How to do a Coffee Enema: Benefits, Results, and Instructions

Coffee enemas are a type of alternative medicine for cleansing the colon. It is an interesting procedure.

Brewed coffee is inserted into the colon through the rectum.

Yes you read that correctly. This originates from the 1900s as a cancer treatment. Max Gerson was the doctor that popularized this procedure.

There are enemas with other liquids, but there are compounds in coffee that supposedly provides health benefits. Currently, there are no medical, or scientific studies done to support any health claims from a coffee enema.

There has actually been studies done that show coffee enemas may be dangerous to the body. Colon cleansing with coffee carries a risk of dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, impaired bowel function, and disruption in intestinal flora.

Please note any information provided about coffee enemas are for informational purposes only and I am not promoting the use of coffee enemas. I am hoping to educate those who are interested in coffee enemas to expose the process and why it may be harmful.

According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, there have been three deaths related to coffee enemas.

How a coffee enema works

Enemas are usually the last resort for physicians for cases of severe constipation. However, recently enemas are being misused and abused.

There have been many ways people have used enemas, including using them to get drunk extremely quickly with alcohol and with pseudo health benefits with coffee.

People have long used coffee enemas going back to African tribes. They have been used for health or religious purposes.

Traditionally enemas were done with water sometimes with plant substances. This would be inserted into the rectum and travel into the large intestine. When inside the large intestine, the liquid can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

When doing coffee enemas many say this procedure relieves depression, anxiety, allergies, and any pains. There have been many varying and contrasting views on coffee enemas.

While many believe coffee enemas help detoxify the body and help the liver and gall bladder there has been medical studies proving that detoxes do not work.

In 2008, Harvard Medical School updated their website to say that detoxing is a dubious practice and carries a large amount of risks.

Coffee enema instructions

Coffee enemas are something you can do at home. There are a few items you may need to do a coffee enema in your own home:

  • Purified water (this is different from tap water)
  • A way to brew coffee at home, I will go over the coffee enema recipe below
  • An Enema bag, you can see the one I recommend on Amazon
  • A Lubricant, you can use olive oil, sesame oil. Avoid any petroleum jellies because it may be harmful to your body (KY jelly or Vaseline)
  • Towels

This is all the equipment you will need when trying a coffee enema at home and you will probably have most of the stuff lying around. If you do not have an Enema bag you can click here to check out the one I recommend on Amazon. Or you can make your own with a bucket, but I would not suggest trying that.

Step by step guide to do a coffee enema at home

  1. Before you start with your enema try to take a bowel movement.
  2. First, prepare your coffee with the coffee enema recipe below
  3. Let your coffee cool down for 10 – 15 minutes
  4. Add 1/2 quart of the room temperature water to the warm coffee and pour it into the enema bag. You will want to have your coffee at a warm temperature so it is not too hot to the touch but not cool. This will measure at around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If the coffee is too hot it may do damage to your rectum and large intestine, and if it is too cold it may cause cramps and other discomforts.
  5. When taking the coffee enema to wear old clothes that you don’t mind staining and have towels ready.
  6. Apply a small amount of oil around the anal area and to the rectum
  7. Get into a downward dog position near a toilet on your knees with your head near the floor.
  8. Hang your enema bag on a towel rack or shower curtain rod and elevate it enough so the liquid will flow into your colon.
  9. Use one hand to insert the enema nozzle into your rectum while balancing your weight on your other hand.
  10. Slowly release the clamp on the tube and allow the liquid to flow into your colon.
  11. Regulate the flow of the coffee with the clamp. You should aim to take half of the total liquid into your colon which should be about 1/2 quart.
  12. Once you have half of the liquid in your colon close the clamp and remove the nozzle from your rectum and lie on your back with your hips elevated for 10 minutes. You can use a pillow to elevate your hips.
  13. After the 10 minutes go expel the liquid.
  14. Repeat with the remaining liquid.

Coffee enema recipe and how to do a coffee enema

To brew the coffee for your coffee enema there is a simple recipe.

Make sure you have organic coffee beans and purified or distilled water. You need caffeinated coffee, decaf coffee will not work.

Do not use tap water! There may be contaminants, bacteria, and other things you wouldn’t want in your body.

Take 1/2 a quart of distilled water and add 2 tablespoons of medium-coarse ground coffee and combine them. We will simmer this together for 5-10 minutes. When brewing coffee for an enema we will not use a filter because it will remove the cafestol which is essential in a coffee enema.

Cafestol is one of the molecules in coffee beans that is responsible for biological and pharmacological effects from coffee.

Just run this coffee and the grounds through a fine sieve to remove all the coffee grounds. Make sure you remove all the coffee grounds so there are no grounds in the enema.

You can store this in your fridge and bring it up to your body temperature by adding up to another 1/2 quart of warm water as instructed in the step by step guide.

Coffee enema tips and tricks

You can do the coffee enema in your bathtub for quick and convenient cleanup.

Do not try to resist and keep the enema inside your colon. If you have a strong urge to expel the liquid, listen to your body.

The best time to do a coffee enema is during a day you do not have work to do. You need to rest after an enema and you may need to randomly use a toilet up to 1 hour after your enema.

How often should you do a coffee enema

You can try doing a coffee enema cleanse program and then consistently do coffee enemas every 60 days to keep yourself toxic-free.

The Gerson protocol involved daily coffee enemas, but this is overkill.

Coffee enema benefits

There have been many people online that have touted coffee enemas as a cure to many medial and health issues.

There have been many psychosomatic symptoms that have been cure by coffee enemas as well.

While there have been purported allegations that coffee enemas can help with the prevention and cleansing of cancer I am very skeptical about this. It is a large part of the Gerson Therapy, but I cannot recommend and state this without more medical research done about it.

Here are the health issues that coffee enemas have helped with support from those who have tried coffee enemas:

  • Relieves chronic pains
  • Alleviates depression
  • Removes fatigue
  • Kills intestinal parasites
  • Cleanses yeast overgrowths
  • Resolves constipation
  • Boosts mood
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases energy
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves sleep quality

Coffee enema results

There have many success stories from coffee enemas online. You can find boatloads of people who attribute their health success with coffee enemas.

I like to take this information with a grain of salt because there hasn’t been any medical studies done that prove the toxin cleansing effect of coffee enemas.

Coffee enema testimonials

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The colon therapy treatments I received were invaluable in providing significant and much needed relief form my internal problems.


You can read more testimonials for enemas, here.


Have you tried a coffee enema and want to share? Coffee enemas are personal procedures and there may varying results.

If you want to learn why coffee is good for you, you can learn how coffee is good for you, here.

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  1. It’s great that you mentioned that it’s recommended for a person to do a coffee enema every two months to keep them free of toxins. My roommate has been telling me about how she wants to try this enema soon. I’ll share this article with her so she will be ready for what’s to come. Thanks.


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