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Coffee Enema... What's it all about?

Posted by Collaboration of Dr.Axe, Katie Young, Gerson Institute and Everpure Health on 30th Jun 2017

Coffee enemas are known to help flush out bacteria, heavy metals, fungus and yeast (like those responsible for candida symptoms, for example) from the digestive tract, including the liver and colon, while also lowering inflammation — therefore helping people restore bowel function, increase their energy levels and heal from disorders that have caused them trouble for years.

Autoimmune sufferers and health nuts swear by coffee enemas. If the idea of pumping organic java up your rectum is off-putting to you, consider that this treatment has been around for a long time, and is one of the best ways to remove toxins.

In fact, the earliest known documentation of the treatment is in the Edwin Smith (circa 1600 B.C.) and Ebers (circa 1550 B.C.) papyri, ancient Egyptian medical texts. Since the coffee enema’s earliest days, many healthcare practitioners across the globe have considered the practice to be a staple treatment for their patients.

Coffee enemas have historically been used to treat ailments ranging from cancer to depression. They have also been cited to:

  1. Detoxify and improve glutathione levels
  2. Ease PMS symptoms, such as cramping and bloating
  3. Reduce anxiety
  4. Improve digestion
  5. Banish Candida
  6. Boost energy
  7. Contribute to hormone regulation
  8. Improve mental clarity and focus
  9. Reduce chronic pain
  10. Improve skin health

Often coffee enemas are recommended to supplement other treatments for internal disorders, such as gastrointestinal issues, autoimmune conditions, and weight loss.

How a Coffee Enema Works

How do coffee enemas work? According to the Gerson Institute, they have the primary purpose of “removing toxins accumulated in the liver and removing free radicals from the bloodstream.” (2) And it’s not just the caffeine in coffee that is responsible for the benefits of coffee enemas; in fact, studies show that bioavailability of caffeine obtained from coffee enemas is about 3.5 times less than those obtained drinking coffee orally. (3)

It’s well known that coffee beans naturally contain antioxidants and beneficial compounds, including cafestol palmitate, kahweol, theobromine, theophylline in addition to caffeine, that have positive effects on inflammation levels, including within the digestive system. (4)

When ingested, compounds within coffee either from drinking it or from inserting coffee directly into the colon act like a cathartic that causes the colon muscles to contract. This helps move along stool through the digestive tract, resolving cases of constipation and making it easier to go to the bathroom.

As you’re probably aware, regular bowel movements are beneficial for carrying waste and toxins (like heavy metals or excess fatty acids) out of the body. Research has shown, then, during a coffee enema caffeine and other compounds travel via the hemorrhoidal vein to the liver. Coffee opens up blood vessels, relaxes smooth muscles that help with bowel movements and improves circulation. Once it makes its way to the liver, coffee is also believed to help open up bile ducts and increase production of bile that’s needed for proper digestion and excretion. (5)

Researchers from the University of Minnesota also demonstrated that coffee enema benefits might include being able to help stimulate the production of a beneficial enzyme created in the liver called glutathione S-transferase, which acts like a antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and natural blood cleanser. (6) Some evidence shows that coffee enemas can help with:

  • repairing digestive tissue
  • cleansing the liver
  • improving blood circulation
  • increasing immunity
  • helping with cellular regeneration
  • relieving digestive issues, such as frequent constipation, bloating, cramping and nausea
  • improving gut health
  • improving low energy levels and moods (such as fighting signs of depression)

How Are Coffee Enemas Performed?

Many coffee enema users do the coffee enemas in the comfort (and privacy) of their homes and purchase the kits online. You can even get a bag for when you travel. The process is relatively simple and consists of:

  1. Preparation of the solution
  2. Delivery of the solution via the rectum
  3. Release of waste
  4. Repetition of steps 2-3
  5. Cleaning your kit with warm, soapy water

The Body May Not Follow Instructions

The Gerson Institute recommends the following tips:

Tips for Holding Coffee Enemas – The Basics
  • Re-read the proper coffee enema recipe & procedure carefully to ensure that you are doing it right (see references below). If you have prepared the coffee solution incorrectly or are not following the proper instructions, you may find this is the cause of your troubles.
  • Relax, breathe deeply. While instilling the coffee, stop the flow with the clamp as needed, and don’t forget to breathe.
  • Check the height of the bucket.Make sure it is less than 18” above your body, or else the coffee will flow too fast.
  • Check the temperature of the enema solution.If it is too hot or too cold, it may be more difficult for the patient to hold. The solution should always be at body temperature.
  • Pull your knees closer to your stomach, in the fetal position.
  • Place the tip of your thumb on the first knuckle of your ring finger and apply pressure to the knuckle (see picture below). This is a pressure point that can help alleviate cramping in the lower intestine.
  • Cleanliness Is A Must

Avoid Coffee Enemas During Periods Of Constipation

While water enemas can be effective treatments for constipation, coffee enemas are intended for detoxification and won’t help much with irregular bowel movements. Burns recommends that, prior to a coffee enema, users should attempt to clear their bowels:

  • Let The Coffee Cool Before You Put It Up There

A steaming-hot coffee enema is not a pleasant experience nor is it safe. Rectal perforation and internal burning are possible if hot coffee is inserted quickly so make sure to the coffee is cool before inserting.

Here is a good read from the Gerson Institute click here

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