The Benefits of Coffee Enemas & Periodic Cleansing

Our astronomical seasons determined by the Earth’s tilt as it orbits our sun, with the March equinox long celebrated as a time of rebirth.  These seasons revolve around equinoxes in the Spring and Autumn and solstices during Summer and Winter, with our Spring Equinox marking the first day of Spring. This year, it falls on Friday, March 20.

As we approach the Spring Equinox, this time of year is recognised by both Ancient Chinese Medicine and modern-day Naturopathy as the perfect time for a clear-out.  Which can be done physically, emotionally, and biologically.

Physically it can be a good time to clear out the cupboards, clearing and cleaning inside cupboards, throwing out old clothes and rubbish and recycling as much as you can.

Emotionally it can be a time to mindfully address out-moded relationships, seeding ideas and planning projects, forming new healthier habits and addressing your commitments to yourself, for the year ahead.  Spring Equinox is in my view the most exciting time of year, which can be harnessed for growth and development in all areas of life.
Biologically many people schedule a regular cleanse this time of year, to enjoy the benefits of greater energy, improved digestion, clearer skin, weight loss and improved mood. Certainly, I have harnessed this Equinox every year for the past 15 years as an optimum time for a cleansing and biotransformation (detoxification). This year I have booked myself in for reflexology after work on Friday!
Harnessing the Equinoxes and Solstices is a time for cleansing is considered optimal, by Naturopaths, to keep toxins moving out through drainage system; kidneys, liver, lymphatic system and bowel. Because when drainage systems are not functioning optimally, poor skin, hair, nails, bad breath and lack of energy can result.

So why cleanse?

Our bodies are exposed to an overwhelming number of toxins.  In the form of exogenous foreign chemicals also known as toxicants, and endogenous toxins, which are the toxic by-products created from within our bodies.  This overexposure to toxicity, both externally and internally generated has a continual and lasting impact on all of our biological systems.

Depending on your genetic make-up and epigenetic predispositions, some people will be affected to a greater degree by this exposure, than others.  Once toxic compounds have accumulated and lodged within your system, biological pathways become obstructed and the very soil of our biology changes.  This change within our interior milieu attracts many foreign pathogenic organisms.

Honestly, if we are to compare exogenous and endogenous toxins, the endogenous ones are the worst of the two.  Internally we produce methane, ammonia, homocysteine and amyloid-beta are but a few examples.

Most of us like to compare ourselves with others, but biologically, and epigenetically speaking it makes no sense to do this since every person’s exposure and symptom presentation is different. It may be hard to believe, but our 21st Century lifestyles are fundamentally at the root of all 21st-century chronic health diseases.  On the surface, this can look like headaches, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, and allergy or flu-like symptoms. But deep down we are looking at a shift in our gut microbiome, a shift in our immune system and a shift in our ability to biotransform toxicants and now our own endogenous toxins, all resulting from changing variables from within our environments.

So we should cleanse, periodically four times a year at the very minimum.  Because toxicants and toxic by-products do not stop coming at us!

When to detox?

Cleansing, fashionably known as ‘Detoxification’ or ‘Detox’, can be carried out anytime throughout the year although some suggest the Equinox to be the most ideal time of all. It is believed that the Equinoxes affect the thickness of the lymph and blood, therefore it is a good time to cleanse. After the March Equinox, our blood moves faster and therefore speeds the elimination of toxins.

Frequency of detoxification also depends on dietary habits, alcohol consumption, exposure to environmental pollutants (e.g. city or rural living) and state of overall health and vitality, but quarterly is generally recommended.

4 Reasons to consider colon cleansing and retention enemas

On the whole, people tend to feel shy and embarrassed about the subject of colon cleansing. However, the colon is just another part of our digestive tract, so the sooner we can get over it the better!

As already mentioned our bodies are toxic and therefore it’s really important for people to realise that although you can limit toxicants by eating organic food and drinking clean water, even live in the countryside with fresher air and mitigate the ingestion of Xeno-estrogens as much as possible. It’s actually impossible to AVOID toxicants altogether.  And then there is the issue of our endogenous toxic by-products too!

So getting over our fear of the unknown, and opening our mind to colonics and retention enemas, will always be one of the best ways to cleanse, and one of the best therapies we can engage in for our health.

Reason #1

Estrogen is an example of an endogenous toxin.  Estrogen passes through the liver twice after-which it ends up in the colon.  It is supposed to be removed, but for most people, they aren’t eliminating estrogen adequately through their stool.  Therefore when estrogen breaks down to estrogen metabolites these then build-up in our system, blocking the gall-bladder bile-duct and putting you at risk for colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer.

Reason #2

To maintain excellent gut health. Since if you don’t have the right microbes in your gut, you won’t have a healthy gut!!

And then surrounding your gut you have your lymph system, which is the body’s cleansing system.  The lymph system houses endogenous toxins and exogenous toxicants, as well as viruses. Therefore the lymphatic system, when not regularly cleansed, becomes very toxic too.  Every single cell in the body has the potential to become toxic, but when our lymphatic system is congested our cells end up trying to push the toxins out into our circulatory systems (lymph and the bloodstream), but can’t.  We become more and more unable to get rid of our body burden of toxins, depositing these harmful compounds into the fatty tissue to protect vital and vulnerable organs such as the brain and heart.

The body’s detoxification system is simple, but at the same time, extraordinarily complex.  As a human organism, we have around 23,000 genes.  In the gut, we have trillions of microbes and then all the microbes have their own set of genes.  So, in actuality, our gut has trillions of times more genes than we do!  Therefore, we should never underestimate the importance of these microbes in our gut.  Which is easily done because we can’t see them.  So it seems to be our natural tendency to forget about them, or we limit our understanding of what they can do.

Detoxifying is one of the most important things that they do. Toxicants come into the body in the form of mycotoxin, glyphosate, heavy metals, pesticides, where we also have parasites, eggs, and larva, which forage on these toxicants.  So it’s very important to keep the lymph clean – but impossible to keep it clean when the gut is not healthy.  And there are a lot of reasons why our guts are not healthy, or operating smoothly.  As we get older we become more constipated for instance, lacking in stomach acid for various reasons, and with incremental stress, which alters the gut microbiome and has the potential to shut down our digestive tract.

Reason #3

As we get older, one of the reasons we become more and more constipated is that we have a microbe that lives in the gut called Archaea. And when this microbe grows in number it changes the way our guts function. Archaea tends to multiply as we get older, as a result, we lose the good bacteria.  When we are younger Archaea is not as present as much.  But, by the time we are 40 years of age, 50% of us have this microbe running rampant and over colonising our gut.

Every time we eat a meal, the bacteria in our gut make hydrogen, which is a natural and healthy process. However, Archaea takes the hydrogen and turn it into methane gas, which causes constipation, because your stool is then unable to move around within the gas pockets.  Cleaning out your gut is the first step when reducing Archaea.

Archaea live all over the planet, they look like bacteria and colonise in vast numbers.  They have a long history here as they have been on Earth since the very beginning of time.  Once they get into the human gut we become increasingly constipated.  Therefore, keeping Archaea under control is critical for gut motility and gut health.

Reason #4

Chinese Medicine acknowledges the connection between the Gut and Brain and the Large Intestine and the Lung.  For this reason, colon cleansing is highly recommended for those with mood disorders and asthma. Colonic hydrotherapy and coffee enemas have been shown to be highly effective when working with groups of asthmatics.  Although we can employ breathing techniques such as Yogic breathing to relax the vagus nerve and positively influence the lungs and large intestine, really nothing is going to get asthma or mood disorders under control until we clean and heal the gut and get Archaea under control, and therefore have a healthy gut.

Reason #5

With the advent of the Paleo diet, both the portion sizes and the frequency of eating protein can be problematic.  And if you don’t chew it properly, and we lack stomach acids, and therefore do not digest your protein adequately, the protein gets down to our large intestine and turns to methane and ammonia in the gut.  Ammonia is very toxic to the brain.  Those on the autistic spectrum will usually have homozygous CBS SNP deletions, meaning they create more ammonia in the gut than others.  People on the autistic spectrum also have COMT and MTHFR SNPs, which increase neurocatecholamines in the brain, and do not biotransform toxicants via Phases 1 or 2 in the liver.  Taking Epsom salt baths, and Magnesium Threonate along with raising Phase 2 liver pathway with coffee enemas will reduce this ammonia and can transform the thinking style of an adult or a child expressing this condition.

Different types of retention enema

Basic water enema:

Some people prefer to do a water cleanse enema before another retention enema, as it helps to have a clear colon when holding onto the enema liquid.  Otherwise, some people can find it too uncomfortable, and cannot hold the retention enema for long enough.

Use filtered water only. Fill your Enema kit with two pints of filtered water.  Arrange the base of the container at least 1 metre above where you are lying down, creating a decent gravity feed.  Massage the abdomen as the water flows in, to help to move fluid over to the ascending colon (ileocecal valve).

Triple Water Enema:

Our lymph is thicker between the Autumn Equinox and the Spring Equinox, increasing congestion during the winter months.  During this time when the lymph thickens, the triple water enema hydrates the body via the colons and will get your lymph system moving.  I recommend using three single pints of filtered water at the following times: Night, the following morning, and then the night again. This will help to thin the lymph throughout the process.

First, hold the first pint, massaging the abdomen and then release. And then the second pint, massaging the abdomen and then release.  Repeat for the last pint eliminating.  Hold onto the third enema for longer.  This practice is especially good for decongesting sinuses.

Retention Enemas or Implants after an enema:

All retention enemas are held in the lower bowel for 12 minutes minimum and up to 20 minutes.

Aloe Vera:  This is an anti-inflammatory, it is cooling and moisturising.  Although Aloe is not recommended for those who have a cold digestive system or too much damp in the body.

Chamomile: This herb is a liver sedative.

This is also a beneficial enema to take by those who are unable to utilise the omega 3 oils, which is actually quite common! Poor utilisation of flax oil is common and often due to having ingested too much rancid fat, or hydrogenated fats.  When there are too many heavy metals in the body or we lack molybdenum, we can develop an issue with sulphur present in our food and supplements. A lack of available sulphur also prevents the bio-availability of omega-3.  As does a lack of zinc and B6 (P-5-P).  In these cases use a chamomile enema before taking in 15-60mls of flax oil rectally. For some individuals, the results can be fantastic.

Magnesium: Taking magnesium citrate or magnesium sulphate enema is great for those who wish to relax muscles and get magnesium into the system quickly.

Wheatgrass: Taken rectally for nourishment.

Quicksilver UltraBinder: This is one of my favourite formulas to remove toxins from the L.I. which I like to take this both orally and rectally, due to the tiny molecular size of each particle resulting in a huge surface area.

Probiotic caps in water: This enema would be used for re-populating the gut bacteria after antibiotics for instance.  I advise to only use those probiotics that are backed by science, such are Lacto GG Culturelle.  The very system by which probiotics were discovered and became popular is massively flawed.  With now 97-99% of probiotics simply not able to live up to what they claim, often zero use or efficacy.  Probiotics are sold by marketing, not backed by science. I will be blogging on this subject within the coming weeks.

Choline Bitartrate: This is wonderful for the liver, and especially useful when there is a Phase 1 liver issue due to either overuse of medications, or when someone is unable to tolerate caffeine due to CYP450 enzyme deletions.

Coffee:  This is one powerful tool for detoxifying the liver! Coffee, when taken rectally and retained for more than 12 minutes triggers Phase 2 detoxification within our liver.  Also known as the Glutathione pathway.

When doing a coffee enema, we can sometimes feel some nausea the following day.  The coffee is absorbed via our hepatic portal vein and triggers glutathione, which when GSTT1, GSTM1, GSTP1 enzymes are deleted from our liver enzymes means that we normally would not have this amount of glutathione available to us. This activation sets up another detox, therefore taking two coffee enemas back to back or a day apart, can be really useful.

Coffee enemas are recommended for migraine sufferers, for all types of gall-bladder congestions and for menstrual cramping to help with estrogen clearance.  It is also beneficial for haemorrhoids, which are caused by a congested liver.  When the liver becomes congested pressure is felt within the hepatic portal vein as toxins back through the portal system.  The veins then swell up.

Coffee enemas are also recommended during times of juicing.  Juicing purges toxins from the cells.  These toxins then travel through circulation and lymph, and to the liver.  If the liver is not operating optimally (releasing toxicants/estrogens / congested with gall grit), it will quickly become overwhelmed by the juicing.

Benefits of the famous coffee enema:

  • Cleans and heals the colon.
  • Detoxifies the liver and helps with liver tissue regeneration.
  • Reduces many types of pain.
  • Helps to eliminate parasites.
  • Reduces and gets rid of many symptoms of general toxicity. Since environmental toxicity is the cause of dozens of common symptoms from fibromyalgia to arthritis, if not all chronic disease conditions.
  • Coffee enemas are also famously used within Gerson Therapy, supporting cancer patients.
  • Helps with depression, confusion, and general nervous tension via vagal stimulation. Whilst decreasing inflammation within the brain, due to the reduction of inflammation from within the gut.
  • Increases mental clarity, improve energy levels, increase joy and happiness, improve digestion, reduces anger.
  • Reduces overall Herxheimer effects.

How to do a coffee enema

1. Buy organic green coffee from

2. Prepare coffee as follows: in a non-aluminium pot or saucepan.

3. Pour 4 cups of filtered water into a pan, adding in 2-3 rounded tablespoons of green organic coffee (finely ground.)

4. Stir the coffee to make sure all is mixed in the water, then bring to a boil for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Reduce the heat and cover pot or saucepan with a lid and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

6. Remove from the heat and let the coffee cool down to room temperature. You can also pop in a few ice cubes made from filtered water to cool the liquid down more quickly.

7. Next, strain the liquid coffee through a fine sieve to remove as many coffee grounds as possible. Because of the boiling process, some of the water may be evaporated. Add filtered water to bring the coffee up to 4 cups.

8. Pour the prepared coffee into a large teapot or jug and add the following additional ingredients:


  • PC (phosphatidylcholine) 1-2 tablespoons
  • Butyrate capsules 2-4
  • E-Lyte 1-2 capfuls
  • Ox Bile (125-250mg) 1-3 capsules


  • Bioactive carbon minerals: 10-30 drops added when cool
  • Biomolecular oxygen: 10-30 drops added when cool
  • Molasses (1 x tablespoon)


  • Tangerine oil
  • Molasses (1 x tablespoon)

9. Pour contents of the teapot into steel bucket; make sure coffee is room temperature and not too cold or too hot.

10. Apply coconut or castor oil to the tip of the catheter and insert the catheter into the rectum, open clamp and let contents of the bucket empty. Can slow it down if necessary. You can lay on your back or turn to the right side where your liver is located. You can also massage your abdomen if necessary. If you start cramping, take some deep breaths, if it doesn’t resolve, slow or stop the flow until it does resolve. Then, restart.

11. Once the entire enema bucket is empty, squeeze your pelvic floor muscles as you pull the catheter tubing out. This will ensure that the catheter doesn’t leak out. You can lay on your back for a few minutes to allow everything to settle.

12. The idea is to retain the coffee enema for a minimum of 12 minutes, preferably 15, and up to 20 minutes is good.

The difference between an enema and a colonic

Retention enemas are very convenient as they can be done at home.  There are two types of Enema kits.  The first is a stainless steel bucket with a tube and the second is a clear plastic bag with the tube.  The buckets are bigger, and therefore able to contain a greater quantity of liquid.  These are recyclable as the stainless steel bucket can be washed in the dishwasher or by hand with boiling water.  The bags are disposable after a few uses. Enemas, otherwise known as retention enemas are designed for the intake of the liquid contained within the bucket or bag.  This liquid is then retained for a period of 12-20 minutes.  Retention enemas are used for the following purposes; to raise the glutathione pathway, to squeeze out and get rid of re-cycled toxic bile, to calm the gut, to decrease inflammation in the gut, to rid the gut from parasites, and so much more.

Colon Hydrotherapy is a natural and highly effective way to assist all forms of detoxification.  Colon hydrotherapy aids the elimination of toxins from the body by flushing out the toxins at a much faster rate than our elimination organs (the skin, colon, lungs, kidneys, and liver) would normally achieve. Colonic hydrotherapy is specifically designed to clean the gut out using water.  It is a process of gentle, gravity-fed infusion usually using ultra-purified water into the rectum.  During the treatment, changes in water temperature can help to exercise and strengthen the muscles within the gut wall.  Abdominal massage and use of heat pads can also be used to dislodge faecal matter from intestinal pockets.  There are 6 feet of Large intestinal colon.  For maximum efficacy, two treatments within each week for 3-6 weeks.  Therefore six to twelve sessions once or twice a year is ideally recommended.