Coffee enema is the act of injecting coffee directly into your anus to clean your large intestines and rectum. It was conceived in 1917 and first recorded in 1972 in the Merck Manual. Many people believe that it has a lot of health benefits while some people have not believed in its functions.

Coffee Enema: Pros and Cons

When talking about coffee enema, there are obvious pros and cons for it.


According to the studies done by Gerson Institute, coffee enema has a lot of benefits because of the coffee can stimulate our liver to produce Glutathione S transferase, which is the master detoxifier in our body. Pros believe coffee enema can:

  • Improve peristalsis by cleaning and healing the colon.

  • Reduce toxicity levels by up to 600% and in turn, reduce inflammation.

  • Help eliminate candida and parasites.

  • Help with sluggishness, bad moods and depression.

  • Help repair and detoxify the liver.

  • Help ease detox reactions due to fasting or juice fasting periods, healing or cleansing.

  • Help cure chronic health conditions by adding a raw plant diet.

  • Help heal cancer patients naturally.


On the other hand, there are those people who believe that the effects of coffee enema have no scientific basis and the Gerson Therapy Treatment is just being touted. This is dangerous because it has no proper scientific claim. The dangers of the coffee enema procedure include:

  • Plain saline is enough and adding extra ingredients to the enema namely green tea, coffee, baking soda, vinegar, minerals or bath salt has no scientific evidence that it will improve one’s health.

  • Anal tearing might result from inserting anything.

  • When enema kits are re-used, it might carry bacteria which can lead to infection.

  • Dehydration can be the result of extensive enema use.

  • Electrolyte imbalance might lead to death because of enema overuse.

  • Pregnant women and caffeine sensitive people must avoid caffeine enemas.

  • Bowel’s decreased function could be the result of the temporary excitement of the colon nerves.

  • Caffeine addition might be the results of the caffeine in enema.

  • Rectal perforation and internal burning are possible if hot coffee is inserted quickly.

  • Malabsorption of fat-soluble vitamins, fat and calcium might be the result of long-term coffee enema use.

  • Numerous side effects such as infections, sepsis, colitis, severe electrolyte imbalance, proctocolitis, brain abscess, heart failure and salmonella might happen.

Coffee Enema Procedure

Pros and cons as explained above have given you the knowledge regarding the positive and negative aspect of coffee enemas. If you still want to try coffee enema, here is the procedure.

Decide the place and body position for coffee enema

You can have the procedure on the bathroom floor, bathtub or bed. It is best that your position makes you feel relaxed. Avoid having it on a yoga posture. It is recommended to lie supine when doing coffee enema because it is relaxing and you can meditate while doing the cleansing. Many people want to do the doggie position or lie on their side but it is not an optimum position.


Gather the Materials

Buy a 2 quart standard enema bag that has a hook or handle that can carry the bag. Check if there is a hose, hose clamp or an enema tip. Buy organic dark roast coffee if possible. Do not settle for decaffeinated and instant coffee. Grind the coffee and store it in the freezer to maintain its freshness.


Prepare the Coffee

Boil the coffee in a saucepan for 13 minutes. You can also use a percolator or standard coffee maker.


Prepare to Do the Enema

Remove the coffee grounds from the water by filtration or decantation. If you are going to use an enema bag, screw on the top of it and make sure that the plastic hose is tightly fastened on the bag. Remove any excess air that is trapped from enema tube. Lubricate the tip of enema with olive oil, petroleum jelly, Vaseline, shaving cream or coconut oil. Remember that you should not lubricate it too much because the tip might fall out, causing a mess.


Do the Enema

Hang the bucket or bag and use the clamps to close it. Hang it three feet above your body. Insert the tip gently straight from the legs. It’s better if you twist the tip gently before so that it will be easier to insert. Let the coffee go all the way in slowly. Wait for a few seconds for the coffee to flow in, keeping relaxed in the process.


Clean Up

After at least 15 minutes, release the coffee solution into the toilet. It is alright if no coffee comes out of your body. And if you feel some water remain inside of your body, it might signify that you are dehydrated, which requires you to drink plenty of water or another kind of water.


You can get specific instruction from the video below:


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