Coffee enemas cleanse the colon, relieve constipation, detoxify and enhance the healing process of the body, according to Enemabag.com. Coffee enemas became popular in the first half of the twentieth century by Dr. Max Gerson as part of his general detoxification program for patients with tuberculosis and cancer. Coffee enemas cleanse the colon with a mixture of brewed coffee and filtered water implanted into the colon followed by excretion of waste.
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Constipation is medical condition that involves buildup of stool in the large intestine and infrequent bowel movements that is caused by changes in diet, lifestyle and side effects from medication, such as painkillers, antidepressants and antacids, according to the National Institute of Health and Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. One of the functions of the large intestine is to remove water from the stool. If too much water is removed or the person drinks too little water throughout the day, the stools can get dry and hard.
Coffee enemas hydrate the colon and increase the water capacity of the stool, enabling it to move through the bowel and be excreted. Furthermore, caffeine is a stimulant that can increase peristalsis, the motility of the muscles in the colon to push waste matter through faster.
Coffee enemas help to eliminate the buildup of toxins from the liver, according to the Gerson Institute. Moreover, coffee enemas stimulate enzyme systems in the intestinal walls and liver, increasing bile flow and elimination of toxic residues from environmental sources. Coffee enemas increase production of glutathione-S-transferases, a family of enzymes involved with detoxification, according to GallbladderAttack.com, and stimulate blood flow through the liver and detoxification of the organ.
The Gerson Institute uses coffee enemas to cleanse the colons of patients being treated for cancer with chemotherapy. Coffee enemas help the body to eliminate toxins from chemotherapy, tumors and diseased tissues. Moreover, coffee enemas can improve the abilities of the liver and gallbladder to function. Theophylline, an ingredient in coffee, dilates the blood vessels, increases blood dialysis across the intestinal wall, and improves digestion, muscle tone and elimination, according to Enemabag.com.
People should talk with a physician before administering a coffee enema. Although coffee enemas can be used as alternative therapy to cleanse and detoxify the colon, relieve constipation, and assist the healing from cancer, it has been reported to cause rectal burns from high temperatures, and inflammation of the colon from the strength of the chemical ingredients in the coffee beans, according to a report by B. Keum published in the "American Journal of Gastroenterology" in 2010.