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– Coffee Enemas for detoxification

Coffee Enemas are a naturopathic detoxification therapy used by the Gerson Therapy, the Hippocrates Institute, and thousands of alternative healers, to fight cancer and a host of other chronic disease conditions. Many western medicine practitioners debunk them, but no critics that I’ve read have actually tried them. Also, if you wish to cleanse your liver and are doing chemotherapy with a warning about ingesting citrus, you may feel better doing this. I have found they work for me and so I will share my experience and why they make sense to me.

The first principle of my naturopathic protocol is “Stop putting toxins in”. That is tricky when you’ve chosen chemotherapy and radiation as part of your path in fighting cancer. In that case, my second principle… “Get the toxins you have accumulated out” becomes even more important (see “my scrappy little junkyard dog”). The liver is basically our main toxin filter and, in this chemical soup that is the world world we have created, it is important to our ability to heal that it functions properly.

The story I’ve heard of the origin of coffee enemas is that in WWI, field hospitals were short on clean water, pain killers, and other supplies but there was plenty of suffering to go around. Doctors, working tirelessly, always had a pot of coffee going. Some enterprising nurses used leftover coffee in enemas, instead of water, and patients reported that it relieved their pain and nurses noted that it sped their healing.

My understanding of how and why it works is that by inserting coffee rectally, certain chemicals travel directly to your liver through the hepatic portal vein and stimulate bile production, which helps the liver to cleanse itself of toxins. Caffeine, theophylline and theobromine combine to stimulate and cause dilatation of blood vessels and bile ducts. Palmitates help the liver excrete toxins through bile to the gastro-intestinal tract. The flooding of the lower colon stimulates peristaltic activity thus, the colon is evacuated taking toxins and bile out of the body. Additionally, the coffee stimulates your body to make glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that binds to toxins to help rid you of them.

In previous posts, I talked about the importance of cleansing parasites before a liver cleanse. I do both twice a year. But if you are very weak and sick, those two cleanses may be too much for you to attempt until you feel better. I did a coffee enema and other detox measures the night before every session of chemo and radiation. I didn’t detoxify immediately following because I figured I was putting the very expensive poison into my body for a purpose… I might as well let it do its job before detoxifying. Coffee enemas are easy, gentle, and manageable when you are feeling week or ill and they always made me feel better and fortified before the next onslaught.

Some naturopathic practitioners advocate several coffee enemas a day and some recommend a high volume (3-4 cups) of coffee. Personally, I found one or two a week to be sufficient, but then, I had done many different detoxifications and cleanses and I had a very strict organic and toxin-free diet. If you are very full of toxins, you may need more. I make a very strong (espresso or Turkish) cup of freshly ground organic (of course!) coffee, let it cool, and used only that. I don’t dilute it. The goal is to hold it inside for at least a half hour and I couldn’t do that if I used more volume. Initially, you may only be able to hold it for 5-10 minutes.

So, basically, I put the coffee in an enema bag (you can get from any drug store), it empties into my rectum using gravity, and soak in the bath for a half hour or so. You want to time it so that your bowels have already been emptied if possible because you don’t want to expel the coffee before it has a chance to work. I always put Epsom salts and baking soda in any hot bath water that I soak in because it neutralizes the toxic chlorine of your tap water, pulls toxins out through your skin, and creates an alkaline environment. It’s really not as bad as it sounds, gravity does the work, I get to relax in the bath, and I feel much better. It made a huge difference during chemo and radiation.

As always, I am only sharing my path. I am not a medical doctor and nothing I say should be construed as medical advice. Ask others if coffee enemas have helped them to see if you might like to give them a try. Bless you all on the path you choose.

Informative links:

– 10 reasons why a coffee enema

– All about coffee enemas

 

 

 

 

 

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