Coffee Enemas: Health Benefits or Just a Lot of Buzz?

Emily Bartlett –

While I love a good cappuccino and have written before about the health benefits of coffee, I tend to associate this beverage with a comforting ritual and a caffeine kick. In this post, Jaclyn explains how you can use coffee enemas for detoxifying and healing, and I can’t wait to hear what you think. ~Emily

You know how coffee lovers really love the smell of coffee? How just inhaling the steam from a cuppa first thing in the morning perks them up and awakens their senses? I’m not one of those people. I’ve never liked the smell of coffee, and I hate the taste, but I use coffee every day.

I do coffee enemas.

Until a real life friend confided that he’d had great success with coffee enemas, I was really freaked out about trying them… and even more embarrassed to talk about them.

Once I finally tried, I was hooked and I’ve been using them for detoxification, liver support, and blood cleansing ever since.

If you’re squeamish about coffee enemas or too embarrassed to ask questions, read on for all the deets.

The controversy over coffee enemas

In the 1920s, German researchers found that infused coffee in rats traveled from the hemorrhoidal vein up to the liver, opening up the bile ducts and allowing the liver to release toxic bile. Later, Dr. Max Gerson based his Gerson Therapy on this research and created a program using coffee enemas and juicing as a means of curing cancer.

I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that there is a fair amount of controversy surrounding coffee enemas. Not a lot of scientific studies have been done on them, and some health professionals advise against them, due to the dangers of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. It is also thought that the caffeine can be a problem for some people.

That said,  I know what an amazing effect coffee enemas have had on my own health, and have heard similar testimonials from many other people too.

My story…

Almost four years ago, after years of chronic fatigue and pain, I removed sugar, grains and pasteurized dairy from my diet. I felt like a new woman, but I still occasionally struggled with fatigue and migraine headaches, so I decided to try coffee enemas to take my healing to the next level.

I instantly had increased energy, decreased occurrence of headaches, and even noticed it helped ease other symptoms like vertigo. I was hooked and have been doing coffee enemas now for over three years.

What do coffee enemas do?

There are hundreds of testimonies on the internet in groups and forums of folks having success improving their health with coffee enemas, but if you’re like me, you want the biomechanic details about why coffee enemas work.

Coffee enemas detox the liver, cleanse the blood, and clear the bowels.

The liver is one of the main organs of detoxification in the body. When it becomes bogged down with toxins, disease can set in, digestion is disturbed, and the gallbladder is affected. Coffee enemas cause the liver to purge toxic bile, which is then eliminated with the enema.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of coffee enemas is their ability to increase production of glutathione, aka the “master antioxidant,” necessary for detoxification. It is estimated that a single coffee enema can increase glutathione production by 600-700%. (source)

Glutathione, when released into the bloodstream, neutralizes free radicals, allowing them to dissolve in the bile, then to be released through the bile flow from the liver and gallbladder, and excreted through the intestinal tract (which happens when you release the coffee).

How to do a coffee enema

Do I have you convinced to try it yet? If so, you’ll need a little tutorial, because for coffee enemas, you don’t want to use any ol’ cup of Joe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

• 2 tablespoons freshly ground, organic, light or medium roast coffee (or use coffee specially formulated for enemas)
• A small pot
• Filtered water
• Fine mesh stainless steel strainer
• One quart jar
• Enema bag – like this one
• Lubrication (coconut or olive oil work well)

To make it, put the freshly ground coffee in the pot, along with 1/3 – 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, then boil for five minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer for another 15 minutes.

Strain the coffee into the quart jar. Using more filtered water, fill the jar with warm water, testing the temperature as you go. You want the water to be a little warmer than body temperature. Too cool and it will be difficult to retain; too hot, and you could get burned.

Fill the enema bag with the coffee and open the tip for a moment to allow the coffee to travel down to the tip, so there’s no air in the tube, then clamp the tip back down. Hang the bag approximately two feet above where you’ll take the enema.

Get comfortable. I like to fold up a full-sized towel to sit on in the bathtub, then roll up something to place under my head as well.
Use lubrication to prepare the closed enema tip before gently inserting it. Open the tip to release the coffee into the rectum. If you have an urge to expel the coffee, clamp the tip closed until it passes, then open and begin taking in more coffee.When the bag and tube are empty, roll onto your right side and begin timing your enema retention (your liver is located on the right side, so lying on your right side allows the coffee components to travel directly from the hemorrhoidal vein up to it).

Try to hold it for a minimum of 12 minutes, up to 15 minutes. It may take some time to get used to holding it for this long, but even if you feel an urge to release it early on, you will find that you can often resist and it will go away. Keeping the enema tip in during your retention can help you to retain the enema longer.
Once 15 minutes is up, go to the toilet and release the coffee enema. You may need to massage your abdomen for a few minutes to get it all out.

What to expect

Following coffee enemas, many people pass unwanted toxins and pathogens, such as gallstones, liver flukes, and other parasites.
It can also be normal to pass biofilm (a mucus-y plaque that pathogens form to protect themselves and colonize), yeast, fungus, and, commonly, ropeworms, which science has yet to define, but may be a combination of all of the above. You know what they say: Better out than in!

Warnings and contraindications for coffee enemas

Just like any supplement or procedure, coffee enemas aren’t right for everyone.

• Always check the water temperature with your finger before pouring it in the enema bag to avoid burns.
• Take care with the tube. Always lubricate the enema tip to avoid injuring yourself and only insert the tip of the tube, which should be no longer than about three inches.
 Avoid if pregnant due to the intensive detoxification they cause.
 Be sure you’re replacing minerals and electrolytes. To do this, I drink sole water, (water infused with high-quality salt. Add one cup of salt to 3 cups water and let sit overnight, then add a teaspoon or more each morning to a glass of water), juice fresh fruits and veggies, and drink raw milk, as well as use magnesium oil.
• If you become jittery or dizzy, work on restoring your mineral and electrolyte balances as well as blood sugar levels, and lay off coffee enemas until you stabilize.

Could you, would you, try a coffee enema?

When Jaclyn became a mom more than eight years ago, health food was the last thing on her mind, but when her oldest son began to struggle with behavioral disorders, she dove in headfirst to begin learning about how to live and eat naturally. When she began to focus on paleo and GAPS diet foods, her son’s behavior began to improve, her children were healed of eczema and digestive problems, and her own thyroid disorder was healed. Today, she blogs about raising her four boys to be happy and healthy at The Family That Heals Together.