and abominations. So I tell you truly, suffer the angel of water to baptize you also within, that you may become free from all your past sins, and that within likewise you may become as pure as the river’s foam sporting in the sunlight.

“Seek, therefore, a large trailing gourd, having a stalk the length of a man; take out its inwards and fill it with water from the river which the sun has warmed. Hang it upon the branch of a tree, and kneel upon the ground before the angel of water, and suffer the end of the stalk of the trailing gourd to enter your hinder parts, that the water may flow through all your bowels.

Afterwards rest kneeling on the ground before the angel of water and pray to the living God that he will forgive you all your past sins, and pray the angel of water that he will free your body from every uncleanness and disease. Then let the water run out from your body, that it may carry away from within it all the unclean and evil-smelling things of Satan.

And you shall see with your eyes and smell with your nose all the abominations, and uncleannesses which defiled the temple of your body; even all the sins which abode in your body, tormenting you with all manner of pains.

I tell you truly, baptism with water frees you from all of these. Renew your baptizing with water on every day of your fast, tillthe day when you see that the water which flows out of you is as pure as the river’s foam.

Then betake your body to the coursing river, and there in the arms of the angel of water render thanks to the living God that he has freed you from your sins. And this holy baptizing by the angel of water is: Rebirth unto the new life. For your eyes shall henceforth see, and your ears shall hear. Sin no more, therefore, after your baptism, that the angels of air and of water may eternally abide in you and serve you evermore.” – The Essene Gospel Of Peace, Book I, edited by Edmund Bordeaux Szekely, 1981.

Ancient history of coffee.  The coffee bean and plant have been part of herbal medicine, folk medicine and shamanic healing for years.  According to some historians, coffee originally came from Ethiopia.  Then it was introduced into the Middle East, then to Europe, and it was introduced into the Americas in the 18th century.

It was known as a potent liver remedy, and given particularly to the elderly and to those who were infirm or ill in the liver.  This is important because today almost everyone has a toxic liver.  The reason is the proliferation of toxic metals and toxic chemicals throughout the planet due mainly to industrialization and burning of fossil fuels.

Modern history of coffee enemas. The coffee was known in the 1800s as a potent liver remedy.  In fact, until about 1984, the coffee enema procedure was listed in the famous Merck Manual, a handbook for physicians that is used throughout the earth.

Dr. Gerson, Dr. Kelley, Dr. Gonzales, And Others


Dr. Max Gerson, MD (1881-1959).  The man who popularized coffee enemas more than any other in modern times was Max Gerson, MD, author of A Cancer Therapy – Results of 50 Cases (1958).  Dr. Gerson pioneered nutritional therapy for cancer and other diseases with excellent results.  His therapy combined coffee enemas with a special diet, juices and a few other nutritional supplements.  The enemas were an integral part of the therapy.

He found that to heal his patients of cancer, he had to stop their pain medication, as it damaged their already weak livers.  Coffee enemas, up to 6 per day, would stop the pain without a need for drugs.

The enemas also enabled the body to absorb and digest tumor tissue and eliminate it safely, an important stumbling block in natural cancer therapies.  Today, Dr. Gerson’s method is offered at several clinics, most of which are in Mexico.

We recommend a somewhat different regimen than did Dr. Gerson, who worked about 80 years ago.  This is because:

  1. The bodies are more yin and weaker today. They are more delicate, and often more ill.  This is due to radiation toxicity from A-bomb tests, atomic power plants and other sources.  It is also due to more chemical toxins and toxic metals in the food, and electromagnetic stress that did not exist 80 years ago.
  2. We believe most people’s colons are more permeable or “leaky” today. As a result, more of the toxins from the coffee get into the body.

As a result, we differ from the original Gerson method in the following ways:

  1. The Gerson regimen involves using 3 tablespoons of coffee per enema.  We recommend only one to two tablespoons of coffee, or much less when starting out.
  2. Dr. Gerson recommended four to six enemas daily.  We only recommend one to four enemas daily.  We don’t need more.
  3. Dr. Gerson boiled the coffee for about 20 minutes, I believe.  We suggest boiling the coffee for 12-13 minutes.  Longer than this over cooks it.
  4. We suggest using only one to two cups of distilled for an enema.

       William Donald Kelley, DDS (1925-2005). In 1968, Dr. Kelley was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  He carefully researched natural cancer therapies and evolved a very effective natural approach that used coffee enemas.  He wrote about their benefits and importance in a small book entitled One Answer To Cancer (1969, 1999).

Nicholas Gonzales, MD (1947-1915). Dr. Gonzales studied under Dr. Kelley and offered the Kelley metabolic cancer therapy.  It included the use of coffee enemas, and is quite successful.

What Is Coffee?


       Coffee is a seed of a tropical fruited bush or small tree.  It is found all over the world, although it grows best in certain tropical climates, and often does best on the sides of mountains that face away from the sun.  This makes it harder to cultivate with machines, as they may not be able to be used on sloping ground.

Most coffee is grown in South America, Hawaii, China and other parts of Asia, although some is grown in Africa, as well.  The best is often from South America due to the local soil conditions.

Important issues concerning the growing and processing of the coffee beans are:

  1. The coffee seeds or variety.
  2. Growing conditions.This depends upon the location, fertilization, spraying and other aspects of coffee cultivation.
  3. Proper fermentation. Once the beans are harvested and the shells removed, the beans are allowed to ferment, usually in the same area where they are grown.  This must be done properly to remove certain toxins from the beans.  If it is not done properly, it will affect the flavor and safety of the coffee beans.
  4. Roasting. Coffee is an oily seed of a fruit.  When roasted, the oils in the coffee beans emerge.  Roasting must be done properly to also eliminate some toxic substances.  This is one reason we do not recommend lightly roasted “enema coffee”, as it is not roasted enough, in our view.
  5. Freshness. After roasting, the coffee is packaged and sent to the marketplace.  Some coffee becomes rancid in this process, as it contains polyunsaturated oils.  This makes the coffee somewhat irritating, and often harder to hold inside the colon.
  6. Other processing. Some coffee may be irradiated or otherwise processed, which can affect its quality.

The Best Coffee For Coffee Enemas


  1. Good coffees for enemas include South American coffees.We are not sure why this is so, but these seem to work well.
  1. A less-oily coffee is best. Some coffee beans are quite oily, while other coffees are quite dry.  We suggest using one that is drier, not oily.  The reason is that the oil can be rancid, adding a toxin to the coffee.
  2. Non-moldy coffee is best.Fresher coffee is better in this regard.  Otherwise, this is hard to identify.
  3. Organically grown is best. This usually contains less pesticide residue, which this is beneficial.
  4. Buy coffee beans and grind them yourself.  This is a little more work, but the coffee will be much fresher.
  5. Keep coffee in the refrigerator.

Some people must shop around to find a coffee that works well for them.

Coffee As A Beverage


One cup of coffee per day is okay, but not recommended.  Drinking coffee is irritating to the stomach, and does not cause much detoxification or development.  It is very different from a coffee enema.

Definitely avoid drinking strong coffees such as cappuccino, expresso and lattes, which are even more irritating.

Effects Of Coffee Enemas


“In general, coffee enemas are an important tool for physicians who try to detoxify the body.  This is not to say they are a panacea.  They certainly require more research.  But coffee enemas are serious business. 

Their potential should be explored by good research – not mined for cheap shots at alternative medicine or derisively dismissed as yet another crackpot fad.” – Ralph Moss, PhD.

“A 1982 study by the National Research Council (NRC) in the United States showed that coffee enemas have the power to reduce systemic toxicity by up to 700 percent. This is because caffeine and other beneficial compounds found in coffee — when not consumed by mouth and therefore diluted by the digestive tract — work together to stimulate the liver directly to increase production of glutathione S-transferase (GST).  This is a powerful detoxifying enzyme that binds with, and flushes out, toxins in the body.” – Angela Doss

       Coffee enemas are helpful to heal most health conditions.  This occurs because of the many health benefits of this procedure.  Not only are the following effects extremely beneficial, but the combination of these effects is even more powerful.

Types of Effects


       The effects of coffee enemas include:

  1. Contact effects.These are mechanical and chemical effects of coffee on the colon mucosa.
  2. Biochemical and nutritional effects when coffee is absorbed into the hemorrhoidal veins and makes its way to the liver.
  3. Other more unusual effects.For example, coffee has energetic effects that are described below.

Effects Of Coffee Enemas On The Colon


Coffee applied rectally has the following properties.  There is some overlap among these effects:

  1. An astringent.This is an herbal property that means it peels the top layer of skin or mucous membrane.  This is helpful for some healing, as the top layer of skin or mucous membrane is often ready to come off anyway, and is loaded with toxins.  So it is like cleaning the surface layer of the mucous membrane of the colon and perhaps the liver, as well.
  1. Mechanical cleansing.The enema mechanically washes out the colon, removing toxic substances, and often nests of parasites, bacteria, yeast colonies, and other debris.

Enemas also stimulate the colon slightly by dilating it a little, and often by altering its temperature somewhat – either making it a little hotter or a little colder.

Another mechanical effect is to increase peristalsis and cause the colon to become active, emptying its contents more completely.

Repeated enemas, especially accompanied by colon massage, helps remove impacted feces and food residues, which is common.  Certain food items, especially white, refined flour, can turn hard in the colon and stick to its walls.

Repeat enemas also help clean out so-called ‘pockets’ or diverticuli in the colon.  These are slight expansions or dilations in the wall of the colon of most adults that trap food particles, bacteria and often harbor parasitic organisms such as worms, yeasts and others.

Many clients report that upon beginning coffee enemas, they notice either crawling or dead creatures that show up in the toilet when they release their coffee enemas.

Our clients also report that their colonoscopies, after using daily coffee enemas for a few years, revealed amazingly clean and healthy-looking colons.  One client, age 79, was told by his doctor that his colon was so clean he never needed to return for another colonoscopy.

Dr. Peter Lechner, who conducted a trial of the Gerson cancer therapy in the post-surgical treatment of metastasized colorectal cancers under the aegis of the Landeskrankenhaus of Graz, Austria, reported in 1984, “Coffee enemas have a definite effect on the colon which can be observed with an endoscope.”

  1. Enemas, in general, and the coffee enema in particular, can help stimulate, balance and clear many reflex points that run from the colon segments to every organ and tissue of the body.  This is not well known, but is true.

The practical application of this fact is that a problem in a particular part of the colon, such as the ascending colon, can cause a serious disorder elsewhere in the body through a type of reflex or resonance effect.  This is considered controversial and strange. However, Bernard Jensen, DC, ND, in his book entitled The Science And Practice Of Iridology, documents this idea with case histories, including flat-plate x-rays of the colon.

Effects Elsewhere


  • Anti-oxidant effects. Singlet oxygen atoms cause oxidative damage in the body tissues.  Coffee contains powerful anti-oxidant chemicals that help prevent this oxidative damage.  These are particularly helpful for the liver, which is highly susceptible to oxidant damage.

Unlike other antioxidants such as vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid and vitamin E, the antioxidants in coffee are more yang in macrobiotic terminology.  This is a great advantage because the bodies are already too yin.  Taking yin antioxidants is harmful, even if they provide symptomatic relief.

In fact, a nutritional balancing program with coffee enemas reduces the need for supplementary antioxidants because the program helps remove oxidant sources.  These include oxide forms of iron, copper, manganese and aluminum, among other minerals.

  • Increased pH or alkalinity of the entire intestinal tract.This is due to enhanced bile flow, most likely.  Increasing the alkalinity of the small intestine makes it much less hospitable for parasites.  It also helps destroy many other types of infections in the small and large intestines.  This can help improve the quality of the flora of the intestines and reduce dysbiosis or improper “bugs” in the intestines.
  • Palmitic acids.  In the late 1970s and early 1980s, researchers in the lab of Lee Wattenberg identified salts of palmitic acids (kahweol and cafestol palmitate) in coffee.  These act as potent enhancers of glutathione S-transferase which is an important enzyme in the liver.

It is part of a major detoxification system that catalyzes the binding of many toxins from the blood stream to the sulfhydryl group of glutathione.  For this reason, the glutathione S-transferase system is an important mechanism to get rid of cancer-causing chemicals.

Adding coffee beans to the diets of mice enhanced glutathione S-transferase 600% in the liver and 700% in the small bowel.  A similar stimulation by coffee of glutathione S-transferase in humans is probable.

Dr. Max Gerson, MD, a major proponent of the use of coffee enemas, wrote that:

“Heubner and Meyer of Goettingen University, Germany had shown in animal models that rectal administration of caffeine would dilate bile ducts and promote bile flow.  Theophylline and theobromine, major constituents of coffee, dilate blood vessels and counter inflammation of the gut.

The palmitates of coffee enhance glutathione S-transferase, which is responsible for the removal of many toxins from the blood.  Finally, the water in the enema stimulates peristalsis or the movement of toxic substances from the duodenum or upper intestine, through the intestine, and out through the rectum.”

  • Caffeine is a mild central nervous stimulant, but not as toxic as most stimulants. Its effects include, dilation of the bile ducts. The editors of Physiological Chemistry and Physics stated, “caffeine enemas cause dilation of bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of toxic cancer breakdown products by the liver and dialysis of toxic products from blood across the colonic wall.”

This property of caffeine, when administered rectally, is called a choleretic.  A choleretic is a substance that increases bile flow. While other agents classed as choleretics increase bile flow from the liver, most do little to enhance detoxifying enzyme systems, and they do not ensure the passage of bile from the intestines out the rectum.  Bile is normally reabsorbed up to 9 or 10 times before working its way out the intestines in feces.

The enzyme-enhancing ability of the coffee enema is unique among choleretics.  Because it does not allow as much reabsorption of toxic bile by the liver across the gut wall, it is a powerful means of detoxifying the blood stream through existing enzyme systems in the liver and small bowel.

Because clinical practice has shown coffee enemas to be well tolerated by patients when used as frequently as every four hours, the coffee enema may be viewed as one of the most effective and interesting choleretics in the medical literature.

  • A wonderful “kick starter” for the entire digestive tract.This is a some what esoteric concept. However, some remedies and procedures are able to cause a yang or contracting effect that activates an area of the body while causing few adverse effects, when done in moderation.  Coffee in the rectum is one of the best procedures to kick start or “crank” the digestive system, in particular.  (This is like cranking a gasoline engine, which one does every time one starts an automobile).

Other “crankers” or yang stimulants include supplements and herbs such as trimethylglycine, garlic, cayenne and ginseng.  I do not recommend ginseng because all of it is toxic today.

  • Nutritional effects – selenium.Coffee contains a very desirable form of selenium needed by almost everyone today.  Few foods contain this particularly necessary compound, which is not well-absorbed by mouth, but is better absorbed through the rectum.

This is a primary reason for the enzymatic activity of coffee upon liver detoxification pathways.  This needs to be researched further, as I do not have more confirmation of this fact other than our observations.

  • Nutritional effects – zinc. Coffee also contains a small amount of an important zinc compound.  Once again, it is veryneeded today, and is not well absorbed by mouth, but is better absorbed rectally.  This needs to be researched further, as I do not have more confirmation of this fact other than our observations.
  • Nutritional effects – potassium. Coffee contains a healthful form of potassium that can be absorbed through the wall of the colon.  This is a better form of potassium than that found in most fruits.  The latter is often a slightly toxic potassium compound that fruit trees tend to absorb from superphosphate fertilizers used on most fruit crops.  Even organic fruit contains this toxic form of potassium today.
  • Coffee antidotes or neutralizes many harmful frequencies of illness in the body. This unusual trait of coffee, not shared by other herbs or remedies, is very well known in the science of homeopathy.  Patients are often told by homeopathic doctors never to drink coffee. The coffee can negate the effects of many vibrational remedies, including homeopathic remedies.
    This is a very important reason for using coffee enemas.  The coffee seems able to clear a wide range of harmful subtle energies in the human system in a way that no other plant or animal substance can do.

Repeated use of the coffee implant clears these vibrational frequencies at deeper and deeper levels, each time the procedure is used.  These energies definitely affect our health, although they are quite subtle.

  1. In acupuncture terms, coffee enemas enhance the liver meridian and balance the large intestine meridian. In the science of acupuncture, restoring health depends upon balancing about a dozen energy channels or meridians that run up and down the body.  Introducing water and coffee into the colon weakens or inhibits the large intestine meridian somewhat.  This tends to enhance the liver meridian, according to acupuncture theory.

Commonly, the liver is weak and the large intestine meridian is over stimulated or overactive due to the presence of toxins in the large bowel.  Even if it is not overactive, the effect of the coffee enema, in terms of acupuncture meridians, is to enhance the energy of the liver/gall bladder meridian, to some degree.

  1. Protection against toxins in coffee. Coffee contains some toxic metals such as lead and cadmium, and some toxic alkaloids.  Also, ground coffee may be somewhat rancid, as it contains polyunsaturated oils that can quickly become rancid.  However, from our experience, when taken by rectum, these toxins are not absorbed nearly as much as when the coffee is taken orally.
    This occurs because the colon is designed to absorb nutrients, while filtering out and leaving behind toxic substances inside the colon.  In fact, a healthy colon is quite amazing in its ability to absorb nutrients while protecting the body from a wide variety of toxic substances.

This is the reason why drinking coffee is somewhat toxic, but coffee used in an enema is much less so.  In fact, we have seen very little toxicity from repeated coffee retention enemas, while those who drink coffee regularly exhibit some toxicity from the beverage.

  1. Promotes downward motion. Retaining a coffee enema for 15 minutes or longer forces one’s attention downward.  Two reasons for this are 1) the presence of some water in the colon, and 2) the need to keep the anal sphincter shut tightly.  Retaining the enema for up to an hour is best for this purpose.

Moving energy downward from the head toward the feet is extremely therapeutic.  It assists with grounding and centering, but it does much more than this.  It is a powerful healing method all by itself.

  1. Yang effect. Most people’s bodies today are too yin, in macrobiotic terms, especially those who are ill.  Yin means cold, expanded, flaccid, and usually it also means ill.  A problem with many remedies and healing procedures, including vitamins and most herbs, is that they make the body even more yin.
    Coffee is a more yang herb, even though it grows in tropical climates.  It becomes much more yang when boiled for 12 minutes only.  This also gets rid of some of the caffeine, a yin substance (although some caffeine is necessary for the desired effects).  The yang quality of coffee is a great advantage of this procedure over other herbal, natural and medical methods for cleansing the liver and colon.

The yang effect is due to a combination of the nutritional factors in coffee, and its ability to remove yin toxins from the body such as toxic metals and toxic chemicals.

  1. Sympathetic nervous system relaxation. Coffee enemas help relax the sympathetic or fight-or-flight nervous system.  Many people report this.  This may seem odd, since coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant.

Possible reasons for relaxation of the sympathetic nervous system include:

  1. a) stimulation of two important parasympathetic organs, the liver and the large intestine.
  2. b) nutrients in the coffee.
  3. c) removal of irritating toxins from the body rapidly and thoroughly.
  4. d) the relaxing downward motion of subtle energy described in paragraph #12 above.
  1. Improved hydration.While it may seem minor, enhanced hydration of the body from doing enemas can be a major benefit of coffee retention enemas. Many people are quite dehydrated today.  Common reasons for dehydration are:
  2. a) Not drinking enough water. Most adults need close to three liters or quarts of drinking water (not other beverages) per day.  Do not drink this with meals, however.  Drink one hour after meals up to about half an hour before meals so as not to dilute the stomach juices.
  3. b) Drinking incorrect types of water such as reverse osmosis water, which does not appear to hydrate the body well. Another type of water I do not recommend are any alkaline waters that come from the alkaline water machines.
  4. c) Ingesting substances that tend to dehydrate the body. These include all sugars, all fruit, caffeine and alcohol.  One cup of tea or coffee daily is okay, but no more.  Soda pop may contain a lot of caffeine.

The addition of several cups of water in the enema improves this serious, but sometimes difficult-to-identify situation. Improved dehydration also greatly enhances detoxification of the body and overall health.

  1. Improved activity of the energy centers.As energy moves downward it helps all of the physical energy centers to become more active and more balanced.
  1. Reduced autointoxication. Autointoxication is the production of toxins within the body, usually due to the action of bacteria and yeasts upon partially digested food.  Most is the result of fermentation or rotting (putrefaction) of food.  A lot of it occurs in people’s large intestines.  This can cause gas, bloating and foul smelling stools.  However, even if it causes no symptoms, it can damage health significantly, in some cases.

By cleaning the colon of yeasts, parasites and other pathogenic organisms, and by increasing the bile flow, coffee enemas greatly reduce autointoxication.

  1. Assisting the lymphatic system.Coffee enemas greatly assist lymphatic drainage that occurs through the Peyer’s Patches. These are extremely important lymph glands located along certain areas of the small intestine.  Although the coffee solution does not reach this far, the coffee enema appears to assist the Peyer’s patches due to reflex effects described later in this article.
  1. Reduced congestion of the internal organs. An effect of the caffeine and the astringent action of the coffee is to help reduce congestion in the liver and elsewhere.
  1. Promotes development. The combination of the effects above speeds up devlopment.  This is the growth of the subtle human energy fields, including the Merkabah described in the Old Testament of the Bible.  However, once a person develops to stage 100 or so, we believe that coffee enemas are not helpful for further development.  This is a research subject at this time.
  1. Helping to reduce yeast and other infections throughout the body.This occurs due to a combination of all the effects described in the paragraphs above.
  1. Improving the skin. The body must eliminate poisons somehow.  If the colon is not working well, the body must use alternative elimination channels.  One of these is the skin.  This causes skin eruptions including dermatitis, acne, eczema, psoriasis and perhaps other types of skin conditions.  Coffee enemas assist the skin by restoring elimination through the liver and colon.
  1. A form of quiet discipline and a concentration exercise.This may seem unusual, but just lying down and holding the anal sphincter closed for 15 or so minutes is a form of concentration exercise that teaches discipline, relaxation, coordination and other mental traits that are helpful for most people.
  1. Helping the brain. Many clients report feeling more clear-headed after a coffee enema.  The caffeine may be a factor, although not much is absorbed from the colon.  Stimulation of the colon reflexes to the brain is another possible reason for beneficial effects on the brain.  Temporarily lowering copper and ridding the body of toxins are other possible reasons for this beneficial effect.

Different from drinking coffee. Coffee ingested as a beverage is absorbed from the stomach.  This differs from absorption from the colon, which occurs with an enema.  The colon seems to block the absorption of certain toxins found in coffee, including cadmium and some of the caffeine.

Drinking one cup of coffee daily is okay, but not recommended.  Drinking more than one cup is harmful for most people.


The Procedure

Coffee enemas are not given for the function of the intestines, but for the stimulation of the liver. - Max Gerson, MD

Safety First


All procedures recommended on this website begin with a safety section.  It is most important.

  1. Start with only a teaspoon of coffee, just in case you are sensitive to it.
  2. Cleanliness is very important when doing any procedure involving the lower body.Wash everything carefully with soap and water before and after use.
  3. Never force the enema tip into the rectum. Lubricate it well and move it very slowly and gently, aiming it directly upward from the legs to the body.  Be sure it goes all the way inside until it cannot go further.
  4. Never retain the enema if the pressure to release it is too high.
  5. Never force anything.
  6. Be sure the temperature of the coffee liquid is comfortable to the touch.
  7. Coffee enemas take some getting used to. However, with a little practice they get much easier.  This article will help with this task.  In fact, many of our clients look forward to them.
  8. We do not recommend using more than about 2 cups of water in the enema. In fact, 1 cup of water is fine and easier to retain.
  9. Distilled water is best for coffee enemas.
  10. Doing two coffee enemas, back to back, is extremely powerful. Make enough coffee for two enemas and do one, expel it after 15-60 minutes, and do another one right afterwards.
  11. Some people can do up to four enemas daily, each with up to two tablespoons of coffee in each one. Others cannot handle this much coffee.  Please be careful when starting enemas.  If in doubt, begin with only up to 4 tablespoons of coffee daily, even if you do four enemas per day.  Then add more coffee as you can.
  12. If time permits, you may retain the enema for up to one hour or even longer. This is not essential, but there are definite benefits to retaining the enema longer than 15 minutes.  If you retain the enema for more than 1 hour, only do one enema per day.
  13. Some clinics or organizations may recommend 3 tablespoons of coffee in one enema. We find this is too much for most people!  Please use only up to 2 tablespoons of coffee per enema!  Some doctors or clinics may also recommend high caffeine coffee, but we find that for development higher caffeine levels are not helpful.
  14. The best method to prepare the coffee is the 12 Minute Method

Step 1. Decide Where To Do Your Coffee Cleanse


Here are some guidelines so that you will be warm and comfortable.

  1. Body position. We suggest lying on your back when doing a coffee cleanse.  Some people prefer to lie on their side, or they prefer the ‘doggie’ position – on your hands and knees.  Any of these can work.

However, the reasons for lying on your back are: a) it is relaxing, and b) it is easier to do other development procedures in this position.  These include the Pushing Down Exercise, Red Heat Lamp Therapy on your abdomen, Twisting Your Spine, Foot Reflexology, Deep Breathing and even a Salt Rub.  Doing a combination, which we call the spa morning routine, is wonderful, and it is only possible if you lie on your back.

  1. Elevating the hips.Some people find it helpful to elevate the hips a few inches higher than your head.

Reasons for this are:

  1. It will cause the coffee solution to run into your body, helping to retain the enema.
  2. Another possible benefit is that intestinal gas will tend to move upward toward the anal area and be released. The presence of intestinal gas is one of the main reasons people have difficulty holding a coffee enema.
  3. If the hips are raised at least 6 inches or 3 cm above the waist, the coffee moves so it touches the superior or upper wall of the transverse colon.This is important because it is the location of the colonic reflexes to the brain.  Working on the brain is critical for many people’s health.

Ways to raise the hips above the waist are:

  • Lie on a slant board.
  • Put a thickpillow or even an inflatable 20” beach ball or other object under your hips.
  • If you do your enema in bed or lying on a massage table, put blocks or bed risers under the rear feet of the bed or table.


A) Many people enjoy lying on a towel or yoga mat on the floor of the bathroom. This is a good way to begin because if there is a spill, it won’t go far.

B) Some people do their coffee cleanse in the bathtub, especially if you are not too tall. This is also good to limit accidental spills.

C) Some people set up a cot or massage table to lie upon.

D) The author learned to do coffee enemas in bed, spreading a rubber sheet or old plastic shower curtain and on top of that several layers of paper towel on the bed to protect against spills.

E) If you have a bathtub you are not using, you could put a piece of plywood over the bathtub to lie upon, perhaps covered with a cushion.  This may be more comfortable than lying inside the tub.  If you spill some coffee and the wood is angled properly, the coffee will flow harmlessly into the tub.

F) Please do not do enemas inverted or in some other strange position. It is best if you relax, and the best position for this is usually lying down.

  1. For children. Coffee enemas are excellent for children and even babies, providing you are careful.  Be sure to use less coffee and less water for children, depending on their size and weight.

The easiest position, in most cases, is to place the child on his or her stomach on a bed, with the mid-section of the body undressed and with a towel or a bed pan underneath the child’s mid-section.  The parent can sit next to the bed.

Lubricate the enema tip well and insert it very slowly and gently, going straight upward from the legs.  Twist it a little as you insert it to help it go in.  An adult-sized enema tip is usually okay, or for a baby one may find a smaller enema tip.

Once the coffee is inside, one may need to place a small piece of soft cloth over the anal opening to help keep the coffee inside.

After the coffee has been inside for at least 15 minutes, the child can turn over and expel the coffee into the bedpan, or get up and expel into the toilet if the child can hold the enema.

Step 2. Gathering The Materials


Buy coffee.  Your coffee should be:

  1. The best coffee is often from South America, such as Columbian or Peruvian coffee.We recently found a good one called Equal Exchange.  It comes in a small red-colored metallic bag.  It is whole beans, and says it is decaffeinated, but it works well.
  2. Ideally, the coffee beans should look dry, rather than too oily. Medium or dark roast coffee is a little oily.  However, when it appears very oily, the oil is sometimes rancid, which is not good.
  3. For maximum freshness, buy coffee beans and grind your own coffee.
  4. Store coffee in the refrigerator.
  5. Organically grown coffee is better. This is usually, but not always true.
  6. AVOID instant coffee, chemically decaffeinated coffee, and very oily coffees. We also do not trust Starbucks coffees because they often are mixed with other things such as chocolate.

Step 3. Preparing The Coffee


METHOD #2.  The 12-Minute Method.

  1. Place 1 to 2 cups or 250-500 ml. of water in a saucepan. (If you are traveling, you could use a large mug with an immersion heater to boil it.)
  2. Add coffee, and bring it to a boil. Minimize heat to LOW and let simmer for 12 minutes. When done, let cool.  When you start doing coffee enemas, use much less coffee, to make sure you tolerate it well.  For example, begin with just a half teaspoon of coffee and increase the amount when you are sure you tolerate it well.  Then work up to about one to two tablespoons of coffee.

The amount of coffee.  The exact amount of coffee needed varies from person to person.  You should not feel jittery from a coffee enema.  Reduce the amount of coffee if you feel jittery.

To do an enema, add two tablespoons of this coffee liquid to about 2 cups of distilled water.  Ideally, warm up the water until it is warm to the touch.  Y


The ideal coffee temperature.

For an enema, coffee must be about body temperature or a little lower.

Testing the coffee temperature.

To test the temperature of your coffee, place a finger in it.  It should be a comfortably warm temperature.  If the water is too hot or very cold, retaining the enema will be more difficult.

Cooling down your coffee.  Here are simple ways to cool down hot coffee:

  1. Trick: Put half the amount of water that you will use for your enema in the pressure cooker or pot.  Put the other half in a measuring cup at room temperature.

When the coffee is ready, pour the hot liquid into the cooler, room temperature liquid and the resulting mixture will be at the right temperature for your enema.

  1. Place the container in which you cook the coffee in a cold location for a few minutes, such as in the freezer or on a cold floor, perhaps. Be sure to put it on a trivet or plate to protect the area from the hot saucepan.
  2. Add an ice cube or two to the hot liquid. Use good quality water to make the ice cubes.

Making extra coffee to save time. Although fresh is best, to save time you can make enough coffee for two days worth of enemas.  Put the extra coffee in the refrigerator as soon as possible.

Step 4. Preparing To Take The Enema


  1. Set up your enema jar .Here are the steps:

1) Make sure everything is clean.

2) Connect the clamp to the hose near one end of the hose.

3) Attach the enema tip, which is a small plastic tube, to the end of the hose that has the clamp nearby.  The closer the clamp is to the enema tip, the cleaner the enema is liable to be.  (Most enema kits come with two tips.  The thinner one is for an enema, while the larger, thicker one is for douching.)

4) Attach the other end of the hose to the screw-on closure for the enema bag.  If you are using an enema bucket, this end of the hose attaches directly to a tube that comes out of the bucket.

  1. Pour the coffee into the enema jar,making sure you remove the coffee grounds from the liquid.(If you use a coffee machine, it is done for you.)

Three ways to remove the coffee grounds are 1) decanting, 2) using coffee filter paper, or 3) using a fine strainer.  To decant, pour the coffee liquid slowly into your enema bag or enema bucket, and the grounds should stay behind.

Alternatively, you can strain the coffee liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper into the clean jar.

  1. You can enhance the coffee by shininga reddish ‘heat lamp’ – the same kind recommended for the sauna – on the coffee for about 20 seconds.  If the coffee is already inside the jar, shine it down on the coffee.  You will have to do the lamp before putting coffee in a rubber enema bad because the rays will not penetrate the bag.
  1. Remove air from the enema tube.This is an important step. To remove the air from the tube, grasp, but do not close the clamp on the hose.  Place the enema tip in the sink.  Hold up the enema jar slightly above the tip until the coffee water begins to flow out.  As soon as it starts flowing, quickly close the clamp.  This expels any air in the tube.
  1. Lubricate the enema tip with a small amount of coconut oilVaseline or petroleum jelly works very well, although is a little greasy.So.  You may experiment to see how much and what kind of lubrication is best for you.
  1. If possible, have a bowel movement before doing your enema.  This is not required, but it may make it easier to retain the enema.  If you have difficulty having a bowel movement:


 drink water before your enema.

– eat a tablespoon of almond butter before your enema.  It often works better than eating other food.

 rub the right calf area while sitting on the toilet

 sometimes rubbing and twisting the right pinky toe will cause a bowel movement.

 you can also do a quick plain tap water enema to clean the colon before your coffee enema.  Only do one of these, and only use a cup of water.

(Some people like to do several plain water enemas before they do a coffee enema to clean the colon.  This is too much exposure to water.  It tends to make the body yin, which is not good.)

Step 5. Doing The Enema


Hang the jar.  With the clamp closed, hang the jar one to three feet above your abdomen.  If you have no place to hang it from, you can place it on the floor or bed next to you and you can hold it up to let the coffee flow in.

Inserting the tip.

Position for inserting the coffee.  Many people prefer lying on their back.  You can lie on one side.  Some people use the doggie position – on one hand and knees.  A few are on their knees and on one elbow with the butt in the air.  The latter positions are somewhat less relaxing.

Make sure there is plenty of lubrication near the end of the enema tip.  Rub the tip around the anal opening first to lubricate the entire area.

Then this author likes to press the side of the tip against the sphincter first.  As the sphincter yields, aim the tip straight upwards toward the body from the legs, not at any angle.  Twist or turn the enema tip gently as you insert it, as this can make it slide in much easier.

Make sure the enema tip goes all the way in.  The enema tip must go in at least two inches or there will be a mess.  Never leave it half way in – it will not work this way.  There are two anal sphincters it must pass through, so the tip must be in all the way.

Letting the coffee go in.  Once the tip is all the way in, open the clamp and hold or hang the jar above the abdomen.  The coffee may take a few seconds to begin flowing.

If the coffee does not flow when you open the clamp.  First, look for kinks in the hose and get rid of them.  If that doesn’t fix the problem, sometimes the enema tip has to be moved around because something is blocking it.  Rarely, a coffee ground will block the tube.

An excellent idea is to mentally encourage or allow the coffee to flow into your body.  You can just visualize it entering, cleansing and healing the body.

If you develop a cramp as you are putting the coffee inside.  Close the hose clamp and take a few deep breaths.  Perhaps roll your hips a little to the right and then a little to the left.  In most cases, the cramp will pass quickly.  However, if the pressure is too great, get up and release the enema.  You can always start over.  If you have emptied the colon before doing the enema, cramps will occur less often.

Portable toilets.  If you are worried about reaching the toilet in time to expel the coffee without making a mess, a good idea is to keep a portable toilet handy.  This is nothing more than a small bucket with a toilet seat on top.  They are sold at medical supply stores.

Keep this right next to you wherever you do your enema.  If you must expel the coffee quickly, you can just move over to the portable toilet and expel the coffee very quickly.

When all the liquid is inside.  You will know because the enema bag will become flat or you can see that the jar is fairly empty.  Close the clamp.  You can leave the tube inserted, or gently remove it and store the bag or bucket safely.

Intestinal gas: If you have a lot of intestinal gas, definitely leave the enema tip inside of you and leave the clamp open.  The intestinal gas will tend to flow out through the enema tip.  Otherwise, you may not be able to hold the enema.

Turning to your right side.  At this point, a very good idea is to turn on to your right side for about 30 seconds.  Then turn again onto your back.

This maneuver causes the coffee to flow from the descending into the transverse colon and even somewhat into the ascending colon.  It enhances the enema, so please do it.

What to do during your enema. Excellent ways to spend the 15 or more minutes of the enema are:

  1. You can do foot and hand Reflexology, Red Heat Lamp Therapy on your abdomen, and you can do all the Spinal Twists.  It is also an excellent time to practice Deep Breathing.  With some practice, you can do some of these at the same time.

We do not recommend walking around the house with the coffee inside.  We also do not recommend reading or other intense activity.  You could listen to the radio or a CD, or just relax, but doing the pushing down exercise.

What to expect.  At first, the procedure may be a little cumbersome.  With practice, it gets easier.

Some days all will go smoothly.  Other days it will be more difficult to hold the coffee due to gas in the intestine or because the body wants to get rid of a toxin and wants the enema out of the body quickly.  You can do a second enema if this happens shortly after you begin.

Once in a while, you may also need to urinate after a few minutes of inserting the coffee.  This is because the body is eliminating a toxin through the urinary tract, and wants the toxic urine out of the body quickly.  This is a problem because often you will not be able to urinate and retain the enema at the same time.

A trick to help this is to bend over forward while sitting on the toilet.  This may allow you to urinate and not lose the coffee enema.

Step 6. Clean Up


Emptying the coffee.  Try to hold the enema for at least 10 to 15 minutes.  More is even better, up to one hour.  When you are ready to expel the coffee, go to the toilet and empty out the coffee solution.

It is okay if some water remains inside.  This can indicate that you are somewhat dehydrated.  In this case, you need to drink more water, or a different kind of water.  However, it is fine if no coffee comes out of you.  Rubbing your abdomen and your right calf area, while sitting on the toilet, may help eliminate the water.

bidet toilet attachment can be wonderful to quickly and thoroughly clean your bottom.  It costs about $30 to $60. USD and provides a spray of water on your anal area while sitting on the toilet.  It attaches easily to many toilets and uses the water supply to the toilet.

The bidet toilet attachment can also be used to greatly speed up development, and we highly recommend it.

Washing out the enema equipment.
Each time after you do an enema, wash the enema tube, the bag or bucket, and the enema tip thoroughly with soap and water, and hang them up to dry.  It is not necessary to sterilize them.

Double flushing.  When you expel the coffee into the toilet, some of it may splash on the sides or seat of the toilet.  A good idea is to flush the toilet right after you expel and then sit and try to expel more.  When you are done, flush the toilet again.  This helps keep the toilet clean.

You will also need a spray bottle with soapy water to spray and brush any coffee that splashes onto the toilet seat.

       Eating after the enema.  Many people are hungry after a coffee enema.  One reason is that coffee enemas can lower the blood sugar level.

It is fine to eat after the enema.  We do not suggest eating a lot just before doing the enema.  Wait an hour, if possible, after eating a meal before doing a coffee enema.

Helpful Hints


  1. Bowel movements.If you do coffee enemas regularly, you may not have bowel movements. That is okay.  There may just be little fecal material present.

If you do have fecal matter that comes out with your coffee enema, it is ideal to have a bowel movement just before your coffee enema.  It will make retaining the enema a little easier.

Some people do this by doing a quick plain water enema just before the coffee enema to clean out the colon.  DO NOT DO MORE THAN ONE OF THESE PER DAY, however, as this can introduce too much water into the body, which makes the body too yin.

Another method to cause a bowel movement that works for some people is to drink plenty of water or eat something just before your enema.  Do not eat a lot, however.

Another method is to rub the right leg just below the knee.  There is a reflex point there that causes a bowel movement in some people.

  1. Relax.To retain the coffee for 15 minutes requires that you relax.  Make sure the room is warm, and that you are comfortable.  Wear a tee shirt, sweat shirt or bathrobe to keep warm or cover yourself up with a blanket.  Perhaps put on some quiet music, do the pushing down exercise (excellent!), breathe deeply, or even watch television or listen to the radio while you are doing your retention enema.  Please do not get up and walk around.
  2. For cleanliness. At times, a few drops of coffee will get on your towel or sheet, or whatever you are lying upon when doing your enema.  Here are ways to avoid this:
  3. Slide the clamp on the enema tube down so it is only a few inches from the enema tip.
  4. Rinse off the rim of the enema bag with plain water. The reason is that when pouring coffee into an enema bag, some coffee remains on the outer rim of the bag and will drip when you turn the bag upside down.
  5. Make sure the enema tip is firmly connected to the enema tube. The tip should be pushed as far as possible into the tube.  Also, as the enema tube ages, the end of the tubing can stretch and the plastic enema tip will not fit tightly.  The solution is to remove the tip, cut off about one inch or two centimeters of the plastic tubing, and then usually the enema tip will fit tightly.
  6. Wherever you decide to do your coffee enema, first place an old plastic shower curtain on the floor, mat, bed or other area. Then place a towel on top of that to catch any drips or slips.
  7. For incontinence. To help keep the coffee in, you may place a washrag or small towel over the anal area.  Most people find this unnecessary, but it will help if you have a weak anal sphincter.
  8. Trouble holding the enema.The reason some people have trouble holding the enema for 15 or more minutes is intestinal gas.  If intestinal gas is a problem, some stretching or bending exercises before the enema may eliminate the gas.  In particular, laydown on your bed and pull both knees up to your chin to expel gas.

Another method that will solve the problem is to leave the enema tip inside you the entire 15-30 minutes with the clamp open. This allows gas and air to escape back into the enema bag.  The bag must be at a higher level than your body and you will need to use a small strap around your thigh to keep the enema tube inside you so it does not fall out.

  1. Hypoglycemia.If coffee enemas cause hypoglycemic symptoms such as dizziness, shaking or weakness, it is because a coffee enema may lower your blood sugar.  If this happens to you, eat a little something just before or just after taking the enema.  However, we do not recommend eating a lot just before doing a coffee enema.  Eating a meal after doing your enema is fine.
  2. Colon hydrotherapy machines.A rather simple device that some people use to do their coffee enema is a Colema board.  These are sold on the internet.

The colema board is a fiberglass board that you lie upon.  One end of it fits over a toilet.  The idea is that when it is time to expel, you don’t have to get up.  You just lift your hips a little and the coffee flows right into the toilet.  The device does not require special plumbing, and is not too costly.

If you want to spend a lot of money, you can buy a colonic irrigation machine, also called a colon hydrotherapy machine.  It must be the type that allows you to administer coffee and not just water.

We don’t recommend this machine, as it is a large, heavy, and costs over $1000.00 USD.

Using the machine is a little cleaner because one need not empty the enema into the toilet.  Instead, the enema tip on the machine is designed to allow the coffee to go in, and also to allow the coffee to be expelled, all while one lies down comfortably.

When To Do Your Enema


You can do a coffee enema at any time of the day or night. If done close to bedtime, it might interfere with sleep, due to the effect of the caffeine.  However, if one feels ill during the night with a headache, for example, you can do a coffee enema, after which some clients report being able to sleep better   through the night.

What To Do While Retaining Your Enema


A time to reflect and I strongly suggest doing the coffee enema lying on one’s back, except perhaps for a few minutes of lying on one’s right side to move the coffee mixture around the colon.

Lying on one’s back for 15 to 30 minutes is the perfect time to practice the pushing down mental exercise.  Holding the coffee helps one remain quiet enough for the meditation, and actually enhances the meditation, as well.  This is a wise use of time and a wonderful combination of therapies.

Massaging the colon.  Check the location of your colon in an anatomy book.  Rubbing the colon area may help break up deposits of impacted feces or even colonies of yeasts or parasites.

Red heat lamp therapy.  While retaining your enema, you can shine a red heat lamp on your abdomen.  If possible, suspend the lamp so that it is about 2 feet away and shines down on your abdomen or chest.

How Often?


For therapy, one can do a coffee enema at least daily, and up to four times each day.  Most everyone can use coffee enemas daily for at least 10-20 years to detoxify the liver and help heal the entire body.

For most people, one to four coffee enemas daily are excellent.  If one does four daily, I suggest doing two enemas back-to-back in the morning, and two back-to-back again in the afternoon.  This has the most powerful effect, yet is very safe.

However, begin with no more than 4 tablespoons of coffee daily.  More than this can cause nervousness in some people.  Others can handle up to a total of 6 or 8 tablespoons of coffee daily.

For How Long?


For best results, a program of coffee enemas should be carried on for a few years, and preferably longer.  Many people have continued to take them every day for 10 years or more without any problem whatsoever.

A good friend has used them continuously for more than 30 years as he suffers from a very chronic arthritic condition and continues to benefit from them.  Not only has he had no ill effects from them that I can determine, but his health continues to improve.

Some health authorities warn that coffee enemas cause dependency and can damage the intestinal flora.  However, we have seen NO negative effects from them if they are done properly, provided a person is not developed past stage 100 or so.

What If You Are Ill?


       In a general article of this nature, we cannot address every situation.  The next chapter discusses cautions and contraindications of coffee enemas.

How To Save Time


  1. Make enough coffee to last for two days.  Use half immediately and place the rest in a closed, glass jar in the refrigerator.  It will keep for a day in the refrigerator.  Just warm it up when you are ready to use it the following day.

Notes About Long Coffee Enemas


One can gain extra benefit by holding coffee enemas for a longer period of time.  One can hold it for 20 minutes or as long as an hour or two.  This allows the coffee to penetrate more deeply into the body, which can speed up healing.  It is similar to doing two coffee enemas back to back, except you can retain the enema even longer.

Longer coffee enemas present a few special problems:

  1. There can be difficulty holding the coffee.Here is what to do about this:
  2. Do not use a lot of coffee. One cup is usually fine.  This will make it easier to hold the coffee.  It will reduce the tendency to want to urinate, which can interfere with a long coffee enema.
  3. The cause of the problem is usually some intestinal gas. Do your best to expel intestinal gas before doing the enema.  Another method is to leave the enema tip inside you with the clamp open, and elevate your hips above your stomach with a pillow.  Gas bubbles will tend to flow upward and out the enema tip and back to the enema bag or bucket.
  4. A need to urinate. This can cut short a long coffee enema.  Be sure to urinate before doing your enema.  Also, one can learn to urinate and, at the same time, leave the coffee inside you.  Bending over forward while sitting on the toilet helps this.
  5. Coffee toxicity. If you become jittery or shaky, you may have some coffee toxicity.  In this case, it is best to release the coffee.  Next time, use less coffee.
  6. The coffee may not come out of you when you are done. That is due to greater absorption of the coffee and is okay.

Cautions And Troubleshooting


General note.  Many symptoms that occur due to a coffee enema, such a fatigue, headache, stomach ache or others are due to the release to toxins that the body cannot get rid of fast enough.

Doing a second coffee enema immediately may cause the symptoms to go away.

Abdominal pain.  Coffee enemas are very safe when done correctly.  If they give you abdominal pain or caffeine reactions, try lying on your RIGHT SIDE during your entire enema.  Some clients report this works much better.  For abdominal discomfort after a coffee enema, do foot reflexology, especially of the top of the toes on the left foot.

Allergic reaction to coffee.  If you are sensitive to drinking coffee, often you can do coffee enemas, as it is not the same as drinking coffee.  Very rarely, someone is sensitive to the coffee in the enema.  Try using less coffee, or you may be reacting to a little mold in the coffee.

Anal strictures.  Coffee enemas are excellent provided the coffee will flow into the colon.

Appendicitis.  I do not suggest coffee enemas if a person has lower right quadrant abdominal pain.

Babies.  I do not have experience administering coffee enemas to babies.  However, Max Gerson, MD describes a case of cancer in an 8-month-old baby who underwent his entire treatment, including coffee enemas.  There was no problem with the enemas in the baby. (for enemas with children, see Children below).

      Bowel movements.  It is perfectly okay if you have no bowel movements when doing coffee enemas.  This is not due to weakening the colon muscles.  Usually, the reason for no bowel movements is that you are cleaning out the colon daily, so there is no feces left inside to come out with regular bowel movements.  In most cases, bowel movements will return on their own, even while you are doing coffee enemas, as colon health improves.

Breastfeeding.  Coffee enemas while breastfeeding appear to be perfectly safe.

Children.  Coffee enemas can be done with children age 3 or older.  Use less than half the amount of coffee and water for a child. Some children happily lie down on the floor and can do the enema exactly the same way as adults.

Other younger children prefer to lie on their stomach on a bed, and a parent or helper inserts the coffee into the rectum and places a towel over the rectum to hold it in.  Another towel or a bed pan can be placed underneath the child to catch any leaks.  Use plenty of Vaseline or shaving cream on the enema tip to make it slide in easily.  Children who do coffee enemas are able to use an adult sized enema tip, in my experience.

Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.  Coffee enemas can be used with these conditions.

Colon or rectal cancer.  Caution is required in case the colon is damaged, which could cause perforation.  However, coffee enemas are extremely helpful for most cancers.  I suggest two to four coffee enemas daily for cancers.

Constipation.  Coffee enemas are excellent to help clean out the colon and restore its integrity.  However, also look for other causes of constipation.  Common causes are not drinking about 96 ounces of water for an adult, drinking the wrong type of water, and an improper diet that does not contain enough cooked vegetables.  Some people also need more magnesium.

Danger signals during a coffee enema.  Expel the coffee at once if the pressure to release the enema becomes severe.  I have never heard of anyone who ruptured the colon with a coffee enema.

Ralph Moss reported that the US Office of Technology Assessment or OTA “cites the case of the two Seattle women who died following excessive enema use.  Their deaths were attributed to fluid and electrolyte abnormalities.  One took 10 to 12 coffee enemas in a single night and then continued at a rate of one per hour.  OTA pointed out, “in both cases, the enemas were taken much more frequently than is recommended in the Gerson treatment.”

Dangers of mineral depletion or mineral imbalances.  In my experience, these do not occur.  In fact, coffee provides more minerals.  To be sure, drink only spring water before and after your enema and take 3 to 6  600 mg capsules of kelp daily.

Diarrhea. Coffee enemas can be done when one has diarrhea, and may help correct it, depending on the cause.

Diverticulosis and diverticulitis.  Coffee enemas are excellent to help clean out diverticuli in the colon.

Fatigue if you skip your enema for a day or two.  This occurs because your body is accustomed to the coffee enema for cleansing and is in a detoxification mode.  If you skip the enema, the body is unable to detoxify and you may not feel as well that day. The fatigue or other symptoms are not due to becoming addicted to coffee enemas, as some believe.

Fecal incontinence.  Coffee enemas are excellent.  However, to retain the enema, one must place a washcloth over the anal area.

      Fatigue.  Some people report feeling very tired after a coffee enema.  This is normal for some people, and is not a problem.  If this occurs, rest after your enema, and you may do the enema before going to sleep in the evening so you can sleep afterwards.

Fissures and fistulas. These are best resolved before doing coffee enemas.

Food poisoning.  Coffee enemas are excellent to help relieve many cases of food poisoning.

Gas and bloating.  Coffee enemas are fine, and often helpful.  If the enemas cause gas or bloating, rub the feet after the enema, especially the top of the left foot near the toes, as this may help relax the intestinal tract.  Address other causes for gas, such as too many food combinations, eating too much, improper diet, or a need for a digestive enzyme.

Gastritis and ulcers.  Coffee enemas are fine.

Gastrointestinal bleeding.  This depends on the cause.  However, the enemas are usually safe if done carefully.

Hemorrhoids. Mild hemorrhoids usually do not interfere with coffee enemas.  More severe hemorrhoids can bleed and be painful, and may make coffee enemas difficult to do.  In severe cases, one must first resolve the hemorrhoids with surgery or preferably galvanic treatments before one can do coffee enemas.

Irritable bowel syndrome.  Coffee enemas can be done when one has irritable bowel syndrome.  Improper diet is the most common cause of irritable bowel syndrome.

Malabsorption syndromes, including celiac disease.  Coffee enemas are usually helpful to improve intestinal health.

Meals.  I suggest waiting at least one hour after a meal before doing a coffee enema.  After an enema, one can eat a meal immediately.

Medications. Coffee enemas will not interfere with any drug therapies that I know of.  Consult your doctor if you are unsure.  Coffee can antidote homeopathic remedies.

Menstruation.  This should not interfere with coffee enemas in any way.

Nausea and vomiting.  Coffee enemas are often excellent to reduce nausea and vomiting.  In fact, coffee enemas are superb for nausea, which is often due to liver toxicity.

Overdoing coffee enemas.  It is possible to overdo on coffee enemas.  Do a maximum of 4 enemas per day.  Coffee enemas are a powerful detoxification procedure.

Parasites and yeast.  Coffee enemas are excellent to help expel parasites.  This can occur due to mechanical cleansing of the colon, and due to increased bile flow.

       Pregnancy. We do not recommend coffee enemas during pregnancy.  However, they are probably safe, when done properly.

Rectal Abscess.  In general, coffee enemas are very good.

Rectal prolapse.  I suggest avoiding coffee enemas until the prolapse is corrected.

Stimulation.  If a person feels very stimulated after a coffee enema, the reason is that too much coffee was used.  Some types of coffee have more caffeine than others.  Also, some coffee may contain some mold that may be stimulating.

Dr. Max Gerson, MD used up to 18 tablespoons of coffee per day (in 6 coffee enemas), but I find this is too much for most people.  Most people cannot handle more than about 8 tablespoons of coffee (in about 4 enemas) or less today.  I believe this is due to changes in the bodies over the past 80 years of so, when Dr. Gerson did his work.

The elderly.  So far, I have seen no problems administering coffee enemas to people in their 80s or even 90s.

      Trouble inserting the enema tip. Lubricate the tip well.  Twist the enema tip as you insert it, as this can make it slide in much easier.



  1. Trouble holding the enema.Inability to hold a coffee enema isalmost always due to some gas in the intestine.  To get around this common problem, do the enema a little differently.
  2. Elevate your hips so they are a little higher than your waste. You can do this either of two ways: Put a pillow under your hips, or if you are lying in bed, put bed risers under the back feet of the bed so the back of the bed is a little higher than the front.
  3. Do the enema in this position lying on your back.
  4. When the coffee is all inside you, leave the enema tip inside yourself and leave the clamp open.  Doing it this way allows the gas to flow back out the tube and back into the enema bag and solves the problem.
  5. You may tie the enema tube to your thigh with a shoelace to keep the enema tip fully inside the rectum.
  6. If a cramp comes,be sure to breathe deeply and relax.  Occasional cramping is normal as the body moves bile, feces and toxins out of the liver and small intestine areas.

Other Ideas


  1. At times, using less water and/or less coffee will make the enema easier to retain.
  2. Try switching to bulletproof coffee. This brand works better for some people.
  3. Before doing your enema,try to expel any gas that is in the intestine.  One way to do this is to bend over at the waist or do some stretches to expel gas.
  4. Pain or discomfort in your abdomen after a coffee enema.Do reflexology on yourself.  For some reason, you must rub the tops of the toes of the left foot.  Usually this will relieve any discomfort.
  5. Irritation of the anal area.Use more lubricant.  If that doesn’t work try adding one or two tablespoons of aloe vera juice to the coffee liquid.
  6. Coffee intolerance. Occasionally, a person cannot tolerate even a small amount of coffee.  This can be due to:
  7. Sensitivity to caffeine.Begin with just a pinch of coffee and work up slowly as you can.
  8. Sensitivity to mold or rancid oil on the coffee beans.If this is the case, try switching to the bulletproof brand of coffee, also sometimes called “upgraded coffee”.
  9. Sensitivity to roasting chemicals.In this case, you will do better with a lighter roast coffee.
  10. Rarely, a person cannot tolerate any caffeine at all.In this case, do the rest of a nutritional balancing program and try the coffee enemas again in one to two months.

Eventually, perhaps after a number of months, your body should recover enough to be able to handle the enemas.  We do not recommend using decaffeinated coffee, because it is not effective.

Other Errors People Make


  1. The enema bucket or enema bag is too high. If the enema bucket or bag is hanging too high, the coffee solution will flow into your colon too quickly and you may not be able to hold it.  It will go in, but then it may come back out, making a mess.
  2. The enema bucket or bag is too low. The enema bag or bucket needs to be at least 2 feet or about 20 centimeters above your body or the water may not flow in.
  3. The coffee is too cold or too hot. If the coffee is not around body temperature, it will be hard to keep the coffee inside.
  4. The tube or enema tip is not in far enough. If this happens, the coffee won’t go inside and it will be a mess.  Insert the tube or tip at least 3 inches, or up to where the enema tip gets wider.
  5. You are not relaxed enough. If you are tense, you may not be able to hold the coffee as well.  Use your breath to relax your body.
  6. The tube is not fastened securely to the bucket or bag.  If you ignore this, it will cause a mess. 

A Total Healing Program with Coffee Enemas


“When a comparable amount of caffeine was administered, the amount (and AUC ) of caffeine obtained from the coffee enema were about 3.5 times significantly less than those of the coffee consumed orally, despite having slightly but statistically faster.

In addition, a single administration of the coffee enema or the oral coffee consumption did not adversely affect systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate.” – Pharmacokinetics of Caffeine following a Single Administration of Coffee Enema versus Oral Coffee Consumption in Healthy Male Subjects

I find that just doing coffee enemas, without following a total health program, may not work well.  This may be because the coffee enemas cause deep changes in body chemistry and the support of a total program is needed to reap the full benefits of the coffee enemas.

Those who just do coffee enemas, but continue with unhealthful lifestyles and poor quality diets, at times develop headaches, abdominal upset, anxiety or other symptoms.  This is unfortunate because when this occurs a person usually decides that coffee enemas are “toxic”, or otherwise harmful.  To avoid this, I suggest a more comprehensive healing program when one does coffee enemas.  There are several ways to do this:


The Colon And Its Pathologies

Anatomy And Physiology Of The Colon


The colon is also called the large intestine.  It is located in the lower abdomen.  The colon is a tube about 2 feet long that is shaped like an upside down U, as shown in the diagram below.  It is built in segments that look something like little pouches.

The colon has a number of layers beginning with an inner mucosal lining.  Outside of this is a layer of muscles that contract in a sequential or orderly fashion, one segment after the other, to move the food and feces along its length.  This process is called peristalisis.

There is also an outer covering on the colon, and the entire structure is suspended in the abdomen by various ligaments.  It has a rich blood supply, and blood vessels from the colon go directly to the liver, and not into the general blood circulation.

The colon also has some lymphatic tissue that drains certain poisons from the colon.

Functions of the colon.  These are:

  1. It removes water and nutrients from thechyme, which is the semi-liquid mass of partially digested food that enters the colon.
  2. It absorbs thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2),cobalamin(B12), vitamin K and other vitamins that are made by the bacteria that live in the colon.
  3. The colon is also a complex eliminative organ that prepares the non-nutritive part of thechymefor elimination.
  4. The colon also protects the body from deadly poisons thatmay be producedin the intestines.

Causes For Colon Disease


The colon is one of the most diseased organs of the body in many people today.  Everyone needs to pay attention to this.  The reasons are quite simple, and include:

  1. Eating sweets, including all sugars, fruits and juices.These often feed yeasts and other pathological organisms.
  2. Eating poor quality food, low in fiber and foods containing additives, preservatives, pesticides, and other chemicals that damage the intestines.
  3. Improper eating habits such as eating on the run or too fast, eating in the car or not chewing thoroughly.
  4. Low levels of digestive enzymes in the upper intestines.These cause partially digested proteins and starches to end up in the colon, where they either rot or ferment.  This causes the production of extremely toxic chemicals such as skatol, indol, cadaverine and others.  Most people know about these from their foul odors, gas and bloating, all of which is harmful.
  5. Any use of antibiotics.These damage and often destroy the normal flora in the colon.
  6. Use of many other medical drugs and over-the-counter remedies.Most of them are toxic to the intestinal tract to some degree.
  7. Ignoring the call of nature to empty the bowels.
  8. Hurried lifestyles, with fear and nervous tension.These negative emotions often affect the functioning of the colon.
  9. Infections in the colon.Common ones include yeasts, parasites, bacteria and viruses.
  10. Fruit-eating and sugar-eating are among the most important causes of colon problems today because it allows and encourages the growth of yeasts in the intestines. Also, fruit is extremely yin and this tends to expand the colon and slows its activity.


  1. Colitis.This means inflammation of the colon. There are many kinds such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and mucus colitis.  Diet and having the correct flora in the intestines are important to heal this condition.  Drugs and surgery are not necessary if one follows a development program.
  2. Irritable bowel syndrome.In this condition a person experiences alternating constipation and diarrhea.  Pain or tenderness in the colon is also common.  Correcting the diet and lifestyle usually takes care of this condition.
  3. Diverticulitis.This is an inflammation and perhaps infection in one or more pockets that form in the large intestine.  It usually goes away as the colon heals.
  4. Bowel Obstruction.This is a very serious condition that usually requires surgery to remove the obstruction.  It may be caused by a tumor or twisting of the intestine.
  5. Prolapsed colon.In this condition, the transverse colon elongates and hangs down.  This often is associated with constipation and other problems such as yeast or parasites in the colon.
  6. Constipation.This is the most common problem in the colon and one of the most common conditions in the world.  I find that correcting the diet and drinking enough pure spring water usually ends this problem.  Adults generally need about 2 to 3 quarts of pure water daily.
  7. Diarrhea.This occurs when food moves through the colon too fast.  It is a common condition with a number of causes.  One cause is an intestinal infection.  Amazingly, many cases of chronic and long-standing, diarrhea clears up when a person eliminates all wheat, fruit, and all sweets from the diet.  One must also eat at least 3 cups of cooked, not raw, vegetables each day.
  8. Cancer of the colon.This is a common form of cancer.  I believe that most of it is easy to prevent by improving the diet and by using coffee enemas regularly.
  9. Fissures and fistulas. Fissures are small tears in the skin or mucosa in the anal area.  An infection in the area is usually present.  These are fairly common and make taking coffee enemas difficult.  They can usually be healed by a daily sitz bath with hot water and several cups of Epson salts.

Fistulas are less common and are openings between the colon and usually the vagina or some other structure such as the bladder. They may heal themselves, or may require a surgical repair.

  1. Strictures.This is a narrowing of a part of the colon, often due to adhesions, scarring or copper toxicity.  Strictures may interfere with bowel movements, and with coffee enemas.
  2. Hemorrhoids.These are dilated blood vessels that surround the anal area.  They are very common and may bleed during bowel movements.  If they are small, a development program will usually cause them to heal.  If they are very large, doing coffee enemas is difficult.  In these cases, laser surgery or galvanic treatment may be very helpful.

If coffee enemas make hemorrhoids worse, the coffee is usually rancid or old.  Change the coffee you are using at once.

Common Diseases Of The Colon




Principles Of Detoxification


  1. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to detoxify the body thoroughly. This is one reason why most detoxification methods do not work very well today.  These include fasting, fruit diets, mono diets, baths, enemas alone, foot baths, foot pads, herbs and other methods.
  1. Deep detoxification is not a fast process.It is quite involved and cannot occur in a few weeks or months.  Many people claim they “got rid of their mercury”, for example, with chelation or a special diet.

I would say they got rid of some mercury with these methods.  I know this because when these people embark on a nutritional balancing program, they often eliminate more mercury on repeated hair mineral tests.  This indicates there was more that was missedby their earlier detoxification program.

  1. Detoxify now, not later.The reason for this is that as a person grows older, the amount of etheric energy or life energy diminishes.  As a result, as one ages, healing and detoxification are more difficult.
  1. A detoxification program needs tobe integrated. Otherwise, the methods of detoxification one uses often conflict with each other in subtle ways.  This negates some of their benefits.
  1. Make the body more yang. The word yang means warmer and more compact.  It is a physics concept that is not well knownin Western medicine, but has been used in Chinese medicine and macrobiotics for thousands of years.

Today, most bodies are too yin.  This is due to many factors such as ionizing radiation exposure, toxic metal and toxic chemical exposure, electromagnetic stress, and the use of medical drugs.

I find that making the body more yang is a very powerful and often-overlooked aspect of detoxification.

  1. As part of your detoxification program, let go of negative thoughts and emotions such as fear, guilt, anger and victimhood.If you do not do this, you will tend to hold on to certain toxins in the body.

For example, iron toxicity is associated with anger.  As you let go of your anger and forgive people, it will help the body to remove toxic forms of iron.  A number of articles on this website describe this interesting phenomenon.

  1. Opening energy channels is important for detoxification.The simplest way to do this is daily foot reflexology.  With a little practice, this is a very powerful and safe method that everyone can do at home.
  1. To assistdetoxification,support the eliminative organs.  These are the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, enzyme pancreas, and skin.  Supporting and healing the liver and large intestine are among the main benefits of coffee enemas.
  1. Balancing the mineral ratios in the hair tissue (not the blood or urine) greatly assists detoxification.I am not sure why the hair mineral levels are most important, but they are.  This is how a nutritional balancing program works, as compared to other healing methods.  Balancing these ratios and levels optimizes enzyme activity, balances yin and yang, and mobilizes toxins.

Coffee Enema Detoxification Mechanisms


Coffee enemas directly assist detoxification of the body in the following ways:

  1. Mechanical cleansing of the colon.  This not only can remove toxins, yeasts and parasites from the colon. It also reduces autointoxication of the body due to fermentation and putrefaction of partially digested food.
  2. Increasing bile flow from the liver.  It also increases detoxification by increasing the flow of pancreatic juice from the pancreas.
  3.  Cleansing of all the organs and tissues via the colon reflex system.
  4. The oils in coffee, particularly when taken in an enema, are able to antidote or neutralize a wide variety of harmful vibrations. This unusual quality is well known in the field of homeopathy.  The mechanism is not well understood.  Coffee can neutralize not only physically-related toxins, but also toxins related to mental, emotional, and spiritual functioning.

This is a very powerful property of coffee that in not shared by other herbs or plants.  It makes the coffee enema one of the most unique procedures available to us.

  1. Holding a coffee enema tends to move energy downward through the body.  This movement of energy tends to improve cellular detoxification and lymph drainage everywhere in the body.
  2. Coffee seems to assist the activity of the Peyer’s patches.  These are a very important part of the lymph system of the body that can drain toxins directly into the small intestine, bypassing the liver and kidneys.  This is critical to remove certain toxins from the body that cannot easily be eliminated through the liver or kidneys.
  3. Sympathetic nervous system activity inhibits detoxification.  Coffee enemas also have a powerful calming effect on the sympathetic nervous system.  This effect enhances detoxification significantly.
  4. Many people are dehydrated, to some degree.  Coffee enemas can help rehydrate a person, which in turn improves detoxification.
  5. By helping to remove poisons from the liver, colon, and the lymph system, coffee enemas reduce the toxic load on the kidneys.
  6. By enhancing bile flow, coffee enemas can significantly improve digestion and bowel function.  This helps to reduce the production of harmful chemicals during the digestive process.  In more technical terms, by improving digestion, coffee enemas reduce autointoxication.
  7. Coffee is a very special herb.  Not only can it neutralize a wide range of subtle toxins. It also has within it souls who are able to assist with a wide variety of healing tasks.
  8.  Caffeine and some alkaloids in coffee powerfully stimulate the movement of subtle energy in the body.
  9. Coffee causes a yang contraction in the body that assists detoxification.



       Some development practitioners are hesitant to recommend coffee enemas because they fear their clients will react badly to the suggestion.  Others do not do them, and are not aware of the benefits.  Here I can only urge all practitioners not to be afraid to recommend coffee enemas, as they are most helpful.

Some practitioners tell me they do not recommend coffee enemas on the first or even the second office visit, so as not to overwhelm the clients with procedures.  This is okay in most situations.  However, some clients are definitely ready and needing to do coffee enemas quickly, so I would urge caution and base your recommendations upon the individual.

Some practitioners also report difficulty in getting their clients to do coffee enemas.  This is common.  I don’t have any magical suggestions to help “sell” the idea of coffee enemas.  Among the simple things to do are:

  1. Share this article with clients.
  2. Share your own positive experiences and those of others.
  3. Repeat the suggestion to do coffee enemas as you get to know your clients.


Coffee enemas, used in the Gerson, Kelley, and Gonzalez cancer therapies, produce physiological effects that aid liver function and detoxification. The coffee enema, a common medical treatment during the early 20th century, was included in The Merck Manual, a standard medical reference book, from 1899 to 1977.  Like other enemas, this one induces peristalsis and promotes evacuation of the intestine; but compounds in coffee have additional effects.

Caffeine stimulates bile production in the liver and dilates the bile ducts. (Bile breaks down dietary fat and is a means by which the liver removes toxins.)  The compounds kahweol and cafestol enhance glutathione S-transferase action.  This detoxification system neutralizes a large variety of toxic compounds.

When mice eat green coffee beans as part of their diet, their glutathione S-transferase activity increases 600% in the liver and 700% in the small intestine, according to the National Research Council (Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer. National Academy Press; 1982:15-7,15-8).  Roasted coffee has about 50% less glutathione-S-transferase-stimulating effect than green coffee, according to research by Lam, Sparnins and Wattenberg (Cancer Res. 1982;42:1193-1198).

So why not just drink lots of coffee? Drinking coffee is, after all, associated with reduced hepatic injury and cirrhosis in humans.  Coffee enemas appear to be a more efficient way to get the benefits without getting a caffeine buzz.  Most people, even those who tend to get jittery from drinking coffee, report relaxation after a coffee enema.

Chemical compounds in the gut enter the blood, which then goes directly to the liver via the portal vein.  Gar Hildenbrand, of Gerson Research Organization (San Diego, CAl, says: “Because the stimulating enema is retained for 15 minutes, and because all the blood in the body passes through the liver nearly every three minutes, these enemas represent a form of dialysis of blood across the gut wall.”

Dr. Max Gerson viewed the coffee enema’s detoxification activity as the reason that this treatment eases pain in many cancer patients.  A clinical study performed by Dr. Peter Lechner and colleagues showed that coffee enemas, performed twice a day, “reduced the need for pain medications by 71.3%, 59%, and 22%- respectively in cancer patients with WHO cancer pain level 1 (n = 91, P < 0.001), level 2 (n = 68, P < 0.05) and level 3 (n= 19 not significant due to small sample).”

Anecdotal cases also suggest that coffee enemas can relieve migraine headaches. Doctors who recommend coffee enemas to their cancer patients view the enemas as an important part of their protocols. None of them, however, claim that coffee enemas cure cancer.

People who choose to use coffee enemas to enhance liver detoxification and/or reduce pain should take the same precautions as in any enema: use an enema bag with appropriate lubricated nozzle to avoid damaging the rectum or bowel; thoroughly clean the equipment after each enema to avoid reintroducing pathogens to the colon; and do not perform too many enemas within a short time.(Wait at least 4 hours between enemas.)


The references below include both positive and negative reports about coffee enemas.  As with any healing procedure, if it is done incorrectly it can cause problems.  However, my experience recommending coffee enemas to more than 50,000 people is that they are very safe, much safer than most medical drugs, for example, and much safer than most surgery.

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“In fact, there is hardly a region of the world where people did not discover or adapt the enema. It is more ubiquitous than the wheel.  Enemas are found in world literature from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Gulliver Travels to Peyton Place.”  – Ralph W. Moss, PhD

MYTH #1. COFFEE DAMAGES THE FLORA IN THE COLON.  No.  In my experience of over 33 years, daily coffee enemas, even several per day, does not affect the flora in the colon in a negative way.  It does not wash out the flora because the enema does not involve that much water.  In fact, as mentioned earlier in this book, coffee enemas often improve the intestinal flora and help get rid of intestinal dysbiosis.

MYTH #2.  COFFEE ENEMAS WASH MINERALS OUT OF THE BODY.  No.  In fact coffee enemas add minerals to the body.  Coffee contains many minerals, including zinc, selenium, potassium and others.

MYTH #3.  COFFEE ENEMAS CAUSE CONSTIPATION (FLACCID BOWEL).  No.   If one stops coffee enemas, it may take the body several days to a week to readjust.  However, I have not seen coffee enemas cause constipation.  In fact, by helping to heal the colon, coffee enemas can reduce constipation.

MYTH #4.  COFFEE ENEMAS CAUSE ADDICTION.  Very rarely.  I have only seen one case in which a person developed an addiction to coffee by mouth and enemas.  More often, a person enjoys the coffee enemas, and wants to continue them.  This is not an addiction, however.

MYTH #5.  COFFEE ENEMAS CAN PERFORATE THE COLON.  I have never heard of this occurring.

MYTH #6.  COFFEE ENEMAS CAN CAUSE INFECTIONS.  While this is conceivable, I have never heard of it happening.  Just be sure the enema bag and tubing are clean.  It is not necessary to sterilize them.

MYTH #7.  THE CAFFEINE IS HARMFUL. Less caffeine is absorbed from coffee when taken rectally.  If a coffee enema causes a caffeine “buzz”, I suggest using less coffee.  Decaffeinated coffee does not work well in coffee enemas.

MYTH #8. DO COFFEE ENEMAS CAUSE DEHYDRATION?  You can read on the internet that this is true.  However, that is not my experience at all.  In fact, many people improve their hydration by doing coffee enemas.  The water is absorbed, and this is a benefit.

A few people report that after they do a coffee enema, their lips are dry and a little sore.  They may falsely believe that this means the coffee enema caused dehydration.  My experience is that these people were already dehydrated, or this symptom would not occur.  Either they were not drinking enough water (about 3 quarts or 3 liters daily for an adult), or their drinking water is not hydrating them well, or they are on the “dehydration diet”.  This consists of having any amount of caffeine, alcohol or sugars in the diet, including fruit or sweet juice.  One cup of coffee or tea is usually okay, but not more.

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