The Why and How-to of the Coffee Enema
There is a good bit of discussion about Coffee Enemas in the Lyme Community. These are commonly used to aid in detoxing and to help with the Herx reactions we experience with treatment. Many people report experiencing relief with this simple procedure and I know they have helped me. The best explanation I could find of why these are beneficial comes to us from Gar Hildenbrand in an article titled Biological Basis for Coffee Enemas. The link to that article is http://www.gersonhawaii.us/gersonarticle5.html .
The best how-to, in my opinion, comes to us from the wonderful practitioner at The Self Heal Center located in Durango, Colorado. It is a very detailed description of this method. There are others available and I know much valuable information is located at www.lyme.net In the end, like with everything, you have to determine what works best for you.
Coffee Enema Procedure
Coffee enemas are a great way to cleanse and detoxify the liver as well as aiding the colon in the elimination of waste. The efficient removal of toxins and metabolic waste is vital to the maintenance of health and prevention of illness. The coffee enema can be performed at any time that is convenient for you. It usually takes between 30-60 minutes, depending on the person. It is best to choose a time period when you will feel unrushed and will generally be undisturbed. Most people prefer to take the enema in the morning, after their regular bowel movement however you may also find it relaxing to do in the early evening. See what works best for you. It is a matter of personal preference to take the coffee enema before or after a meal.
Coffee Enema Infusion
If you are having regular bowel movements, the enema should be performed preferably following the bowel movement rather than before it. When you do coffee enemas on a regular daily basis, however, you may not accumulate enough bulk to continue to have regular movements. If this is the case, you should not strain to have a natural bowel movement first, as this may result in the development of hemorrhoids. When your program of daily enemas is discontinued, your normal daily bowel movements should resume. The enemas will sufficiently serve to evacuate the bowel if you do not have a natural movement.