5 Amazing Benefits of a Coffee Enema

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

People use coffee enemas to detoxify the body, but there are some potential side effects of which you should be aware of.

What is a Coffee Enema?

A coffee enema is a therapy in which coffee is injected into the anus as a means of cleansing parts of the gastrointestinal system. Rectal cleansing in various forms has been around for thousands of years, but the use of coffee is far more recent, and also comes with a decent amount of controversy. The theory behind such a practice is that the coffee can be absorbed by the small intestine and moved to the liver, where it can work to detoxify the body and also strengthen the immune system. [1]

There have been multiple cases of death from using coffee enemas, particularly in rapid succession or for a prolonged period of time. While there are anecdotal claims and some evidence that this unusual therapy can be effective, there are very clear risks.

Coffee beans falling on a pile of coffee beans

Coffee enema is a type of colon cleanse. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

How to Do a Coffee Enema?

You should always be careful when performing a coffee enema, as there can be severe side effects if the coffee is too hot or injected incorrectly. Many people purchase kits online to make the process easier, but the basic steps are the same.

  • Step 1: Brew a pot of coffee and then let it cool to body temperature/room temperature.
  • Step 2: Set down a towel near the toilet.
  • Step 3: Using the tools provided in the kit, inject the coffee into the rectum.
  • Step 4: Attempt to hold the liquid inside for between 3 and 15 minutes. Initially, this will be difficult.
  • Step 5: Release the coffee and other waste products from the body.
  • Step 6: Repeat the same process a few minutes later.
  • Step 7: Thoroughly clean your kit and tools before storing them.

Coffee Enema Benefits

The potential benefits of a coffee enema include reducing inflammation, detoxifying the body, and relieving constipation, among others.

Detoxification Process

By injecting coffee directly into the gut, it can move through the body and help the liver, including boosting the production of glutathione, which is an excellent antioxidant that can boost and speed up detoxification throughout the body. [2]

PMS Symptoms

Some evidence shows that coffee enemas can reduce the severity of PMS symptoms, particularly cramps and bloating. This is due to the effects that coffee has on various hormones, as well as the muscles and tissues of the lower abdomen. [3]

Hormone Regulation

Studies have found that using coffee as an enema can help to regulate hormone levels throughout the body. This can lead to better control of mood, more normalized sleep patterns, and less chronic inflammation. Balancing hormones is a great way to get your body back on track.


While water enemas are usually recommended for constipation, using coffee does have some effect. Again, be sure that the coffee is cooled, hold the coffee inside for at least ten minutes, and then allow your bowels to release. [4]


Glutathione production is stimulated by using one of these highly caffeinated enemas, and this antioxidant can reduce inflammation in the body. It is said to be a potential anticancer process. However, clinical trials are still in the process of verifying these claims. [5]

Coffee Enema Side Effects

There are a number of potential side effects and risks associated with using a coffee enema, such as the following:

  • Electrolyte imbalances or diarrhea: Decreased bowel function is also possible, as is diarrhea or inflammation of the bowels.
  • Internal bleeding: If the coffee is too hot, it could cause internal burning or perforation of the rectum. [6]

Speak to a doctor before administering this therapy, and always use an approved kit!

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About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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