Coffee enemas have given me amazing results, but they are not for everyone. Highly sensitive or very sick individuals have been known to have severe reactions, even be hospitalized, after performing a coffee enema. There are other ways to cleanse.
Coffee enemas have been recommended to me by those who have found them beneficial for gut healing, for recovering from toxic mold, and for decreasing multiple chemical sensitivity...all of which are health issues I am seeking to heal.
Here is a video where I talk more about my personal reasons for beginning coffee enemas:
A: In an effort to heal from my multiple health problems, I have done anti-microbial and anti-parasite herbs, and anti-fungal supplements. This has resulted in die-off of the "bad guys". Unfortunately, my body has become overloaded with die-off toxins. My liver needs help in getting those toxins out of my body. Coffee enemas stimulate the liver and assist it in eliminating the overload of toxins.
Check out this short video from Charlotte Gerson (of Gerson Therapy) on the importance of coffee enemas as part of the juicing and healthy nutrition therapy for healing cancer and life-threatening disease. Note that she says coffee enemas in themselves do not cure. They are, however, an essential part of the therapy; it does not work without them.
Q: Well, how did it go? Is it working for you?
A: Yes! I am feeling much relief! I am actually feeling like a normal person again, hooray! :)
I must stress one thing I found to be extremely important: hydrate yourself! Coffee enemas are dehydrating. I have begun drinking 2 extra liters of coconut water per day in order to stay hydrated (and this is for 1 daily coffee enema).
Also, it was stressed to me again and again (so I am following orders!): Gerson Therapy requires the ratio of 3 green juices per 1 coffee enema, and vice versa. The enemas require juice to restore minerals and nutrients lost through the enema process. The juices require coffee enemas in order to quickly eliminate the vast amounts of toxins displaced by juicing, which would otherwise become systemic and cause damage to organs.
Here is a video where I go into more detail about how the coffee enemas are working for me:
Q: How exactly does one do a coffee enema?
A: Here is a video that was recommended to me, that I found very entertaining, as well as very helpful and reassuring:
Here are some tips:
Do your enemas every day at the same time of day for at least 30 days in a row, then as often as you feel, maybe the first 10 days of every month or some other schedule....or even just keep doing them every day....
Set aside around an hour and a half of quiet time to accomplish the enemas. Follow with a cold shower. I like 6 AM.
The enemas kits usually hold around 2 liters of solution. Start with 4 liters of warm water (not too hot) and insert some water, expel, insert some more water, expel, etc It is more like an at-home colonic, not just one enema and you're done like some people think. This series of insertions will clean out the colon - then you will be able to retain the coffee solution much easier.
I brew the coffee solution using 3 cups of water and 2 TBSP of ground organic coffee. You should start with less coffee and work up to 2 TBSP.
So when you are ready to insert the coffee solution - in the beginning when you are not used to retaining a solution you can insert just half of the solution, retain, expel and then insert the rest of the solution, retain and expel. Aim for retaining the coffee solution for 12 to 15 minutes. If you have 2 or 3 urgencies to expel go ahead and get up and expel. ( A 3 minute retention is a win in the beginning.) But usually you will have just one urgency and can hold it through that and then relax.
Lay on your right side while retaining the coffee. Good time to do your daily breathing exercises or prayer or listening to YouTube.
There will messy drippy yuckiness in the beginning until you are used to all the nuances, just use towels on the floor. I also use a squatty potty which you probably already have, but it's a nice tool to keep in mind.
The day after the coffee retention enema, upon the first fill of warm water you will expel worms. (More if you are on the ketogenic diet, but even on high fruit you will expel worms) You will see rope worms, liver flukes, and debris. I have seen that most people eating a Low Fat diet tend to develop gallstones and buildup in liver/gallbladder. So you may see gall stones, green chaff, etc.
The liver increases bile production and secretion and excretes lots of toxins during the coffee enemas process. Cold showers/baths have a whole set of benefits on their own, but combined right after coffee enemas I think it multiplies the beneifts.
After a week or two you will feel amazing results. I never have electrolyte issues but some people take extra electrolytes on enema days - not sure if it is necessary.
I'm excited for you - my best wishes on this new step."
Q: But don't enemas mess up the body's peristalsis (ability to eliminate without an enema)?
A: I have talked to many people experienced in enemas. None of them have experienced this effect, nor have any of the people they have known, who are doing enemas on a regular basis. They are all still able to eliminate apart from enemas.
Here is a response from the above-mentioned friend regarding enemas and peristalsis:
"Any enema will help with peristalsis, not hurt it. They add volume to the colon which stimulates peristalsis, which is like doing bicep curls, working your muscles/toning up, which is always a good thing.
The theophylline in coffee absorbs through the colon wall which dilates the blood vessels & increases blood supply to the colon. The increased blood improves colon muscle tone and health. Which all helps get the gunk out.
Earlier this year, I stopped doing my daily enemas because I was going on a cruise. Even though I was "traveling" which is supposed to limit bowel funciton, I had 3 normal bowel movements a day for the entire 8 day cruise and no enemas.
I prefer to do daily enemas, but do not always do that due to company, getting busy with life, etc. and I never have bowel issues.
The only thing you will notice is the first day after stopping enemas you will probably not have a BM because you are cleaned out and it takes a while for the digested food/stool to build back up and be down there ready to exit, LOL."
Q: Don't coffee enemas cause adrenal burnout?
A: Well, I'm no expert, but from what I've read, coffee enemas have actually been used to RECOVER from adrenal burnout.
Check out these links:
Adrenal Burnout - Dr. Wilson
Coffee Enemas for Adrenal Fatigue - My Experience
Q: Isn't this just some kind of wacky alternative health practice?
A: Actually, there is some rich history around coffee enemas...including scientific studies.
Here is a short video by a knowledgeable fellow (not me! haha), summarizing the science of coffee enemas:
Here is an interesting snippet about coffee enemas from a different friend who is very knowledgeable about them:
"All those I know personally, or via Gerson, etc, who healed their cancers (most were dying) used coffee enemas to detox, treat their pain, etc. When I began training for nursing, we used the Merck Manual. Few people know that before drugs for pain, etc were invented, coffee enemas were included in the first medical books, including Merck!
Excerpted from The Merck Manual - Tenth Edition:
The Merck Manual has long been considered the Bible for Physicians. Few are aware that from 1899-1977 coffee enemas were included in the Merck Manual, a compendium of orthodox research techniques. Coffee enemas were not removed from the Manual because of their ineffectiveness, but rather to make room for newer material."
Q: I want to try, but I don't think I want to use coffee. What else do you recommend?
A: Since I'm new to this, I don't have recommendations, but I will share what I have observed.
I have heard of many people who use warm water. Water cleans the colon and bowels. Colonics (with lost nutrients and gut flora replaced) are preferable, but also more expensive. Water enemas do NOT detox the liver, however. As far as I have read, ONLY coffee does that.
For those who are sensitive and get heart palpitations from coffee enemas, I have heard that doing MMS (chlorine dioxide) enemas (very small amount to start) is a helpful alternative for detoxing.
I have also recently heard about rectal insufflations, which is a type of ozone therapy. This is done by using a home medical ozone generator and infusing the body with oxygen through the rectum. So basically, it is an ozone enema, which is said to be a very powerful detoxing tool.
A friend shared with me her experience using a variety of other types of enemas. I am pasting her comments below, which also include some general recommendations:
"Coffee enemas: My overall experience so far: When I water fast and do these I did them 3x a day, and felt very spaced out - almost tripping (dizzy but not dizzy, really just flying/exceptionally clear mind though and very relaxed, but energised positively, like a buzzing feeling. Felt great but scary.
At the moment coffee I only do 1x week and for the rest I do warm water enemas or with 10 drops of iodine per 2lt enema jug. Holding it for 15 min.
I always do a lukewarm pure water enema before to remove bigger bowels first and then the coffee can work it better on a less empty intestine. Also helps me hold it longer.
Lemon Enemas: Seriously effective when fasting for 24 hours or 48hours - expels mucus fast - find it very difficult to hold in for long- maybe 5 min max. I watch videos on Dr Morse, etc, to focus - helps me concentrate on something else while I hold the enema.
I lie always on my right side when inserting and holding the enema.
Iodine enemas: about 10 drops of Lugol's [5% Lugol's - 62 mg] in 2 liter enema - easy to hold - expelled usually weird stuff - maybe stuff that looks like little balls or stones; not always but always expels very intense gas I didn't know I had, smelling very toxic once released.
Honey Enemas: I tried these also for a few times with exceptionally wild raw natural ethically sourced honey (2x bottles later) and have found them to be extremely calming on the intestine after doing a lemon enema. Great elimination also with honey.
Most effective enema I'd say is...they all are equal, each one has their own way of cleansing something specifically. But if you want to go far, coffee is dramatic, in the results and the feeling of immediate release, every time I do one, even my shoulders / neck seem to feel relaxed and freed up."
[Note: Another type of enema I have recently heard of is a chamomile enema, which is supposed to be very gentle.]
Q: What do I need to buy? What are you using for your coffee enemas?
A: I am brand new to this! I bought some supplies based on web searches. Note: I am not a comparison shopper! I am a "just find a good one and get it ordered" type of shopper. I am definitely open to recommendations!
Here is what I ordered online:
(the highlighted text includes affiliate links, meaning if you purchase through them you'll be donating a tiny bit to me, which helps support my outreach efforts)
Enema Kit (recommended by a blogger)
Before these supplies arrived, however, I needed immediate relief, so my hubby went to Walgreen's and purchased this enema kit.
We also purchased, on recommendation of a friend, a hot-pot to use for preparing the coffee (especially since we live in an RV and we use our stove as a countertop).
Hubby also picked up some disposable gloves, some vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to clean the tubing, coconut oil to lubricate the insertion tip, a coffee filter, distilled water, a pot for heating up the coffee (we don't normally need pots since we don't cook), and some organic medium roast coffee. In addition, he purchased a "wipable" tablecloth to put on the floor/lower walls, and some disposable absorbent pads to put underneath my bottom during the procedure.
We use one of hubby's undershirts as a further coffee strainer and old hand towels as my pillow while I am lying on my side. We have a padded bath mat underneath the tablecloth. (Other people use a yoga mat.)
Q: What type of coffee should I buy?
A: My friends have told me that the coffee used for enemas is prepared differently than the coffee used for drinking. Here are some qualities they have told me to look for in choosing a coffee:
- The label Gerson-specific, or a coffee purchased through the Gerson Store, aids in finding a suitable coffee.
- One friend recommended coffee from the Toddy Cafe, because it is cold brewed and less acidic.
- Another friend recommended Premier Research Labs coffee for enemas.
- Mold-sensitive individuals might be interested in trying Bulletproof's coffee, promoted as mold-free coffee. This idea came from a popular blogger. (The enema coffee I purchased also said it was mold-free.)
- General recommendations for store-bought coffee: organic, mild to medium roast (not dark or shiny roast). One blogger suggests buying it at the health food store already ground up and keeping it in the fridge.
Q: What if I can't hold the enema?
A: I was advised to start small and work up to longer times and larger amounts. Practice makes progress (notice I did NOT say perfect)! :)
I have a friend who has been doing coffee enemas for many years. As practiced as she is, when she is overly toxic, she still cannot hold the enema. And that's totally normal and totally fine. Others may have trouble holding the enema because of blockage or constipation.
Here are some tips on holding enemas from Gerson.
I personally have found that if I go to the bathroom first, I'm easily able to hold the enema. Then again, I am staying hydrated and eating lots of fresh produce, so I am not constipated. Probiotics, vitamin C, and coconut water also contribute to keeping things moving and preventing blockage.
Doing a water enema first (on my first try) definitely cleared things out, making it easier to hold the coffee enema. It also gave me some good practice, so that I did not have my first experience with coffee, and end up spraying the walls orange (as a friend said happened with her).
I'm definitely a fan of putting on a relaxing video during the holding process. I have taken to calling it the Enema Cinema. :) We set my smart phone on the ground near me and use the YouTube app and just play inspirational music videos.
I've recently found this absolutely wonderful music playlist that is just soooooooo relaxing...it's almost hypnotic. It really really helps the time to fly! I am thinking I might just stick with this playlist every day. :)
Q: How often should I do them? How long should I continue?
A: I have been given a variety of answers to these questions from my experienced friends. My conclusion is that I should do whatever works for my body, be on the lookout for symptoms of toxicity (for me they are hypersensitivity, non-functioning brain, weakness, and collapsing), see how my own body responds to the enemas, and adjust accordingly.
I have not talked with anyone who did the coffee enemas for a short time and then discontinued them. Those who have used them find them so helpful for detox that they continue to use them on a regular basis.
We live in a world with many toxins, so having a powerful detoxing tool like coffee enemas can be a health-enhancing practice to continue for a lifetime. Charlotte Gerson (of Gerson Therapy) continues to perform daily enemas (she is now in her nineties).
Other friends have told me that after the initial "clean out" period (or after completing their healing protocol) of doing daily coffee enemas (up to 5 times/day), they have either continued with daily enemas, or set up a schedule for continuing them (first 10 days of every month, once a week, etc).
I also have a friend who uses coffee enemas as often and as frequently as necessary to make her "toxin overload" go away (get rid of her symptoms). She sometimes goes for weeks or months without using them, but at times may use them daily, or multiple times per day.
My personal plan is to use them daily for at least 30 days, to clean out the parasites (and other junk) from my liver. Parasites are in various life stages, including eggs, so a one-time go is not going to get them all.
I also plan to re-incorporate the highly-detoxifying green juices with dandelion and cilantro (they are currently too much for my body), and eventually the anti-parasite and anti-microbial herbs, which result in big-time toxin release. The plan is to use the coffee enemas to assist in the detox from the die-off, for as long as it takes to heal.
Q: What comes out with a coffee enema?
A: For those who are interested in seeing what has come out of mine, you are welcome to check out my Parasite Pics blog post. It has gross pictures and video, including POO, WORMS, and BODY FLUIDS. Please don't click the link if you are squeamish!
You can also find pictures and support for cleansing and various types of enemas on Curezone, Vegan Fruitarians, and Bottoms Up groups and forums.
Q: How do you personally prepare yours?
A: Since originally posting this, my health has drastically improved, and my hubby is ready to pass on the torch of enema preparation for my continued daily enemas. He has helped me put together a document that includes his "tweaked" 4-day coffee enema preparation process, along with my personal enema style. I have attached the document below.
Everyone I know who does coffee enemas RAVES about them, and they all say they wish they would have started long ago! I am very happy with them so far. I hope you experience much success, if you decide to give it a go!
I am not a medical professional. Please do your due diligence: research well and seek out a qualified practitioner to supervise, if you are considering embarking on any kind of cleansing process.
Coffee enemas have given me amazing results, but they are not for everyone. There are other ways to cleanse.