What do Coffee Enemas Do?

Coffee enemas are a long-standing part of the Gerson Method used to treat cancers. They have been shown to aid in detoxification of the liver, expel bile juice, reduce abdominal pain, and release toxic matter. They may be an effective portion in the treatment of acute and chronic inflammatory disease.

Coffee enemas increase the body’s ability to detoxify itself. Cafestol diacetate is a potent inducer of glutathione S-transferase (GST) in the animal liver and small bowel mucosa. GST helps the body to attach the body’s master detoxifier glutathione to toxins.  This makes them water soluble and then you can eliminate them from the body. Cafestol is one of two GST-inducers found in coffee. Coffee itself is known to induce GST, and when fed green as a food additive could enhance GST six-fold in the liver and seven-fold in the small bowel.

It may also have a role in treating cancer pain and removing parasites.

How to Do a Coffee Enema

  1. Put a little over 1 quart of purified water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Add 3 rounded tablespoons coffee. Continue to boil for five minutes.  Turn the stove off.
  2. Place in a French Press and allow to steep until coffee is cooled to body temperature. If unsure, allow to cool more. It is safer to have the temperature too cool instead of too hot.
  3. Lay an old towel on the bathroom floor. Bring a pillow or use additional towels to support your head. Bring relaxing reading materials.
  4. If you have never used your enema bag, attach the enema attachment (not the douche attachment). Ensure that it is firmly attached.
  5. Close the clamp on the enema hose. Pour the coffee into the enema bag avoiding adding coffee grounds. Do not use a paper filter to strain any remaining grounds. While holding enema tip over the sink, gently loosen the clamp and purge any air in the tubing by allowing a small amount of coffee to run through. Clamp again.
  6. Hang the enema bag from a towel rack or another object at least 2 feet off the ground. Do not hang from the shower curtain rod.
  7. Lie down on the floor on your right side and gently insert the catheter into your anus. Do not lay on the left side as this increases the risk of caffeine toxicity. If you need lubrication, any plant oil will work. KY Jelly is an alternative. I discourage you from using petrolatum products.
  8. Gently insert the tube into the rectum a few inches and then release the clamp and let 2 cups of coffee flow in. Clamp the tubing off as soon as there is the slightest amount of discomfort or fullness.
  9. Retain the enema for up to 12-15 minutes, or as long as you can hold it. If you feel the immediate need to go, that’s okay. Never retain the enema for longer than is comfortable. Go to the toilet.
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 to use the remaining 2 cups of coffee.
  11. When finished, rinse the enema bag and tubing with hot water.  Periodically clean enema bag and tubing with boiling water and hydrogen peroxide. Never use an enema bag as a douche bag.


  1. Talk to your physician before starting a new health and wellness routine.
  2. It is controversial whether enemas should be used during pregnancy.  I personally do not recommend them unless you are under the direction of a physician. Be sure to discuss with your physician or midwife.
  3. Do not use more than daily, unless under the direction of a physician.
  4. Never use a coffee enema that is too hot. This can be painful and damaging.
  5. Do not force the enema tip in. Never force yourself to hold the enema longer than is comfortable.
  6. Never use an enema bag as a douche bag.

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