History of Coffee Enemas

By Dr. Heather Kneale © June, 2018

Coffee Enemas Discovered

Who in the world thought of putting coffee in an enema? Dr. Jerry Walters tells the following about the original administrations of enemas containing coffee:

During World War I, Germany was surrounded by the Allies’ military forces, and many imported materials were short or missing for the German citizens. Among other things, morphine was running very low in supply. Also there was hardly any coffee available to drink. Moreover, pain killers, anesthetics, and other drugs were lacking too. When soldiers were sent back from the front lines, severely wounded, and in need of surgery, there usually was just a bit of anesthesia available.

Upon the anesthesia wearing off, obviously the pain set in for the wounded soldier. In many cases, after the doctors finished operation, they ordered plain water enemas for the patients. But the nurses were desperately looking for something more to help the soldiers deal with their pain. It happened that there was coffee brewing available for the surgeons to drink. Sometimes a little of their black coffee was left over. Apparently, some nurse had the idea that, since the coffee was doing the surgeons good, perhaps it would also help the soldiers. So, the nurses poured a quantity of the leftover coffee into the soldier’s enema buckets. The soldiers receiving coffee enemas reported that such ablutions were doing them some good, and that their pain was much relieved. [1]

Tom J, 47 year old, was dealing with pain throughout his body (so bad it woke him up at night), continual stomach bloating, food allergies, low energy, anger, anxiety, and indigestion. He had tried other programs for the last 6 years but nothing helped. He started on the program and within 1 month of starting the coffee enemas he had noticed that his pain was gone!  Bloating and energy also started to improved. He expressed that he actually felt he was going to be able to do something with his life rather than be stuck at home while his family went on outings without him. He was amazed at how quickly the coffee enemas had helped.



How Coffee Enemas Release Toxins

The information from World War I sparked the interest of two researchers that further examined the effect of caffeine when given rectally to rats.  They observed that the caffeine enemas stimulated the bile ducts to open.  Those two researchers were Professor Dr. med. O.A. Meyer, MD, and Professor DR. med Martin Heubner, MD, at the German University of Geottingen’s College of Medicine. They found that the caffeine travels via the hemorrhoidal vein and the portal system to the liver, opens up the bile ducts and allows the liver to release bile, which contains toxins. The theobromine, theophylline, and the caffeine in coffee dilate blood vessels and bile ducts, relax smooth muscles, and increase the bile flow. [2]


A Type of Liver Dialysis

In 1985, Harold Manner, PhD, discussed the internal workings of a coffee enema. He stated that while the coffee enema is being retained in the bowel (recommended is 15 minutes) all of the body’s blood passes through the liver every 3 minutes.  I think of it as a form of liver dialysis. If a client can hold the enema 9 minutes the blood has passed through the liver 3 times.  The hemorrhoidal blood vessels and the portal veins dilate from the exposure to caffeine.  At the same time the bile ducts expand with blood, the bile flow increases, and the smooth muscles of the internal organs relax. The blood serum and other components get detoxified as this vital fluid passes through the individual’s caffeinated liver. [3]


Say Goodbye to Free Radicals (bad guys that break down our good cells)

Another benefit is that the coffee components help to intensify glutathione S-transferase. Wattenberg and coworkers in 1981 were able to prove that the palmitic acid found in coffee promotes the activity of the enzyme, gluthathione s-transferase (GTS).  Why is this important? GTS is responsible for getting rid of  free radicals. Free radicals can damage membranes of cells and can interfere with cellular metabolism.  Under the influence of a coffee enema the GST enzyme system increases in activity to 650% above normal. No material other than coffee is known to stimulate free radical in such a proportion. [4] The coffee enema removes toxic-bound nitrogen, ammonia like products and other waste products of metabolism. Getting rid of these helps prevent the body from being poisoned by its own waste.

Decrease Blood Serum Toxins

In 1991 a surgeon, Peter Lechner, M.D., investigated the Gerson cancer treatment and he discussed the benefits of increasing the quantities of GST in the gut and below is his findings:

  • GST binds bilirubin so that they can be eliminated from the liver cells
  • GST blocks and detoxifies carcinogens. Its catalytic function produces a protective effect against many chemical carcinogens.
  • GST forms a bond with free radicals to help with eliminating them out of the body. [5]

Dr. Lechner stated that the coffee enema has a very specific purpose in the treatment and reversal of degenerative diseases; it lowers the quantity of blood serum toxins.

In the words of cancer researcher Dr. Gerson  “For a person attempting to cope with any form of acute or chronic illness occurring from a degenerative process…regular administration of coffee enemas is basic to achieving increase cell energy production, enhanced tissue integrity, improved blood circulation, boosted immunity, better tissue repair, and cellular regeneration.” [6] I really cannot think of anyone that would not benefit from a properly performed coffee enema on a regular basis.  Dr. Gerson recommends doing them for at least two years. I have clients that have been doing them for 5 years or more without any side effects except feeling better.

Here is a link to the coffee enema procedure coffee enemas


[1] Walker, Morton DPM, Excerpted from July 2001 edition of Townsend Newsletter, http://www.gersonhawaii.us/gersonarticle4.html

[2] Charlotte Gerson, Healing the Gerson Way.  2001 http://gerson.org/pdfs/How_Coffee_Enemas_Work.pdf

[3] Walker, Morton DPM, Excerpted from July 2001 edition of Townsend Newsletter, http://www.gersonhawaii.us/gersonarticle4.html

[4] Gerson, Charlotte and Morton Walker. The Gerson Therapy. New York: Kensington Books,2006

[5] Gerson, Charlotte and Morton Walker. The Gerson Therapy. New York: Kensington Books,2006


[6] IBID, p 164.

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