Coffee Enema - Taking Your Coffee the Right Way!
Coffee enemas are extremely supportive for detoxing the liver by dilating blood vessels and increasing bile flow, releasing toxins into the bowel for passing. Coffee enemas also increase glutathione production in the body and therefore reduce free radicals. I believe so much in the power of coffee enemas that I have devoted this chapter to fully inform you, so you can be confident in trying it.
One of the most rewarding techniques I’ve used to remove toxins and assist with feeling better from detox symptoms is taking coffee enemas. Whenever I have pain in the liver, headache, aching joints, am feeling foggy brained, continually fatigued, tired or lethargic (detox symptoms), I conduct a personal coffee enema in my bathroom — usually in the morning. These days I have a coffee enema three times a week after exercise. When I am severely detoxing, I will have them daily.I know the thought of having enemas might sound gross to some of you and you won’t even go there, but believe me, after your first experience (which you may find somewhat awkward until you establish your own technique and rhythm) you will look forward to each experience as a meditative and cleansing experience.If your mind won’t even contemplate an enema, try to open your thinking and allow new experiences into your life. You need to change something for change to happen in our health. Or you could do nothing and continue complaining
The History of Coffee Enemas
Coffee enemas evolved from World War One, when medical supplies were low and a nurse wanted to relieve the pain of soldiers in hospital. The nurse, having some experience in simple water enemas, which were regularly used by medical staff in those days, used coffee left over from her doctor’s use (to keep the doctors awake). Her thinking was, “if it’s good for the doctors, it is probably good for the patient”. She found that the coffee enema relieved the soldiers’ pain, headaches and lifted their overall feeling of well-being. Water enemas were generally ordered for each soldier following surgery anyway.
How Coffee Enemas Work
When coffee is taken through the rectum, caffeine from the coffee is taken up via the haemorrhoidal blood vessels, then through the portal vein, directly to the liver and proceeds to dilate (open-up, expand) blood veins and capillaries rather than shrinking them, like when coffee is ingested through the mouth. In doing so, the liver releases toxins into the blood and bile that may have been trapped in the liver’s filtering process. It also stimulates the flow of bile (which is the body’s alkaliser and cleaner). The bile carries the toxins via the bile duct into the duodenum, then into the small intestine for passing. The increase of bile in the small intestines dramatically increases the production of a major hormone called glutathione S-transferase (GST) by up to 700%. GST gobbles up free radicals, assisting to alkalise the body. (see ‘Glutathione’ previously).Remembering that the entire body’s blood is filtered through the liver every three minutes, the end result is that many toxins are shifted from storage in the liver for release through the bowel. This can leave you feeling instantly refreshed, energised and less grumpy (yes, occasionally men get grumpy). I have even experienced instant relief from headache and pain, and an increase in focus and energy on many occasions.
1. Always endeavour to have a natural bowel motion before your coffee enema. Because of the regularity of my own coffee enemas, I find my body triggers (stimulates) my motion forward as I’m setting up for my enema. Your body is part of your mind — it knows what to do. “Do it and –it will come,” maybe not at first, but with regularity your body will adjust.
2. If you can’t have a natural bowel motion prior, conduct a simple water enema prior to the coffee enema. If you don’t release the stored faeces from the colon, there will be little space for the diluted coffee liquid to be held. Taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water, first thing in the morning and walking helps stimulate movement.
3. Use organic ground coffee beans, not instant coffee. Sounds obvious, however, we know of a few of people who didn’t read the details and used instant coffee.
4. Generally, you can have a coffee enema one to three times per week. If you are detoxing or suffering from pain, headaches, or similar, you can take a coffee enema daily. If you have a major disease like cancer, you can take coffee enemas up to three times a day according to Dr Max Gerson, originator of the internationally recognised Gerson Therapy that has saved many terminally ill patients in natural ways.
5. Always endeavour to have natural bowel motions between enemas if possible, so the muscles performing the peristalsis action in the colon are naturally exercised regularly. If you are having several enemas in one day, it is difficult to have natural motions between, but take plenty of fibre and probiotics and try have at least one natural motion before your first enema.
6. Keep everything clean and as sterile as possible.
7. Enema kits are for one person only and should not be shared, however you can purchase an extra catheter for personal use and share the use of the remainder of the kit. Enema kits should be available from most health stores or wholistic health providers, or contact me if you would like to make a purchase.
The Coffee Enema Process
I will describe how I set up my space for a coffee enema. This works for me, but remember, everyone’s bathroom layout, facilities and bodies are different. You might want to adapt my method to suit your situation.
– Privacy! You can’t relax adequately if you know you might be disturbed by your partner, children, pets, phones, emails, couriers. Ensure you create a space and time to relax into the procedure. Post a note on the door if need be.
– Timing? Allow 30-45 minutes to fully prepare and clean up afterwards. If needed, you can complete the whole process within 30 minutes.
– You will need somewhere to hang your enema kit at about doorknob height. The higher you hang the enema kit, the greater the pressure (flow). The minimum height should be about 70cm (28 in). You can hang it from a towel rack, shower screen handle, hook or doorknob. The hanging place is best to be in front of you when you lie on your right hand side, on the floor with your knees bent. This allows you to easily manage the opening and closing of the tube valve.
– You need access to a toilet bowl either in the same bathroom or next room — ensure no one else will be using it and you can move from room to room without embarrassment. Over five years, I have enjoyed coffee enemas in three different houses and five different bathroom layouts. One was only a two-metre-square bathroom, which included a bath, shower and door swing; the toilet was next door. Make the space work for you.
Coffee Enema — ‘Must Have’ Equipment:
– Enema kit. Note; over time, the valve may break or stop working, so use a couple of large bulldog (or fold-back) clips, bend the tube then clamp it.
– Clock or timer
– Bathroom towel
– Small hand towels
– 1-metre-long (3 ft) piece of toilet paper or tissues — scrunched
– Toilet paper roll
– 1 litre bottle or jug marked at 250ml, 500ml, 750ml and1 litre increments (2 pints marked at 1,2,3 and 4 cups).
– 250 ml (1 cup) boiling water
– 250 ml (1 cup) of prepared coffee liquid
– 200–500 ml (1–2 cups) filtered water
– Olive oil (or similar lubricating oil or nappy-rash cream)
– Hydrogen peroxide (for occasional sterilising)
– Note — if you need to have a simple water enema prior, you will need a second bottle or jug and another 250 ml (1 cup) of boiling water, plus another 500–750 ml (2–3 cups) of filtered tap water.
Coffee Enema — ‘Nice to Have’ Equipment:
– Socks for your feet in cooler weather
– Heater or fan (for a comfortable temperature)
– Relaxation music. Avoid phone calls, texting and Facebook
– An extra bath towel to place under you, which will help insulate you from the cold bathroom tiles
– If it’s cold, a large towel to act as a blanket
Coffee Liquid Preparation
– Large pot with a lid
– 250g (12oz) or 500ml (2 cups) of organic ground coffee beans (normal strength). Don’t use instant coffee!
– 2 litres (8 cups) of filtered, boiling water
– 2 litre storage bottle
– Strainer or sieve
– Fine strainer (optional)
1. Place the ground coffee and boiling water into the pot and bring to boil. Once boiling, simmer vigorously for 30 minutes. Ideally, leave this mixture to cool and settle for a day. If you need to use the coffee liquid immediately, you can do so, but understand that the water will be boiling hot and there will be some sediment suspended in the liquid regardless of how much you filter.
2. Once cooled and settled, use the strainer over the storage bottle to filter the coffee liquid and discard the sediment. If you find that some of the water has evaporated during the boiling process, simply top up with filtered water to make two litres.
3. This will make enough liquid for eight procedures for one person and should keep in the refrigerator.
4. You can also make up just one portion — 250 ml (1 cup) of coffee to use as you need it using a coffee filter.
Coffee Enema Preparation
Diluted Coffee Liquid for Enema
1. Add 250 ml (1 cup) of coffee liquid to your marked 1 litre (2 pints) bottle or jug
2. Then add 150–250 ml (5–8 oz) of boiling water. Adjust the amount of boiling water to about the temperature that matches your body, but ensure it’s not too hot. If you accidentally make your mixture too hot, simply add some ice cubes to cool it down quickly without adding excess water. It is okay to use the liquid at room temperature if you like.
3. Top up with filtered tap water to make a total of 500 ml (2 cups) of diluted coffee liquid, but if this is too much for the size of your colon, reduce to around 250 ml (1 cup). Everybody’s colon holds a different amount; adjust to what suits you. Personally, I use 600 ml (just over 2 cups).
4. As you become more familiar with the process and if it’s comfortable, you can use up to 1 litre (2 pints) of liquid, but start small. The main advantage of taking the maximum liquid for your colon is that the liquid may travel further towards the transverse colon where more caffeine is likely to be absorbed — there is less absorption in the descending colon. In having more liquid, the extra liquid is simply extra water; the amount of coffee stays the same.
5. It’s better to take less and keep it held longer than taking more and releasing too quickly.
– In your mind, start thinking about passing a motion. Then…
– Lay the towel/s on the floor with the long side facing the hanging point for the enema kit.
– Place a folded large hand towel in the position where your hip will lie on the towel.
– Place your pillow at the head space.
– Place your hand towels on the floor in front of you for easy access.
– If you are using the large towel as a blanket, have that ready at your feet.
– Scrunch your 1-metre-long (3 ft) toilet tissue and have it on the floor within easy access of your hands. You can also use a box of tissues.
– Place your clock or timer on the floor in front of you so you can easily see the time.
– For easy access, the toilet bowl seat should be down, with the lid up. If your toilet is separate from your bathroom, ensure the door is open and there is a roll of toilet paper handy.
– Have your bottle of diluted coffee liquid ready for use.
– Have your lubricating oil handy.
– Hang your enema kit on your towel rack, door knob or similar. Ensure the tube valve is closed.
– At about this time, I usually allow my body to pass a natural bowel motion. Prior, I often hold from urinating for around 30 minutes before, which tends to intensify the release of a motion at my desired timing. You have more control over your body than most realise.
– If a natural bowel motion is not forthcoming, or you have not had a bowel release within the previous two to three hours, then you need to conduct a simple water enema which follows similar lines to the coffee enema, but without the coffee liquid (see ‘Water Enema’ previously). You should allow as much water liquid into the colon as you need to release any stools waiting. Hold the water inside for as long as you can (often around 5–10 mins) and enjoy a relaxing release. Then proceed to enjoy your coffee enema.
– If you have a natural bowel motion, proceed onward…
– Pour the diluted coffee liquid into the enema container (kit bowl)
– Hold the end of the catheter up higher than the kit bowl
– Open the tube valve to allow the diluted coffee liquid into the tube, and then raise the end of the catheter up and slowly down to push air bubbles out. Air bubbles can cause pain in the bowel so avoiding bubbles is to your advantage. Allow the air-free diluted coffee liquid to run just past the valve and close the valve. Now place the end of the catheter on a clean hand towel on the floor.
– Place a few drops of oil on one finger and wipe it over the end of the catheter and wipe the residue around your anus. This lubricates for insertion. Then wash your hands.
– Ensure your bladder is empty before you proceed. You want to avoid getting up to urinate during the process.
Taking your Coffee Enema
Now you are ready to enjoy your ‘long black’
– Lie on the floor on your right side on the towel/s. Your liver is on the right side of your body and gravity helps feed the coffee liquid along the colon.
– Ensure you are lying comfortably with your hips on the folded large hand towels
– Place a couple of hand towels (or a cushion) between your knees if you like
– If you have a large towel acting as a blanket, have this pulled over your ankles so it is easy to simply pull up if needed
– Lay your head on the pillow
– Reach over and grab the end of the catheter and insert it into your anus about 8–10 cm (3–4”).
– Drain the diluted coffee liquid from the tube into your anus, then turn the valve off and remove the tube from your anus.
– Place the end of the catheter back on the hand towel
– Wipe your anal area with some scrunched toilet paper or tissue
– Take note of the time.
– How long should you hold the liquid? As mentioned earlier, your liver filters all your body’s blood every three minutes. So try to hold the liquid in multiples of three minutes and for at least 12–15 minutes. Try to make 21 minutes if you can, or 30 minutes if possible. If you can’t make 12 minutes, have a release, then set up again and add on the extra minutes you missed. The time you can hold varies from time to time, especially if you are new to this process. Tests have shown that the maximum amount of caffeine is taken up within 12–15 minutes. If it is comfortable to hold the diluted coffee liquid, I enjoy the extra 10–15 minutes.
– Pull up your large towel/blanket and relax — meditate. Listen to relaxation music if you like.
– If bowel pressure builds to a point where you just have to release, there are a couple of things you can do. Hold the scrunched toilet paper at your anus with finger pressure towards your anus. Sometimes gas can be trapped within pockets of the colon, so moving your abdominal muscles around to stimulate release of the
– trapped gas helps tremendously. Next time, reduce the amount of liquid you use.
– Usually one bowel release will occur, but more is also normal.
– On the same day I have a coffee enema, and often for days afterwards, I can feel my liver continually moving toxins through for release. Sometimes the gas I have afterwards can be extremely sulphurous and putrid, indicating some old stuff has been released.
– After your bowel release, turn around and study your motion. This is a good habit to get into. Studying your poo gives you great feedback on how your digestive and elimination system is operating. Look for parasites, undigested matter like corn, carrots or peas. Some gallstones may have even been released.
– I usually have a shower afterwards, but the process is clean enough to not need a shower.
– If necessary, apply just a dab of nappy-rash cream (containing zinc and castor oil) to your anus to help ease any irritation caused.
Now that you have removed most of the matter from your colon, you need to have a glass of water, good bacteria and fibre to assist in building your next motion that should move through in the next 8–12 hours. It’s ideal to make the next motion a quality motion. Also supplement with enzymes with your next meal.
– Use any leftover scrunched toilet paper to clean around the underside of the toilet seat and around the top of the toilet bowl, then flush.
– Wash any soiled towels
– Wash the enema kit with warm water and hang to dry. Ensure it is dry before storing. It’s important to maintain good hygiene practices – allowing bacteria to grow in your enema kit could transfer the unsupportive bacteria to the bowel causing illness.
– You can use about 40 ml of 3–7% of hydrogen peroxide in water to clean your enema kit• Occasionally, about every six to ten uses, I run a metre-long, thin pipe cleaner through the tubes (often available in the plumbing section at hardware or automotive stores). Then, I fill the whole tube only with hydrogen peroxide and leave it to sit for a day. A large paper clip is useful to clamp the tube at the right height so that all the tube is filled. I have found hydrogen peroxide to be one of the best killers of unsupportive bacteria since the year dot. We use it on open cuts, infections, and the like— often avoiding the use of antibiotics. Peroxide is available from most pharmacies and supermarkets in the health care section.Disclaimer: You should always consult your natural health practitioner prior to treatment. The supplier of this information is not responsible for any unexpected outcomes or consequences from this treatment. Treatment is your choice; I have simply explained what I do.