We’ve been getting a ton of phone calls lately about coffee enemas. While we do not perform these services at Organic Edge, we do think there is a good reason for the intrigue. Coffee enemas aren’t new. They were cited in the oldest continually published medical book, the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy up until the 12th editi
on. In a case report in the Pacific Medical and Surgical Journal in December 1866, M.A. Cachot, MD, described the successful use of a coffee enema to treat a child dying from an accidental poisoning. In the early 1900s they were mentioned in medical and nursing textbooks as a treatment for shock. In a 1941 article published in the Uruguayan Medical, Surgical and Specialization Archives, Dr. Stajano states that coffee enemas provided immediate improvement in severely ill patients.
Currently, the Gerson Therapy, which is an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases, utilizes coffee enemas as one part of their treatment. They have many success stories that can be found all over. It is theorized that coffee enemas work by possibly stimulating the liver and gallbladder to increase the flow of bile and helping the liver detoxify. There was a recent study done which theorized that coffee enemas might help clear bile prior to an endoscopy. The patients who had coffee enemas prior to the test had less bile obstructing the camera images, suggesting that the enemas had stimulated the release of stored bile. As always, be your own advocate and do your own research. Speak with your integrative doctor before trying anything new. “Starbutts” might just be the new business popping up in your neighborhood!