Java Love with the Coffee Enema

Posted by Kim on Jan 16, 2012

A coffee enema? That sounds so strange, doesn’t it? I thought it was strange at first too, especially since the only way I took my coffee (back in the old days) was with mocha creamer!! Little do many people know, however, that the healthiest way to take your coffee is up your derriere! I know it’s not your ordinary way to take your hot java, but once you discover the benefits of coffee enemas you might reconsider. In fact, I no longer drink coffee, but my house regularly smells of its aroma. Coffee enemas are a part of my daily wellness activities, and I love, love, love them! I love them so much that I encourage my clients, my family, and anyone else I know to do them regularly.

History of Enemas

If you’ve never done an enema, let alone one that is comprised of something that most of the world empties into their mouths, not into their rectums, a little history might help ease your discomfort. An enema is fluid injected into the rectum to either clear the bowels and/or administer medication or natural herbs. It is one of the oldest procedures used for healing and detoxification. Research indicates the enema showed its existence in the earliest medical text known, the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus around 1500 B.C. Apparently Patanjali, the first written author on yoga around 200 B.C. administered enemas to his yogis, as did Hippocrates, the father of Western Medicine, to his patients some 2,600 years ago. I bet if you ask your grandparents, they had enemas too.

Why Coffee?

Coffee Bean Plant
The first daring soul that decided to fill his/her enema bag with coffee is unknown. However, reports of coffee’s curative properties began circulating around the early 1900’s and remained in the prestigious Merck Manual until 1972. In the 1920s, German scientists found that a caffeine solution could open the bile ducts and stimulate the production of bile in the liver of experimental animals. Understanding the importance of bile and its role in removing toxins from the liver, Dr. Max Gerson, began employing coffee enemas as part of his cancer therapy in the 1930’s. The amazing benefits he reported from his cancer patients put coffee enemas on the map. Today, they are gaining more and more popularity, especially with the treatment of cancer at the Gerson Institute, which I highly recommend by the way! 

How Does the Coffee Enema Work?

The coffee enema is a low volume enema that is retained in the lower portion of the colon (sigmoid colon) for 10-15 minutes. There is a duct between the sigmoid colon and the liver called the entero-hepatic circulation system. The caffeine from the coffee is absorbed through the entero-hepatic vein causing the liver’s bile ducts to dilate. This stimulates the production and movement of bile, promoting the liver to release toxins.
Two powerful compounds contained in coffee, theophylline, and theobromine, then dilate blood vessels and counter inflammation of the gut.  Kahweol and cafestol palmitate, also found in coffee, enhance the enzyme system responsible for the removal of toxic free radicals from blood serum; and the fluid of the enema then stimulates the visceral nervous system to promote peristalsis and the transit of diluted toxic bile from the duodenum and out the rectum. Big fancy jargon aside, coffee enemas clean the toxic junk out of you!

How Coffee Enemas Help to Detoxify the Body

Here’s a specific breakdown about how coffee enemas stimulate the detoxification systems in your body:

  • Improve Liver Detoxification – The caffeine causes dilatation of the liver’s bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of toxic byproducts trapped in the liver and dialysis of these compounds across the colonic wall to be excreted out of the rectum. 
  • Purify the Blood – Two substances found in coffee, kahweol, and cafestol palmitate, stimulate an enzyme system in the liver, glutathione-S-transferase, that captures electrophiles (reactive carcinogen compounds), metabolizes xenobiotics (toxic elements from drugs, pesticides etc.) and removes many kinds of toxic radicals  from the bloodstream. Cancer experts at the Gerson Institute have regarded this as an important mechanism for carcinogen detoxification.  Furthermore, since the enema is generally held for 15 minutes, and all the blood in the body passes through the liver every three minutes, the enemas represent a form of dialysis of blood across the gut wall. 
  • Strengthen and Tone the Colon – It is believed that the presence of theophylline in coffee can cause blood vessel dilation across the walls of the colon. This can enhance the supply of blood to the colon, thereby improving the muscle tone and increasing gut motility.  In addition, these enemas help facilitate the liver and bowel to neutralize the most common tissue toxins: polyamines, ammonia, nitrogen and electrophiles. This provides tremendous healing for the colon, as well as other areas of the body. 
  • Neutralize Bowel Toxins – When the stool reaches the sigmoid colon, toxins are sent through the entero-hepatic system to the liver to be neutralized. Holding the enema for a period of time allows the caffeine to stimulate bile production and efficiently neutralize these bowel toxins, which are then excreted when the enema is released.

The Many Benefits Received From Coffee Enemas

It was first discovered that coffee enemas had an uncanny way of relieving pain. This is probably due to the caffeine’s ability to stimulate the body’s detoxification processes to remove irritating toxins, and ease inflammation. Therefore coffee enemas were not just relegated to those with a major illness or cancer.
Also, when you are able to stimulate bile production many noticeable improvements can occur with digestion. Gas, bloating, cramping and other symptoms can be immediately eliminated with a coffee enema. They are also very effective to reduce gallbladder attacks. One of the greatest things reported about coffee enemas is immediate relaxation and calmness. This is probably one of the main reasons I do coffee enemas regularly–it’s my zen time.
Coffee Enemas Have Been Know to Reduce or Eliminate:

  • migraines/headaches 
  • gallbladder attacks 
  • joint pain 
  • constipation 
  • bloating/cramping
  • detoxification symptoms

So How and When do I Get Started?

I hope I have inspired you to try your java in a different way by doing coffee enemas. If so, there’re a few things you need to know. First, don’t be nervous!! I often hear people say they really want to try a coffee enema, but they’re too scared. I ask, scared of what? It’s not like your shoving a garden hose up your butt. I guess I’ve done so many of them and feel amazing every time, that I can’t imagine why anyone would be nervous. Anyway, you know the benefits now, so I say jump in and do one!! Get a whole bunch of old towels, pad your bathroom with them, and go to town.

Other important tidbits to know before getting started:

High-Quality Coffee

The kind of coffee you use for your coffee enemas is very important. You do not want to use chemicalized, pesticided, poorly grown coffee, which includes most of the coffee you find in a grocery store. You want a high quality, chemical-free, pesticide-free, mycotoxin-free organic coffee. I admit, I am a snob about products. I know too much about the food industry to select just any organic brand of coffee. Organic standards can be loose, and do not always guarantee that chemicals haven’t been used to kill fungus, or that the beans haven’t been sitting in a musty old warehouse for a couple of years. Thankfully I have a source that tests for these kinds of things.

To kill 2 birds with 1 stone, you can take the guessing game out of where you’re going to get your supplies and purchase PRL’s coffee, or this coffee, or this coffee and enema bucket.  This coffee has been tested for everything under the sun–no chemicals, pesticides or mycotoxins!


The Gerson Therapy recommends distilled water. I personally use Reverse Osmosis, because that’s the filter I have under my sink. A high-quality Spring Water would be fine too. The only water I caution about is tap or well. Last resort, you can always purchase water strictly for enemas. It’s not that expensive.

The Best Time for a Coffee Enema

I personally like to do my coffee enemas after meals. The stimulation of bile aids in the digestive process. This is especially beneficial if you experience digestive complications. The enemas relieve bloating and gas, and make you feel so good. My favorite time is after dinner. My digestive system tends to run sluggish later in the day, so the enema relieves the bloating I sometimes get after dinner. Also, I like the feeling of going to bed with a cleaner colon, because this improves liver detoxification throughout the night.
However, there is no “best” time of the day for a coffee enema. Many people like to do their enemas in the morning. If you find that this time works best for you, I recommend doing it after your first bowel movement. The Gerson Therapy has you do enemas up to 5 times daily. If you feel so compelled to do more than 1, I say have at it!

Coffee Enema Instructions

There are as many different claims for the best way to take a coffee enema as there are seashells on a seashore. I’ve never been one to follow the “rules”, and I suggest you shouldn’t either. Instead, find a way that works best for you. I have laid out instructions as I generally do them, but there is no one “right way.”
Items Needed:

  • ½ quart (2 cups) – Purified water for heating the coffee 
  • ½ quart (2 cups) – Purified water for cooling the coffee 
  • 3 Tablespoons Organic Coffee (whole coffee beans, not ground) 
  • Enema Bucket 
  • A few old towels, maybe more if you’re a beginner do not use good towels since coffee will permanently stain them. 
  • A non-toxic lubricant such as olive oil, castor oil or coconut oil. Please do not use KY Jelly or the likes.

1.  Grind Coffee Beans – Fresh-grind the coffee beans to a fine powder. To ensure you will get the freshest, most active phytonutrients from the coffee, do not grind beans ahead of time. Pre-ground coffee beans are partially oxidized & should not be used.
2.  Simmer Ground Coffee Beans – Add the freshly ground coffee beans to ½ quart (2 cups) of water and bring to a simmer (small, rolling bubbles) for about 10-15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit uncovered for 5 minutes. (Do not simmer coffee in a non-stick coated pan. Use stainless steel or other non-toxic cookware if possible.)
3.  Strain the coffee – After 5 minutes of cooling, strain the coffee with a fine metal strainer twice into a large measuring cup or easy-to-pour container to remove any large particles that could clog the enema tube.
4.  Cool the coffee – Pour strained coffee into the enema bucket and add ½ quart of purified, room-temperature water. (CAUTION!!! Make sure the hose clamp on the enema tube is shut before doing this.) The temperature should be warm to slightly hot, about 105° F. You may want to use a thermometer to check.
Note: The enemas work best when the temp is VERY WARM. If the temperature is lukewarm or cool, it may cramp the intestines and waste elimination may be poor. The best test is to put your hand straight to the bottom. This way you’ll know whether it is too hot or too cold. If uncertain, use a thermometer.
5.  Taking the enema – Right before you take the enema open the clamp on the hose and let the coffee flow to the end of tube, then close the clamp again (this expels the air from the hose that may potentially create air in the colon.) Next, apply a small amount of lubricant to the anal area and on the tip of enema nozzle for ease of insertion.An excellent position to do the enema is on your back (near a toilet) with a rolled towel or pillow under the pelvis.
Some individuals find it easier to take in the enema while on their knees with the head down toward the floor. The enema bucket should be hung on a towel rack, shower curtain rod, or bathroom counter so there is enough pressure for the fluid to flow into the colon. Gently insert the enema nozzle fully into the rectum and slowly release the hose clamp to allow the liquid to begin to flow into the colon. (Often you will have the sensation of warm liquid gurgling or flowing into the colon.) If the flow seems too fast or you feel the urge to go, close the hose clamp; wait for a minute, then open the clamp again. The goal is to try to take in the entire enema, so you may need to close the clamp several times and take it slow; otherwise if you let the liquid rush in too quickly you may not be able to hold it.
6. Holding the enema – Once the enema has completely emptied into the colon, close the clamp and remove the nozzle from the rectum. Turn on your right side or stay on your back with your pelvis elevated on the rolled towel. To get the enema farther up the colon, try doing a shoulder stand (bring legs vertical until upper back is only touching the floor; hold the position for a few seconds then gently let your legs down.) In time, you will find which position works best for you. (If desired, lay in a bathtub during this time – for easier clean-up.) Hold the enema for 10-15 minutes.
Note: If you have not had a bowel movement in several hours, you may feel the urge to go before the entire enema has been emptied. If you feel this may happen to you, start out by taking only ¼ of the enema first- just enough to expel the fecal matter in the lower tract (in this case, it is not necessary to hold the liquid for any period of time). After releasing the ¼ portion, take in the remaining enema and hold for 10-15 minutes.
7. Difficulty holding the enema – If after taking in the liquid and nature calls (i.e. you feel a strong urge to expel the liquid) – even after a minute or two, do not resist — go ahead and expel it. At first, it may be hard to hold the liquid for the full amount of time (or even a few minutes). This is usually caused by gas or fermentation in the colon. Do not be discouraged by this. If you release too soon, simply make another enema and try again. In time, after several enemas (and thus a certain amount of toxic elimination), it will be much easier for the bowels to hold the liquid for the full length of time. The more you take coffee enemas, the more your body will adjust, and you will be able to hold them for much longer.
Tip for holding the enema: Sometimes the sudden urge to let go of the enema is caused by gas bubbles. If you feel that urge coming on while holding the enema, put yourself into a shoulder stand for 10-15 seconds. This will move the gas bubble through without letting go of the entire enema. You may need to do this several times.
8.  Releasing the Enema – While in the process of releasing the enema, gently massage the abdomen in a clockwise direction to stimulate peristalsis. Try pressing on the belly button as you fully exhale to relax the anus. Do not rush this process. It may take some individuals 10 minutes to completely expel the enema. If after 10 minutes and you have not completely expelled the enema, do not be alarmed. Sometimes, the enema liquid reaches higher in the colon tract, so it may take longer to move down into the lower bowel to be expelled. Give yourself at least an hour after the enema before you leave the house. 

Tips and Tricks

Coffee enemas are more effective when the lower bowel is cleared first. If you find you are having a hard time holding the enema, you may first want to do a warm water enema with plain water or add chamomile tea. Fill the bucket with 32 oz. of warm, purified water (with the tea if you like), and take it in. There is no need to retain the enema for a long period of time, just a minute or two. After expelling the warm water enema, prepare the coffee and take the enema as mentioned in the instructions.
For those that are sensitive to caffeine or still have trouble holding the enema for 10-15 minutes, you can add chamomile tea to the coffee enema. Generally, the caffeine does not have the effect of drinking coffee, however, some individuals find themselves to be sensitive. If this is the case, take the enema early in the day and consistently use the chamomile with it.

Recommended Number of Coffee Enemas

You may find many opinions about how many times you can safely do a coffee enema. I say you need to be the judge. I do them at least 5 times weekly, sometimes 2 times daily with no problems. However everybody is different, and you need to listen to your body.
If you have chronic health issues or never have done any type of cleansing/detoxification here is my recommendation for you.
Week 1 – Start with 4 coffee enemas.
Week 2 & 3 – Continue with 2-4 coffee enemas per week
Week 4 and on – 1-2 coffee enemas per week indefinitely
The above does not have to be written in stone, it is a recommendation only. Again, the Gerson Therapy has people doing coffee enemas several times a day; of course, they are drinking plenty of green juices and staying hydrated. So as long as you are making healthy choices and getting enough nutrients, you should be fine taking a heavy course of enemas. Or, if you can only do a coffee enema here and there, it is better than nothing.
I hope I was able to inspire you to give coffee enemas a whirl, or at least peaked your interest. I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below. And as always, if you’d like updates with more info like this, please join me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Love, peace, and Hot Java!!

Coffee: The Royal Flush by Ralph W. Moss, PhD
Coffee Enemas in Gerson Therapy