Coffee Enemas Overview

by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© August 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.

All information in this article is only the opinion of the author and is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


Definitions.  Technically, a coffee enema may be described as:

1. A coffee implant. This means that one implants or applies the coffee herb into the colon.

2. A retention enema. The procedure is to retain the coffee mixture for 15 minutes, or perhaps longer.  Retaining the coffee solution is necessary for its proper absorption and effects.

3. A form of dialysis.  Dialysis, in this context, means a forced or artificial method to enhance detoxification.

4. A form of hydrotherapy.  This means the therapeutic use of water for healing the body in some way.  In this case, water is used to wash out the colon and deliver a coffee solution to the body through the rectum.  Its effect is very different from drinking coffee, as explained later in this article.


We live in a toxic world.  According the United States Environmental Protection Agency, toxic chemicals and toxic metals constitute a great threat to our health.  Never in modern history has our planet been as polluted as it is today. 

The levels of some toxic metals are over a thousand times greater than ever before in recorded history.  These metals include lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum and nickel.

In addition, other toxic metals commonly found to some degree in our food, air and water include uranium, beryllium, bismuth, antimony, zirconium, tin and others.

In addition, the earth is contaminated with over 50,000 toxic chemicals, with more produced every day!  For example, the laws of most nations permit the addition of over 3000 chemicals into our food.  Pesticides and herbicides are another group of toxic chemicals that are found in our water supplies and in many foods.

The widespread and often overuse of medical prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs adds over a thousand more toxic chemicals to our bodies, especially in the Western world.  These include surgical anesthetics, vaccine preservatives, stray viruses, and hundreds of other poisons used routinely today in the medical profession.

The common use of recreational drugs such as cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana (which contains some cadmium), and others just adds more toxicity to our already-burdened bodies.

Drug residues often remain in the body for decades.  We know this because our clients eliminate residues of them while following a development program.  Some clients report tasting, smelling, and experiencing the effects of these drugs many years after taking them.

The cumulative and combined effects of this toxic assault on our bodies has not been studied sufficiently.  Indeed, it is difficult to study properly.  However, the presence in the body of these chemicals is associated with ALL major diseases of the 21st century.

To say that this is the century of toxicity is no exaggeration.  The coffee enema is one of the best methods to cope with this problem.  A daily coffee enema (up to four per day):

– Eliminates toxic metals and toxic chemicals such as medical drugs from the large and small intestines, liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas and other organs.  For this reason, it helps alleviate hundreds of health conditions.

– Promotes development, the goal of the healing programs we advocate. 

– Reduces many types of pain.

– Eliminates hundreds of parasites.

– Gets rid of with depression and general nervous tension.

– Increases mental clarity, improves energy levels, and improves digestion.

– Enables clients to get through annoying healing and purification reactions more much easily.

– At least three dozen clients have confided to us that “coffee enemas saved my life”.

– Removes homeopathic remedies and herbal residues, which are important toxins.

– Reduces cancer and yeast in the body.

– Purifies the blood and lymph.

– Makes it much easier to do the Pulling Down Exercise.

– Helps eliminate traumas.

Coffee for nutrition.  In addition to its detoxifying effects, coffee contains potassium, anti-oxidants, selenium and other nutrients.

We have recommended coffee retention enemas to more than thirty thousand people.  We have not had reports of serious problems at all.  One must get used to the procedure and then most people like them very much.

In our experience over the last 40 years, coffee retention enemas are safe when done properly, highly effective, able to be done in the privacy of your home, and inexpensive.

Coffee enemas and development.  Daily coffee enemas are now a central part of all development programs.


“Coffee enemas are not given for the function of the intestines, but for the stimulation of the liver.” – Max Gerson, MD


All procedures recommended on this website begin with a safety section.  It is most important.

1. Start with only a teaspoon of coffee, just in case you are sensitive to it.

2. Cleanliness is very important when doing any procedure involving the lower body.  Wash everything carefully with soap and water before and after use.

3. Never force the enema tip into the rectum.  Lubricate it well and move it very slowly and gently, aiming it directly upward from the legs to the body.  Be sure it goes all the way inside until it cannot go further.

4. Never retain the enema if the pressure to release it is too high.  Read about what to do if you cannot retain the enema under

5. Never force anything.

6. Be sure the temperature of the coffee liquid is comfortable to the touch.

7. Coffee enemas take some getting used to.  However, with a little practice they get much easier.  This article will help with this task.  In fact, many of our clients look forward to them.

8. We do not recommend using more than about 2 cups of water in the enema.  In fact, 1 cup of water is fine and easier to retain.

9. Distilled or spring water are best for coffee enemas.  If these are not available, one can use carbon-only-filtered tap water for enemas.

10. Doing two coffee enemas, back to back, is extremely powerful.  Make enough coffee for two enemas and do one, expel it after 15-60 minutes, and do another one right afterwards.

11. Some people can do up to four enemas daily, each with up to two tablespoons of coffee in each one.  Others cannot handle this much coffee.  Please be careful when starting enemas.  If you want to do several enemas daily, begin with just one enema daily for at least a few days, and then slowly increase up to 4 enemas daily.

12. If time permits, you may retain the enema for up to one hour or even longer.  This is not essential, but there are definite benefits to retaining the enema longer than 15 minutes.  If you retain the enema for more than 1 hour, only do one enema per day.

13. Some clinics or organizations may recommend 3 tablespoons of coffee in one enema.  We find this is too much for most people!  Please use only up to 2 tablespoons of coffee per enema!  Some doctors or clinics may also recommend high caffeine coffee, but we find that, for development, higher caffeine levels are not helpful.

14. The best methods to prepare the coffee are:

1. Pressure cook it for about 14 seconds.  (With this method, the coffee actually cooks longer because it takes about 2 minutes for the pressure cooker to reach its ideal pressure.)  Note: If you pressure cook the coffee, use about 2/3 as much coffee because it will be stronger.

2. Boil the coffee in a pot for about 12 minutes. 

These are better than other methods of preparing the coffee such as a coffeemaker, percolator, or Keurig machine. 


      Here are some guidelines so that you will be warm and comfortable.

1. Body position.  We suggest lying on your back when doing a coffee cleanse.  Some people prefer to lie on their side, or they prefer the ‘doggie’ position – on your hands and knees.  Any of these can work.

However, the reasons for lying on your back are: a) it is relaxing, and b) it is easier to do other development procedures in this position.  These include the Pushing Down Exercise, Red Heat Lamp Therapy on your abdomen, Twisting Your Spine, Foot Reflexology, Deep Breathing and even a Kelp Wrap or Salt Rub.  Doing a combination, which we call the spa morning routine, is wonderful, and it is only possible if you lie on your back.

2. Elevating the hips.  Some people find it helpful to elevate the hips a few inches higher than your head.

3. Location.

A) Many people enjoy lying on a towel or yoga mat on the floor of the bathroom.  This is a good way to begin because if there is a spill, it won’t go far.

B) Some people do their coffee cleanse in the bathtub, especially if you are not too tall.  This is also good to limit accidental spills.

C) Some people set up a cot or massage table to lie upon.

D) The author learned to do coffee enemas in bed, spreading a rubber sheet or old plastic shower curtain and on top of that several layers of paper towel on the bed to protect against spills.

E) If you have a bathtub you are not using, you could put a piece of plywood over the bathtub to lie upon, perhaps covered with a cushion.  This may be more comfortable than lying inside the tub.  If you spill some coffee and the wood is angled properly, the coffee will flow harmlessly into the tub.

F) Please do not do enemas inverted or in some other strange position.  It is best if you relax, and the best position for this is usually lying down.


Buy an enema bag or an enema bucket. 

Enema buckets:We suggest one made of plastic.  They are cheap and simple to clean.  Glass is okay but it could break.  Metal buckets are also okay, but will interfere a little with the coffee by oxidizing it.

Enema bags.  These also work well.  Some enema bags are open at the top, which makes cleaning them easy.  The ones that close at the top won’t spill, but are difficult or impossible to get really clean.

The bag or the bucket should come with a plastic hose, an enema tip, and a clamp on the hose.  Longer enema tips are a little better because if the tip is not long enough, the coffee won’t go in as well.

Enema bags are sold at Target, Wal-Mart or many drug stores.  If you cannot find one at a local store, you can buy a 2-quart enema bag or bucket inexpensively online.  It should cost no more than $20.00 USD.

Buy coffee.  Note:  Coffee should contain many souls who will fight hard to cleanse your body.  However, a lot of coffee is missing souls, or they have been replaced by souls that are less interested in healing.  We know most people cannot tell what is in their coffee, but you might ask in prayer which coffee is best. 

In general, however, the coffee to use is:

1. A medium or dark roast coffee.  The reasons for this are explained in the previous chapter.

In our view, it is best to avoid light roast or “gold roast” coffee.  Companies that sell these products include Purelife Health Equipment®, SA Wilson® and Theracoffee®.

Also, in our opinion, it is best to avoid all “enema coffee” because we believe there may be problems with it.

      NOTE: Some people must try a number of brands of coffee in order to find a coffee that works well for them.

2. The best coffee is often from South America, such as Columbian or Peruvian coffee.

3. Ideally, the coffee beans should look dry, rather than too oily.  Medium or dark roast coffee usually is a little oily.  However, when it appears very oily, the oil is sometimes rancid, which is not good.

4. For maximum freshness, buy coffee beans and grind your own coffee.

5. Store coffee in the refrigerator.

6. Organically grown coffee is usually better.

7. AVOID instant coffee, chemically decaffeinated coffee, light roast coffee, and very oily coffees.  We also do not trust Starbucks coffees because they often are mixed with other things such as chocolate.


Coffee can be prepared in several ways:

1. The best – pressure cook the coffee for about 14 seconds.  This is a new method as of November 2017.

2. The 12-minute boil method.

3. A standard coffeemaker.

4. A percolator.  This is an older method and is not used much today.

5. The newer steam flash method.

6. The soak or non-boil method.  This is more yin, so it is not as good.  Only use it if you must, such as if you are traveling and cannot boil the coffee.

Here are details about each of these methods.

METHOD #1. The best – pressure cook the coffee for 14 seconds.  Two cautions: Do not to overcook it by cooking it longer, which is easy.  You must time it for 14 seconds at pressure.  This makes the most yang coffee, which is an advantage.

Also, if you pressure-cook your coffee, use about 2/3 as much coffee because it will be stronger.

If you use a stove top pressure cooker, begin timing when the top starts vibrating.  As soon as your timer rings, release the pressure immediately by tilting the vibrating top so the coffee will stop cooking. 

We put a plastic or ceramic mug upside down over the pressure release valve or top to catch the steam that escapes when you tilt the top.

If you use an electric plug-in pressure cookerthe timer usually won’t go down to 14 seconds.  So set it for 5 minutes or the lowest setting.  Get another timer and start timing when the electric timer starts counting.  At 14 seconds, release the steam pressure manually by turning the top release button and the coffee in ready.

METHOD #2.  The 12-Minute Method.

1. Place 1 to 2 cups or 250-500 ml. of water in a saucepan.  (If you are traveling, you could use a large mug with an immersion heater to boil it.)

2. Add coffee, and bring it to a boil.  When you start doing coffee enemas, use much less coffee, to make sure you tolerate it well.  For example, begin with just a half teaspoon of coffee and increase the amount when you are sure you tolerate it well.  Then work up to about one to two tablespoons of coffee. 

The amount of coffee.  The exact amount of coffee needed varies from person to person.  You should not feel jittery from a coffee enema.  Reduce the amount of coffee if you feel jittery.

If you use a coffeemaker, you will need a little more coffee because the coffee will be weaker.

3. When the water and coffee boils, turn down the burner and allow it to boil slowly.  Set a timer for 12 minutes.  Turn it off when the timer rings.

METHODS #3 and #4. Using a Coffeemaker or Percolator.

These methods make weaker coffee.  To make it stronger, you can put the coffee through the machine twice or use more coffee.

As with the first method, place about a cup of water in a coffee maker or percolator.  Use between 1 teaspoon and 3 tablespoons of coffee and turn the machine on.

METHOD #5. The newer instant steam flash method or Khurig method.

This method is newer, but it also makes a weaker coffee.  We much prefer the 14-second pressure cooking method or the 12-minute boil method because it makes a more yang coffee.

METHOD #6. The non-boil method.

This is not as good.  Use it only if you are traveling or for some other reason you cannot boil the coffee.  It makes a very yin coffee.

In a glass jar or similar container, soak overnight a mixture of ground coffee and water in the proportion of one part coffee to two parts water.  The next morning, strain the mixture through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper.  Then place it in the refrigerator and it will last a few days.

To do an enema, add two tablespoons of this coffee liquid to about 2 cups of distilled or spring water, or carbon-only filtered tap water.  Ideally, warm up the water until it is warm to the touch.  You can make enough of the coffee liquid to last about 5 days.


The ideal coffee temperature.  For an enema, coffee must be about body temperature or a little lower.

Testing the coffee temperature.  To test the temperature of your coffee, place a finger in it.  It should be a comfortably warm temperature.  If the water is too hot or very cold, retaining the enema will be more difficult.

Cooling down your coffee.  Here are simple ways to cool down hot coffee:

1. Trick: Put half the amount of water that you will use for your enema in the pressure cooker or pot.  Put the other half in a measuring cup at room temperature.

When the coffee is ready, pour the hot liquid into the cooler, room temperature liquid and the resulting mixture will be at the right temperature for your enema.

2. Place the container in which you cook the coffee in a cold location for a few minutes, such as in the freezer or on a cold floor, perhaps.  Be sure to put it on a trivet or plate to protect the area from the hot saucepan.

3. Add an ice cube or two to the hot liquid.  Use good quality water to make the ice cubes.

Making extra coffee to save time. Although fresh is best, to save time you can make enough coffee for two days worth of enemas.  Put the extra coffee in the refrigerator as soon as possible.


A. Set up your enema bag or bucket.  Here are the steps:

1) Make sure everything is clean.

2) Connect the clamp to the hose near one end of the hose.

3) Attach the enema tip, which is a small plastic tube, to the end of the hose that has the clamp nearby.  The closer the clamp is to the enema tip, the cleaner the enema is liable to be.  (Most enema bags and buckets come with two tips.  The thinner one is for an enema, while the larger, thicker one is for douching.)

4) Attach the other end of the hose to the screw-on closure for the enema bag.  If you are using an enema bucket, this end of the hose attaches directly to a tube that comes out of the bucket. 

B. Pour the coffee into the enema bag or bucket, making sure you remove the coffee grounds from the liquid. (If you use a coffee machine, it is done for you.) 

Three ways to remove the coffee grounds are 1) decanting, 2) using coffee filter paper, or 3) using a fine strainer.  To decant, pour the coffee liquid slowly into your enema bag or enema bucket, and the grounds should stay behind.

Alternatively, you can strain the coffee liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper into the clean enema bag or bucket.

C. If you are using an enema bag, screw on the top of the enema bag.  Be sure the plastic hose is fastened tightly onto the enema bag and the thin enema tip is attached to the other end.

D. You can enhance the coffee by shining a reddish ‘heat lamp’ – the same kind recommended for the sauna – on the coffee for about 20 seconds.  If the coffee is already inside the bucket, shine it down on the coffee.  You will have to do the lamp before putting coffee in a rubber enema bad because the rays will not penetrate the bag.

E. Remove air from the enema tube.  This is an important step if you use an enema bag, but is usually not needed if you use an enema bucket.  To remove the air from the tube, grasp, but do not close the clamp on the hose.  Place the enema tip in the sink.  Hold up the enema bag or bucket slightly above the tip until the coffee water begins to flow out.  As soon as it starts flowing, quickly close the clamp.  This expels any air in the tube.

F. Lubricate the enema tip with a small amount of petroleum jelly, Vaseline, soap, olive oil, coconut oil, or shaving cream.  Vaseline or petroleum jelly works very well, although is a little greasy.  Soap or shaving cream can work well and cleans up easily.  You may experiment to see how much and what kind of lubrication is best for you.

G.  If possible, have a bowel movement before doing your enema.  This is not required, but it may make it easier to retain the enema.  If you have difficulty having a bowel movement:


 drink water before your enema.

– eat a tablespoon of almond butter before your enema.  It often works better than eating other food.

 rub the right calf area while sitting on the toilet

 sometimes rubbing and twisting the right pinky toe will cause a bowel movement.

 you can also do a quick plain tap water enema to clean the colon before your coffee enema.  Only do one of these, and only use a cup of water.

(Some people like to do several plain water enemas before they do a coffee enema to clean the colon.  This is too much exposure to water.  It tends to make the body yin, which is not good.)


Hang the bag or bucket.  With the clamp closed, hang the bag or bucket one to three feet above your abdomen.  If you have no place to hang it from, you can place it on the floor or bed next to you and you can hold it up to let the coffee flow in.

Inserting the tip. 

Position for inserting the coffee.  Many people prefer lying on their back.  You can lie on one side.  Some people use the doggie position – on one hand and knees.  A few are on their knees and on one elbow with the butt in the air.  The latter positions are somewhat less relaxing.

Make sure there is plenty of lubrication near the end of the enema tip.  Rub the tip around the anal opening first to lubricate the entire area.

Then this author likes to press the side of the tip against the sphincter first.  As the sphincter yields, aim the tip straight upwards toward the body from the legs, not at any angle.  Twist or turn the enema tip gently as you insert it, as this can make it slide in much easier.

Make sure the enema tip goes all the way in.  The enema tip must go in at least two inches or there will be a mess.  Never leave it half way in – it will not work this way.  There are two anal sphincters it must pass through, so the tip must be in all the way.

Letting the coffee go in.  Once the tip is all the way in, open the clamp and hold or hang the enema bag or bucket above the abdomen.  The coffee may take a few seconds to begin flowing. 

If the coffee does not flow when you open the clamp.  First, look for kinks in the hose and get rid of them.  If that doesn’t fix the problem, sometimes the enema tip has to be moved around because something is blocking it.  Rarely, a coffee ground will block the tube.  For the latter problem, you can squeeze the bag or the hose to get the coffee to flow.

An excellent idea is to mentally encourage or allow the coffee to flow into your body.  You can just visualize it entering, cleansing and healing the body. 

If you develop a cramp as you are putting the coffee inside.  Close the hose clamp and take a few deep breaths.  Perhaps roll your hips a little to the right and then a little to the left.  In most cases, the cramp will pass quickly.  However, if the pressure is too great, get up and release the enema.  You can always start over.  If you have emptied the colon before doing the enema, cramps will occur less often.

Portable toilets.  If you are worried about reaching the toilet in time to expel the coffee without making a mess, a good idea is to keep a portable toilet handy.  This is nothing more than a small bucket with a toilet seat on top.  They are sold at medical supply stores. 

Keep this right next to you wherever you do your enema.  If you must expel the coffee quickly, you can just move over to the portable toilet and expel the coffee very quickly.

When all the liquid is inside.  You will know because the enema bag will become flat or you can see that the bucket is fairly empty.  Close the clamp.  You can leave the tube inserted, or gently remove it and store the bag or bucket safely. 

Intestinal gas: If you have a lot of intestinal gas, definitely leave the enema tip inside of you and leave the clamp open.  The intestinal gas will tend to flow out through the enema tip.  Otherwise, you may not be able to hold the enema. 

Turning to your right side.  At this point, a very good idea is to turn on to your right side for about 30 seconds.  Then turn again onto your back.

This maneuver causes the coffee to flow from the descending into the transverse colon and even somewhat into the ascending colon.  It enhances the enema, so please do it.

What to do during your enema. Excellent ways to spend the 15 or more minutes of the enema are:

1. Do the Pushing Down Exercise.  You will find this superb exercise much easier to do while you are doing an enema provided you lie comfortably flat on your back.

2. Do the Dantien Therapies.  These are excellent along with the pushing down exercise.

3. You can also do foot and hand Reflexology, Red Heat Lamp Therapy on your abdomen, and you can do all the Spinal Twists.  It is also an excellent time to practice Deep Breathing.  With some practice, you can do some of these at the same time.  You can also do Vaginal Coffee or Penis Coffee at the same time you do the enema. 

To save time, some people also do a Kelp Wrap at the same time they do a coffee enema.  The procedure is to rub the kelp on first, leaving the buttocks and thighs without kelp to make doing the enema easier.  Then do the enema.

We do not recommend walking around the house with the coffee inside.  We also do not recommend reading or other intense activity.  You could listen to the radio or a CD, or just relax, but doing the pushing down exercise and/or other nutritional balancing procedures is best.

What to expect.  At first, the procedure may be a little cumbersome.  With practice, it gets easier.

Some days all will go smoothly.  Other days it will be more difficult to hold the coffee due to gas in the intestine or because the body wants to get rid of a toxin and wants the enema out of the body quickly.  You can do a second enema if this happens shortly after you begin.

Once in a while, you may also need to urinate after a few minutes of inserting the coffee.  This is because the body is eliminating a toxin through the urinary tract, and wants the toxic urine out of the body quickly.  This is a problem because often you will not be able to urinate and retain the enema at the same time.

A trick to help this is to bend over forward while sitting on the toilet.  This may allow you to urinate and not lose the coffee enema. 


Emptying the coffee.  Try to hold the enema for at least 10 to 15 minutes.  More is even better, up to one hour.  When you are ready to expel the coffee, go to the toilet and empty out the coffee solution.

It is okay if some water remains inside.  This can indicate that you are somewhat dehydrated.  In this case, you need to drink more water, or a different kind of water.  However, it is fine if no coffee comes out of you.  Rubbing your abdomen and your right calf area, while sitting on the toilet, may help eliminate the water.

bidet toilet attachment can be wonderful to quickly and thoroughly clean your bottom.  It costs about $30 to $60. USD and provides a spray of water on your anal area while sitting on the toilet.  It attaches easily to many toilets and uses the water supply to the toilet.

The bidet toilet attachment can also be used to greatly speed up development, and we highly recommend it.  

Washing out the enema equipment.
Each time after you do an enema, wash the enema tube, the bag or bucket, and the enema tip thoroughly with soap and water, and hang them up to dry.  It is not necessary to sterilize them.

DO NOT WASH THE ENEMA EQUIPMENT WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.  The reason is that a little peroxide may remain in the enema bag or tube and you may accidentally put it inside yourself, causing a very unpleasant burn.  Soap and water are sufficient to wash out the enema equipment.

Double flushing.  When you expel the coffee into the toilet, some of it may splash on the sides or seat of the toilet.  A good idea is to flush the toilet right after you expel and then sit and try to expel more.  When you are done, flush the toilet again.  This helps keep the toilet clean. 

You will also need a spray bottle with soapy water to spray and brush any coffee that splashes onto the toilet seat.

Eating after the enema.  Many people are hungry after a coffee enema.  One reason is that coffee enemas can lower the blood sugar level.

It is fine to eat after the enema.  We do not suggest eating a lot just before doing the enema.  Wait an hour, if possible, after eating a meal before doing a coffee enema.

Helpful hints

1. Bowel movements. If you do coffee enemas regularly, you may not have bowel movements.  That is okay.  There may just be little fecal material present.

If you do have fecal matter that comes out with your coffee enema, it is ideal to have a bowel movement just before your coffee enema.  It will make retaining the enema a little easier.

Some people do this by doing a quick plain water enema just before the coffee enema to clean out the colon.  DO NOT DO MORE THAN ONE OF THESE PER DAY, however, as this can introduce too much water into the body, which makes the body too yin.

Another method to cause a bowel movement that works for some people is to drink plenty of water or eat something just before your enema.  Do not eat a lot, however.

Another method is to rub the right leg just below the knee.  There is a reflex point there that causes a bowel movement in some people.

2. Relax.  To retain the coffee for 15 minutes requires that you relax.  Make sure the room is warm, and that you are comfortable.  Wear a tee shirt, sweat shirt or bathrobe to keep warm or cover yourself up with a blanket.  Perhaps put on some quiet music, do the pushing down exercise (excellent!), breathe deeply, or even watch television or listen to the radio while you are doing your retention enema.  Please do not get up and walk around.

3. For cleanliness.  At times, a few drops of coffee will get on your towel or sheet, or whatever you are lying upon when doing your enema.  Here are ways to avoid this:

A. Slide the clamp on the enema tube down so it is only a few inches from the enema tip.

B. Rinse off the rim of the enema bag with plain water.  The reason is that when pouring coffee into an enema bag, some coffee remains on the outer rim of the bag and will drip when you turn the bag upside down.

C. Make sure the enema tip is firmly connected to the enema tube.  The tip should be pushed as far as possible into the tube.  Also, as the enema tube ages, the end of the tubing can stretch and the plastic enema tip will not fit tightly.  The solution is to remove the tip, cut off about one inch or two centimeters of the plastic tubing, and then usually the enema tip will fit tightly.

D. Wherever you decide to do your coffee enema, first place an old plastic shower curtain on the floor, mat, bed or other area.  Then place a towel on top of that to catch any drips or slips.

4. For incontinence.  To help keep the coffee in, you may place a washrag or small towel over the anal area.  Most people find this unnecessary, but it will help if you have a weak anal sphincter.

5. Trouble holding the enema.  The reason some people have trouble holding the enema for 15 or more minutes is intestinal gas.  If intestinal gas is a problem, some stretching or bending exercises before the enema may eliminate the gas.  In particular, lay down on your bed and pull both knees up to your chin to expel gas. 

Another method that will solve the problem is to leave the enema tip inside you the entire 15-30 minutes with the clamp open. This allows gas and air to escape back into the enema bag.  The bag must be at a higher level than your body and you will need to use a small strap around your thigh to keep the enema tube inside you so it does not fall out.

6. Hypoglycemia.  If coffee enemas cause hypoglycemic symptoms such as dizziness, shaking or weakness, it is because a coffee enema may lower your blood sugar.  If this happens to you, eat a little something just before or just after taking the enema.  However, we do not recommend eating a lot just before doing a coffee enema.  Eating a meal after doing your enema is fine.

7. Colon hydrotherapy machines.  A rather simple device that some people use to do their coffee enema is a Colema board.  These are sold on the internet.

The colema board is a fiberglass board that you lie upon.  One end of it fits over a toilet.  The idea is that when it is time to expel, you don’t have to get up.  You just lift your hips a little and the coffee flows right into the toilet.  The device does not require special plumbing, and is not too costly.

If you want to spend a lot of money, you can buy a colonic irrigation machine, also called a colon hydrotherapy machine.  It must be the type that allows you to administer coffee and not just water.

We don’t recommend this machine, as it is a large, heavy, and costs over $1000.00 USD.

Using the machine is a little cleaner because one need not empty the enema into the toilet.  Instead, the enema tip on the machine is designed to allow the coffee to go in, and also to allow the coffee to be expelled, all while one lies down comfortably. 


You can do a coffee enema at any time of the day or night. If done close to bedtime, it might interfere with sleep, due to the effect of the caffeine.  However, if one feels ill during the night with a headache, for example, you can do a coffee enema, after which some clients report being able to sleep better   through the night.


A time to reflect and do the Pushing Down Mental Exercise.  I strongly suggest doing the coffee enema lying on one’s back, except perhaps for a few minutes of lying on one’s right side to move the coffee mixture around the colon. 

Lying on one’s back for 15 to 30 minutes is the perfect time to practice the pushing down mental exercise.  Holding the coffee helps one remain quiet enough for the meditation, and actually enhances the meditation, as well.  This is a wise use of time and a wonderful combination of therapies.

Massaging the colon.  Check the location of your colon in an anatomy book.  Rubbing the colon area may help break up deposits of impacted feces or even colonies of yeasts or parasites. 

Red heat lamp therapy.  While retaining your enema, you can shine a red heat lamp on your abdomen.  If possible, suspend the lamp so that it is about 2 feet away and shines down on your abdomen or chest.


For therapy, one can do a coffee enema at least daily, and up to four times each day.  Most everyone can use coffee enemas daily for at least 10-20 years to detoxify the liver and help heal the entire body.

For most people, one to four coffee enemas daily are excellent.  If one does four daily, I suggest doing two enemas back-to-back in the morning, and two back-to-back again in the afternoon.  This has the most powerful effect, yet is very safe.

However, begin with no more than 4 tablespoons of coffee daily.  More than this can cause nervousness in some people.  Others can handle up to a total of 6 or 8 tablespoons of coffee daily.


For best results, a program of coffee enemas should be carried on for a few years, and preferably longer.  Many people have continued to take them every day for 10 years or more without any problem whatsoever. 

A good friend has used them continuously for more than 30 years as he suffers from a very chronic arthritic condition and continues to benefit from them.  Not only has he had no ill effects from them that I can determine, but his health continues to improve.

Some health authorities warn that coffee enemas cause dependency and can damage the intestinal flora.  However, we have seen NO negative effects from them if they are done properly, provided a person is not developed past stage 100 or so.


In a general article of this nature, we cannot address every situation.  The next chapter discusses cautions and contraindications of coffee enemas.


1. Make enough coffee to last for two days.  Use half immediately and place the rest in a closed, glass jar in the refrigerator.  It will keep for a day in the refrigerator.  Just warm it up when you are ready to use it the following day.


One can gain extra benefit by holding coffee enemas for a longer period of time.  One can hold it for 20 minutes or as long as an hour or two.  This allows the coffee to penetrate more deeply into the body, which can speed up healing.  It is similar to doing two coffee enemas back to back, except you can retain the enema even longer.

      Longer coffee enemas present a few special problems:

1. There can be difficulty holding the coffee.  Here is what to do about this:

A. Do not use a lot of coffee.  One cup is usually fine.  This will make it easier to hold the coffee.  It will reduce the tendency to want to urinate, which can interfere with a long coffee enema.

B. The cause of the problem is usually some intestinal gas.  Do your best to expel intestinal gas before doing the enema.  Another method is to leave the enema tip inside you with the clamp open, and elevate your hips above your stomach with a pillow.  Gas bubbles will tend to flow upward and out the enema tip and back to the enema bag or bucket.

2. A need to urinate.  This can cut short a long coffee enema.  Be sure to urinate before doing your enema.  Also, one can learn to urinate and, at the same time, leave the coffee inside you.  Bending over forward while sitting on the toilet helps this. 

3. Coffee toxicity.  If you become jittery or shaky, you may have some coffee toxicity.  In this case, it is best to release the coffee.  Next time, use less coffee.

4. The coffee may not come out of you when you are done.  That is due to greater absorption of the coffee and is okay.

Chapter 6.



General note.  Many symptoms that can occur due to a coffee enema, such a fatigue, headache, stomach ache or others are due to the release to toxins that the body cannot get rid of fast enough. 

To avoid or correct this problem, we always suggest a complete development program along with coffee enemas.  This means at least following the development diet.  Ideally, it also includes a healthful lifestyle and several basic nutritional supplements.

Also, doing a second coffee enema immediately may cause the symptoms to go away.

Abdominal pain.  Coffee enemas are very safe when done correctly.  If they give you abdominal pain or caffeine reactions, try lying on your RIGHT SIDE during your entire enema.  Some clients report this works much better.  For abdominal discomfort after a coffee enema, do foot reflexology, especially of the top of the toes on the left foot.

Acrylamide.  Some people are worried about this toxic chemical that forms when any food product is roasted.  So far, we have not noted problems with acrylamide and we do look for it.

Fresh, darker roast coffee apparently has less of it.  Avoid instant coffee, which has 100% more (we don’t recommend it anyway).  We do not think a lot is produced from roasting coffee, or the whole population of coffee drinkers would be loaded with it, which they are not.

Also, the colon helps protect the body from toxins in coffee.  

Allergic reaction to coffee.  If you are sensitive to drinking coffee, often you can do coffee enemas, as it is not the same as drinking coffee. 

Very rarely, someone is sensitive to the coffee in the enema.  Try using less coffee, or you may be reacting to a little mold in the coffee.  In this case one may do better with bulletproof coffee (  I do not like the lightly roasted SA Wilson Enema Coffee as much, because it is quite yin in Chinese medical terminology.

Anal strictures.  Coffee enemas are excellent, assuming that the coffee will flow into the colon.

Appendicitis.  We do not suggest coffee enemas if a person has lower right quadrant abdominal pain.

Babies.  We do not have experience administering coffee enemas to babies.  However, Max Gerson, MD describes a case of cancer in an 8-month-old baby who underwent his entire treatment, including coffee enemas.  There was no problem with the enemas in the baby. (For enemas with children, see Children below).

Bowel movements.  It is perfectly okay if you have no bowel movements when doing coffee enemas.  This is not due to weakening the colon muscles.  Usually, the reason for no bowel movements is that you are cleaning out the colon daily, so there is no feces left inside to come out with regular bowel movements.  In most cases, bowel movements will return on their own, even while you are doing coffee enemas, as colon health improves.

Breastfeeding.  Coffee enemas while breastfeeding appear to be perfectly safe.

Children.  Coffee enemas can be done with children age 3 or older.  Use less than half the amount of coffee and water for a child.  Some children happily lie down on the floor and can do the enema exactly the same way as adults.

Other younger children prefer to lie on their stomach on a bed, and a parent or helper inserts the coffee into the rectum and places a towel over the rectum to hold it in.  Place another towel or a bed pan underneath the child to catch any leaks.  Use plenty of Vaseline on the enema tip to make it slide in easily.  Make sure the tip goes all the way in.  Children who do coffee enemas are able to use an adult-sized enema tip, in our experience.

Colectomy.  If your large intestine has been surgically removed, (colectomy), you can still do coffee enemas.  If your small intestine opens to the abdomen and you wear a bag, insert the coffee there.  If the small intestine is connected to the rectum, insert the coffee the same way as if you had a colon.

Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.  Coffee enemas can be used with these conditions.

Colon or rectal cancer.  Caution is required in case the colon is damaged, which could cause perforation.  However, coffee enemas are extremely helpful for most cancers.  We suggest three to four coffee enemas daily for cancers. 

Constipation.  Coffee enemas are excellent to help clean out the colon and restore its integrity.  Also look for other causes of constipation.  The most common causes are:

– Not drinking about 96 ounces of water for an adult

– Drinking the wrong type of water such as reverse osmosis water

– An improper diet that does not contain enough cooked vegetables.

– Less commonly, a person needs more magnesium.

Danger signals during a coffee enema.  Expel the coffee at once if the pressure to release the enema becomes severe.  We have never heard of anyone who ruptured the colon with a coffee enema.

Dr. Ralph Moss reported that the United States Office of Technology Assessment or OTA “cites the case of the two Seattle women who died following excessive enema use.  Their deaths were attributed to fluid and electrolyte abnormalities.  One of them took 10 to 12 coffee enemas in a single night and then continued at a rate of one per hour.  OTA pointed out, “in both cases, the enemas were taken much more frequently than is recommended in the Gerson treatment.”

Dangers of mineral depletion or mineral imbalances.  In our experience, these do not occur.  In fact, coffee provides more minerals.  If you are concerned about this, drink only spring water before and after your enema and take 3 to 6 600 mg capsules of kelp daily.

Diarrhea. Coffee enemas can be done when one has diarrhea, and may help correct it, depending on the cause.  

Diverticulosis and diverticulitis.  Coffee enemas are excellent to help clean out and heal diverticuli in the colon.

Fatigue if you skip your enema for a day or two.  This occurs because your body is accustomed to the coffee enema for cleansing and is in a detoxification mode.  If you skip the enema, the body is unable to detoxify and you may not feel as well that day.  The fatigue or other symptoms are not due to becoming addicted to coffee enemas, as some believe.

Fecal incontinence.  Coffee enemas are excellent.  However, to retain the enema, one must place a washcloth over the anal area.

Fatigue.  Some people report feeling very tired after a coffee enema.  This is normal for some people, and is not a problem.  If this occurs, rest after your enema.  You may also do the enema before going to sleep in the evening so you can sleep afterwards.

Fissures and fistulas. These are best resolved before doing coffee enemas.  If they are present, you can still do coffee enemas.  You may need to use a colon tube to bypass the rectum. 

Food poisoning.  Coffee enemas are excellent to help relieve many cases of food poisoning. 

Gas and bloating.  Coffee enemas are fine, and often helpful.  If the enemas cause gas or bloating, rub the feet after the enema, especially the top of the left foot near the toes, as this may help relax the intestinal tract.  Address other causes for gas, such as too many food combinations, eating too much, improper diet, or a need for a digestive enzyme.

Gastritis and ulcers.  Coffee enemas are fine.

Gastrointestinal bleeding.  Coffee enemas are usually safe if done carefully if you have a gastric ulcer.  However, it may depend on the cause of the bleeding.

Hemorrhoids. Mild hemorrhoids usually do not interfere with coffee enemas.  More severe hemorrhoids can bleed and be painful, and may make coffee enemas difficult to do.  Using a colon tube to bypass the rectal area can help.  In severe cases, one must first resolve the hemorrhoids with surgery or preferably galvanic treatments before one can do coffee enemas. 

Irritable bowel syndrome.  Coffee enemas can be done when one has irritable bowel syndrome.  Improper diet is the most common cause of irritable bowel syndrome.

Malabsorption syndromes, including celiac disease.  Coffee enemas can be very helpful to improve intestinal health.

Meals.  We suggest waiting at least one hour after a meal before doing a coffee enema.  After an enema, one can eat a meal immediately.

Medications. Coffee enemas will not interfere with any drug therapies that we know of.  Consult your doctor if you are unsure.  Coffee can antidote homeopathic remedies, which is one reason we like them very much.

Menstruation.  This should not interfere with coffee enemas in any way.

Nausea and vomiting.  Coffee enemas are often excellent to reduce nausea and vomiting, especially if it is due to liver toxicity.  This is a common cause of nausea, especially during development programs.

No large intestine.  See colectomy.     Overdoing coffee enemas.  It is possible to overdo on anything.  We suggest a maximum of 4 enemas per day except for rare exceptions.  We also suggest a maximum of 2 tablespoons of coffee per enema.

Parasites and yeast.  Coffee enemas are excellent to help expel most parasites.  This occurs due to mechanical cleansing of the colon, increased bile flow and other mechanisms, as well. 

Pregnancy. We have not received any reports of problems with coffee enemas done during pregnancy.  They appear to be safe when done properly.

Rectal Abscess.  In general, coffee enemas are very good.

Rectal prolapse.  We suggest avoiding coffee enemas until the prolapse is corrected.

Stimulation.  If a person feels very stimulated after a coffee enema, the reason is that one used too much coffee.  Reduce the amount of coffee.  Some types of coffee have more caffeine than others.  Also, some coffee may contain some mold that may be stimulating.

Dr. Max Gerson, MD used up to 18 tablespoons of coffee per day (in 6 coffee enemas).  We find this is too much for most people.  Most people cannot handle more than about 8 tablespoons of coffee (in about 4 enemas) or less today.  We believe this is due to changes in the bodies over the past 80 years of so, when Dr. Gerson did his work.

The elderly.  We have seen no problems administering coffee enemas to people in their 80s or even 90s.

Trouble inserting the enema tip. Lubricate the tip well.  Twist the enema tip as you insert it, as this can make it slide in much easier.


1. Trouble holding the enema.Inability to hold a coffee enema is almost always due to some gas in the intestine.  To get around this common problem, do the enema a little differently.

A. Elevate your hips so they are a little higher than your waste.  You can do this either of two ways: Put a pillow under your hips, or if you are lying in bed, put bed risers under the back feet of the bed so the back of the bed is a little higher than the front.

B. Do the enema in this position lying on your back.

C. When the coffee is all inside you, leave the enema tip inside yourself and leave the clamp open.  Doing it this way allows the gas to flow back out the tube and back into the enema bag and solves the problem.  

D. You may tie the enema tube to your thigh with a shoelace to keep the enema tip fully inside the rectum.

E. If a cramp comes, be sure to breathe deeply and relax.  Occasional cramping is normal as the body moves bile, feces and toxins out of the liver and small intestine areas.

Other ideas. 

A. At times, using less water and/or less coffee will make the enema easier to retain.

B. Try switching to bulletproof coffee.  This brand works better for some people.

C. Before doing your enema, try to expel any gas that is in the intestine.  One way to do this is to bend over at the waist or do some stretches to expel gas. 

2. Pain or discomfort in your abdomen after a coffee enema. Do reflexology on yourself.  For some reason, you must rub the tops of the toes of the left foot.  Usually this will relieve any discomfort.

3. Irritation of the anal area.Use more lubricant.  If that doesn’t work try adding one or two tablespoons of aloe vera juice to the coffee liquid.

4. Coffee intolerance.  Occasionally, a person cannot tolerate even a small amount of coffee.  This can be due to:

a. Sensitivity to caffeine.  Begin with just a pinch of coffee and work up slowly as you can.

b. Sensitivity to mold or rancid oil on the coffee beans.  If this is the case, try switching to the bulletproof brand of coffee, also sometimes called “upgraded coffee”. 

c. Sensitivity to roasting chemicals.  In this case, you will do better with a lighter roast coffee.

d. Rarely, a person cannot tolerate any caffeine at all.  In this case, do the rest of a nutritional balancing program and try the coffee enemas again in one to two months.

Eventually, perhaps after a number of months, your body should recover enough to be able to handle the enemas.  We do not recommend using decaffeinated coffee, because it is not effective.


1. The enema bucket or enema bag is too high.  If the enema bucket or bag is hanging too high, the coffee solution will flow into your colon too quickly and you may not be able to hold it.  It will go in, but then it may come back out, making a mess.

2. The enema bucket or bag is too low.  The enema bag or bucket needs to be at least 2 feet or about 20 centimeters above your body or the water may not flow in.

3. The coffee is too cold or too hot.  If the coffee is not around body temperature, it will be hard to keep the coffee inside. 

4. The tube or enema tip is not in far enough.  If this happens, the coffee won’t go inside and it will be a mess.  Insert the tube or tip at least 3 inches, or up to where the enema tip gets wider.

5. You are not relaxed enough. If you are tense, you may not be able to hold the coffee as well.  Use your breath to relax your body.

6. The tube is not fastened securely to the bucket or bag.  If you ignore this, it will cause a mess.

Chapter 7.


“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.”  – Ralph W. Moss, PhD

MYTH #1. COFFEE DAMAGES THE FLORA IN THE COLON.  No.  In my experience of over 33 years, daily coffee enemas, even several per day, does not affect the flora in the colon in a negative way.  It does not wash out the flora because the enema does not involve that much water.  In fact, as mentioned earlier in this book, coffee enemas often improve the intestinal flora and help get rid of intestinal dysbiosis.

MYTH #2.  COFFEE ENEMAS WASH MINERALS OUT OF THE BODY.  No.  In fact coffee enemas add minerals to the body.  Coffee contains many minerals, including zinc, selenium, potassium and others.

MYTH #3.  COFFEE ENEMAS CAUSE CONSTIPATION (FLACCID BOWEL).  No.   If one stops coffee enemas, it may take the body several days to a week to readjust.  However, I have not seen coffee enemas cause constipation.  In fact, by helping to heal the colon, coffee enemas can reduce constipation. 

MYTH #4.  COFFEE ENEMAS CAUSE ADDICTION.  Very rarely.  I have only seen one case in which a person developed an addiction to coffee by mouth and enemas.  More often, a person enjoys the coffee enemas, and wants to continue them.  This is not an addiction, however.

MYTH #5.  COFFEE ENEMAS CAN PERFORATE THE COLON.  I have never heard of this occurring.

MYTH #6.  COFFEE ENEMAS CAN CAUSE INFECTIONS.  While this is conceivable, I have never heard of it happening.  Just be sure the enema bag and tubing are clean.  It is not necessary to sterilize them. 

MYTH #7.  THE CAFFEINE IS HARMFUL. Less caffeine is absorbed from coffee when taken rectally.  If a coffee enema causes a caffeine “buzz”, I suggest using less coffee.  Decaffeinated coffee does not work well in coffee enemas.

MYTH #8. DO COFFEE ENEMAS CAUSE DEHYDRATION?  You can read on the internet that this is true.  However, that is not my experience at all.  In fact, many people improve their hydration by doing coffee enemas.  The water is absorbed, and this is a benefit.

A few people report that after they do a coffee enema, their lips are dry and a little sore.  They may falsely believe that this means the coffee enema caused dehydration.  My experience is that these people were already dehydrated, or this symptom would not occur.  Either they were not drinking enough water (about 3 quarts or 3 liters daily for an adult), or their drinking water is not hydrating them well, or they are on the “dehydration diet”.  This consists of having any amount of caffeine, alcohol or sugars in the diet, including fruit or sweet juice.  One cup of coffee or tea is usually okay, but not more.