Coffee enemas are used to detoxify the body of toxins. Toxins can be held in the colon, particularly in the transverse colon.
One mechanism that coffee enemas work is by increasing glutathione, the master antioxidant of the body. If you have had any gastrointestinal health problems, you may wish to consult with your healthcare provider before beginning coffee enemas.
- Water, filtered/purified or distilled
- Ground coffee
- Pot for boiling
- Sheets or towels or pad to lie upon
- Enema bag or bucket with hanging apparatus
- Lubricant, such as any vegetable oil
- Soap and/or hydrogen peroxide for cleaning enema bag after use
- Supplements as listed below
Step by step Instructions
Prepare the space where you will receive the enema.
- Space can be a flat area, such as on the floor, near a toilet. You may wish to place towels or sheets on the area in case there are any spills.
- Keep adequate space where you can lie down on your back and, when necessary, roll on your left side and, then, rollover to your right side.
Boil 1 quart (32 oz or approximately 1 L) of water.
- If you are new to enemas, you may wish to begin with only one half (16 oz) or even one quarter (8 oz). You may use any filtered/purified or distilled water.
- Add the coffee. Any ground high-quality coffee is acceptable.
- If you are a beginner or have a sensitive system, you may wish to begin aslow as 1 tsp of coffee.
- You can increase slowly by1 tsp per enema, or more quickly by1 tbsp per enema.Maximum suggested is usually3 tbsp of coffee.
- Add the coffee and boil uncovered for 5 min.
- Reduce heat and simmer covered for 15 min.
- If some water has evaporated in the boiling – you may re-add water to return the volume to 1 quart. (Doing this will also aid in cooling the mixture.)
- The coffee mixture is now prepared but needs to be cooled to tepid (body temperature) before administration.
- You may either wait for the coffee mixture to cool naturally, or pour it back and forth between two pots for several minutes to quicken cooling.
- Strain the mixture into a bowl or pitcher and then into the enema bag.
- Once the coffee mixture feels tepid, or approximately at body temperature, it is ready to be administered.
- If you are new to coffee enemas, it is preferred to be slightly cool rather than too warm. Vary the temperature to what is most comfortable for you.
Remember to clamp the enema bag/bucket, so fluid does not drain out before filling the bag/bucket.
- Pour the coffee mixture into your enema bag/bucket.
- Hang the enema bag/bucket 18 inches above body height. If your enema bag has a speed control valve, holding it at a higher height allows you to slow the flow.
- A product that has a speed control valve is listed below. Lie in such a way that your hand reaches the valve to turn it and off.
- Apply lubricant to the catheter tip.
Positioning: The goal of the enema is to enter the transverse colon. There are two different techniques to accomplish this:
- Plan to lay on your right side throughout the procedure.
- Pull your knees towards your chest, towards a fetal position.
- If this technique creates a feeling of too much pressure, consider option B.
2. Plan to initially lay on your left side.
- Pull your knees towards your chest, towards a fetal position. After a few minutes, or when you feel pressure on the left side, gently roll onto your back, so slowly as to not move the catheter.
- After a few minutes, or when you feel pressure, roll onto your right side.
- You can either stay on your right side or roll back and forth to alleviate pressure as needed.
- Ensure you have enough space to roll left and right.
- Note that if you roll, the catheter may come out and may require re-insertion.
Insert the catheter tube approximately 4 inches (10 cm). Periodically check the tube as it may need re-insertion.
Unclamp the tube and allow slow filling.
- Depending on your comfort and chosen speed, this could take anywhere from a few to 15 minutes.
- If cramping arises, slow or clamp the tube to stop filling.
- If a speed control valve is present, move it to the off position.
- If cramping persists, STOP the enema and place a hot water bottle over the abdomen.
- Hold the enema for 15 minutes, if possible. It is better to be able to hold the enema even if you can only use half the coffee mixture, then to overfill to the point that you can not hold the enema at all.
- If it is difficult to hold, consider an enema with warm water before the coffee enema.
- Remember, “accidents” can happen to even experienced patients – be kind and gentle in this procedure.
Clean the enema bag/bucket, tubing, and catheter and rinse and dry for next use. You may use soap and/or hydrogen peroxide.
Supplements: Avoiding depletion of nutrients is essential; so it is advisable to take two supplements after coffee enemas:
- Mineral supplement, such as Oxylent
- High dose probiotic, such as any brand containing at least 50-100 billion colony forming units (CFU). If you do not tolerate probiotics, do not take this supplement and you may proceed with the enema.
Repeat weekly, or as directed by your healthcare provider. After a course of weekly enemas (e.g. 1 month / 4 enemas), consider continuing at regular intervals (e.g. monthly) to support detoxification.
Implants are an option for advanced practitioners of enemas. Implants refer to something which is placed in the colon and is not evacuated but left in to support the tissue. Implant options include ozonated water and probiotics. Another option is alternatives to the enema solution which include diluted hydrogen peroxide, diluted apple cider vinegar, diluted lemon juice, Epsom salts, and other herbal preparations. If you are interested in implants and other types of enemas, consider discussing with your healthcare provider if and which implants are best for you.
Enema bags/buckets with speed control valves such as Premium Enema are available from Amazon.
This document is not intended for the purpose of providing medical advice. All information and content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.