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Coffee Enema Procedure

When the coffee enema procedure is followed properly, these can be an excellent compliment to any healing program. Coffee enemas have been used to detox, support the liver while helping to reduce pain for decades.

Preparing to take the enema

  • Be sure the plastic hose is fastened tightly onto the enema bag and the thin enema tip is attached to the other end.
  • Remove any air from the enema tube: Grasp, but do not close the clamp on the hose. Place the enema tip in the sink. Hold up the enema bag above the tip until the coffee begins to flow out. As soon as it starts flowing, quickly close the clamp. This expels any air in the tube.
  • Lubricate the enema tip with a small amount of organic almond oil, olive oil, natural soap or any other natural lubricant. (Note: Too much lubrication might cause the tip to fall out of the rectum, creating a mess. Experiment to see how much and what kind of lubrication is best for you).
  • Create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. After a short while you will be looking forward to this alone time and will thoroughly enjoy your this daily ritual. Diffuse some essential oils, play some light music and most importantly, make sure you are comfortable and warm. We recommend placing a pillow with a washable cover under your head and lying down on a large, dark towel. You may also want to have a blanket or a small space heater with you as well.

Taking the enema

  • The position preferred by most people is lying on one’s back on a towel on the bathroom floor, or in the bath tub. As I had a hard time lying on the floor, I did them in my bed with a puppy training pad under my bum to avoid dripping any coffee on the sheets.
  • With the clamp closed (keeping your hand on it so it stays closed) place the enema bag on an elevated surface next to you, or hang the bag about one foot above your abdomen. We like to hang the bag on the door knob in the bathroom.
  • Insert the tip gently and slowly. Move it around until it goes all the way in.
  • Open the clamp slowly, relax and breathe. The coffee may take a few seconds to begin flowing. If the coffee does not flow, you may gently squeeze the bag. If you develop a cramp, close the hose clamp, turn from side to side and take a few deep breaths. The cramp will usually pass quickly.
  • When all the liquid is inside, the bag will become flat. Close the clamp. You can leave the tube inserted, or remove it slowly. If you remove it, you may wrap the hose around the doorknob, or if you are using an open bag, you may place the tip back into the top of the bag. Keep your hand on the clamp to make sure it stays closed until you have wrapped it securely or placed the tip into the bag.
  • RETAIN THE ENEMA FOR 15 MINUTES. See below if you have difficulties with this. You may remain lying on the floor, or lie in bed with a towel under your mid-section to protect against leaks. To reach all areas of the colon, we recommend spending 5 minutes on your right side, then 5 minutes on your back and the last 5 minutes on your left side. If this is difficult stay on your back. Do not walk around. Use the time to read a book, meditate, listen to a CD, etc.

Finishing up

  • After 15 minutes or so, go to the toilet and empty out the coffee. It is okay if some coffee remains inside. If coffee remains inside often, you are dehydrated. Rubbing your abdomen while sitting on the toilet may help eliminate the water. Take your time with this part; relax and breathe. You will know over time when you are complete ? If you get up too fast, you may feel some discomfort in your abdomen. If this happens simply go the the toilet to eliminate the rest. Again, take your time with this process.
  • Wash the enema bag and tube thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Rub the tops of the toes, in particular. If you feel at all uncomfortable, bloated or out of sorts after the enema, gently rub the toes of your feet, especially the top of the toes on the left foot. This will often clear it up. You may eat a meal soon after a coffee enema.

Hints regarding enemas:

  • If possible, do the enema after a bowel movement to make it easier to retain the coffee. If this is not possible, take a warm, plain water enema first if needed, to clean out the colon. This is a simple 5 minute flush to help things move. While this is not necessary, some find this helps them retain the coffee enema longer.
  • If intestinal gas is a problem, some exercise before the enema may eliminate the gas.
  • If the enema makes you jittery, reduce the amount of coffee.
  • The enema may lower your blood sugar. If so, eat something just before or after taking the enema.
  • If you have trouble holding the enema, here are suggestions:
    • 1) Be patient. Practice makes perfect.
    • 2) The water may be too hot or too cold. Be sure the water temperature is comfortable.
    • 3) It may help to place a small pillow or rolled up towel under your buttocks so the water flows down hill into your colon.
    • 4) If trouble continues, try reducing the amount of coffee.

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