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”

Coffee enemas detoxify the liver, as well as clean the colon. Coffee stimulates the liver to make more bile. Bile, from the gallbladder draws out environmental and metabolic toxins, as well as the very irritating toxins from Candida albicans and other parasite-like organisms. The colon is the organ responsible for carrying away these toxins. In addition, coffee enemas stimulate the liver to produce enzymes that clean the blood. Coffee enemas also assist the colon to develop better function. In these ways, coffee enemas are an essential resource in a colon cleansing program.
It is the liver and small bowel which neutralize the most common tissue toxins: polyamines, ammonia, toxic-bound nitrogen, and electrophiles. This detoxification system is enhanced by the coffee enema. Physiological Chemistry and Physics has stated that “caffeine enemas cause dilation of bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of toxic products by the liver and dialysis of toxic products across the colon wall.”

In addition, theophylline and theobromine (two other chemicals in coffee) dilate blood vessels and help reduce inflammation of the colon; the palmitates enhance the enzyme system responsible for the removal of toxic free radicals from the serum; along with 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 this 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 through the colon wall”

The coffee enema should consist of 1 quart of coffee & warm water solution, held for 15 to 30 minutes. Some people, children especially, can take and retain only a pint (2 cups) of coffee enema solution at a time. If this is the case, one should take 2 coffee enemas, one right after releasing the first enema, and hold each for 15 to 30 minutes.

Why use an enema?

Why not just take a laxative pill it’s easier. We have been ingrained from infancy that anything having to do with bowel function is dirty or nasty. So usually if an enema is suggested it is immediately dismissed.
We all should be concerned with overall health or preventive measures, then why wouldn’t we look to something less chemical and
more basic?  If we can lessen the load put on our kidneys and livers with something as simple as an enema, should that
be dismissed or used to an advantage?   Would you rather have a costly operation to remove a gallbladder or at least try
a non-invasive solution?  What do you have to lose?

A better question would be (Why Not use an Enema)

  1. An enema can help you to better overall health.
  2. Enemas easily relieve constipation.
  3. Enemas have been used to help with the following.
    Constipation, Candidacies, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) (Ulcerative Colitis, Cohn’s Disease, Colitis), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS),  Colon Cancer,  Hemorrhoids, Prostate Cancer, Enlarged Prostate, Allergies, Leaky Gut Syndrome,  Gallstones,  AIDS,Parasite Cleanse, Infectious Diseases.

You can use an enema for many different purposes:  Here are just a few.

The warm water enema dilates the bowel to stimulate peristalsis, which encourages a bowel movement.

Soapsuds Enema cause mild irritation to the intestinal lining and lubricate the stool.
These types of enema are instilled and held for five to 10 minutes, until the urge to expel is emphatic.

Oil Retention Enema soften the hardened stool and allow normal elimination. The oil retention enema, is prepared in a smaller volume and is retained in the bowel for 30-60 minutes.

Enemas are also used to deliver medication directly onto the rectal mucous membranes to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Steroid enema solutions can be administered to alleviate bowel inflammation in patients with ulcerative colitis.

Antibiotic enema solutions can be administered to treat localized bacterial infections.

Medicated hypertonic enema solutions can be used to pull excessive potassium or ammonia from the bloodstream through the rectal wall. Barley grass is one of natures little miracles and by itself could provide all of one’s nutritional needs from
infancy to adult hood.  You would be hard pressed to find anyone who could come up with a reason
for not making barley grass  a part of your long term diet.  This green grass is a major anti-oxidant, free
radical and contains over ten times the amount of carotene as does spinach and over 30 times the amount
of vitamin b-1 as does cows milk.  Barley grass contains perhaps the most balanced nutrient profile
of all green plants with a natural balance and abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids,
proteins, active enzymes and chlorophyll.  Barley grass powder or especially fresh grass can certainly be an effective and nutritious enema.

Retention of an enema is more important than the volume. Some people can hold their enema for hours. The longer, the better.  Small amounts will be absorbed. Volume will be dependent on experience. Daily application and gradual increases in volume is the key. Although your first experience may be challenging, you will develop the skills you need to take an enema and implant successfully. The benefits are worth the  minor trouble in learning.

Enema Recipes:

Barley Grass

1-2 oz. barley grass juice or wheat grass juice
1 quart warm filtered water (Mix well )


Alterative properties of Garlic (Blood purifying); as well as Antibiotic; Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic; & Expectorant.
Garlic is used for everything to raising and lowering blood pressure, all types of infections, indigestion, headaches, also used for colds, fevers, and blood purification purposes, as well as for respiratory illnesses also for worms & bowel infections.
Garlic juice, has been shown to kill harmful bacteria without harming useful ones Troubled with constipation, You can use a garlic juice enema several times a week, and then a coffee retention enema once a week. The bowels should move on their own in a short period of time, and the colon will be clean, the stool will not be as foul-smelling.
If you suffer from colitis, use the garlic juice enema several times a week, Or anytime pain from colitis is experienced, this enema shouldl quickly relieve the discomfort.

Or prepare the enema solution with 1 to 2 ounces of lemon juice or wheat grass in place
Very stimulating

Directions for Administering an Enema

This is a douche that women used in years past, before  the advent of antibiotics.  It was used to treat vaginal infections.

Douche Recipe:
4 fresh garlic cloves
Place  cloves in a 1quart sauce pan with 16 oz. of water
Bring water to a boil turn off heat and let simmer until
water temperature is approximately 103º Fahrenheit.

Now pour this solution into your douche bag. Douche as you normally would.

Many women will also use a garlic enema.


a clay water, when added to enema water assists in absorbing and mobilizing toxins from the bowel wall.

People of every continent have used volcanic ash for ages both internally and externally.
(Bentonite) clay  is part of the ash released when a volcano erupts. Often a fine steamer of mist blown out which usually contains a substance known as a colloid or volcanic ash. This sifts to earth and as it contains many minerals (20 or more minerals in Bentonite) it serves to mineralize the soil. Frequently, however, it can be mined in veins of 2 to 3 feet wide and deep but many yards long.  The value of Bentonite lies in its very fine molecule and its negative electrical attraction for positively charged atoms. The extra fine molecule gives it greater surface area and thus stronger adhesive or pulling power, its negative charge enables it to pick up positively charged toxic material from the alimentary canal to be expelled in the feces. There is no evidence that it has any chemical action on the body. Its power is purely physical. There is no evidence that Bentonite’s 25 to 33 minerals can be absorbed into the body because its own adhesive power seems to be stronger.

Technically, the clay first adsorbs toxins (heavy metals, free radicals, pesticides), attracting them to its extensive surface area where they adhere like flies to sticky paper; then it absorbs the toxins, taking them in the way a sponge mops up a kitchen counter mess.

There is an electrical aspect to bentonite’s ability to bind and absorb toxins. According to Yerba Prima, a company based in Ashland, Oregon, which markets Great Plains  Bentonite, the clay’s minerals are negatively charged while toxins tend to be positively charged; hence the clay’s attraction works like a magnet drawing metal shavings. But it’s even more involved than that.

Once hydrated (combined with water), bentonite has an enormous surface area. A single quart bottle can represent a total surface area of over 900 square yards. Bentonite is made of a great number of tiny platelets, with negative electrical charges on their flat surfaces and positive charges on their edges.

When bentonite absorbs water and swells, it is stretched open like a highly porous sponge; the toxins are drawn into these spaces by electrical attraction and bound fast. Bentonite can absorb pathogenic viruses, toxins, and pesticides and herbicides. The clay is eventually eliminated from the body with the toxins bound to its multiple surfaces.

Clay’s adsorptive and absorptive qualities may be the key to its multifaceted healing abilities.

Benefits reported by people using liquid clay for a period of two to four weeks include: improved intestinal regularity; relief from chronic constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and ulcers; a surge in physical energy; clearer complexion; brighter, whiter eyes; enhanced alertness; emotional uplift; improved tissue and gum repair; and increased resistance to infections. Clay works on the entire organism. No part of the body is left untouched by its healing energies.

Bentonite can end bouts of diarrhea. When 35 individuals (average age 51) suffering from diarrhea took two tablespoons of bentonite in distilled water daily, the diarrhea was relieved in 97% (34 of the 35 patients) in 3 days, regardless of the original cause of the problem (allergies, virus infection, spastic colitis, or food poisoning). A safe and highly effective solution in treating acute diarrhea.

Regular intake of liquid clay (typically one to three tablespoons daily, in divided doses) can produce other benefits including parasite removal from the intestines, allergy and hay fever relief, and elimination of anemia and acne. It reduces discomfort from allergies by quickly neutralizing allergens that would otherwise produce allergic reactions; and it reduces heartburn and indigestion by absorbing excess stomach acids.

However, clay’s forte is probably its role as a general internal detoxification and cleansing agent. According to Keith Payne of White Rock Mineral Corporation in Springville, Utah, clay scrapes and cleans the lining of the colon. “As the colon becomes cleaner, its ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients increases, making the minerals even more bioavailable, thus giving more energy.”

Some Bentonite is derived from an ancient seabed formation in Utah; according to geologists, the clay formed when a layer of volcanic ash fell into what was, long ago, a shallow inland sea.

Drinking Bentonite clay

The best way to drink clay is on an empty stomach, or at least an hour before or after a meal or immediately before sleeping at night. Typically, clay is available as a thick tasteless, pale-grey gel, but it also comes as in powder or encapsulated.

Generally, it is advisable to start with one tablespoon daily, mixed with a small amount of juice or water 6 to 12 oz. should be sufficient, observe the results for a week, then gradually increase the dosage to no more than four tablespoons daily, divided throughout the day. Drinking clay can be an annual spring cleaning of your gastrointestinal tract or it can be a symptom-focused, self-care method of intestinal  improvement.

Using Bentonite clay in enemas

Enema Recipe:

In a 2 qt. container mix
8oz. Bentonite clay
1½ qts. warm filtered water
Temperature 103? Fahrenheit
Stir well and pour into enema bag


Specialised herbs which have been infused into water are inserted into the rectum which assists with detoxifying the colon and liver, speeding up the removal of toxins from the body. Enema buckets are provided and you will be carefully instructed on how to perform this safe, easy procedure on yourself in complete privacy with your dignity maintained.

Toxins from our diet, lifestyles and environment build up in the bowel and can be responsible for many chronic health problems. Therefore, it is important to flush them from the colon from time to time if you are wanting to maintain or achieve optimal health.