How I’m using coffee enemas to reduce fatigue, brain fog and pain

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When one of my fibro friends tried coffee enemas, I thought she was crazy. I don’t even drink coffee, and I had no intention of sticking it up my butt!

But after living with unresolved pain and fatigue for years, I’ve gotten to the point where I’ll try most anything to feel better. When my new Lyme/fibromyalgia doctor recommended coffee enemas as part of my treatment plan, I gulped hard, went home and ordered an enema kit and a bag of organic coffee from Amazon. (I’ve since learned Midwest Health and Nutrition is a more affordable source for enema supplies.)

Coffee enemas date back to World War I when soldiers used them for pain relief. They are one of the core treatments of the Gerson Therapy cancer protocol. Until the 1970s, coffee enemas were included in the Merck Manual treatment guide for physicians.

The benefits of coffee enemas include detoxification, improved energy levels, better cognitive function, pain relief, clearer skin, elimination of parasites/candida and much more.

So, how do coffee enemas work? According to pharmacist Suzy Cohen, “As the coffee is retained in your bowel, the fluid goes through your intestinal wall, through the portal vein to your liver. The stimulating effects and healing compounds of coffee jumpstart your liver and gallbladder. Bile flows. There are compounds in coffee like kahweol and cafestol which spark production of glutathione, and that is a strong cleansing compound in your body, one that consumers pay good money for when they buy glutathione as a dietary supplement or get IV injections of it. To make more glutathione naturally by using a coffee enema is awesome.”

From what I’ve read, it takes a lot of energy for the liver to produce bile, so often it will be recirculated and reused by the body. Coffee enemas cause the liver to dump bile (and the toxins it contains) into the intestinal tract so it can be excreted from the body. Fewer toxins means less inflammation, which leads to less pain and fatigue.

I’ve been doing coffee enemas about every other day for the past four months. On enema days, I have more energy and mental clarity, which is a big deal since fatigue and brain fog are notoriously difficult to treat. The effect is temporary – it lasts for a few hours – but it’s well worth the time it takes to do the enema.

Coffee enemas help me somewhat with pain. I believe they may be at least partially responsible for the lower pain levels I’ve had since the fall.

And of course, they have also reduced my gastrointestinal issues especially bloating and constipation.

I’ve had people ask if the caffeine causes me to feel anxiety or nervousness. The short answer is no. I don’t understand the mechanics behind it, but I don’t get the caffeine jitters when I use the coffee rectally versus drinking it. (I’m super sensitive to caffeine and usually get heart palpitations when I drink coffee so I was concerned about this initially but it hasn’t been an issue.)

I’ve also had people ask if coffee enemas affect my sleep. I’m sure this varies from person-to-person, but I haven’t noticed any problems with sleep after doing an enema in the evening. I’ve read that doing coffee enemas at night may actually improve sleep in some people because it reduces the liver’s toxin load.

I know I have a lot of scientifically-minded readers, and unfortunately, to my knowledge, there are no studies confirming the benefits of coffee enemas. I expect part of this is because there’s no money to be made in natural treatments like coffee enemas.

There are research papers and articles that discuss the dangers of coffee enemas. People have reported burns after inserting coffee that was too hot into their rectum. (That kind of reminds me of the woman who sued McDonald’s because she spilled hot coffee on herself.) Rectum tears have happened during insertion. Infections have occurred from using unfiltered water.

I feel like all of these dangers can be avoided with common sense. I only use room-temperature coffee during my enemas. I lubricate the tip of the enema tube with castor oil or coconut oil to avoid any tears or abrasions. I always use distilled water in my enemas, and I sanitize my enema bag after use to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.

Another concern is flushing away valuable minerals so I make sure to replenish my body with an electrolyte drink.

If you’re interested in learning more about coffee enemas, including instructions on how to do them, the links below will help. It’s definitely important to educate yourself before trying a coffee enema for the first time because there are safety precautions that need to be taken. There are specific recommendations on the type of coffee (organic, light roasted) and water (distilled) to be used, how long to hold it (I do 12-15 minutes), how to clean your enema bag, etc.

MyersDetox.com: Everything you never wanted to know about coffee enemas (YouTube, 58 minutes)

MyersDetox.com: Coffee enemas (article)

Dr. Jay Davidson: Coffee enema – the missing links (YouTube, 30 minutes)

The Truth About Cancer: How to use coffee enemas to detoxify and heal from cancer (article)

Rain Florence: How to do a coffee enema for liver detox (YouTube video, 7 minutes)

WARNING: Rain’s video actually shows her doing an enema. It’s tastefully filmed, but I still want to warn people before they click!

So now it’s your turn: Have you tried coffee enemas? Did they help? Share in the comments!

A followup…

I’ve had a couple of people complain about this post, saying I am irresponsible for suggesting coffee enemas. First of all, I am not encouraging anyone to try coffee enemas; I am just sharing my experience with them. I clearly said in the disclaimer above this is not medical advice! People always need to do their own research, consult their doctors, etc.

Secondly, coffee enemas were recommended to me by my medical doctor. This is not something I just casually read about online and decided to try on my own.

Yes, there are dissenting opinions on whether coffee enemas are safe, but I’d like to point out it’s common for doctors to label something as “dangerous” or “quackery” if they are not familiar with a particular treatment. To me, that’s the ultimate hypocrisy because how many times do doctors prescribe drugs and procedures that have caused serious harm or even killed people?

And with all respect, Wikipedia isn’t a reliable source for medical information. I trust my doctor’s advice over what some random person wrote on Wikipedia.

I will not remove this article from my website.

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  1. I have been doing coffee enemas for years to deal with chronic pain, digestive issues and toxins (SIBO). I find adding moderate amounts of ascorbate (12g+) to the coffee enema to significantly increase pain relief. Every now and then I will remove the ascorbate only to rush to put it back in.

  2. MomOfFour says

    Donna, thanks for the wonderful, informative, post.
    Shame some seem to want to give negative comments.

    For anyone who is considering the coffee enemas as a home remedy,, or other enemas,, first, please consult with your doctor, naturopathic doctor etc before doing any home remedies.

    I got feed up with the “take a pill” advice and pay on your way out attitude.

    Get professional excellent instructions and follow them.

    Great that enemas have helped you Donna!

    My mom and aunt gave the enema when we were growing up. Enema was given for constipation, fevers, die off and other reasons. I am much healthier now than most women today my age…are who’d did not get enemas.

    I have gotten the coffee enemas for years. Never had any problems. I always feel great after getting a enema.

    I also get herbal enemas, plain warm water and othe enemas when feel needed.

    I gave enemas to my kids.

    If one does not agree with a certain home remedy (enemas) then ignore this page and don’t do, or give, the enema

    Everyone I have given a enema to have all told they felt better after receiving the enema!

    I will list some very good links in my next post.
    Also give some general comments about the enema that has helped me


  3. Rebecca says

    Hi Donna, Thank you for this informative post about coffee enemas. It is sad to see that you had many negative comments with regards to the enemas. It is in my humble opinion that western medicine does not quite understand autoimmune diseases such as; lyme, cirs, ms, ect ect…or even cancer for that matter. They also have not been taught much about nutrition as a whole. That being said there is a lot of positive information on coffee enemas for healing and detoxing the body. I have an autoimmune disease and honestly the coffee enemas are the one thing that helps give me relief. It was also recommended by my practitioner who is western medicine trained. I use common sense with regards to the temperature of the coffee, quality of the coffee, frequency of the enemas, and sanitation of enema tools. I also nourish the body by drinking fresh juice on days that I preform the enemas. 4 cups of fresh juice each time to be exact. Best of luck to you and happy healing.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Wow, that’s a really good idea to hydrate after the enemas with fresh juice! It’s sorta like a modified lite version of the Gerson protocol. I might try that myself! Yeah, I did get some negativity from the coffee enema post but I expected it b/c it’s such an unusual topic. A few months before my doctor recommended coffee enemas to me, I had an online friend who started doing coffee enemas for fibromyalgia. That was my first introduction to the idea of coffee enemas … I’d never heard of them before, and my first reaction to her was “Wow, isn’t that dangerous?” I was fearful for her until I read up on the subject and better understood what coffee enemas are and how they work. So, when those people started leaving negative comments and such on my coffee enema post, I tried to remember back to my previous reaction to remind myself that their comments are likely not from a place of hatefulness but from ignorance. If you haven’t taken the time to read up on it and familiarize yourself w/ coffee enemas, I can see where they would seem strange and a little dangerous. Definitely not for everyone! And I recognize that! But wow, have they ever helped me over the past couple of years! If I was to be 100% healed tomorrow, I would still do my coffee enemas just b/c they work so well!

  4. Ursula says

    I have done coffee enemas. They helped me with some kind of sleep problem.
    I find that they are lowering the blood pressure too.

    I highly recommend LIVER FLUSHES. See the book of ANDREAS MORITZ. This is for liver detox much more effective than coffee enemas, because it reduces the load of intrahepatic stones and gallstones. It made my PMS and skin a lot better and reduced my toxic load. I had five flushes and am still going. My husband`s eyes got better due to them. We use Chanca Piedra tea. I lost already some stones before doing the first liver flush, so they are real gallstones no soap as some people claim.

    I heard that they can help with fatigue as well.

    Get well!

  5. Changing The Face If Fibromyalgia says

    I am so happy you wrote this! My doctor also suggested it to me and I have been terrified of the after effects like runny stool, cramping. I can’t stand for my stomach to get crampie Do you ever get those symptoms? By the way ignorance is ignorance.I always research everything my doctor suggests and Indo additional research all the time. Knowledge is power and just because someone hasn’t heard of the benefits doesn’t make it dangerous or untrue. Don’t listen to those that have not done their research. I’m proud of you!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      I do sometimes get some cramping while holding the coffee inside of my intestine. If you rub your belly in a circular motion that will usually help relieve the cramping. I do not have any symptoms after finishing the enema, like runny stools or cramping. The enema does a good job of cleaning you out so there really isn’t anything left to run out, lol. Good luck if you decide to try them! I still do them about every other day, and feel like they help me TONS with pain and inflammation and mental clarity.

  6. Suzanne says

    I have Lyme, EBV, Endo, IC, IBS & CFS. As recommend by my naturopath, I just completed my first coffee enema! After years of suffering, I’ve tried everything else to get my life back so why not? My inner intuition guides my healing path better than any Dr in training can discover on Wikipedia! This just shows the lack of awareness people have towards invisible chronic illness. I applaud you for posting this article! Keep it up Donna… a lot of us are FED UP too!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Thank you, Suzanne! I hope coffee enemas are helpful for you.

  7. Lisa Radelet says

    My acupuncturist recommended these years ago. Many of these “home remedies” were used safely and effectively in the days before pharmaceuticals took over everything. And BTW, most pharmaceuticals have a pretty scary list of possible risks and side effects as well!


    Enemas of any kind are extremely bad for your body. I am speaking as a doctoral student in health communications. This is a blog about helping people deal with Fibromyalgia and whether or not you explicitly say “try this,” that is the primary function of this website. Caffeine is bad for fibromyalgia and gut function is a major component of seratonin and dopamine levels.



    From Wikipedia:
    “Coffee enemas can cause numerous side effects, including infections, sepsis (including campylobacter sepsis), severe electrolyte imbalance, colitis, proctocolitis, salmonella, brain abscess, and heart failure.[3][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][excessive citations] If the coffee is inserted too quickly or is too hot, it could cause internal burning[14] or rectal perforation.[15]

    When administered as often as every two hours, coffee enemas have shown to be connected to two cases of deaths as a result of severe electrolyte imbalance, hyponatremia, dehydration and pleural and pericardial effusions.[8][16] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that study participants must be warned of the risk of death from coffee enemas in studies that use them.[17][18]”

    Please take this down. It’s dangerous and irresponsible.

    • Greg Egan says

      Joan, you need to have some knowledge about coffee enemas before you do them. I’m 56 and have Lyme. I’ve done hundreds of coffee enemas with not one of the numerous side effects you talk about. Use some common sense. Your teachers have told you the negative things that can happen from cleansing. That’s because cleansing results in fewer trips to the doctors office which results if fewer drugs sold. You might be able to buffalo a lot of people, but not all of us. You’ve never done them. I speak from experience.
      Greg E.

    • Joan,
      I worked at a company (nutrition company) and enemas cure (yes cured) sleep apnea, digestive disorders, gallbladder issues, colon issues. I saw this myself so I think until you see results firsthand or cure your own issue with them you might think they do not work but they do. Not debatable.

  9. I think this is highly irresponsible. First of all, the dangers aren’t just “burning yourself” – they include “a number of serious complications, such as dehydration, pleural or pericardial effusions, infections, sepsis, salmonella, colitis, rectal or internal burns, perforation of the wall of the intestines, electrolyte imbalance, brain abscess, heart failure, and even death.” (1) And FWIW, that woman at McDonalds didn’t just spill hot coffee on herself – she was in a parked car, she suffered extreme third degree burns, she underwent numerous surgeries and skin grafts, she almost died, AND McDonalds had been warned multiple times before that their coffee GREATLY exceeded recommended temperatures for safety.(2) All she wanted was reimbursement for actual medical costs her insurance didn’t cover. McDonalds refused. This post makes about as much sense, frankly.

    1. https://www.verywell.com/coffee-enemas-88252
    2. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/12/16/13971482/mcdonalds-coffee-lawsuit-stella-liebeck, https://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2011/06/27/137448069/a-new-documentary-looks-back-at-a-famous-cup-of-mcdonalds-hot-coffee

    • Alison says

      I also use coffee enemas for my Lyme and it has been the single most effective thing I have done. It has helped get me out of being in a bedridden state, fully dependant on carers and reduced my pain significantly.
      As a medical student, I would not expect anything less than what you have said Joan because you are being taught from a very limited and restricted mindset. Doctors will not even recognise I have been battling Chronic Lyme and left me to literally rot in my bed for four years, slowly deteriorating to the point of losing the use of my legs. I was slowly dying. Since taking my health into my own hands and my daughter researching Lyme Disease (as I have always believed that my tick bite was the cause of the onset of my illness), I have gradually, over the past 10 months, found my health again. I am now able to fully self care and walk again! It’s fine to speak out and disagree with others but please try to refrain from telling people they are irresponsible, dangerous and to take this down. We are all responsible for our own choices and it is great that people are sharing their personal experiences, especially if they have helped improvement to their health. Doctors can be amazing but some illnesses they just have blinkers on and haven’t a clue!

    • alison says

      Talk about fear mongering! My goodness Annie! Chill out, it is all OK, we are all grown up’s and know how to be responsible in our decisions and choices in life. We can read articles, blog’s, newspapers, magazines and research all sides of the topic without blindly trusting one persons experience. 🙂

  10. Coffee is also used in Spinal fluids leaks it makes the spinal fluid levels normal from high/low I think they use IV methods

  11. Very interesting post. I’m tucking it into my bag of tricks. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Donna Palmer says

    I had a holistic nutritionist who had me do coffee enemas even before being diagnosed with Fibro; they were a wonderful help especially for my eczema and my feeling of wellness. I wish I could still take them 15 years later for Fibro, but I can no longer get down on the floor to do so. My friends thought I was nuts when I told them what I was doing, so I give you kudos for being brave enough to mention them to such a large group of people. I would, however, second you that they are worth a try!


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