Coffee Enemas for Detoxification on the GAPS Diet


Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride recommends using enemas especially during the initial stages of the GAPS diet to assist with detoxification especially if you are having a lot of die-off symptoms.

Enemas are very safe and extremely helpful for reducing toxic load in the body, relieving constipation, removing faecal compaction from the bowel, introducing probiotics directly to the bowel, cleansing the liver, stimulating bile, removing heavy metals, supporting the gallbladder, healing haemorrhoids or varicose veins and dealing with many other issues.

For adults:
Use water enema to clear your bowel and then use a coffee enema. Do not use coffee enema for children.

Coffee Enema Recipe:

Bring to boil 1 litre of water and add 3 heaped tablespoons of organic ground coffee, boil for 2 minutes and then reduce the heat to minimum and cover with a tight lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool down and strain.

Equipment: Enteroclisma Enema/Full Wash is an easy to use enema kit.

Coffee Enema Procedure:
As mentioned above, before doing the coffee enema cleanse the bowel with an enema of warm water.

Use filtered or bottled water, bring it to a boil and cool it down to body temperature. Dissolve some natural salt (sea salt or himalayan salt) and baking soda into the water (use 1/2 teaspoon of each per litre (quart) of water). The salt will bring the mineral content of the water to a more natural balance for the human body. The bicorbonate of soda will provide alkaline pH, which is natural for the bowel and will help to bring yeast overgrowth down.

It is helpful to lie on your right side with knees brought up to the belly (fetal position), or to have a bunch of towels under your sacrum so that the exit of your bowel is higher than other parts of the bowel which will help to allow the water to flow in. Using either a bucket enema or a enema bag (the same thing as a rubber hot water bottle) although enema buckets are better as they hold more water adjust the positioning so the bucket is hanging from the shower curtain rod or a high towel rack (this is best done in the bathroom).

It is also a good idea to make a comfortable warm nest for yourself using towels and have some music, a book or some other entertainment on hand so you can patiently rest for at least 15 mins.

Using coconut or olive oil or butter lubricate the nozzle and your anus and insert the nozzle. Let about 1 to 1 1/2 liters (quarts) into the bowel and then take out the nozzle. Gently massage the abdomen for a few second and then empty the bowel. This procedure should be repeated 2-4 times until the water that comes out looks fairly clean indicating that the bowel is empty.

After that lie on your back and relax for a few minutes, put the soles of your bare feet together toe to toe and heel to heel. This completes the energy circuit of the lower body and will cause peristalsis of the bowel to move, when this happens the ascending colon clears in what is called an illeal flush. Wait to be sure the entire bowel is cleared. When the bowel is empty, then you can begin to use the coffee enema.

It is desirable to keep the coffee in the bowel for 15 – 20 minutes before expelling it to allow the coffee to absorb into the portal system. To hold the coffee for that long it may be helpful to keep the nozzle and pipe in the rectum after the coffee has gone in to allow gases to escape: accumulating gas stretches the bowel and causes an urge to empty the bowel too soon. Changing position also helps to keep the coffee in longer. So if there is an urge to empty the bowel, turn on to the other side of your body or onto your back.

This whole procedure takes about two hours, so be sure to have a nice warm bathroom and something to keep you entertained while you are waiting.

After the enema it is good to have a nice warm bath with epsom salts, seaweed, baking soda or sea salt dissolved in it (use 1/2 cup of any of these per bath.

Coffee has been used for enema’s for over 100 years, they are particularly well known as part of the treatment for cancer with the Gerson Protocol. Coffee enemas are considered to be one of the best ways of cleansing the liver and speeding up the detoxification process in the body. Many people report that coffee enemas are excellent for pain relief as well. The mechanism of its function is not clear, but it is thought that various substances in the coffee absorb through the rich capillary bed of the rectum into the portal veins, which lead directly to the liver. In the Gerson protocol people perform 4-6 coffee enemas a day. A GAPS person does not need to do that. Dr. Campbell McBride recommends doing a coffee enema whenever there is a need, which can be once a day, once every few days or once in a while.

Using coffee enemas people have reported that migraine headaches disappear, nausea goes away, pain relief everywhere in body, clear-headed, no brain fog, more energetic, better mood, acne clears up, less reflux, sleep better, skin problems clear up, breathing better, feeling less bloated and toxic among other things.

Once a person has experienced the coffee enema, they usually know when they need another one. In order for the coffee enema to have full effect it needs to be held in the bowel for 15 minutes. For a person who does enemas only occassionally it can be very difficult or impossible to hold the coffee in the bowel for that long. This is why it is best to clear the bowel with a water enema before putting the coffee in. A person with a lot of faecal compaction or putrefaction in the bowel and trying to hold coffee along with all that will stir up a lot of toxins and allow them to reabsorb which will give unpleasant symptoms so it is important to clear the bowel first before trying to hold coffee in the bowel.

Other types of Enemas

  • Garlic can help to expel parasites but it is very strong for the sensitve bowel tissues so be careful not to use too much – the garlic will absorb through the mucous membrane of the bowel and will force parasites (worms) to let go their hold on the bowel wall.
  • Beet root – grate the beet root very finely and steep in hot water, strain and use in enema. This is helpful for chronic constipation issues.
  • Meat stock – people with extreme emaciation who are just not getting enough nourishment and can’t eat will benefit from meat stock enemas. We can be nourished through our colons.
  • Green juice – this is also sometime used in the Gerson therapy and again if a person can’t eat they can be nourished with green juices via their colon.
  • Rope worms – lemon juice and/or eucalyptus oil enemas can be used, again be very careful as a little goes a long way via the colon.

Another helpful website with more information on coffee enemas (including a demo video!)

Enemas For Children

For children older than five years old:
Use the enema bucket/bag as the syringe will not provide enough water. Add about 3-4 billion live probiotic cells per enema to the water, preferably from the Bifidobacteria group. We can also add 1/2 t of natural salt per litre of water (do not use table salt).

For children from three to five years old:
You can use the bulb syringe or the enema bucket. For this age group we can add some probiotics to the enema water – about 1-2 billion live cells per enema, preferably from the Bifidobacteria group.

For babies and children up to two years old:
Use enemas in cases of constipation only – if the child has not passed a stool for 2 days of more. Use the bulb syringe enema kit; the usual size of bulb syringes are 50ml (2oz) or 100 ml (4 oz). Fill the syringe with warm water (body temperature), lubricate the nozzle and anus of the child with coconut oil, olive oil or butter, insert the nozzle into the anus and gently squeeze the bulb. Remove the nozzle and hold the bottom of the child closed while gently massaging the belly for about one or two minutes, then let the baby empty the bowel. Use only clean filtered water. Do not put anything into the water.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Elaine

    My bowel is NEVER empty! I can enema it and get a lot out but never all of it. Should I not do coffee enemas? Id be disappointed because I’ve still used them many times and had wonderful results.

  2. Gregg

    I am really interested in the billum making references, thankyou giving it a go now. I like the philosophy of being mindful of what we eat and our activities that align with respect for the food and what we kill if we must to eat meat etc.
    However, I just read on your site about coffee enemas!

    How does introducing foreign materials into your rectal cavity align with mindfullness of life?
    Did our ancestors conduct regular colon cleansing .. with coffee!!!


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