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COFFEE ENEMA INFO by Unyquity:   by wombat   14 year

An enema is helpful to eliminate side effects of detoxing. By far the most popular enema on this forum is the COFFEE ENEMA, and following is a post by Uniquity. To read about more and various recommended CureZone enemas, go to


coffee enema INFO by Unyquity:


Why is coffee good 'going up', but not good 'going down'? A VERY good question!

Charlotte Gerson says: One should never take mouth. (Or something very similar to that)

And here's why: When coffee enters the colon, it comes into direct contact with the hemorrhoidal veins which lead to the hepatic portal veins and into the liver (these are mostly in the sigmoid colon...that's the last section of the colon before the rectum). From these veins, a VERY SMALL amount of the coffee solution goes up to the liver (most will be expelled). The various chemicals in the coffee solution cause two things to happen in the liver...1) the solution triggers the liver to create bile, hence flushing the liver free of clogs & debris (very similar to a Liver Flush , where the production of bile is caused by the drinking of oil)...but generally a coffee enema doesn't cause the liver to produce as much bile as ingesting 1/2 cup of oil. 2) When the chemicals in the coffee solution come in contact with the liver, they somehow (miraculously!) cause the liver to become a "free radical blood dialysis machine"...during the time the solution is retained (approximately 15 minutes), the blood of the body ciruculates through the liver FIVE times, removing virtually all free radicals from the bloodstream (and many toxins/poisons, too)...which of course aids the entire body in various ways. (In a human, the blood circulates through the liver approximately every three minutes, and the liver creates somewhere around a quart & a half of bile daily).

Does some of the caffeine get absorbed like it would if you were drinking it. VERY little! When doing a coffee enema, you're not swallowing it all, and leaving it in your body. And if done properly, the coffee solution is kept in your lower colon (versus a 'high' enema where the tubing is worked all the way to the small intestines). The sigmoid colon is not where a lot of anything is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, because when food finally gets through all the various stages of digestive process, there's not much of anything left in the fecal matter (that's within inches of being evacuated) that the body cares to absorb.

If one took a sip of coffee and held it in their mouth 15 minutes, and then spit it out...they wouldn't get as much caffeine from the coffee as they would if they swallowed it (however, they would get some because the mouth IS designed to absorb nutrients - especially sublingually). But when holding a coffee solution in the sigmoid colon, very little of it gets absorbed (and of course, after 15 minutes, it's evacuated). That's not to say that some people don't get a bit of caffeine jitters when first doing coffee enemas (especially if the solution goes higher into the colon, or they don't expel it all), but Dr. Gerson and Dr. Kelley would tell you (after curing tens of thousands of people from cancer and other incurable diseases), the benefits FAR outweigh what little amount of caffeine seeps into the bloodstream.

coffee enemas were in the Merck Manual (the BIBLE for allopathic physicians) as an effective way to cleanse the liver. The entry on coffee enemas was removed from the Merck Manual in the 70's...for "space considerations" (bah, I guess they had to make room for more pharmaceutical poisons).

The 'traditional' coffee enema is basically 3 tbsp of organic (a MUST) coffee, in a quart of distilled water...boiled for three minutes, then simmered for 20 minutes (with the lid on). Dr. Kelley added 1-4 tablespoons of Epsom Salts to relax the hepatic network (and to make the enema easier to retain), but I don't think Gerson added ES. (I add 1 tablespoon of ES to one quart of solution; my hubby adds two tablespoons - I become dehydrated easily by ES -one of the reasons I dread doing Liver Flushes ). One retains the solution for up to 20 minutes.

I see now a 'new' way that's been published on the S.A. Wilson site (and I like it MUCH better). One used the same ration of coffee to water BUT does the enema in two parts. 2 cups of solution, hold 15 minutes or so, expel...then do the last two cups the same way. I find this MUCH easier to retain, much more fluid stays in the lower/sigmoid colon, and if you happen to have a bit of fecal matter in the lower colon on the first phase, after you expel the first one/fluid, your colon is completely clean on the 2nd....and a little bit of fecal matter in there can make a difference.

How do I know that? :::big grin::: I always use a stethoscope when doing a coffee enemas - it's AMAZING what you can hear & discern. By listening to your liver, inserting the fluid and then contininuing to can tell almost exactly what position allows the enema solution to best go up the portals/veins. I always lay on my left side so the solution mostly stays on the left/sigmoid area, but there's all kinds of variation of laying on your side (especially in a waterbed, lol), and by listening to your liver as you move around, you can find 'the sweet spot' - it's absolutely amazing (did I say that already? lol) to listen to the way your liver reacts to a coffee enema (and a liver flush, too). It's been incredibly insightful (and a great healing tool) to be able to discern how the bile flows (or isn't flowing so good) through my liver.

For example, when I first started iodining, I stopped doing the CE's for a few weeks so I'd be able to know more fully exactly what the Iodine was doing. The first Coffee-Enema I did after a few weeks (of not doing them) had an incredibly different array of sounds than when I was doing them regularly (2-3 times weekly, although I wish I had the time to do them daily). Anyway, that first Coffee-Enema after a few weeks off had a lot of deep gurgling and 'popping', followed by the more typical 'creaky door' sounds of bile flowing.

And THAT is what I know about that! Ask a couple of simple questions, get a 'book' in return. 'Hope it all makes good sense. Oh yes, always remember, Dr. Gerson had many of his terminally ill patients doing FOUR CE's daily...there's really not much of a risk of doing much damage/harm when doing a coffee enema. I HIGHLY recommend them...and I sleep like a baby when I'm done. I've had several people notice how good my skin looks afterward.

Blankets of blessings,


Most of this information was taken/paraphrased from various articles here:

Here's a GREAT article:

From The Cancer Chronicles #6 and #7

© Autumn 1990 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

The most controversial alternative procedures has to be the coffee enema. Along with other detoxification routines, the coffee enema is a central part of both the Gerson and the Kelley programs. It is always good for a laugh: "with milk or sugar?" This bizarre-sounding treatment can also be used to scare people away from alternatives in general. No quackbusting article these days is complete without a reference to "enemas made from roasted coffee beans." So what's the story? Is the coffee enema crackpot faddism or is there some rationale behind this procedure?

An enema is "a fluid injected into the rectum for the purpose of clearing out the bowel, or of administering drugs or food." The word itself comes from the Greek en-hienai, meaning to "send or inject into." The enema has been called "one of the oldest medical procedures still in use today." Tribal women in Africa, and elsewhere, routinely use it on their children. The earliest medical text in existence, the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, (1,500 B.C.) mentions it. Millennia before, the Pharaoh had a "guardian of the anus," a special doctor one of whose purposes was to administer the royal enema.

The Greeks wrote of the fabled cleanliness of the Egyptians, which included the internal cleansing of their systems through emetics and enemas. They employed these on three consecutive days every month said Herodotus (II.77) or at intervals of three or four days, according to the later historian Diodorus. The Egyptians explained to their visitors that they did this because they "believed that diseases were engendered by superfluities of the food", a modern-sounding theory!

Enemas were known in ancient Sumeria, Babylonia, India, Greece and China. American Indians independently invented it, using a syringe made of an animal bladder and a hollow leg bone. Pre-Columbian South Americans fashioned latex into the first rubber enema bags and tubes. In fact, there is hardly a region of the world where people did not discover or adapt the enema. It is more ubiquitous than the wheel. Enemas are found in world literature from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Gulliver Travels to Peyton Place.

In pre-revolutionary France a daily enema after dinner was de rigueur. It was not only considered indispensable for health but practiced for good complexion as well. Louis XIV is said to have taken over 2,000 in his lifetime. Could this have been the source of the Sun King's sunny disposition? For centuries, enemas were a routine home remedy. Then, within living memory, the routine use of enemas died out. The main times that doctors employ them nowadays is before or after surgery and childbirth. Difficult and potentially dangerous barium enemas before colonic X rays are of course still a favorite of allopathic doctors.

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. 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 animals.

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, harmful chemicals now commonly implicated in the initiation of cancer. In mice, for example, these systems are enhanced 600 percent in the liver and 700 percent in the bowel when coffee beans are added to the mice's diet.

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

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