Coffee Enemas For Detoxification

© Copyright Bee Wilder Revised September 7, 2012

Revised March 22, 2012: 1) Dry skin brushing is done only once. 2) Inserting 2 cups of the coffee solution is one (1) enema.

Revised September 7, 2012 to add a description for fully caffeinated drip grind coffee.

Note: Most people need to start with 1 tablespoon of coffee, and slowly increase it over the next few enemas, so their detoxifying reactions are more tolerable.

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How Coffee Enemas Detoxify

The large colon is the last part of the intestines, before reaching the rectum. By the time stools/feces arrive in the colon, most nutrients and 90 percent of the water have been absorbed into the bloodstream by the small intestines. The large intestine is mainly responsible for storing waste, reclaiming water, maintaining the water balance, the fermentation of indigestible substances such as fibers (cell walls of all plant foods), some kinds of sugars, and toxic substances.

It is important not to do too many enemas since the large bowel needs to function and normalize in between enemas. It is recommended you do not do any more than one every 4 to 5 days, and that you do not continue them over a long period of time.

The effects of a coffee enema are different than a saline (salt) enema. The most important difference between a saline enema and a coffee enema is the presence of caffeine in the coffee. Caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, combine to stimulate the relaxation of smooth muscles causing dilation (opening up) of blood vessels and bile ducts.

The effects of having a coffee enema are not the same as drinking coffee. The veins of the anus are very close to the surface of the tissue. The caffeine is therefore absorbed more quickly (and in a higher concentration) than it is in when coffee is drunk.

Additionally, coffee has a chemical makeup that is stimulative. The enzymes in coffee, known as palmitates, help the liver carry away the toxins in bile acid. The coffee is absorbed into the hemorrhoidal vein (in the anus), and then it is taken up to the liver by the portal vein.

With the bile ducts dilate, bile carries toxins away to the gastro-intestinal tract. Simultaneously, peristaltic activity (movement of the bowel) is encouraged.

The caffeine from the coffee is absorbed into this circulatory system and goes directly to the liver where it acts as a very strong detoxifier. It decongests the liver, and causes it to dump its toxins. It also causes the liver to produce more bile (which contains processed toxins fromthe liver) and stimulates the gall bladder to dump its contents which flows directly into the small intestine for elimination.

This frees up the liver, enabling it to process toxins more efficiently. The coffee only goes to the liver and does not circulate throughout the body so it does not act like drinking caffeine would.

Caffeine also stimulates an enzyme used by the liver to make its detoxification pathways. This enzyme is used to form glutathione (an amino acid), which is one of the main components that enable toxins to be eliminated via the bile into the small intestine. Therefore a coffee enema speeds up detoxification and minimizes the backlog of detoxified substances.

Also do Dry Skin Brushing

Do "dry skin brushing" immediately before doing this enema, making up to four passes over each body surface. If you are not accustomed to skin brushing regularly, only make one pass over the body. This stimulates the Lymphatic System, so that lymphatic mucoid (mucus) will pass into the colon. Here’s how to do Dry Skin Brushing.

Enema Frequency Schedule

  • Only do enemas every 4 to 5 days, which allows enough time for the bowel to normalize between enemas. The large bowel needs to perform very important functions between enemas so your body does not lose water and electrolytes (minerals). Do them every 4 to 5 days for 1 month.
  • After 1 month, cut back to doing enemas once a week for 2 months.
  • After the 2 months, do enemas every 2 weeks for 3 months.
  • After 3 months, do enemas once a month 3 times, stopping altogether after that, unless you slip on the diet and find you need to do one or two. It is a good idea to do a coffee enema at least once a year throughout life.


Always do an enema after a bowel movement so the bowel is empty and also clean out the bowel with 2 cups of non-chlorinated water-only enema, which is immediately allowed to empty prior to administering the coffee enema, and do dry skin brushing as explained above.

Your goal is to insert 2 cups of the coffee that you are able to hold for 12 to 15 minutes. But do not be concerned if you cannot hold the enema, since it is still helping your body detoxify.

You will need the following materials.

  • 2 tablespoons of fully caffeinated drip grind coffee, which is a fine grind of coffee, for use in filter coffee makers, in which the brew drips through a filter into the serving pot; it does not have to be organic. Some people need to dilute the coffee more when they first start. If you are unsure, use 1 1/2 tablespoons of coffee in the same amount of water, and increase the strength later on.
  • 1 quart of non-chlorinated water. Remove chlorine with a charcoal filter, like Britta or PUR, OR boil tap water for 30 minutes in an uncovered pot, OR leave an open jug of water for 24 hours to get rid of the chlorine.
  • Use either an enema bag, which has a long hose, clamp and nozzle or tip on it, or a bulb-type 8 ounces syringe. For an enema bag there must be a place to hang it up at door knob level or about 2 feet above the floor because it works on gravity. Do not hang the enema bag too high, as on a shower head, because it will be too forceful as the coffee rushes in. It should flow very gently into the rectum. A syringe or enema bag are available at the drug store. Many people find it very difficult to use an enema bag by themselves, so using a bulb-type syringe is easier.
    If using a bulb-type syringe you will need a container to hold the coffee that will not be used for any other purpose, i.e. a small plastic bucket that can be accessed easily by a syringe.
  • Unrefined coconut oil as a lubricant.
  • Stainless steel cooking pot.
  • Ice cubes made of non-chlorinated water to cool down the coffee.
  • An old towel, used only for doing enemas. They can get stained with coffee.
  • A large plastic bag to protect the floor.
  • Cotton cloth of some kind, i.e. cheese cloth or cotton muslin for straining out the coffee grounds. Do not use paper filters because the fibres will transfer into the coffee.
  • Funnel or pitcher for pouring the liquid into the enema bag.

How to make the coffee.

  1. Put slightly less than 1 quart of non-chlorinated water in a pan (allowing for extra liquid from the ice cubes) and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add 2 level tablespoons of coffee, or less if you are doing them for the first time. Let it boil for five minutes.
  3. Remove the pan of coffee from the burner.
  4. Add about 3 ice cubes to settle the coffee grounds to the bottom of the pot, and it also cools the liquid.
  5. Strain the liquid by pouring it through a cotton cloth, cheese cloth or cotton muslin.
  6. Continue to cool the liquid, adding ice cubes one at a time until it is as close to body temperature as possible. Test it with your finger. If you cool it off too much you can re-heat it to the correct temperature. It should not be too warm nor too cold because it will cause the body to expel it too quickly so you are less able to retain it.

If you are using a bulb-type syringe pour the coffee into the small plastic container or bucket you will only use for that purpose. The reason is because some fecal matter can be transferred into the container while refilling the syringe.

If you are using an enema bag take it to the sink, and clamp the tubing so it is closed. Use a funnel or pitcher to fill it. Loosen the clamp slightly so the coffee will run out to the end of the tip and re-clamp the bag when all of the air has been removed from the enema tubing.

How to administer the enema.

  • Lie down on a towel on the floor, on your back or on your right side, whichever is more comfortable.



  • If you are using a bulb-type syringe:
    1. Squeeze the bulb of the syringe until it is flattened as much as possible and without releasing it put the tip into the coffee liquid.
    2. Release the bulb allowing it to fill completely (it holds about 1 cup at one time).
    3. Before inserting it into the anus, hold the syringe upright and slightly squeeze the bulb to get rid of the air. You will know when the liquid comes out the end.
    4. Lubricate the tip of the syringe with coconut oil, and also the opening of the anus.
    5. Gently insert the tip of the syringe into the anus pushing it in about 4 inches, but do not force it. Apply more lubricant if needed.
    6. Gently squeeze the bulb allowing the liquid to release.
    7. Do not put it in too fast because it will trigger the bowel to empty too quickly.
    8. Refill the syringe again and repeat the procedure, so there is a total of 2 cups inserted.
    9. Do not change positions or use an incline board to cause the enema to enter further into the colon; this defeats the purpose of this type of enema.
    10. Try to retain the enema for at least 12 minutes, or more, however, do not force yourself to retain it if you feel that you can’t, since it will still be helping you. Let it go when you have to.
    11. Repeat No. 5 – 10 above using up the remainder of the coffee.
    12. When you have finished your session, rinse out the inside of the syringe, by filling it with hot water and emptying it several times. Also thoroughly wash the outside of the bulb and nozzle with hot soapy water. Periodically rinse it out using mixing 1/2 hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 water.
  • If you are using an enema bag:
    1. Lubricate the tip or nozzle with coconut oil, and also lubicate the opening to the anus.
    2. Gently insert the tip or nozzle of the enema bag into the anus about 4 inches.
    3. Release the clamp and let the first 1/2 quart (2 cups maximum) of coffee flow in. Clamp off the tubing as soon as there is the slightest amount of discomfort or fullness. Clamp off the tubing when 1/2 of the liquid has flowed in, which is 2 cups.
    4. Do not change positions or use an incline board to cause the enema to enter further into the colon; this defeats the purpose of this type of enema.
    5. Try to retain the enema for at least 12 minutes or more, however, do not force yourself to retain it if you feel that you can’t. When you have clamped the tubing, remove the tip and void when you have to.
    6. Repeat No. 2 – 5 above.
    7. When you have finished your session, rinse out the bag and hang it up to dry. Periodically run boiling water or a mixture of 1/2 water and ½ 3% hydrogen peroxide through the empty bag and tube to discourage mold growth when not in use.
  • Note: Try to retain the enema for a minimum of 12 or more minutes. However do not force yourself to retain it if you feel that you can’t. When you have clamped the tubing, remove the tip and void when you have to. It is best to hold it for at least 12 minutes each time. After you have emptied the bowel, proceed with the remaining 1/2 quart and likewise hold that for at least 12 minutes, if able, and then let it go.

If you feel worse it is because you are experiencing more detoxifying symptoms, i.e. a racing heart, aching all over, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, etc. it may mean your body is not as able to get rid of the toxins like it should at this point in time. If that happens you should reduce the amount of coffee added in the same amount of water, usually by half, and increase it gradually. As your detoxifying symptoms decrease you can increase the amount of coffee. Be sure that the water used is non-chlorinated.

Your gallbladder "may" empty

After doing a coffee enema some people may hear, or feel, a squirting out and emptying of the gallbladder, which may feel like a slight cramp or pinch. This happens just under the right rib cage, or sometimes more closely to the midline. But do not be concerned if you don’t feel the gallbladder emptying, since some people’s gallbladders are healthier than others.

For more information about coffee enemas and their history read "Coffee: The Royal Flush".


  1. Coffee Enema for Liver Detoxification
  2. Robert Gray in The Colon Health Handbook, Reno, Nevada, Emerald Publishing, First printing of the Eleventh Revised Edition, June 1986, pp. 76-77.