DETOXIFICATION EFFECTS OF
THE COFFEE ENEMA
In the 1920s, German scientists found
that a caffeine solution could open the bile ducts and stimulate the production of bile in the liver of experimental
Dr. Max Gerson used this clinically
as part of a general detoxification regimen, first for tuberculosis, then cancer. Caffeine, he postulated, will
travel up the hemorrhoidal to the portal vein and thence to the liver itself. Gerson noted some remarkable effects
of this procedure. For instance, patients could dispense with all pain-killers once on the enemas. Many people
have noted the paradoxical calming effect of coffee enemas.
And while coffee enemas can relieve constipation, Gerson cautioned: "Patients have to know that the coffee enemas are not given for the function of the
intestines but for the stimulation of the liver."
Coffee enemas were an established part of medical practice when Dr. Max Gerson introduced them into cancer therapy
in the 1930s. Basing himself
on German laboratory work, Gerson believed that caffeine could stimulate the liver and gall bladder to discharge
bile. He felt this process
could contribute to the health of the cancer patient.
Although the coffee enema has been heaped with scorn, there has been some independent scientific work that gives
credence to this concept. In 1981, for instance, Dr. Lee Wattenberg and his colleagues were able to show that substances
found in coffee - kahweol and
cafestol palmitate - promote the activity of a key enzyme system, glutathione S-transferase, above the norm. This system detoxifies a vast array
of electrophiles from the bloodstream and, according to Gar Hildenbrand of the Gerson Institute, "must be
regarded as an important mechanism for carcinogen detoxification." This enzyme group is responsible for neutralizing free radicals, the harmful chemicals
now commonly implicated in the initiation of cancer. In mice, for example, these systems are enhanced 600% in the
liver and 700% in the bowel when coffee beans are added to the mice's diet.
Note: Glutathione is worth researching. It
is one of the best substances to reduce pain and inflammation and is used intravenously in Parkinson's disease as it helps to reduce symptoms within minutes. Absorbing
supplemental glutathione is difficult without IV since todate, the only means of getting it is wrapped in fat,
which most gallbladders in trouble, have difficulty with. Thus, coffee enemas are a great replacement.
Dr. Peter Lechner, who is investigating the Gerson method at the Landeskrankenhaus of Graz, Austria, has reported
that "coffee enemas have
a definite effect on the colon which can be observed with an endoscope." F.W. Cope (1977) has postulated the existence of a "tissue damage syndrome."
When cells are challenged by poison, oxygen deprivation, malnutrition or a physical trauma they lose potassium,
take on sodium and chloride, and swell up with excess water.
Another scientist (Ling) has suggested that water in a normal cell is contained in an "ice-like" structure.
Being alive requires not just the right chemicals but the right chemical structure. Cells normally have a preference
for potassium over sodium but when a cell is damaged it begins to prefer sodium. This craving results in a damaged
ability of cells to repair themselves and to utilize energy. Further, damaged cells produce toxins; around tumors
are zones of "wounded" but still non-malignant tissue, swollen with salt and water.
Gerson believed it axiomatic that cancer could not exist in normal metabolism. He pointed to the fact that scientists
often had to damage an animal's thyroid and adrenals just to get a transplanted tumor to "take." He directed
his efforts toward creating normal metabolism in the tissue surrounding a tumor.
It is the liver and small bowel which neutralize the most common tissue toxins: polyamines, ammonia, toxic-bound
nitrogen and electrophiles. These detoxification systems are probably enhanced by the coffee enema. Physiological
Chemistry and Physics has stated that "caffeine
enemas cause dilation of bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of toxic cancer breakdown products by the liver
and dialysis of toxic products across the colonic wall."
In addition, theophylline and
theobromine (two other chemicals in coffee) dilate blood vessels and counter inflammation of the gut; the palmitates
enhance the enzyme system responsible for the removal of toxic free radicals from the serum; and the fluid of the
enema then stimulates the visceral nervous system to promote peristalsis and the transit of diluted toxic bile
from the duodenum and out the rectum.
Since the enema is generally
held for 15 minutes, and all the blood in the body passes through the liver every three minutes, "these enemas
represent a form of dialysis of blood across the gut wall" (Healing Newsletter, #13, May-June, 1986).
Prejudice against coffee enemas continues, however. Although this data was made available to Office of Technology
Assessment it was largely ignored in their box on the procedure. They dismissively state "there is no scientific
evidence to support the claim that coffee enemas detoxify the blood or liver."
HISTORY OF THE COFFEE
The following paragraph is from from "The
Royal Enema" by Dr. Ralph Moss. For the full article please visit the link to the s.a. Wilsons Therapy Blend website for therapeutic coffee.
"But why coffee? This bean has an interesting history. It was imported in Arabia in the early 1500's by the
Sufi religious mystics, who used it to fight drowsiness while praying. It was especially prized for its medicinal
qualities, in both the Near East and Europe. No one knows when the first daring soul filled the enema bag with
a quart of java. What is known is that the coffee enema appeared at least as early as 1917 and was found in the
prestigious Merck Manual until 1972."
WHAT IS AN ENEMA
An enema is the injecting of a liquid into the rectum via
a tube for cleansing purposes or for stimulating the action of the bowels. It can be used for constipation especially
when laxatives are not working. It is faster acting than a laxative. They are also used for clearing the bowels
before some medical procedures such as a colonoscopy and before child birth. For the purposes of gallbladder, liver
and constipation, coffee is the solution of choice.
HOW TO MAKE AN ENEMA
Different solutions can be used for enemas, depending on
the intention. The green coffee beans from SA Wilsons seems to be best for stimulating bile. In the interim, or
if it is just too complicated a procedure for you, gluten-free instant coffee can be used. Cyrex Labs did an independent
study of many different instant coffee brands and found only Starbucks instant coffee to be free of gluten. Unfortunately,
the gluten is used as a flow agent and is often in minute amounts so that it does not end up listed in the ingredients.
For bowel impaction or stubborn constipation, a salt and baking soda solution is excellent as the salt can help to soften the stool. (Also consider
oil packs over the abdomen for constipation.)
For cleansing the liver and gallbladder, the coffee enema is the solution of choice. For stimulating the vagus
nerve to improve a low-functiong gallbladder or for stubborn constipation, use a coffee enema. For relaxing, a
chamomile tea enema is a good choice. Whatever liquid you choose to use, be sure and use lukewarm water.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE for DOING
A COFFEE ENEMA
Essential Ingredients Needed
- 1 quart+ Purified water (not tap water)
- 2-3 rounded tbsp Organic Whole Coffee Beans (ground finely
- Enema bag
- Lubricant (for insertion of tube into rectum): a few drops
of Organic Olive Oil or Sesame Oil (Avoid petroleum jellies such as KY or Vaseline)
- Old towels (to use when kneeling/laying on the floor); do
not use good towels (since any coffee drops will permanently stain the towels)
Most of the above items including coffee and
enema kits can be ordered online from:
Wilsons Therapy Blend
Clinacally Proven, Lab Tested,
100% Cert. Organic Enema coffee.
PREPARING THE ENEMA
1. Grind 2-3 tbsp Wilsons Therapeutic Coffee Beans to a fine
powder. Do not do this ahead of time so you will get the freshest, most active phytonutrients from the coffee.
Pre-ground coffee beans are partially oxidized & should not be used.
2. Add the ground organic coffee to 1 quart of clean water
(not tap water). Bring to a boil. Let it continue to boil for 3 minutes, then turn down to a simmer. Cover with
a lid. Simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Allow it to cool down to a very comfortable, tepid temperature.
You can add some room temperature water (not tap water) or a couple of ice cubes, if you want to cool it faster.
Test with your finger. It should be the same temperature as a baby's bottle. Never use it hot or steaming; body
temperature is good.
4. Strain with a fine metal strainer to remove any large
particles that could clog the enema tube. Avoid using a paper or cloth filter because it removes some of the essential
elements, such as Cafestol, from the liquid.
5. Pour into enema bucket. If you prefer, you can split the
quart into two parts. One part to be used right away in enema bucket, while the other part can be stored in a container
with a cover to retain some of the warmth.
6. Use some lubricant for insertion of tube into rectum:
a few drops of organic olive oil or sesame oil. Avoid petroleum jellies such as KY or Vaseline.
While the enema is cooking,
get your space ready. Make it a comfortable experience. Keep in mind
that coffee does stain, so use towels, blankets, clothes that you don't mind getting stained.
The easiest place to do the
enema is in the bathroom.
Figure out what is the best space for you to lie down, whether in the shower/bathtub or on the floor.
Put down blankets, towels or a mat. You can use a large roll of toilet paper
(with a towel over it) as a pillow.
You may want to have something
to cover yourself with, and a pair of socks
and/or a heater to keep you warm.
Have a clock there to time
the 12-15 minutes.
Have a roll of toilet paper
or paper towels for quick wipe up.
The coffee can also stain floors, so it's best to have something on hand.
You can even have soft music
playing or read a book,
though I have found that it's is a great opportunity to enjoy quiet, solitary time.
TAKING THE ENEMA
1. Remove the cover from the tube. Unclasp the clamp and
let the liquid run until the coffee begins to run, thereby removing the air in the tube. Reclasp the clamp. You
will have to do this over the toilet or sink so that is catches the liquid that comes out.
2. The enema bucket needs to be placed above wherever you are lying down, whether it's on top of the
toilet, hung on a towel rack or on a countertop. Ideal
height is 18 inches. Higher than this can create too strong a flow. Having it elevated is necessary so that the
liquid flows downward. Situate it in such a way that you can control the clamp that is on the tube.
3. Apply a small amount of oil to the end of the tube to
ease with the insertion.
4. The easiest position to insert the enema is on your knees,
head down on towel/blanket, so that gravity will help the liquid flow into the colon. Another option is to lie
on your right side.
5. Insert the tube into the rectum while using the other
hand to support you. Insert it about 2-3 inches. Be gentle & do not push it too far. Breathe & relax.
5. Often, if some fecal matter is lower in the rectal tract,
you may want to take in about 1/8 or 1/4 of the liquid - just enough to expel the fecal matter in the lower tract.
In this case, it is not necessary to hold the liquid for any period of time. If you've had a recent bowel movement,
this step may not be necessary.
6. Divide the remaining liquid approximately in half (mentally).
Or you may have already separated the liquid, and have the other half in a container which is helping to retain
If you are new to the enema process, I recommend that you
do the enema in two parts. If you feel that you can hold the entire quart, you can also do it that way.
7. Take half of the liquid (about 1/2 quart) into the bowels.
Do it gradually. You can use the clamp to control how much and how fast it goes in. Remember to keeping on breathing.
to close the clamp & then remove the tube (or you will regret it). Lay on your right side or on your back with legs and pelvis elevated. Hold the first portion for
Open to receive this amazing detoxification of your system.
Allow your body to relax. You may want to gently massage your belly.
If nature calls after taking in the liquid (i.e. you feel
a strong urge to expel) - even after a minute or two, do not resist -- go ahead and expel it. At first, it may
be hard to hold the liquid for the full 12-15 minutes. Later, after several enemas (and thus a certain amount of
toxic elimination), it will be much easier for the bowels to hold the liquid for the full 15 minutes.
9. Expel enema.
10. Take in the second 1/2 quart and hold for another 12-15
minutes. Then expel.
11. Clean your enema bucket by running warm water in it with
a squirt of a neutral soap such as Castille (clasp closed). Dip some toilet paper into the water and wipe off the
end of the tube (don't double dip). Open the clasp and let the remaining liquid run though the tube into the toilet
or sink. Close the clasp and put the cover on the end of tube.
12. Give yourself some time to rest after the enema (20 to 30 minutes) - without walking or exercising. This helps
ensure that you are at home, and near a toilet, if another small amount of enema liquid needs to come out that
was not expelled earlier.
Best enema time: during the day before 6 pm. Some find that
doing the enemas too late in the day keeps them awake at night. Experiment with what works for you.
Enema buckets are preferred because they can be cleaned.