Coffee enemas are the main therapeutic approach of the Gerson Therapy. Dr Max Gerson said “The liver is the main organ for the regeneration of the body’s metabolism for the transformation of food from intake to output’.
The Gerson Therapy advices the use of coffee enemas for the following physiological benefits:
It dilutes portal blood and, subsequently, the bile.
Theophylline and theobromine, major nutraceutical constituents of coffee, dilate blood vessels and counter inflammation of the gut.
The palmitates of coffee enhance gluthathione S-transferase, which is responsible for the removal of many toxic radicals from blood serum.
The fluid of the enema itself stimulates the visceral nervous system, promoting peristalsis and the transit of diluted toxic bile from the duodenum out the rectum.
Because the stimulating enema is retained for up to fifteen minutes, and because all the blood in the body passes through the liver nearly every three minutes, coffee enemas represent a form of dialysis of blood across the gut wall.
There is another result I believe, from the use of daily coffee enemas that Dr Max Gerson was perhaps not aware of or did not see the potential benefits of. That is the removal of microbial colonies. Waste matter in our large intestines provides the food and environment in which our gut flora live. The constant removal of this through the regular use of enemas would, I believe, reduce significantly the populations of microbes both good and bad.
We strive to achieve a diverse community of good microbes in our gut, but sometimes when we have severe dysbiosis, an imbalance in the microbial populations where pathogenic bacteria are dominating, our methods of getting rid of the bad gut bugs also disseminate the populations of good. In phase one of the ‘The Gut Balance Revolution’ by Gerard Mullin MD, his dietary programme designed to starve off the baddies, also gets rid of some of the good guys. But once the populations of our microbes have been reduced there is the opportunity to reintroduce desirable populations and recreate our gut microbiome for great improvements to our health.
I think that a course of daily coffee enemas, of at least 2 a day, for 3-4 weeks, followed by a period of introduction of desirable microbes may help people who are suffering from Crohns and Ulcerated Colitis. The coffee enemas would also provide help in the reduction of inflammation and improvements to the action of peristalsis.
The introduction of good gut bugs could take the form of probiotic enemas, and/or through consuming probiotic foods and/or supplements. I would actually suggest a course of enemas that comprise of Milk Kefir and fermented Plantago Seeds. These enemas would need to be retained inside the colon for as long as possible and should be continued twice daily for 3-4 weeks. In my research I have found that probiotics in their natural environment, i.e. the medium in which they are fermenting have a greater impact on improved health due to the metabolites that they create. Milk Kefir has an enormous number of bacterial strains, upwards of 40, so would an ideal source for the introduction of microbes. Plantago seeds are very high in inulin and would be an immediate source of food especially as they will be fermented and so have already started being digested.
I am surmising. But perhaps it is worth investigating. You will need to consult your physician, particularly if you are on immune suppressing drugs or are likely to have sores on the intestinal wall.