By Dr. Kneale ©June 2018
DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this article is strictly educational and is not, in any way, meant to be prescriptive or to constitute professional medical advice. The information provided is designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance of a healthcare professional. The author assumes no responsibility for any presumed health effects associated with using this information.
1) Materials you will need
Enema bucket (48 ounces/1500mg) or a 2 quart enema bag
Below are pictures of a plastic enema kit and a stainless steel enema kit
There are many places online to get enema buckets. Here are a couple of examples:
Plastic Enema Bucket Kit $7.00
Stainless Steel Bucket $55.00
Picture of enema bag below:
Where to get an Enema bag:
Enema Bag in pink$20 in pink
Enema Bag in blue$20 in blue
If you know you are going to do them regularly and want to invest long term in a silicone bag:
Some stores will have enema bags such as Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and other drug stores.
- Buy organic caffeinated coffee (avoid decaffeinated and instant ): I like bulletproof as they test their coffee for 26 toxins including mold: Bulletproof Coffee. There are others that are made for coffee enemas: PureLife Coffee and S.A. Wilsons. Locally, check your health-food and grocery stores. Getting the beans ensures that the coffee will be fresh, but ground is okay to use if you’re limited for time or lack a coffee grinder.
- Water: use either spring or distilled water. It is best to avoid tap water due to possible toxins in the water.
- Coffee maker, Percolator, coffee press Coffee Press or just a pot for boiling
- Lubricant: olive oil, coconut oil, or other lubricant for the enema tip. One I like is called super salve but any of these will work well. http://www.supersalve.com/salves1.html
2) Making the Coffee
If you are new to coffee enemas start with one cup of water and ½ teaspoon (or less) of ground coffee. It is always better to start with less coffee and build up. You can work up to 2 cups of water and 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee in an enema.
- Boil technique: In a non-metallic saucepan (ceramic or glass), place 2 cups of distilled or spring water and 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and bring to a boil. When it starts to boil, turn down the heat and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. After the coffee has simmered, turn off and allow the liquid to cool. Once cooled, strain out the liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper. Add more water to make the difference of water loss during the boiling process.
- Percolator or coffee maker: Put 2 to 3 cups of water and add 1/2 a teaspoon up to 2 tablespoons of coffee. Start with less coffee and work up. Using this method is a bit weaker than using the boil method but they both work.
- Coffee Press: Boil 2 cups distilled or spring water on stove or use an electric kettle. Place 1/2 to 2 tablespoons ground coffee into the coffee press. Let boiled water sit for 1 minute; pour boiled water into the coffee press. Steep for about 4 minutes. Plunge the press. Pour into a glass container to allow coffee to cool to room temperature before using coffee for enema.
Note: Allow the coffee to cool to room temperature before using as an enema. The solution should be used at body temperature for bowel infusion.
3) Prepare enema bucket or bag
- For the bag and bucket the tubing should be attached well (check as this can make a mess if it is not: trust me as I have done it). Make sure the enema tip is attached. Insure that the clamp is closed on the long tubing so that coffee does not pour out yet.
- Pour the coffee liquid slowly into your enema bag or bucket. There should not be any grounds in the coffee.
- Remove any air from the enema tubing: aim the tip of the enema hose in the sink. Release the clamp to allow the coffee to flow out of the hose to remove the air in the hose. You may need to raise the enema bag or bucket a foot or so to let gravity push air out and coffee begins to flow. As soon as it starts to flow out of the tip, quickly close the clamp.
- Lubricate the end of the enema tip.
4) Insert the Enema
- The bathroom floor is recommended for doing the enema. You may want to put a big towel down, comfortable pillow, reading material (once you get good at it). The room temperature should be comfortable.
- With the clamp closed, hang the enema bag on any drawer or door handle so that you can get down on the floor. For the bucket, place it on the floor next to you.
- Insert the lubricated enema tip slowly and gently while on your back or side. Really, you just have to find which position is the most comfortable for you.
- Open the clamp. If the bucket is on the floor, pick it up and hold it at least a foot above your chest area. You can set it on top of the toilet seat lid as this is a perfect height. For an enema bag, you can hook it on any of the vanity drawer pulls or doors. Opening the clamp allows the coffee to flow in. It can take a few seconds for the coffee to begin flowing so be patient.
- Once all the liquid is in (or the amount that you want to put in) close the clamp and slowly remove the enema tip.
- Hold enema up to 15 minutes and release on the toilet and empty out the coffee.
- Wash the enema bag or bucket and tubing with hot water and soap inside and out. While washing inside open clamp and let soapy water run through the tubing. Rinse with clean water and repeat. Pour 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide through the tubing and hang on a hook to dry until next use.
- Deeper Cleaning: keep the hydrogen peroxide in the bag and tube (clamp tubing) for 2 to 10 hours. Drain the liquid and thoroughly wash with water. Leave to air dry with the clamp open for up to 8 hours. Avoid hanging in a shower because the moisture can cause mold in the tubing.
Listed below are a few tips for coffee enemas
- Make the area for the enema as comfortable as possible. I put pillows and a thick towel down. It is very hard to hold the enema if you are not relaxed or are in a hurry. Soft music, reading or other relaxation technique will help to retain the enema.
- If possible do the enema after a bowel movement to make it easier to retain the coffee. If you cannot have a bowel movement, this does not affect some people’s ability to hold the coffee, while others like to take a plain water enema first to clean out the colon.
- If gas is a problem, do some stretch exercises before the enema. You can also leave the enema tip inside the rectum for the entire enema. This allows gas to escape back into the enema bucket or bag.
- If cramping starts when the coffee is going in, lower the height of the bag or bucket to allow the solution to go in slower.
- It is not essential but helpful if the enema reaches more of the colon. You can help move the enema by lying on your back for 5 minutes and then turn onto your right side for the remainder of the enema. This is optional. Max Gerson stated that to make the enema most effective that the patient should lie on their right side (the liver is located on the right side).
- If the enema makes you jittery try using less coffee. When first starting the enema, you may feel slightly jittery. Usually that feeling lessens after about the third session. If it continues, this means you are making the coffee too strong.
- If you are having a hard time holding the enema, make sure that the coffee is not too hot or too cold. Either extreme will make it hard to hold the enema and will have to be released prematurely. The enema should be room temperature.
- If you cannot hold the enema try reducing the amount of enema solution (maybe a cup) and add 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses to the solution.
- Make sure to insert the tip of the enema tubing at least a couple of inches. On the bags you can only insert the tip about 2 inches. If you are using the buckets you will have to estimate 2 inches.
- A newer technique that we have implemented with our clients is what is called a “back to back” enema. Make the enema as you normally would and do ½ of the enema first. Right after you finish the enema do the second ½ half. This has helped many that have not felt well after an enema and has also helped with retaining the enema.