Detoxification is an absolute necessity in today’s polluted world, but which methods are the safest and most effective? If you can get over the “gross” factor, coffee enemas offer a holistic approach to detoxification and whole-body healing that has stood the test of time. Whether you suffer from a health condition as basic as occasional headaches or as severe as cancer, or if you simply want to maintain your current health status, coffee enemas offer proven health benefits without the need for toxic drugs or surgery.
The practice of using coffee therapeutically in this way dates back as far as 1600 B.C. Both the Edwin Smith Papyrus (circa 1600 B.C.) and the Ebers Papyrus (circa 1550 B.C.), two of the earliest known medical texts, reveal that ancient Egyptians used coffee enemas to cleanse the colon, promote healthy digestion, and alleviate other chronic health conditions. Today, coffee enemas are still used for many of the same things in naturopathic medicine.
As a treatment for medical problems ranging from headaches and allergies to asthma, sexual dysfunction, difficult childbirth, fevers, and even the common cold, coffee enemas are extremely effective. They also jump start the body’s production of the “master” hormone glutathione, which Dr. Mark Hyman says is “…the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. The coffee enema represents the ultimate detoxification experience possible such that the most effective holistic cancer treatments in the world, including those offered by the Gerson Institute and holistic oncologist Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez M.D. use the coffee enema extensively as part of their healing protocols,” writes Sarah Pope for The Healthy Home Economist.
Coffee enemas stimulate release of toxic build-up in liver and gallbladder
So how do they work? Simply put, coffee enemas stimulate the liver and gallbladder to dump stored toxins into the small intestine, where these harmful substances are then excreted from the body. Since they bypass the digestive process, coffee enemas provide immediate and rapid detoxification, at the same time helping to cleanse the blood of harmful toxins.
Two coffee substances in particular, kahweol and cafestol palmitate, promote the activity of glutathione S-transferase, the body’s “master” antioxidant that’s responsible for neutralizing damaging free radicals. After this neutralization,the ophylline and the obromine, two other important coffee substances, help eliminate these toxic free radicals from the body.
“It is believed that kahweol and cafestol palmitate increase the liver’s production of glutathione, the mother of all antioxidants, by as much as 700 percent,” reports The Healthy Home Economist.
The fluid of the enema itself is also beneficial in promoting peristalsis, the series of wave-like muscle contractions in the digestive tract that move food from one stage of digestion to the next. This process activates the rapid excretion of toxic bile from the duodenum, followed by its release from the rectum.
Instructions for performing a safe and effective coffee enema
So how does one perform a coffee enema safely and correctly?
- A high-quality enema bag or bucket
- One quart of organic coffee (Therapeutic low roasted coffee)
- Olive oil or organic coconut oil (another great option is jojoba oil)
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Bronner’s liquid soap (available online or at natural food grocers)
To prepare one quart (four cups) of coffee, which is used for one enema session:
- Place 3 tablespoons of organic coffee grounds (this amount may be reduced to 2 tablespoons if one is not dealing with cancer) in one quart of purified or spring water. The coffee should be organic and must be caffeinated. Prepare the coffee in a glass, ceramic or stainless steel pot. Aluminium is not recommended as the aluminium can leach into the coffee.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and let boil for 5 minutes; then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes more. Strain using a fine mesh strainer. Add additional purified or spring water to bring the coffee mixture to one quart.
- The coffee can be made the night before each use. Reheat to body temperature before using.
- Place a thick towel and a pillow for your head on the floor near the toilet. Waterproof pads are a good idea, as they will protect your floor in the event of a spill or leakage.
- Hang enema bag from a cabinet knob, which allows bag to hang about 18-21 inches from the floor. If using an enema bucket, place bucket on a stool, chair or tub platform so that it is elevated about 18-21 inches above the floor.
- Make sure the tubing on your enema bag or bucket is clamped closed before pouring in the coffee. Pour the quart of coffee into the enema bag or bucket.
- Lubricate the tip of the colon tube using olive oil or coconut oil.
- Lie on your left side or your back and insert the colon tube slowly 6-18 inches (never more than 18 inches) into the rectum. If the tube kinks pull out and try again, as kinking will block the flow of the coffee.
- Release the clamp, letting about a pint of coffee (two cups, which is half the amount in the bag or bucket) flow slowly in, and re-clamp. If the coffee does not flow there is most likely a kink in the tube. Withdraw the tube, reinsert, and try again.
- Turn to your right side. Hold the coffee for 12-15 minutes. At first, it may be difficult to retain the enema. That is okay. Gradually work up to the 12-15 minutes. Holding the enema longer than 15 minutes is counterproductive.
- After 15 minutes expel the liquid in the toilet. If you don’t expel much liquid, that’s okay, it’s just an indication that you are dehydrated and need to drink more water. Dr. Lawrence Wilson MD suggests reflexology if there is any discomfort during this process. Rub your feet, especially the colon reflex areas and the small intestine area. The tops of the toes of the left foot seems to especially help relieve any discomfort. Know that any discomfort will quickly pass, usually within 5-10 minutes.
- Wait about 5 minutes to ensure that you are finished eliminating and then repeat the enema as directed in steps 6-11 with the remaining coffee.
- After each use, clean the enema bag or bucket and tubing with hot water and soap. Rinse with hydrogen peroxide and hang to dry.
Additional tips for a successful coffee enema
- A coffee concentrate can be made and stored in the refrigerator for 7days, for your convenience. Bring 1 cup of organic coffee grounds and 1 quart purified or spring water to a boil for 5 minutes. Then simmer for 15 minutes. Strain. Add additional purified or spring water to bring the coffee mixture to four cups. Use one cup of the concentrate to three cups purified or spring water for each enema session (each enema session consists of two consecutive enemas).
- Supplementing with additional minerals after the coffee enemas is not necessary but can be beneficial. If you desire additional minerals, were commend Selectrolytes (1 tablespoon in purified water), Original Quinton Isotonic (1 vial) or Trace Minerals with B12.
- It is very rare, but some individuals may feel slightly jittery due to the caffeine in the coffee, although, most often, clients find the enemas relaxing and even experience euphoria. Absorption of the coffee is very low when doing a coffee enema. Jitteriness should lessen after the third session. If not, make the coffee weaker.
- Store open bag of coffee in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Having difficulty holding the coffee enemas for 12-15 minutes? This could be due to faeces being compacted in the descending colon. You may try the following to help things along:
- Do a clear water enema first. Start with one cup of warm purified or spring water. Take in water and hold until urge to release is felt. Release completely and then do your two coffee enemas.
- Drink two cups of warm water with fresh lemon juice upon rising in the morning, will often initiate a bowel movement.
- Take additional magnesium prior to bedtime such as three capsules of Magnesium Lactate or Magnesium Malate or three tablets of Mg-Zyme. This will increase the likelihood of having a nice bowel movement first thing in the morning. Constipation is a common symptom of hypothyroidism, liver congestion and/or gut dysbiosis. This may need to be addressed by a qualified health care practitioner.
- Take chlorella an hour before coffee enema to maximize health benefits. This powerful, detoxifying green algae one hour before your coffee enema will bind the released toxins to liver and gallbladder bile, helping to more effectively eliminate those toxins from the body.
Please note that pregnant women should avoid doing coffee or any other type of enemas as they could induce pre-term labour. Children under five years old should not do coffee enemas at all unless extreme circumstances warrant them under the strict guidance of a qualified physician – should also consider only doing coffee enemas under the guidance of a qualified physician.
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