The time-tested water enema evolved during WWI when German medic supplies – including morphine – were in short supply and nurses were desperate to find ways of alleviating the post-surgery pain of severely wounded soldiers. Water enemas were routinely used, but anxious to find a more potent pain reliever, one resourceful nurse intuitively used leftover brewed coffee and found it to be highly effective.
Reports of the coffee's analgesic benefits prompted two German researchers to study the properties in coffee that produced these effects. In the 1920s, after experimenting with rats, they published their findings that the caffeinated enemas stimulated the opening of bile ducts (Bile is formed by the liver, stored in the gallbladder, and secreted into the intestines - via bile ducts - carrying waste for transit from the body).
Dr. Max Gerson became familiar with the research and eventually adapted the use of coffee enemas into his detoxification therapy. Gerson observed that cancer patients didn't die of the disease process itself, but rather because of the liver's inability to detoxify and process the barrage of dissolving tumor masses and other metabolic toxins released in abundance as a result of his nutritional therapy. The addition of coffee enemas into the protocol resolved this dilemma.
His patients learned to self-administer the enemas up to four times daily to facilitate the continuous release of toxins from the body. The high success rate of the Gerson Therapy with terminal cancer and other serious illnesses is a testament to his nutritional protocol and the coffee enema's detoxifying and restorative benefits for the liver.
In addition to its uses for pain relief, treatment and detoxification, the coffee enema is also a highly effective method of disease prevention and health maintenance.
Detoxification Mechanism of the Coffee Enema
The Gerson Therapy explains that caffeine and palmitates (chemicals in coffee) work synergistically to stimulate and cleanse the liver and blood. Without entering the digestive tract the caffeine is absorbed through the bowel wall, via blood vessels, and makes its way directly to the liver.
The caffeine exposure causes the liver's portal veins and the bile ducts to expand which increases the release of diluted toxic bile. The enema fluid triggers peristalsis (intestinal muscle contractions) and the efficient removal of wastes from the body.
Palmitates in the coffee stimulate and increase the production of a liver enzyme called glutathione-S-transferase (GST), which removes free radicals and cancer cells from the bloodstream and facilitates detoxification of the liver. As a result of the enema the liver becomes less congested with debris, which makes room for the filtering process of yet more bodily toxins.
Ideally, the coffee enema should be retained for twelve to fifteen minutes during which time the body's blood supply circulates and passes through the liver approximately five times (Every three minutes). Since the blood serum is detoxified as it flows through the caffeinated liver, the enema is essentially a form of blood dialysis (filtering) across the colon wall. Drinking coffee has no such therapeutic benefits and is in fact counter-productive.
As described in The Gerson Therapy, the enema coffee is made by adding three tablespoons of drip-grind (organic) coffee to one quart of boiling distilled water. After boiling uncovered for three minutes, the mixture is covered and simmered for fifteen more minutes. Hot water is added to replace what was lost through boiling. The quart solution is then strained and allowed to cool to body temperature.
The individual should have a comfortable place to lie down for the administering of the enema. It's best to lie on the right side with legs pulled up towards the chest.
Caffeine-sensitive individuals can easily use the enema without ill effects provided the enema bag or bucket is not placed more than eighteen inches above the end of the insertion tube, to prevent systemic absorption of the caffeine.
If retaining the enema for twelve to fifteen minutes is too difficult, then a series of two or three enemas of shorter duration may be tried. Over time, it becomes easier to retain the enema for the full fifteen minute interval. Holding for more than fifteen minutes is not recommended since the caffeine may be absorbed systemically.
At least one therapeutic organic coffee blend has been developed for the sole purpose of enemas and may be found at (http://www.sawilsons.com/) .
For a milder effect, or if one has a sensitive colon due to chronic illness, herbal teas such as chamomile or Essiac may be used instead of, or in conjunction with the coffee enema. Prepare a quart of the desired tea following package instructions and proceed as with a coffee enema.
Alternatively, an enema of one-half quart tea may precede a coffee enema of the same quantity. Individuals who are unsure if the coffee or tea enema is an appropriate detoxification method for their condition should consult with a health care practitioner.
For nearly nine decades the coffee enema has proven itself to be effective at cleansing and restoring the liver, reducing and eliminating cancerous debris, and relieving severe pain from countless origins. It is yet another tool in the detoxification arsenal that should not be dismissed by anyone determined to prevent disease, reclaim their health or otherwise impede the ill effects of living in a toxic world.
1. Gerson, C. and Walker, M.: The Gerson Therapy. NY, NY: Kensington Publishing Corp., pp. 156 - 172, 2001
Coffee enema protocol
1. Boil 1 quart of pure water, with 3 rounded tablespoons of freshly ground organic, non-decaf coffee. Do not use a coffee maker. Store coffee beans in the freezer to retain freshness.
2. Allow coffee to boil for 5-15 min, to evaporate the oils. Let cool to body temp.
3. Strain, using a fine-mesh stainless steel tea strainer (it looks like screen wire) to strain out the grounds, leaving the "silt", which contains many of the beneficial elements for detoxification
4. Filtered water may be added back to make one full quart. Using an enema bag, insert coffee mixture into rectum. Lie on your left side for 15 min with knees toward your chest, breathing deeply.
5. Evacuate bowels.
Best of Health!
Moshe Dekel, MD