Alright everyone! I am so glad you even had the guts to open this post but the truth is that we are ALL curious about the hush-hush topic of the enema and I am going to bring it forth! I am such a fan of enemas, that I wanted to talk to you about the health benefits of a coffee enema, and how they can help to improve your health.
The enema is one of the oldest practices of cleansing and detoxifying, dating back to the Egyptians in 1,500 B.C., and has been called “one of the oldest medical procedures still in use today.” 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 and cultures ranging from the ancient Sumeria, Babylonia, India, Greece, China and American Indians. So why are we all so scared of talking about it then?
Well, because an enema is literally a fluid injected into the rectum for the purpose of clearing the bowel, accelerating the healing process or for the elicitation of detoxification. I know this scares you all, but seriously, this is the BEST thing you could do. Your only problem will be that once you start you will not want to stop!
Every friend, client or family member that I have recommended enemas to have all resisted, but once they started they were all in love. Why you ask? Because they feel amazing, they give you an instant burst of energy, they make your skin glow, they help with digestive problems, they relieve constipation, they aid in weight loss, they help get rid of headaches and best of all they make your stomach super flat! In fact, they should be a basic part of your detoxification program… I would say mandatory even.
What are Enemas Used For?
Over time, toxic wastes can accumulate in the colon and liver, and then circulate throughout the body via the bloodstream. This can lead to a toxic system that can manifest in many ways ranging from migraines and skin problems, to digestive disorders and allergies, to chronic pain and illness. Furthermore, it can lead to dull skin, acne, and a reduction hair and nail growth.
Enemas are therefore used to release old colon waste, freshen the G.I tract and stimulate liver detoxification which is essential for clearing toxins from the body and maintaining the health of all the organ and gland tissues in the body. They are especially helpful during a healing crisis, after a serious illness to speed healing or to give relief from fevers or detoxification headaches. They are even a mandatory cleansing method for those with gallbladder issues as well.
The History of Enemas
The word itself comes from the Greek en-hienai, meaning to “send or inject into.” 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 3 consecutive days every month said Herodotus (II.77) or at intervals of 3 or 4 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 superfluity of the food”, a modern-sounding theory!
Enemas were known in ancient Sumeria, Babylonia, India, Greece and China. American Indians independently in- vented 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 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.
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. Coffee contains substances that promote the activity of glutathione- essential for liver detoxification- dilate blood vessels, counter inflammation in the gut, while stimulating the release of toxins from the liver and gallbladder, which are then flushed from the body. Furthermore, it produces enzyme activity for healthy red blood cell formation and oxygen uptake.
What is the Research?
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 blood- stream 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% in the liver and 700% in the bowel when coffee beans are added to the mice’s diet.
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.
When is the Best Time for an Enema?
I like to take an enema first thing in the morning after your first bowel movement. It is always best to have an empty stomach as it is easier to hold it. You will want to strive to hold the enema for 15 minutes, since all the blood in the body passes through the liver every three minutes making it similar “to a form of dialysis of blood across the gut wall (Healing Newsletter, #13, May-June, 1986).”
* Note: When performing your first enema, I suggest using just plain water so that you can get used to the procedure.
Directions for a Coffee Enema
1/2 quart (about 16 oz or 2 cups) – Purified water (not tap water) – for heating
1/2 quart (about 16 oz) – Purified water – for cooling the heated water
2 Tablespoons – Organic Coffee Beans
1 Enema bucket
Lubricant (for insertion of tube into rectum): a few drops of Olive Oil or Coconut 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)
1. Grind Coffee Beans. Fresh-grind the 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. Simmer Ground Coffee Beans for 5 Minutes. Add the freshly ground coffee bean powder to 1/2 quart of water and bring to a simmer (small, rolling bubbles) for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
3. Let Sit for 5 minute. (The soak time helps release of the phytonutrients into the water.)
4. Strain Mixture. Strain the coffee-herbal mixture with a fine metal strainer to remove any large particles that could clog the enema tube. (Or you can pour off the liquid into another bowl, being careful not to pour out the dregs in the bottom.)
5. Add Cool Water to Mixture. Add about 1/2 quart of room-temperature water (cool or room temperature) to the hot coffee- herbal liquid mixture – then pour into the enema bucket. The idea is to cool the hot coffee mixture to a warm temperature (so it is not too hot when inserting the fluid into the rectum). The final mixture should be warm to the touch (not too hot and not too cool) – about 100o F.
Note: If the temperature is too hot, it can cause damage to the anus or intestines; if it is too cool, it may cramp the intestines and toxic waste elimination may be poor. However, too cool is better than too hot.
6. Take Enema. Take an enema as follows. (Although not necessary, an excellent time to take an enema is after a bowel elimination.) Keep in mind, coffee may leave permanent stains. You may want to wear old clothes — and use old towels (or paper towels).
Apply a small amount of oil (such as Olive Oil) to the anal area (for ease of insertion of the enema nozzle). An excellent position to do the enema is on a rug on the floor (near a toilet) on your knees with your head down near the floor. The enema bucket should be placed on the bathroom counter- elevating the liquid is necessary to have enough pressure for the fluid to flow into the colon.
While leaning on one hand on the floor, with the other hand, gently insert the enema nozzle into the rectum. Be sure the nozzle is inserted fully. (Be sure to put your head down near the floor so gravity will help the fluid flow downwards into the colon.) Slowly release the hose clamp to allow the liquid to begin to flow into the colon. (Often you will have the sensation of warm liquid gurgling or flowing into the colon.)
If the flow seems too fast, close the hose clamp; wait for a minute or two, then open the clamp again. Try to take about half of the liquid (about 1/2 quart) into the bowels; then hold for 10 minutes before expelling. (During this time, you may close the clamp, remove the nozzle from the rectum; then lay on your right side during the 10 minutes – or lay on your back with legs and pelvis elevated on a pillow – if possible. If desired, you may lay in a bathtub during this time – for easier clean-up.) This a great time for reading.
After 10 minutes, expel the fluid. Then take in the second 1/2 quart and hold for another 10 minutes. Then expel. You’re done! 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). Then divide the remaining liquid approximately in half (mentally) — and hold each portion for 10 minutes — to allow adequate soaking time to cleanse hardened fecal material, infectious organisms, other toxins, etc. in the lower rectal tract.
After taking in the liquid and nature calls (i.e. you feel a strong urge to expel the liquid) – 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 10 minutes (or even a few 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 10 minutes.
Best enema time: during the day before 8 pm. Give yourself some time to rest after the enema (20 to 30 minutes). For about 1/2 hour after your enema, remain at home or near a toilet. This helps ensure that you will be near a toilet if another small amount of enema liquid needs to come out that was not expelled earlier. (Sometimes, if the enema liquid reaches higher in the colon tract, it may take longer to move down into the lower bowel to be expelled. So don’t be surprised if you need to expel another small amount of liquid.)
7. After the Enema. Drink 1/2 cup of Aloe Juice mixed with 1/2 cup purified water. The aloe dramatically promotes elimination of released toxins and helps prevent reabsorption.
Special Notes Regarding Nausea during the Enema. During your first few enemas, you may experience some nausea during or after the enema process. This is often due to the release of internal stagnant, putrefied toxins. Do not let this deter you from continuing with a series of coffee enemas. Over time, most people will find that the nausea clears within in a short time. If you do experience nausea, you may want to follow the enema with a warm cup of tea (such as green tea or hyssop tea).
Recommended Number of Coffee Enemas. The condition of the colon (and its relationship with the liver/gallbladder) of an average American adult contains high levels of toxic, stagnant waste. Therefore, we typically recommend a series of coffee enemas as follows: one coffee enema per week for 4 weeks; then 2 coffee enemas per week for 4 weeks. After completing this series, we recommend a “maintenance” coffee enema once every 60 days. This is a magnificent, highly efficient procedure to eliminate ongoing, but still bio-accumulating toxic residues from exposure to dietary (especially restaurant eating) and environmental toxins. [/learn_more]
Okay, that was it! Did you make it?
The deal is that you don’t have to tell anyone, you just have to try it… Being as private and conservative as the next guy, I did it and it has been the best ever. So just go ahead and give it a whirl. You can do it!!
I will even do you the favor of giving you a link to buy the Enema Bucket so you don’t even have to ask for it in a pharmacy, or even type it in Google Search…even auto-save won’t know you are doing it 🙂