Your Best, At-Home Detox Tool

Coffee Enemas are very easy to do in the convenience and privacy of your own bathroom. They are an excellent addition to an at-home personal wellness tool kit. While we do not offer coffee enemas or coffee implants in our Austin, TX studio, Juanita fully encourages clients to explore this modality. Get your materials together, and let us guide you through this process with ease. Many people are administering coffee enemas at home, on the bathroom floor, with these instructions. You are not alone!

“The purpose of coffee enemas is to stimulate the liver to increase it’s detoxification” ~ The Gerson Institute


*These instructions are not meant to replace medical advice. Please consult with a licensed medical professional to determine if coffee enemas would be a good fit for you.

Supplies Needed:

  • Quart of organic coffee
  • Enema Bucket
  • Olive oil or organic coconut oil
  • Filtered water (not tap water)

To prepare one quart (four cups) of coffee, which is used for one enema session:

  1. Place 2-3 tablespoons of organic coffee grounds in one quart (four cups) of filtered, spring or distilled water. The coffee should be organic and must be caffeinated. Prepare the coffee in a glass, ceramic or stainless steel pot.
  2. Bring 2-3 tablespoons of organic coffee to a boil and let boil for 5 minutes; then simmer for 15 minutes. Strain using a fine mesh strainer. Add additional water to bring the coffee mixture to one quart (four cups).
  3. The coffee can be made the night before each use. Reheat to body temperature before using.
  4. Place a thick towel and a pillow for your head on the floor near the toilet. Waterproof pads are a good idea, as they will protect your floor in the event of a spill or leakage.
  5. Hang enema bag from a cabinet knob, which allows bag to hang about 18-21 inches from thefloor. If using an enema bucket, place bucket on a stool, chair or tub platform so that it iselevated about 18-21 inches above the floor.
  6. Make sure the tubing on your enema bag or bucket is clamped closed before pouring in the coffee. Pour the quart of coffee into the enema bag or bucket.
  7. Lubricate the tip of the colon tube using olive oil or coconut oil.
  8. Lie on your left side or your back and insert the colon tube slowly 6-18 inches (never more than 18 inches) into the rectum. If the tube kinks pull out and try again, as kinking will block the flow of the coffee.
  9. Release the clamp, letting about a pint of coffee (two cups, which is half the amount in the bag or bucket) flow slowly in, and re-clamp. If the coffee does not flow there is most likely a kink in the tube. Withdraw the tube, reinsert, and try again.
  10. Turn to your right side. Hold the coffee for 12-15 minutes. At first, it may be difficult to retain the enema. That is okay. Gradually work up to the 12-15 minutes. Holding the enema longer than 15 minutes is counterproductive.
  11. After 15 minutes expel the liquid in the toilet.
  12. Wait about 5 minutes to ensure that you are finished eliminating and then repeat the enemaas directed in steps 6-11 with the remaining coffee.
  13. After each use, clean the enema bag or bucket and tubing with hot water and soap. You can also rinse with hydrogen peroxide and hang to dry.

Additional Tips:

  1. A coffee concentrate can be made and stored in the refrigerator for 7 days, for yourconvenience. Bring 1 cup of organic coffee grounds and 1 quart purified or spring water to a boil for 5 minutes. Then simmer for 15 minutes. Strain. Add additional purified or spring water to bring the coffee mixture to four cups. Use one cup of the concentrate to three cups purified or spring water for each enema session (each enema session consists of two consecutive enemas).
  2. Supplementing with additional minerals after the coffee enemas is not necessary but can be beneficial. If you desire additional minerals like Original Quinton Isotonic (1 vial) or Trace Minerals with B12.
  3. It is very rare, but some individuals may feel slightly jittery due to the caffeine in the coffee, although, most often, clients find the enemas relaxing. Absorption of the coffee is very low when doing a coffee enema. Jitteriness should lessen after the third session. If not, make the coffee weaker.
  4. Store open bag of coffee in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator or freezer.
  5. Having difficulty holding the coffee enemas for 12-15 minutes? This may be due tofeces being compacted in the descending colon. You may try the following:
    1. Get a colonic 1-2 days prior to the coffee enema.
    2. Start with one cup of warm purified or spring water. Take in water and hold until urgeto release is felt. Release completely and then do your two coffee enemas.
    3. Drinking two cups of warm water with fresh lemon juice upon rising, prior to enemas,will often initiate a bowel movement.
    4. Take 2-3 capsules magnesium citrate supplement the night before your enema. This will increase the likelihood of having a nice bowel movement first thing in the morning.
    5. Constipation is a common symptom of other issues including hypothyroidism, liver congestion and/or gut dysbiosis. This may need to be addressed by a qualified health care practitioner.

Source for Enema Equipment & Coffee: Pure Life Enema

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Coffee enemas can catapult your healing results in quick and easy ways, as it directly effects the main detox organ – the LIVER.

Some common signs that your liver needs some love:

1) Fatigue. A sluggish liver can lead to persistent fatigue due to inefficient toxin processing, affecting over all energy levels.

2) Digestive Issues. Symptoms like bloating, constipation, or diarrhea may arise as the liver’s ability to produce bile for proper digestion diminishes 

3) Abdominal Pain or Discomfort. Liver enlargement or inflammation may cause discomfort or a feeling of fullness in the upper right abdomen. 

4) Skin problems. Skin issues like itchiness, eczema, or increased sensitivity can occur when the liver struggles to eliminate toxins effectively.

5) Weight Gain or Difficulty Losing Weight.  A sluggish liver can hinder metabolism and fat digestion, contributing to weight gain or difficulties in shedding excess weight. 

6) Mood Swings or Irritability. Impaired liver function can impact hormone regulation, leading to mood swings, irritability, or increased anxiety.  

7) Chronic Bad Breath or Body Odor.  Reduced liver function can result in a buildup of toxins in the body, leading to persistent bad breath or body odor.

8) Weak Immune Response.  A compromised liver might result in a weakened immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections and illnesses. 

9) Increased Sensitivity to Chemicals. A sluggish liver might heighten sensitivity to environmental toxins or chemicals, resulting in adverse reactions or allergies.

10)Jaundice. Yellowing of the skin an eyes occurs when the liver struggles to process bilirubin, leading to jaundice.


A happy liver can change your life. Coffee enemas are one of many tools to help the liver detox.

Key benefits of liver cleansing: 

1) Enhanced Detoxification:. Liver cleansing supports the organ’s natural detox prowesses, aiding in the removal of toxins and waste from the body. This purification process helps maintain overall health and vitality.

2) Improved Digestive Function. Cleansing the liver can optimize bile production, essential for breaking down fats and aiding digestion. It supports better nutrient absorption and promotes over all digestive health. 

3) Boost Energy Levels. By reducing the burden of toxins on the lier, a cleanse can lead to increased energy and vitality. When the liver functions more efficiently, it helps alleviate fatigue and supports overall well-being.

4) Clearer Skin and Radiant Appearance. Cleansing the liver may contribute to clearer skin and a more vibrant appearance. Reduced toxin load often reflects positively on skin health, potentially improving complexion and reduced skin issues.

5) Support for Weight Management. Liver cleansing can aid in weight management by optimizing metabolic function. Improved liver health assists in better fat metabolism, potentially supporting weight loss or weight  maintenance goals. 


Enemas are one of the oldest medical treatments known to man. The oldest known medical text, the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus (1,500 B.C.), records the use of enemas. Enemas were in use throughout the ancient world in Samaria, Babylonia, India, Greece, Africa and China. Greek literature is filled with references of the therapeutic use of enemas. American Indians, as well as pre-Columbian South Americans crafted enema bags from animal bladders, latex and bones.

The purpose of the coffee enema is to support the liver in eliminating toxins and to cleanse the blood. In 1984 Dr. Peter Lechner from Graz, Austria stated, “Coffee enemas have a definite effect on the colon which can be observed with an endoscope. Wattenberg and co-workers were able to provide in 1981 that the palmitic acid found in coffee promotes the activity of glutathione S- transferase and other ligands by manifold times above the norm. It is this enzyme group which is responsible primarily for the conjugation of free electrophile radicals which the gall bladder will then release.”

Coffee enemas appeared in the medical literature at least as early as 1917 and remained in the Merck Manual until 1972. German scientists discovered that coffee was able to open the bile ducts and increase the production of bile by the liver. Max Gerson, M.D. began using coffee enemas with his patients suffering from tuberculosis and then later, with his cancer patients.

Dr. Gerson found that the physical root cause of his cancer patients was toxicity and nutritional deficiency. He used raw fresh juices and raw liver to address nutritional deficiencies as well as assist in cleansing the kidneys. As toxins were forced out of the tissues, it became necessary to support the liver in its ability to adequately eliminate toxins. Dr. Gerson understood that the liver becomes overburdened by the continuous release of toxins and that it was necessary to find proper support for detoxification. He found that detoxification could best facilitated through the caffeine in coffee, absorbed from the descending colon via the hemorrhoidal vein, which carries the caffeine to the portal vein and the liver. The caffeine stimulates the liver and biliary ducts to open for release of waste products and toxins into the intestinal tract for excretion.

Later, Dr. William Kelley, learning from Dr. Gerson, implemented the use of coffee enemas first with himself during his two year battle with pancreatic cancer starting in 1969, and then with his cancer patients until his passing in 2006. Both doctors noted remarkable healing in those patients using coffee enemas.

Keep in mind that coffee enemas are given for the purpose of detoxification of the liver and blood, not for elimination of the bowels. The 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. It is believed that kahweol and cafestol palmitate increase the liver’s production of glutathione by as much as 700%.

“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.” (Ralph Moss, The Royal Enema)

The coffee enema works by dilating the bile ducts. As stated by the editors of Physiological Chemistry and Physics, “Caffeine enemas cause dilation of bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of toxic cancer breakdown products by the liver and dialysis of toxic products from blood across the colonic wall.” Coffee travels through the left hemorrhoidal vein to the portal vein, which delivers the coffee to the liver.

The coffee enema is typically held for 15 minutes and then again for 15 more minutes. Each molecule of blood in the body passes through the liver every three minutes. During a coffee enema session all the blood cells of the body experience detoxification. (Healing Newsletter, #13, May-June, 1986).

Coffee enemas have been used for over one hundred years as a generalized detoxification procedure. Coffee enemas are perfectly safe when taken as directed. They stimulate the liver and gallbladder to release stored toxins, as well as enhance liver function.

Kim Schuette, Biodynamic Wellness, CA
Cancer Therapy, Results of Fifty Cases, By Max Gerson, M.D., pages 190, 191, 194, 247, 409, and 418
Article in Gerson Healing Newsletter by Gerson Institute, NL #13 May-June 1986: A Coffee Enema? Now I’ve Heard Everything
A report in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients- July 2001 by Morton Walker, DPM. Liver Detoxifications with Coffee Enemas as Employed in the Gerson Therapy.


Firstly, coffee enemas rarely cause noticeable detox/healing crisis symptoms. Generally they alleviate them. However they can happen for some people, so it’s best to go slow and be a ware.

A Herxheimer reaction — also called a die-off reaction, or “healing crisis” — can be a misunderstood and uncomfortable experience if you’re not prepared for it, but is not a cause for alarm.

It is normal, natural, and a sign that something profound is happening under the surface.

When your body starts killing off harmful pathogens, molds, and bacteria, they release endotoxins. These endotoxins, along with other toxic wastes, heavy metals, and/or cellular debris your body has released during treatment, can overwhelm your natural detoxification pathways, leading to headaches, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms, in what is called a Herxheimer reaction. It is a transient experience and symptoms usually resolve on their own in a few days.

This reaction is actually a very positive sign that your body is properly eliminating toxins and is beginning to heal from the inside out.

Symptoms of a Herxheimer reaction include:

  • Headaches and brain fog
  • Lethargy and general fatigue
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • General inflammation
  • Low-grade fever and/or chills
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Skin rashes and irritation
  • Nausea and bloating
  • Diarrhea or constipation

The faster your body eliminates the excess endotoxins and other waste materials from your body, the sooner you will start to feel your natural vitality return. In fact, it is not uncommon to feel even better than you did prior to the treatment as your immune system starts cleansing these harmful substances from your body.

In order to minimize the chance that you will experience a Herxheimer reaction, and speed your recovery should you develop one, we recommend you take the following precautions:

1) Hydrate. Drink plenty of water both before and after your appointment. This is especially important for Ozone Sauna sessions and Lymphatic Massage treatments. Dehydration impairs your body’s ability to flush out toxins and expel waste products, which can intensify and prolong die-off reactions.

2) Rest. We highly recommend you go slow and be gentle for a few days following an appointment. Also allow time to rest and ease back into your day after an appointment. This gives your body more space to process any released toxins and more time to heal. Jumping back into a busy work day or pushing yourself too hard can take precious resources away from detoxification and slow the healing process.

3) Take Epsom Salt baths. Epsom salt baths help increase circulation and draw toxins out of the body, and can reduce aches and pains associated with detoxification and die-off reactions. Make sure you dissolve at least 1-2 cups of epsom salts in your bathwater to get the full therapeutic benefits.

4) Use other natural, topical treatments if needed to ease symptoms. Soaking in an oatmeal bath is a well known way to soothe itching and relieve rashes. Cold compresses can help relieve muscle aches and fevers. Magnesium citrate to make sure the bowels are moving 2-3x/day.

5) We always encourage a more natural approach to healing and letting the body find it’s own resilience, however over the counter medications like Aleve and Advil can be used if needed. They put additional stress on your detoxification and elimination pathways, and as such we recommend avoiding them if at all possible.

Following these recommendations may help you mitigate and even avoid die-off symptoms after your treatment, as your body does its most powerful work and heals you from the inside out.


A colonic can help to clear out impactions prior to your coffee enema, and/or help to flush out all the sludge and bile that was purged by the process.

Please consult with your certified colon hydrotherapist, wellness practitioner or medical doctor depending on state regulations regarding the addition of colonics for these purposes.

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