Introduction to Coffee Enemas
Coffee enemas are a type of colon cleanse, where brewed coffee is inserted into the colon via the rectum. They have been used for over a century as a way to relieve constipation and as a way to potentially cleanse the bowel of toxins or heavy metals.
Although felt to be relatively safe, there are contraindications and adverse effects to be aware of when someone is considering a coffee enema. Discussing the risks and benefits with a health practitioner can help determine if a coffee enema is an appropriate therapy to try.
Benefits of Coffee Enemas
The main benefit of coffee enemas is to provide relief from acute constipation. It can also help remove toxins stuck in the bowels due to constipation or an overload of toxins and heavy metals.
The caffeine in the coffee can also provide an energy boost as well as increase the natural flow of your digestive system (which is often slower if you suffer from constipation).
Immune function may also be improved with coffee enemas.
Coffee enemas can be used as a natural bowel preparation to cleanse the colon for certain procedures as well.
How Coffee Enemas Works
A coffee enema is technically a colon cleanse. It’s an alternative medicinal procedure where brewed coffee is inserted into the colon. The ideal outcome is that it relieves constipation or cleanses the bowel area in preparation for another procedure.
All in all, most of us know how uncomfortable constipation can be. On a whole other level, it can also become quite hazardous to your bowel health and overall health. Constipation can even lead to holes in the bowels. Additionally, the body may actually end up reabsorbing these waste products and toxins as the colon and small intestines become backed up.
Inevitably, this can lead to inflammation within the body and various diseases or conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome and hypothyroidism. Basically, a bunch of things can go haywire when the body isn’t properly eliminating waste.
Coffee enemas offer a quick way to relieve constipation. They work by cleansing the colon via liquid, stimulating bile flow and producing detoxifying antioxidants, such as glutathione, within the body.
Here is a longer article on how coffee enemas work.
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Behind the Science
Science & Safety
The safety and effectiveness of self-administered coffee enema Medicine (Baltimore)., 2020 Sep
As with most colon cleanse procedures, there are a handful of common safety concerns. Namely irritating the bowel and inducing what is called colitis which is inflammation of the bowel. This can cause pain and discomfort in the intestines and even bloody stools until it has resolved.
Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances can occur due to the rapid fluid loss after a coffee enema and in very rare cases death has been reported, especially in someone with multiple health conditions.
Most studies done surrounding coffee enemas advise caution around the practice due to the risk of adverse events and very little evidence of benefit. However, there have been case studies reporting how coffee enemas increase bowel motility and potentially reduce cholesterol levels.
Where does Coffee Enemas fall on the medical spectrum?
Coffee Enemas falls under ‘Alternative Medicine’ section of the medical spectrum.
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Coffee Enemas Protocol – Receiving Treatments
The New York Center of Innovative Medicine (NYCIM) may recommend coffee enemas to specific patients along with instructions and the proper quality coffee to use. However, would only do so after an in-depth health evaluation. Our ultimate goal is the complete restoration of health in the most efficient and safe manner, and with so many therapeutic options, it is impossible to know if coffee enemas are right for you without an initial evaluation at our clinic.
Resources & Experts
- How to do a Coffee Enema?
- How Do Coffee Enemas Work
- Gerson Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a coffee enema?
A coffee enema involves inserted brewed coffee into the colon via the rectum and is a form of colon cleanse.
What is a coffee enema used for?
Coffee enemas are used to relieve temporary constipation, remove toxins, and increase bowel motility.
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