Why in the world would someone use coffee in an enema?

Coffee enema steps for detoxification are combined with a special diet, juices and other supplements and may be the secret in reversing cancer using the Gerson Therapy. It removes toxins, is inexpensive, and can be done at home without special equipment.


In treating cancer alternatively, according to Dr. Gerson coffee enemas  are a necessity for removing toxins, thereby healing the body of cancer.  A coffee enema is one of the most effective colonics as it affects the colon, liver, and blood stream.  It is the blood stream that dumps the toxins and mutated cancer cells into the liver.


Why in the world would someone use coffee in an enema? 


That is the question I asked when Elaine suggested I do the coffee enema steps. Yet when I got over my initial resistance, I quickly saw the benefits of coffee enema steps.


I have since recommended coffee enema steps to many. Most of them have told me how wonderful they feel after getting over the initial thought of doing enemas. Treating cancer alternatively is helping each of us look at things we can do to improve our health. Indeed, the coffee enema steps are most helpful for many types of conditions.


Enemas are an ancient form of hydrotherapy. They have been used for hundreds of years for mechanically cleansing the colon.  Enemas and colonic irrigation used to be routine procedures in hospitals. There are many types of enemas used for varying purposes.


Coffee enemas were first popularized by Max Gerson, MD, author of A Cancer Therapy - Results of 50 Cases.  Dr. Gerson pioneered nutritional therapy for cancer and other diseases with excellent results.  His therapy combined coffee enemas steps with a special diet, juices and other supplements. 


The coffee enema steps were an integral part of the therapy. 


The major benefit of the coffee enema, Dr. Gerson said, is to enhance elimination of toxins through the liver. Indeed, endoscopic studies confirm that coffee enemas increase bile output.


A person was given a coffee enema while an endoscope monitored the entrance to the common bile duct.  Within minutes of administering the enema, bile flow increased.


Increased bile flow also alkalinizes the small intestine and promotes improved digestion.  Coffee also acts as an astringent in the large intestine, helping clean the colon walls.


A common contributor to ill health is the production and absorption of toxins within the small and large intestines.  If food is not digested properly, sugars ferment and protein putrefies or rots.


Both processes generate toxic chemicals which are then absorbed into the liver.


The coffee enema enhances digestion by increasing bile flow and removes toxins in the large intestine so they will not be absorbed.


Most people with health complaints suffer from impaired digestion and production of toxic substances in the intestines.


Coffee enemas are particularly helpful for slow oxidizers.  Their liver activity is more sluggish and digestion is usually impaired.


Fast oxidizers may have more difficulty retaining the enema. The procedure described below is really a coffee implant rather than an enema, because it involves only two to three cups of water. Using a quart of water may be more difficult to retain for some individuals.


However, the use of a quart of water, and making sure the water reaches most of the large intestine, is more helpful for cleansing the colon of accumulated waste material.


If one suspects severe bowel toxicity or in cases of serious illness, quart enemas are preferable, at least to start with.


Dr. Gerson recommended the coffee enema up to 6 times daily for severely ill cancer patients. His patients continued them for up to several years with no ill effects. They should not be needed for more than two or three years, although many people have continued to take them for a number of years without problems.


I began with coffee enemas up to 5 -6 times daily for 2 years.  I then reduced to 4 coffee enemas daily and after 6 years I have reduced to 2 – 3 coffee enemas daily. 


What I am finding is my body is taking over its own responsibilities and I am often having bowel movements prior to the coffee enema. 


That is exciting to me to know that my body is healing and demanding to do its own function. One may ask why I am continuing with coffee enemas? 


I know that my liver is still in it’s final stages of healing.  I am willing to be patient with my body and continue to detoxify my liver.


One may experience a slight rush from the caffeine, but it is not like drinking coffee, which I do not recommend. Coffee enemas taken in the evening may interfere with sleep.


However sleep has never been a challenge for me. Each person is different. Adjust the times you do your coffee enemas to best facilitate your sleep habits.


If performed properly, coffee implants do not cause habituation, constipation or any rectal problems.  Dr. Gerson did not see any important negative effects of coffee enemas in those who need them.


Difficulties occasionally arise if one has hemorrhoids. In these cases, extra care is needed in inserting the enema tip. Some people with hemorrhoids find the enemas irritating.


I found that making up a solution of Slippery Elm helped immensely in soothing and healing any irritations of the rectum.  (See Recipes for Slippery Elm).


A small number of people are unable to retain even a cup of water for the required 15 minutes.  One can start with less coffee or less water in these cases.  There seems to be no harm if one wishes to retain the enema longer than 15 minutes. While enemas may seem uncomfortable, many individuals report the procedure is so helpful they soon forget the inconvenience.


Coffee Enema Steps


Step 1. Materials


  • Buy a 2-quart enema bag or bucket with a clamp. This is sold at drug stores.  The Gerson bucket from Gerson easier to use.


  • Organically grown coffee is best.  Organic coffee is available at natural food stores. Store opened coffee containers in the freezer for maximum freshness.


As an aside, we have discovered that many television actors and newscasters do coffee enemas on a regular basis to give more clarity and focus. 


It also makes their skin and eyes brighter and more alert.  How interesting?


Step 2. Preparation of coffee


  • Place 2 to 3 cups of purified water and two to three tablespoons of coffee in a saucepan and bring to a boil (or use a coffee maker).


  • Let it boil 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow it to cool. One or two ice cubes may be added to speed the cooling process. 



  • Wait until the water is comfortable to the touch.  If the water is too hot or too cold, retaining the enema will be more difficult. 


  • Strain the liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper.  Sanitize with hydrogen peroxide a clean enema bag or bucket.  The enema is now ready.


  • If you have made a larger quantity, store the remainder of the coffee in quart jars in the refrigerator.


Step 3. Preparing to take the enema


  • Be sure the plastic hose is pushed or fastened well onto the enema bag or bucket and the thin enema tip is attached to the other end.


  • Remove any air from the enema tube the following way.  Grasp but do not close the clamp on the hose.  Place the tip in the sink.  Hold up the enema bag/bucket above the tip until the coffee begins to flow out. Then close the clamp. This expels any air in the tube.


  • Lubricate the enema tip with a small amount of soap or oil. (Too much lubrication will cause the tip to fall out of the rectum, creating a mess!).


Step 4. Taking the enema


  • The position preferred by most people is lying on one's right side on a towel, on the bathroom floor or in the bath tub.


  • With the clamp closed, place the enema bag/bucket on the floor next to you, or hang the bag about one foot above your abdomen.


  • Insert the tip gently and slowly.  Move it around until it goes all the way in. 


  • Open the clamp and hold the enema bag about one foot above the abdomen. The coffee may take a few seconds to begin flowing.  If the coffee does not flow, you may lift the bag/bucket higher. If you develop a cramp, close the hose clamp, turn from side to side and take a few deep breaths. The cramp will usually pass quickly.


  • When all the liquid is inside, the bag will become flat.  Close the clamp. You can leave the tube inserted, or remove it slowly.


  • RETAIN THE ENEMA FOR 15 MINUTES.  See below if you have difficulties with this.  You may remain lying on the floor. Use the time to read a book, meditate, etc.  Some people are able to get up and go lie on a towel in bed, instead of on the floor.  Walking around the house with the coffee inside is not recommended.



Step 5. Finishing up


  • After 15 minutes or so, go to the toilet and expel the coffee. It is okay if some coffee remains inside.  If coffee remains inside often, you are dehydrated.


  • Wash the enema bag and tube thoroughly with soap and water.  Then sanitize with hydrogen peroxide.


Hints regarding coffee enema steps:


  • If possible, do the enema after a bowel movement to make it easier to retain the coffee. If this is not possible, take a plain water enema first if needed, to clean out the colon.


  • If intestinal gas is a problem, some exercise before the enema may eliminate the gas.


  • It is not essential but is helpful if the coffee fills the entire colon.


  • If the enema makes you jittery, reduce the amount of coffee.


  • The enema may lower your blood sugar. If so, eat something just before or after taking the enema.  I usually ate a half of a banana.


  • If you have trouble holding the enema, here are suggestions.


1)     Be patient.  Practice makes perfect.


2)     The water may be too hot or too cold.  Be sure the water temperature is comfortable.


3)     It may help to place a small pillow or rolled up towel under your buttocks so the water flows down hill into your colon.


4)     If trouble continues, try reducing the amount of coffee or add 2 tablespoons of potassium to the water.

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