Let's Talk About Coffee Enemas!

Why the heck would I put coffee up my bum?

A couple of years ago, I had a client ask me during a massage what my thoughts were on coffee enemas.  I had heard a bit about them, but I had never done one or talked with anyone who had (I once tried to approach the subject with a woman who worked in the supplements section of my local organic market but it made her really uncomfortable so I quickly ended the conversation and walked away).  

So at that time I didn’t have much to say on the subject, but I was intrigued.  

My client proceeded to tell me how she had been doing regular coffee enemas for the past month or so, and that they had been helping with her rheumatoid arthritis immensely.  Well, now I was even more intrigued!  

She said that her pain had diminished and her liver function (which she had tested regularly), was improving rapidly, shocking her doctor.  Listening to her rave about how good she felt, I knew I must try this for myself and find out what all the fuss was about.

So out I went, in search of an enema bag and the perfect coffee.  I was nervous and apprehensive, but I found what I needed, brought my loot home, and trepidatiously prepared my first coffee enema.  

And it really wasn’t that bad!  In fact, I felt so good afterwards that I became an instant coffee-enema-advocate.. telling all my friends and family about it and encouraging clients to try it.

People thought I had lost it, that I was taking this whole “healthy-living” thing a little too far, and there was more than one exclamation of “I’d rather drink my coffee, thank you!”

I also found a lot of people were squeamish when you brought up the subject of poop – it turns out it may not be appropriate dinner conversation.  But it’s something we really should talk about more, your poop can tell you so much about your state of health!

Having said that, coffee enemas are certainly not for everyone, but if you are adventurous and looking for a way to enhance detoxification, this may be for you!



The coffee enema was invented nearly 100 years ago.  Towards the end of the first world war in Germany, pain killers were in short supply.  Surgeons needed something to help their patients with pain after surgery, but the only thing they had an abundance of was coffee.  They would routinely administer water enemas to soldiers to help with constipation, and it turns out, someone thought it would be a good idea to put coffee in an enema (who thought that up?).  It sounds strange but, miraculously, it worked!


How it Works

When you drink a cup of coffee, it passes through your digestive system and gets absorbed through the small intestine into circulation.  This can cause some issues with the nervous system, the body pH level, and the endocrine system, as well as being harsh on the stomach and intestines.  

When you take it as an enema, however, the coffee doesn’t get absorbed or metabolized in the digestive system.  Instead, it goes directly into the liver via the portal hepatic circulation that runs straight from the end of the large intestine to the liver and back.  

Once in the liver, the caffeine and certain acids in the coffee stimulate the release of bile and the elimination of toxins from the liver.  The gallbladder is also affected by the caffeine and acids, dilating the ducts and flushing bile from there as well.

The coffee directly stimulates peristalsis of the large intestine (the contraction and pushing out of waste), which helps to ensure the toxins and bile being released, are eliminated from the body.



As you may have gathered, coffee enemas are a great way to encourage detoxification – not only of the liver, but of the whole body (the entire volume of blood in the body is passed through the liver every 3 minutes, so when you hold a coffee enema for 15 minutes, the blood gets filtered 5 times!).

Coffee enemas are also known to reduce pain, anxiety, nausea and depression.  I can personally vouch for this – I once had a headache that had been lingering for 3 days.  I did a coffee enema and it immediately relieved my headache.  I also know that I feel light, energetic and happy afterwards!

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