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Coffee enema: cleansing for the liver

November 30, 2023
Dr. Dorothee Bös et al.

Coffee enemas are a very effective detox remedy. They quickly help to effectively remove toxins from the liver.

Performing coffee enemas often brings immediate relief when you are fatigued or sleepy, have a headache, or just feel bad. They also help with cramps, pre-cardiac pain (heart, throat, chest), and difficulties stemming from sudden withdrawal of all intoxicating sedatives, especially coffee withdrawal.

A coffee enema – if done properly – causes the liver to produce more bile. It opens the bile ducts and causes the bile to flush out toxins and remove them from the liver in just a few minutes. As a result, one often feels a great relief in all parts of the body, that is, instead of a miserable feeling, one has a feeling of well-being and is active. Coffee enemas, moreover, provide pain relief, for example, in cancer patients, even when analgesics have failed.

Strong detoxification effect

In rare cases and at the beginning of treatment, very heavily intoxicated individuals may experience an unpleasant reaction. This happens when unusually large amounts of concentrated toxins move from the liver into the bile. This can cause spasms in the duodenum and small intestine, causing overflow into the stomach. This can cause feelings of nausea. When this happens, a good amount of strong peppermint tea will help wash the bile from the stomach and provide relief.

It is an interesting fact that drinking a cup of coffee has a completely different effect than coffee in a cleansing enema. Drinking coffee causes the following problems: increased reflex response, increased heartbeat, insomnia and palpitations, overstimulated adrenal glands, stomach irritation, and toxic residues in the body. A coffee enema does not elicit these effects if done correctly.

Once a week is enough

However, a coffee enema can put some strain on the liver. Therefore, a coffee enema should be used only when necessary. Once a week is usually enough. For cancer patients, it may also be useful to do two enemas per week.

Dr. Gerson found that the caffeine in the liquid is absorbed within twelve minutes. The caffeine penetrates through the hemorrhoidal veins directly into the portal veins and thus into the liver.


Note: This is not intended as a guide to therapeutic intervention. Please be sure to check with a physician or therapist regarding medical necessity and safe performance.

  1. Fill a saucepan with 1.5 liters of water.
  2. Add four teaspoons of organic bean coffee powder.
  3. Boil everything for 15 minutes – this evaporates about ½ liter of liquid.
  4. Then leave the saucepan with the coffee liquid in a cold water bath on 37 – max. Cool down to 40 °C.
  5. Now carefully pour a ¾ liter of coffee liquid into the irrigator. The coffee set with the remaining ¼ liter of coffee remains in the pot.
  6. Prepare the room – preferably the bathroom – by placing something soft on the floor (for example, a gym or insulating mat or a towel).
  7. Take off your pants and underwear, but keep your socks on to keep your feet nice and warm.
  8. Lie on your left side and pull your right leg slightly toward your abdomen.
  9. After applying a thick layer of cream, Vaseline or lubricant to the anus, insert the tube of the irrigator about 10 cm.
  10. Lift the bottle of the irrigator with your right hand until it is empty.
  11. Then pull the tube out again and remain lying comfortably on the left side.
  12. You are welcome to cover yourself with a blanket or towel, as you should not feel cold during the coffee enema.
  13. Try to hold the enema for at least 12, better 15 minutes. Then you can go to the toilet, empty the bowels and sit for another ten minutes or so.

If you have problems with holding, you can use 37 – max. 40 °C warm water to make a preliminary enema. Here you may go to the toilet right at the first pressure and also remain seated for 10 minutes. After an hour’s rest, you can then do the coffee enema.

How can the effect of the coffee enema be supported with medicinal mushrooms?

In today’s world with all the environmental pollution and poor food quality, our liver needs a lot of support. Reishi and shiitake mushrooms are often chosen for this purpose. Reishi is a basic mushroom for liver detoxification and support and has even been traditionally used against mushroom poisoning. It can also be taken together with maitake to treat fatty liver, which can have serious consequences, including cancer.

Reishi and shiitake are also particularly promising when it comes to headaches and migraines. A coffee enema can help prevent a migraine attack in some cases, but the medicinal mushrooms reishi and shiitake can help to get rid of this annoying issue in the long term.

If the coffee enema is used as part of a complementary cancer therapy, different mushrooms can be used depending on the individual constellation. The medicinal mushrooms ABM, Reishi, Maitake and Coriolus are frequently included.

If intestinal cleansing is the general aim, the mushrooms Hericium and Reishi are recommended. If there is a tendency to diarrhea, maitake can be considered, and if there is a tendency to constipation, auricularia and coprinus.


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