Coffee enemas are a major part of multiple cancer protocols, including the Gerson Protocol, the Gonzalez Protocol, and the Budwig Protocol. The use of coffee enemas helps clear out toxins lodged in the intestines and the digestive system as well as those released by tumors to help eliminate pain and discomfort for cancer patients [1]. Coffee enemas can help patients manage and cure their cancer as well as provide a lasting strategy for overall wellbeing and gut health [2].



Coffee enemas and other kinds of enemas using cleansing materials have been used in cultures across the world for thousands of years. The Native American tribes used organic coffee beans to create enemas to use as a liver purifier, while the Dead Sea Scrolls (most likely written around the time of Jesus) make mention of the use of daily enemas for the maintenance of overall wellbeing. Cultures including the Greeks, Romans, Hindus, Chinese, and Sumerians also have records regarding the use of enemas for health and healing. Enemas were in common use in modern American culture as well until the 20th century when they started to disappear from use [2].


Coffee enemas as a treatment for disease in the modern western world are not nearly as strange or “unconventional” as some people assume. Indeed, the use of coffee enemas was advocated in the Merck Manual from 1890 through 1977 when they were removed from treatment recommendations due to the book’s space requirements [4]. In other words, coffee enemas were once used in hospitals and they were even recommended by doctors are a form of detoxification as well as treatment for a variety of diseases including cancer, infections, and more.


When performed correctly, coffee enemas are a safe and effective way to alkalize the body. Cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment and drinking coffee acidifies the body. But rectal coffee enemas have the opposite effect, creating a more alkaline environment in the body. As a result, coffee enemas can cause tumor regression while detoxifying the liver [1][3].


Safety and Effectiveness

Coffee enemas help the body process and remove toxins more efficiently during the detoxification process. They help the lymphatic fluids transport toxins out of the body 2-3 times faster than normal, thus speeding up and smoothing out the detox process for cancer patients. Additionally, coffee enemas help eliminate toxins by stimulating the liver and gallbladder to filter toxins out and produce enough bile to maintain proper digestive function. Coffee enemas are paired with different cancer protocols frequently because of this ability for them to clear out the toxins that the body purges when patients follow dietary protocols or cancer treatments that release toxins as the body restores itself to a normal state [1].


According to Mike Vrentas from the Independent Cancer Research Foundation, coffee enemas are capable of eliminating pain caused by cancer as well. The pain that cancer patients experience is a result of the toxins that cancer cells release when they die and start decomposing. Tumors are composed of an outer layer of living, growing cancer cells that cover a core of dead and dying cancer cells that release toxins. These toxins cause the patient pain. Because coffee enemas eliminate toxins, this pain can be reduced or completely eliminated with their use [1].


As with other cancer protocols, such as the Gonzalez Protocol, coffee enemas focus on pH: the alkalinity and acidity in the body. Using coffee enemas increases the alkalinity of the body, making it an inhospitable environment for cancer cells, which prefer a more acidic environment. It’s important to note, however, that drinking coffee can increase acidity, thus creating an environment that would support cancer cell growth [1].


Unhealthy diets and the absorption of toxins into the digestive system can result in the development of mucoid plaques in the digestive tract. This mucoid plaque traps food and creates an ideal living environment for parasites. The food that gets trapped rots and releases toxins into the bloodstream, which then causes the liver to become overwhelmed with toxin processing activities. Coffee enemas can help remove this mucoid plaque buildup to lessen the body’s toxic load and improve digestion and nutrient absorption [2].


Besides lessening the liver’s toxin processing requirements, coffee enemas work in the liver by stimulating the production of glutathione. Glutathione can preserve cell DNA and reduce the chances of cellular damage occurring. It can also help remove the toxic waste in cells. Green coffee beans have specifically been noted for their effectiveness in producing glutathione in the body when used within the context of an enema, with up to a 600% increase in glutathione production in the liver and a 700% in the small intestine. [2].


Coffee enemas have numerous benefits, but there are a few noted side effects of this treatment that patients should keep in mind. Coffee enemas may result in:


  • intestinal cramping
  • loss of appetite
  • fever (a common symptom of a Herxheimer reaction)
  • electrolyte imbalance
  • diarrhea.


Persistent side effects like these can lead to dehydration, constipation, and infection under some circumstances [2].


How Coffee Enemas Are Administered

Coffee enemas can be administered at home or with the guidance of a healthcare professional. According to the Truth About Cancer website, individuals with cancer or other severe diseases that respond to treatment with enemas may do up to 4 coffee enemas per day. Healthy individuals may benefit from weekly enemas to cleanse out toxins in the intestines and the rest of the body that may have built up during the week. People who are allergic to coffee may consider using undiluted, raw apple cider vinegar or green juice. Organic teas like green tea can also be used [2].


The type of coffee used in coffee enemas is important. Organic, light roast ground coffee is recommended because it has a lower number of contaminants. It’s also important to use purified water (not regular tap water, which can contain chlorine) when brewing the coffee. To administer coffee enemas at home, pour 3-4 cups of boiling water over 3 tablespoons of organic ground coffee and then let it simmer for 15 minutes. Allow the coffee to cool before straining using cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Pour the strained coffee into an enema kit and take it to the bathroom. One should lie on their right side in the fetal position to administer the enema. Individuals should try to hold the coffee in for 10-15 minutes [2].


In addition to being a remedy or accompanying method in cancer protocols, coffee enemas may also improve energy levels (mentally and physically), mood, and prevent bloating along with the reduction of toxicity in the entire body [2].


Other Important Information

The Gerson Institute in Tijuana, MX and the Gerson Centre in Budapest, Hungary offer guidance and treatment using the Gerson Method to those who are interested in using coffee enemas to treat and manage their cancer. 


The Budwig Center in Málaga, Spain offers guidance for coffee enemas as well. They also offer the Budwig Treatment, homeopathy, biomagnetism, and other therapies. 


Coffee enemas are often used in conjunction with other therapies because of their ability to support and facilitate the effectiveness of these other treatments. Nutritional protocols in particular are frequently paired with coffee enemas.


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[1] N.A. (2017). Coffee Enema. Retrieved June 13, 2018 from: https://www.cancertutor.com/coffee-enema/


[2] Jockers, David, DC, MS, CSCS (n.d.) How to Use Coffee Enemas to Detoxify & Heal from Cancer. Retrieved June 13, 2018 from: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/coffee-enemas-detoxify-heal-cancer/


[3] Ballantyne, Sarah Ph.D. (2015). Coffee Enemas: What the Science Says versus What You’ve Heard. Retrieved June 13, 2018 from: https://www.thepaleomom.com/coffee-enemas-what-the-science-says-versus-what-youve-heard/


[4] Conner’s Clinic (n.d.). Cancer and Enzyme Therapy. Retrieved January 8, 2020 from https://www.connersclinic.com/cancer-and-enzyme-therapy/