Q. Hi Cynthia! Thanks so much for your blog, it has been so helpful! I was wondering your thoughts on organic coffee enemas? I have read they can be extremely beneficial for candida. I have been dealing with my candida for almost 7 months-following strict Paleo diet, taking oral nystatin 3 times daily, good probiotics and various supporting supplements. Any suggestions would be great. ~Thanks, Kailey
A. Hi Kailey, You’re welcome, I’m glad you are enjoying my blog.
Coffee enemas can be very beneficial for people with Candida and many other chronic health conditions, because it opens the bile ducts and stimulates the liver to produce more bile, thus improving the detoxification process. As you may know, the liver is one of the primary organs involved in detoxification. Bile is one of the methods that toxins are carried out through the feces.
People with Candida typically have impaired liver function, because the toxins that the yeast emits overload some of the detoxification pathways, and this can increase their symptoms and deteriorate health significantly. Faulty liver functioning is involved in many other health conditions and found frequently in the general population because we are all exposed to so many environmental toxins that put a great burden on the liver. Enhancing liver function and the detoxification process is always beneficial, regardless of who you are.
Coffee contains a substance called palmitates that stimulate the production of an enzyme in the liver called glutathione-S-transferase when absorbed through the colon, which increases the formation of glutathione. Glutathione is one of the primary conjugating substances involved in detoxification, as it binds to the toxins to prepare them to be carried out through the bile.
All of this enables the liver to deal with incoming toxins more effectively and efficiently, thus moving the current toxins out quicker and preventing a backlog of toxins in the system.
Additionally, naturally occurring alkaloids in coffee enemas incite dilation of the blood vessels, which increases the blood supply to the gastrointestinal tract, reduces inflammation, improves digestion and muscle tone, enhances peristalsis and elimination, thus improving the overall health of the colon.
Furthermore, coffee enemas are considered to be a “form” of dialysis because the blood passes through the liver every three minutes, and the coffee enema is retained for 15 minutes.
These coffee enema benefits have been well documented in studies, which have been spurred largely by the work of Dr. Max Gerson and the Gerson Institute in the treatment of cancer and more recently, Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez. Dr. Gerson and the Gerson Institute have seen remarkable results in Cancer patients with the use of regular coffee enemas. One can safely assume that if they are effective against something as serious and life-threatening as Cancer, that would apply across the board to all other health conditions.
Coffee enemas are one of the oldest natural remedies on record, dating all the way back to 1917; German scientists were the first to claim their beneficial effects on the liver in the 1920s; they were a regular part of medical practice in the 1930s and listed in all major nursing textbooks during the 1950s and even appeared in the Merck manual until the mid-1970s.
Like most effective and natural remedies that threaten the pocketbook of the pharmaceutical companies, they were pushed aside and replaced with the use of pharmaceutical drugs. However, the enlightened natural health provider continues to recognize the powerful benefits and efficacy of this simple technique.
Coffee Enema Cautions
Some people with a very hypersensitive sympathetic nervous system do not do well with a coffee enema. Their system is simply not capable of dealing with the effects of caffeine. For example, when I do a coffee enema they make me shake and tremble so severely that I can’t get off the floor and I feel like I’ll pass out. However, this is very rare. If this is the case, then they should be avoided or proceed with extreme caution.
It has been suggested that one may be able to get around this issue by not hanging the enema bag too high (not more than 18 inches above your head), which keeps you from getting a systemic effect from the caffeine. One can also try reducing the amount of coffee that is used or the amount of time it is retained.
Some practitioners recommend that hypersensitive individuals use decaffeinated coffee. Caffeine is the essential ingredient that stimulates the liver and gallbladder, so it’s important that the coffee is caffeinated to gain the benefits. However, decaffeinated coffee still contains a small amount of caffeine, so the hypersensitive person may be able to get some benefit. On the other hand, that small amount of caffeine can still trigger undesirable symptoms, so caution should still be used.
The coffee used in a coffee enema should ALWAYS be organic. Coffee that isn’t organic contains very high levels of pesticides, which you certainly do not want to insert into your colon and absorb into the liver.
Water used in an enema should be purified. It should not come out of the tap and should not be chlorinated. Chlorine and other contaminants in tap water can be detrimental to the colon and liver.
Don’t do coffee enemas at night; the stimulating effects of the caffeine may interrupt your sleep cycle.
Do Not drink the coffee. Although the coffee enema benefits are abundant, the consumption of coffee or caffeine, in general, has many detrimental effects on our physical and mental health. The only time coffee is good for us is through an enema.
People with inflammatory bowel disorders like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, etc. may have undesirable symptoms with an enema. All individuals should consult with their primary health care provider before using an enema of any type.
How to do a Coffee Enema
- An enema bag, hose, and tip. (Preferably one that is free of BPA and PVC. I prefer stainless steel.)
- Water that is filtered. Free of chlorine, fluoride, etc. Not tap water.
- Organic coffee. Do not use decaffeinated or instant.
Preparation of Coffee
- Place one to four tablespoons of coffee (depending on the strength you desire) in a quart of water and bring to a boil for about three minutes and then cover with a lid and let simmer for about fifteen minutes. Replace any water that was lost through boiling, so that there is still one quart.
- Let the coffee cool. Strain liquid from coffee grains.
- Before doing the coffee enema, one must first do a plain water cleansing enema.
- Fill the enema bag with plain (pure) water.
- Hang the enema bag about 18 to 36 inches above you. It needs to be higher than you are, to allow water to flow down naturally, but not too high or it will flow too fast.
- Lie down on the bathroom floor on a towel or in the bathtub.
- Insert the tip gently into your rectum, open the clamp and release the water slowly. You can lubricate the tip with a little coconut oil if you prefer.
- Fill the colon with as much water as you can take in without expelling then close the clamp. If you feel the urge to evacuate, then close the clamp for a moment and take a few slow deep breaths, then resume.
- Then gently massage your stomach with your fingers, making your way around the entire length of the colon.
- Expel the water.
- Repeat two or three times.
- Now fill the enema bag with the coffee you prepared.
- Lie down again.
- Insert the tip and release slowly until the enema bag is empty. If you feel the urge to evacuate, then close the clamp for a moment and take a few slow deep breaths and then resume.
- Remain lying down for 15 minutes. During these 15 minutes, turn on your left side first for a few minutes, then lie flat on your back for a few minutes and then lie on your right side for a few minutes, then flat on your back again. This will help bring the liquid to the other side of the colon.
- After 15 minutes, then get up and expel the liquid.
- Wash your equipment thoroughly.
I am a big fan of enemas in general and often encourage their use. Even a plain water enema is a great tool to include in the healing plan, especially for people with Candida, because it physically removes yeast organisms and its toxins from the colon and speeds up the transit time of waste sitting in the colon. Many people with and without Candida have constipation issues, or at the very least, slow transit time. When feces sit in the colon for too long, then the toxins they contain get recirculated through the liver, thus putting more burden on the detoxification process and increasing debilitating symptoms.
Enemas are a good way to reduce the level of yeast overgrowth quickly, thus often providing a reduction in Candida symptoms instantly. They also provide immediate relief from die-off symptoms triggered by antifungals or if you have indulged in too many carbs. However, adding coffee to the enema enhances the benefits ten-fold by stimulating the liver and improving the detoxification process.
They are equally as valuable to the individual with bacterial overgrowth and/or parasites. However, do remember, that like all things, they should be practiced in moderation. Too much of any good thing can be a bad thing. Do not use enemas excessively. Many practitioners recommend that enemas should be used every day. I disagree with this stance. I think once a week is plenty.