Dear V.A.: Yes, coffee enemas are used by holistic physicians for all sorts of conditions including cancer. Lots of people find help with constipation, fatigue and liver detoxification concerns. I know it sounds bizarre, but they are nothing new and complications from coffee enemas are highly unusual.
Coffee enemas may help relieve insomnia and cognitive problems; they may eliminate (or control) parasites, candida and other pathogens (without disrupting intestinal flora). They are frequently used in natural cancer protocols such as the Gerson Therapy (gerson.org). And they were outlined as a treatment in the revered "Merck Manual," a thick book that physicians used as their primary reference for decades.
It's not the enema as much as it is the coffee that helps. You are exposed to a barrage of toxic compounds in your life and can easily become overloaded. Some of you cannot detoxify properly. Coffee enemas help you make glutathione, an antioxidant, and that sends poisons packing.
Coffee enemas can be done at home inexpensively. You just need a comfortable spot on the floor of your bathroom, or bathtub. As the coffee is retained in your bowel, the fluid goes through your intestinal wall, through the portal vein to your liver. The stimulating effects and healing compounds of coffee jumpstart your liver and gallbladder. Bile flows. There are compounds in coffee like kahweol and cafestol that spark production of glutathione — and that is a strong cleansing compound in your body, one that consumers pay good money for when they buy glutathione as a dietary supplement, or get IV injections of it. To make more glutathione naturally by using a coffee enema is awesome.
These enemas may allow for relaxation, better mood, more energy, refreshing sleep and greater mental clarity. If you do too many enemas per week, though, you may experience electrolyte imbalances. Restoring your electrolytes is crucial, as coffee is a potent drug mugger of minerals. While the controversial cancer specialist Dr. Max Gerson suggested up to six per day, I think that is too much for the average person. Doing a coffee enema weekly, or even daily for a while, is probably OK for most, but always follow your doctor's recommendation.
The recipe for a coffee enema is different than the beverage. I've written an extended version of this column to teach you more about coffee enemas, the terrific health benefits, as well as the best coffee, enema equipment and safety concerns. To receive the article, go to DearPharmacist.com and sign up for a free newsletter. Your information is kept private.
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