Coffee Enemas: Not Such a Crazy Idea

“You put what up your bottom five times a day?” This is the number one question I have received for the past two years when I tell people that I am using coffee enemas as part of my cancer-healing regime. Out of all the supposedly “crazy” acts I undertake as part of my two year Gerson Therapy program (hourly juicing, sticking to a very basic plant-based diet etc.) coffee enemas are the part that has most people thinking I’m cuckoo. Or kinky. I assure you, I’m neither.

As Ralph Moss, Ph.D, said, “coffee enemas are serious business: their potential should be explored by good research – not mined for cheap shots at alternative medicine or derisively dismissed as yet another crackpot fad.”

Coffee enemas are not a new idea. Dr Max Gerson introduced them to his powerful cancer therapy way back in the 1930s and Gerson patients have been reaping the benefits of them ever since. But the phenomenon goes back even further than that. In pre-revolutionary France, a daily enema after dinner was de rigueur. It was not only considered indispensable for health, but practiced for good complexion as well. King Louis XIV is said to have taken over 2,000 in his lifetime.

Clearing up cancer and complexion – the crappacino doesn’t sound so crazy after all, does it?

Coffee enemas are designed to detoxify the poor over-worked liver. Our liver is like our body’s gatekeeper. Everything we eat, drink and breath is filtered through the liver where it is decided whether it is fit for absorption, or destined for elimination. However, in this toxic modern world we live in, our livers have their work cut out for them. This is where coffee enemas come into play. The coffee enemas increase liver filtering, greatly aiding the organ’s ability to remove serum toxins.

Why coffee?

Dr Gerson believed that caffeine could stimulate the liver and gall bladder to discharge bile. It’s the coffee that dilates the bile ducts, and kicks the detoxifying process into high gear.

It may be met with scorn and ridicule, but there has been some independent scientific work that gives credibility to this concept. In 1981, Dr. Lee Wattenberg and his colleagues were able to show that substances found in coffee – kahweol and cafestol palmitate – promote above normal activity of a key enzyme system called glutathione S-transferase. This is recognised as an important mechanism in the detoxification of carcinogens, as the enzyme group is responsible for neutralizing free radicals.

Why so many?

If you don’t have cancer, you probably aren’t going to be doing five coffee enemas a day. In fact, if you aren’t replacing your body’s electrolytes, this many enemas can cause an electrolyte imbalance. However, Gerson Therapy patients are drinking 13 fresh organic veggie juices each day. As the juices begin rebuilding the body and encouraging toxins to be released from the cells into the bloodstream, a great deal of stress is placed upon the liver. The liver alone, especially in cancer patients, cannot deal with a sudden influx of toxins into the bloodstream. This is why regular coffee enemas are so important.

How to do a coffee enema:

Here is a brief (and tasteful) how-to video

For more information on how to do a coffee enema, check out The Wellness Warrior Starter Kit + 10-Day Cleanse.


1. Moss, PhD, Ralph W., COFFEE: THE ROYAL FLUSH, The Cancer Chronicles #6 and #7, 1990,

2. Dr Gabriel Cousens

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  • Suzanne

    What type of cancer do you have? Is the Gerson Therapy working?

  • Dr. Dawson

    Someone needs to take a basic physiology class. Most of the digestive absorption occurs in the small intestine. Enemas only reach the large intestine. Whatever element are absorbed by these enemas are filtered through the liver. If anything you are actually creating more work for your liver. There is a reason this is criticized… It’s bogus!!!

  • Whydoesthisexist

    Anyone who believes that this is a peered reviewed actual scientific clam well probably die of something worse being shoved up their ass voluntarily

  • That girl

    Well my aunt has cancer and did a coffee Enema and now is severely sick/dying due to liver purpulation, way to go…

  • The coffee might stimulate the tissues in the large intestine to heal and the large intestine to work more effectively.

  • bob

    At the end of the colon there is a path that connects to the liver, the livers job is to handle the toxins at this point given off from the stool. so the coffee goes right to the liver. I guess maybe you need more education on physiology.

  • bob

    I have heard that you shouldn’t do more then 1 coffee enema a week, that it can hurt the liver to do more.

  • Bruce Alldis

    whatever troll

  • Bruce Alldis

    yet another troll

  • NaturalHygiene

    You obviously haven’t studies this yourself. You missed the hepatic veins that actually carry the chemistry to the liver. It works great!

  • NaturalHygience

    Doesn’t matter the type of cancer. ALL cancer is a result of toxemia. ALL symptoms of disease are a result of toxemia. When your inner terrain is like a fish tank that hasn’t been cleaned in months then its a free for all for all of the “unfriendlies” that will now take up house in your dirty fish tank. The body’s normal processes can’t function normally with all of the cleaning the body has to do. visit w’w’w’.anoasisofhealingDOTcom to learn more about how to stop making cancer in your body!

  • Tim

    This guy actually has a PhD?! I’m an RN and people can DIE from doing this! It can cause severe electrolyte imbalances, especially hyponatremia. This has been proven, whereas its use for “cancer treatment” has not. I’m guessing now you not only have cancer, but also an infection and an electrolyte imbalance.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I’ve tried CE and found I feel much better afterwards, mood uplifted, lighter, sleep better.

    I have found some more negative articles about it and some studies that do show that they can be dangerous.

    The pro-articles like this never seem to give a balanced arguments, just all the benefit cliams but not covering the potential risks or dealing with the science based arguments against.

    For example:

    I’d be interested to hear your views on the above articles.


  • Sal

    you obviously do not what you are talking about and that shows clearly with your comment. It works! I know! And the thousands who have used it to cure cancer know so your thoughts are irrelevant. get educated at

  • Lady112

    People also die from alcohol. What’s your point? It’s not for everyone….or, they are doing something wrong. Or both.

  • disneybaby

    WOW…. it is so sad to see how many people are going by ” I HEARD” instead of being educated & READING EVERYTHING and anything you can get your hands on, and to TALK TO experienced cancer survivors who have DONE THE GERSON therapy.
    I am personally one…. I have been doing coffee enemas for 1 yr and still healing. My liver is fine, actually the Dr’s are amazed, and my electrolytes are great too – why? Because I READ THE WHOLE BOOK of the Gerson, and followed it to the letter. EVERYTHING on the Therapy is a cycle and BALANCE. Yes doing the therapy out of wack (out of balance) can be toxic and kill you if you do not know what you are doing, and that is WHY its crutial you READ and see a Dr who will support your choice. The 13 glasses will replace the in balance in the electrolytes, and the vitamins in the juicing and supplements will rebuild your cellular structure. The coffee enemas have to be done according to how fast your body is discharging the crummy bad mutated cells – CANCER. If the body is healing FASTER and trying to get rid of the cancer in a rapid rate, then you MUST detox at the rate you are juicing to heal. If you do not do this, the livecr is STRESSED and NEEDS HELP! That is WHY you MUST do the coffee enemas on the clock and NOT MISS YOUR JUICING ON THE HOUR, and on top of all this. NOT NOT NOT for any reason add new toxins to the body by consuming the wrong foods. This is ALL in the Book. Call the Gerson clinic, talk to the. They will help anyone trying to heal.

  • liz

    I started doing coffee enemas and they made me feel worse and more weak than i have ever felt in my life

  • Jennifer Dunn

    The question many people should be asking is why are many turning to alternative methods for cancer and other diseases? hmmm quite possibly because Chemo doesn’t always work either and why would any cancer patient give up when a doctor tells them there is a time frame to their life on this earth. MDs don’t have all the answers and neither does natural medicine. What would be so amazing, is if all the healers could join forces to create the best health plan for each individuals. Let them all be covered by insurance. LET Americans have a choice on which way they want to die or live. Many people die daily under the care of MDs, and that should not go unnoticed!!!!!

  • Leigh

    Coffee enemas and fresh juices have helped my auto immune diseases. I find them to be very healing. I agree with the article. I found the book “Healing the Gerson
    Way-Defeating Cancer and other Chronic Diseases” page 163-175 is very helpful. I also think the post about enemas on “That Crazy Pharmacist” website to be very informative.

  • Clay Tidwell

    Best common sense statement I’ve seen so far, Jennifer. The problem is that pharmaceutical businesses stand to lose millions, even billions, if we discover “Natural” cures for anything. There are far more doctors receiving kickbacks and incentives to push the man made drugs, than there are good moral doctors giving actual health advice. They know we will all die eventually, and the Hippocratic oath means nothing compared to the almighty dollar. Sad, but true.

  • Carol Manglos

    Jennifer: As a Whole-Health Educator and counselor who has had years of experience both working in traditional medicine settings, as well as being a caretaker for my husband who is a triple-organ transplant patient, you have touched on something that has been my desire. That both Western medicine practitioners and alternative-therapy practitioners could work together side-by-side, without competition, to heal that which ails us! It is my understanding that MD’s have only one or two courses in nutrition, and no courses in alternative therapies. My husband would not be alive if not for both traditional and alternative therapies.
    To achieve this “perfect” relationship, it requires people of humility on both sides of the spectrum, people that are willing to learn from each other. I hope and pray that one day it will be so….

  • Carol Manglos

    @Clay, you are so right. We cannot underestimate the degree to which financial gain, tremendous financial gain, influences modern medicine, in particular, the pharmaceutical companies. Do a study on the alternative therapists that have been shut down by the pharmaceutical companies…it’s astounding.

  • Carol Manglos

    You may have been having a detox reaction…did you check that?

  • Carol Manglos

    It is interesting that the objections to the coffee enema usually include things like “perforation of the colon” and other physical problems that can occur with any enema…however, other enemas are not targeted? Interesting….

  • Kristina Rosén

    Hej disneybaby. What is dr Gersons book called? Do you know where I can find it? Thank you! :-)