Enemas are an ancient form of hydrotherapy. They have been used for hundreds of years for mechanically cleansing the colon. Enemas and colonic irrigation used to be routine procedures in hospitals. There are many types of enemas used for varying purposes. Coffee enemas were first popularized by Max Gerson, MD, author of A Cancer Therapy. His therapy combined coffee enemas with a special diet, juices and other supplements. The enemas were an integral part of the therapy.
Here is a short list of the many benefits of coffee enemas:
- TOXIN ELIMINATION - The major benefit of the coffee enema, he said, is to enhance elimination of toxins through the liver.
- CLEANSING - Coffee also acts as an astringent in the large intestine, helping clean the colon walls. A common contributor to ill health is the production and absorption of toxins within the small and large intestines.
- STIMULATES BILE FLOW - The coffee enema enhances digestion by increasing bile flow and removes toxins in the large intestine so they will not be absorbed.
- STIMULATES LIVER - Coffee enemas are particularly helpful for slow oxidizers. Their liver activity is more sluggish and digestion is usually impaired. Fast oxidizers may have more difficulty retaining the enema.
Dr. Gerson recommended the coffee enema up to 6 times daily for severely ill cancer patients. His patients continued them for up to several years with no ill effects. I usually suggest one enema per day to assist detoxification or to enhance liver activity. Two enemas daily may be taken during a healing reaction if needed. For those who are very ill, several a day may are best for at least several months [We recommend twice a day] For best results, a program of coffee enemas should be carried on for at least a month. They should not be needed for more than two or three years, although many people have continued to take them for a number of years without problems.
The best time to take the enema is after a normal movement. One will get a slight rush from the caffeine, but it is not like drinking coffee, which I do not recommend. Coffee enemas taken in the evening may interfere with sleep.
If performed properly, coffee implants do not cause habituation, constipation or any rectal problems. In over 23 years of practice, I have not seen important negative effects of coffee enemas in those who need them. Difficulties occasionally arise if one has haemorrhoids. In these cases, extra care is needed in inserting the enema tip. Some people with haemorrhoids find the enemas irritating. A small number of people are unable to retain even a cup of water for the required 15 minutes. One can start with less coffee or less water in these cases. There seems to be no harm if one wishes to retain the enema longer than 15 minutes.
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