The Incredible (not-so-edible) Coffee Enema

Fifteen years ago I was sitting at a seminar on cures to cancer and toxicity when I heard the instructor say, “You’re better off sticking coffee up your ass than drinking it.”

What?! Did I hear that right?

The instructor went on to say that a high-retention coffee enema is one of the best known ways to aid in the removal of toxic materials from the liver and colon.

Being a coffee lover and discovering a potential new way to ingest it was an exciting prospect, so I decided to further my research on this. It turns out the benefits of coffee enemas are widely known and have been used for many years. In fact, the procedure was included in the Merck Manual from 1977-1988.1 The Merck Manual is widely considered the physician’s bible.

As I dug deeper I realized that almost all holistic protocols for cancer incorporate coffee enemas as a necessary part of the detoxification process. Two of the more famous methods are Dr. Kelly’s book, The One Answer to Cancer, and Dr. Gerson’s book, The Gerson Therapy.

What Does a Coffee Enema Actually Do?

The coffee enema stimulates liver detoxification and flushes the colon. The caffeine in the coffee stimulates the peristaltic movement of the colon, helps remove mucus from the small intestine and is absorbed into the liver where it acts as a powerful detoxifier.

It turns out that coffee contains alkaloids that help the liver produce the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which is a necessary component in liver detoxification.2

Because all the blood of the body flows through the liver every 15 minutes, the goal is to retain the coffee for at least 15 minutes. Most people will notice around 10 minutes that they feel a calming relaxation overtake their body and feel the bile moving out of the liver as a gurgling sensation in the right upper abdomen. This is the body eliminating toxins and restoring the natural calmness that is supposed to be our normal state.

I have personally performed the coffee enema hundreds of times and recommended it to a great deal of patients over the years with almost universally good feedback.

Most symptoms and illnesses we experience are actually a build-up of toxins in the body. As our detoxification pathways of our liver and intestines become overwhelmed it gives us symptoms. The wonderful book, Toxemia Explained, written by Dr. Tilden, M.D., says it like this:

. . . every so-called disease is a crisis of toxemia, which means that toxin has accumulated in the blood above the toleration point. … the crisis, the so-called disease – call it cold, flu, pneumonia, headache, or typhoid fever – is a vicarious elimination. Nature is endeavoring to rid the body of toxin.”

The self-administered home coffee enema is one of the most powerful ways to help the body “catch up” with the vicarious elimination of toxins. So the next time you feel lousy, are having a headache and feeling stiffness or pain, consider trying the coffee enema.

How to Do a Coffee Enema

Prepare the Coffee:

  • Make a pot of coffee (1 quart). Once the coffee is made turn off the coffeepot and allow the coffee to cool to 98 degrees.
  • The coffee must be organic, regular coffee. Make as strong as possible.
  • The traditional drip coffee is fine. Don’t use your Keurig (the soft plastic is toxic).
  • The water should be reverse osmosis, filtered or distilled water.
  • The coffee enema should consist of 1 quart of coffee, held for at least 15 minutes, as this is how long it takes to get all the blood in the body to flow through the liver.

Take the Coffee Enema

  1. Attempt a normal bowel movement BEFORE starting the enema. The enema is much more effective if the colon has been emptied. If unable to do this, do a water enema first to get the stool out, then start the coffee enema.
  2. When it is completed, the coffee enema may be performed.
  3. Next, allow the coffee to flow to the end of the colon tube, thus eliminating any air in the tube.
  4. The colon tube should be lubricated with natural oil, butter, or a lubricant that doesn’t contain chemicals.
  5. Begin the 1 quart of coffee in your enema bag or bucket. Set the enema dispenser to dispel the coffee in very slowly so you don’t initiate cramping. It is normal to have some camping, resist this and it will pass within a couple of seconds. When you buy an enema bag or bucket purchase one with a high retention tube. You can buy an enema here >
  6. Lie on your left side until the coffee is completely retained.
  7. After the coffee enema is completed, remove the tip.
  8. Lie on your left side for another 7-10 minutes, then lie on your back for 7-10 minutes.
  9. After the enema is retained for 15 minutes or longer, you may release it. Preferably in the toilet.


2 Dr. Charles Majors, Dr. Ben Learner, “The Cancer Killers”, pg 90

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