How I’m Using Coffee Enemas to Reduce Fatigue, Brain Fog and Pain

How I’m Using Coffee Enemas to Reduce Fatigue, Brain Fog and Pain

By Donna Gregory Burch.

Disclaimer: The following information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only. This post contains affiliate links. 

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

Donna Gregory Burch

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.

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 two months. On enema days, I notice much more energy and mental clarity, which is a big deal since fatigue and brain fog are notoriously difficult to treat. It helps me somewhat with pain.

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 know I have a lot of scientifically-minded readers, and unfortunately, to my knowledge, there are no studies that confirm 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 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, these links will help:

Liveto110.com: Everything you never wanted to know about coffee enemas (YouTube, 58 minutes)

Liveto110.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)

So now it’s your turn: Have you tried coffee enemas? Did they help? 

Donna Gregory Burch was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014 after several years of unexplained pain, fatigue and other symptoms. She was later diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. Donna covers news, treatments, research and practical tips for living better with fibromyalgia and Lyme on her blog, FedUpwithFatigue.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. Donna is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines throughout Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She lives in Delaware with her husband and their many fur babies.

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There are 11 comments for this article
  1. Judy at 9:15 am

    Nope, no thank you…..no coffee enemas for me. I love drinking coffee too much to put it where the sun don’t shine 🙂

  2. Terrified in Canada at 12:39 pm

    I think it’s interesting that so many people are feeling this angry about coffee! You see that’s it, I don’t think they are mad about coffee being used for pain as even at the age of 53 I remember this being used on me in a hospital on the orders of a Dr. I grew up knowing that it was an option but I thought it was just for cancer & clearing toxins. I had no idea it helped with pain though, so I’m very happy to read this article.
    I think people are upset that the options that were right before them , proven by them to give them relief have been snatched away. And the government is preventing our pain Drs of replacing it with anything else because they obviously think “It’s all in our minds” & once we have gone cold turkey we will be fine! But what has been happening instead is people are dying! So sad that without pain meds some people cannot bear the pain they exist in. The pain so severe they can hardly breathe let alone function & they make the decision that their life is unbearable & forever so they take their lives! It’s amazing that this is something that the media totally avoids talking about as then that would make it very difficult to sensationalize what they claim, that we are all drug addicts! This fight has been a very long one! Much too long for some people! I know I’m terrified about what will happen to me when my meds are reduced by half! I willingly started lowering all of my meds October 2016. I actually was able to totally cut out 2 & lowered 2 more. One of those was my fentanyl patches. I’m at a point where I honestly don’t think I can lower any further myself. Although my pain Dr was impressed by my attempt she informed me my fentanyl dosage was at twice legal amount right now. I felt like someone put a pin in me & I was bopping all over the room like a balloon that is quickly losing air. I had never tried so hard or hurt so much & I’m at twice the legal amount. I’ve been counselling about this for 2 sessions now & I only get 8 a yr. So I read this article and all I see is people upset about coffee! NOT REALLY THOUGH! I think I’m going to follow authors lead & order an enema kit & organic coffee!

  3. Steven Smith at 9:24 pm

    We are desparate. If kratom is in fact helpful how about the pain report fill us in with pros and cons ASAP. Time is running out on most of us.

  4. Steven Smith at 9:11 pm

    It has been four long years now struggling for life. The people in pain that are left are just about done. What a pitiful country. If you want change follow me. We sure got it.

  5. Andrea Smith at 5:17 pm

    I’m elated that you present alternative methods for treating pain/inflammation/fatigue – all of which I struggle with (I did read the disclaimer you posted with it). I am certainly going to try it out!

    Thank you!

  6. Kim at 3:00 pm

    Great article! They have helped me tremendously. They are extremely safe! I was told to do these by my MD. Because big pharma can’t profit from them anyone associated with them or in the medical community disagree with them.

    I’m happy to see National Pain Report discuss alternative/natural remedies as opposed to just drugs.

  7. Fed up at 12:00 pm

    Are you serious??? Let’s get back to reality,can we? We must do what our government wants us to do and that is to find what we need to relive pain from somewhere besides the doctors offices. Has anyone tried the black web or bought any fake pills on the street? And if you have tried heroin,tell us what ya think.Because I’m tired of suffering and I am going to take control of my pain.Iam sorry but they won,I have no other choice.

  8. Fawn at 8:26 am

    I’ve utterly CONQUERED MY CHRONIC FATIGUE AND BRAIN FOG AND DEPRESSION. I simply take Kratom. I can’t believe I’ve gone through so many meds, including STRONG OPIOIDS… that ALL left me feeling like I’d be stuck feeling OLD forever. I feel YOUNG AGAIN!!! I FEEL LIKE A TEENAGER AGAIN! SEX LIFE IS BACK. I’M DANCING AGAIN, I’M CLEANING MY HOUSE, I’M GOING OUT WITH FRIENDS, MY PAIN IS NOT CONTROLLING MY LIFE!!! I AM NOT SELLING ANYTHING!!! (I don’t believe in profiting off the ill and hurting) IF YOU want to follow my story though, and learn more about how you can utilize this wonderful botanical for yourself, I DO share that on FB @warriorsoul74 Also, don’t fall for the hyped up articles,Kratom ALONE,has never harmed a single soul,and big pharma and the FDA KNOW THIS, that’s why it’s NOT outlawed. I have posted EVERY scientific study to date and the findings. It’s a complex and wonderful plant with amazing and unique neurobiological patterns of action. When you read about HOW it works in the brain, it makes sense that is so effective! Its NATURALLY formulated to be a MOOD ENHANCER,PAIN KILLER, APPETITE SUPPRESANT,ANTI-DEPRESSANT,MUSCLE-RELAXANT,ANTI-ANXIETY, AND so so much more depending on the strain. I DON’T KNOW OF ANNNNY MAN-MADE DRUG that can claim such!!!

  9. Kathy C at 7:23 am

    I will continue to have my coffee the old fashioned way. What strikes me is the utter desperation here. Of course a Coffee Enema would perk up anyone, yet other than the Caffeine which has been used for a century for Pain, usually in conjunction with other medications, there is not much. This Alternative treatment of course will be better than nothing. Since the Medical System has been an utter failure, due to the Profit Motive, we have been left to experiment with pseudo Science. Desperate people will try anything. Since we are seeing the end of Science here in the US, anything goes.

  10. Bob Schubring at 6:38 am

    The quick-and-obvious science answer is to be found in a Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal_vein that discusses the blood circulation in the intestine. When we drink coffee, most of the coffee is swallowed and reaches the stomach, but it passes through the mouth, over the tongue, and down the esophagus, leaving a residue behind that gives us a coffee aftertaste. Any coffee that finally enters the stomach and intestine, affects the nerves and muscles in the stomach and intestine, but whatever coffee alkaloids (caffeine is the principal coffee alkaloid but there are many others) get into the bloodstream from the stomach and intestine, flow into the hepatic portal vein to the liver, where they become filtered by the liver. When the coffee is swallowed, that small portion of the coffee that hangs up on the tongue and gives us a coffee aftertaste, can reach the heart without filtering by the liver. Also, possibly some of the coffee vapor can settle in the olfactory organs of the nose, where they can reach the brain.

    Back during WW I, when coffee enemas were invented, intravenous infusion was not a safe technology yet. The hoses were made from natural rubber that contained allergens. It also leaked and was hard to sterilize. Stainless steel hadn’t been invented, so needles corroded and gave off toxins. People who lost a lot of blood from wounds and were unconscious, had to be fed fluids somehow, and nurses did that by turning them over and administering the fluids by enema. Nowadays, an emergency patient gets their arm swabbed with alcohol and an intravenous infusion is started with a stainless-steel needle, and the fluids are handled in hypoallergenic plastics that were sterilized with ultraviolet radiation, so nurses aren’t taught to hydrate with enema bags anymore. The IV route gets the water in faster, and doctors can use the IV tubing to inject medications quickly if needed, so any ER patient who looks dehydrated gets IV fluids these days. But a century ago, the enema route was the only way to get fluid into someone who couldn’t swallow, and it was pretty easy for someone to try the experiment, of putting huge amounts of coffee into the intestine and liver that way.

    One interesting point: The important neurotransmitter Serotonin is produced by the intestinal cells in large amounts. The coffee infusion to the intestine might be affecting our serotonin balance, and that may have an effect on pain. Some doctors administer SSRI drugs to pain patients, seeking to shift the serotonin balance with the SSRI drugs. The key structure in the brain for processing pain signals, the Periaqueductal Grey Matter (PAG), works just like a server on a messaging network. It takes in pain signals, figures out which ones of them represent a new or changed pain, and forwards those important messages on to our conscious awareness so that we can move our bodies around and try to get more comfortable. The rest of the pain messages get discarded. When we’re in a lot of pain the PAG has to do more work, and when it isn’t getting that done, we start feeling generalized pain rather than focused pain. Since SSRI drugs are used to treat major depression, another condition in which people feel brain fog, possibly the coffee enema is causing a serotonin release that’s clearing up the brain fog in chronic severe pain. It’s reasonable that brain fog would fog up the operations of the PAG and make pain worse, so that may help explain why the high doses of coffee work on brain fog. (We didn’t know about serotonin 100 years ago, but its effects would have been felt.)

    Any other science ideas? I’d love to hear them too.

  11. Kathryn Hamilton at 5:27 am

    This “coffee enema” and other unproven by the standards of evidence based medicine should not be encouraged or presented if we are to be taken seriously as a coilition of pain patients and advocates on this site. This is not the kind of advocacy/treatment we should promote. Coffee enemas as with high colonics and other 19th early 20th century practices can be extremely dangerous and are not for the layman to work with unless specifically prescribed by a physician. It’s one reason we have mouths . With some medical exceptions, this is hardly the textbook way to ingest a cup of coffee.

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