FAQs – Detoxification and Enemas

Posted by The Gerson Institute on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

Do I have to take the enemas? Can I do the Gerson Therapy without them?

No. The coffee enemas are a must for anyone doing the Gerson Therapy. As the juices begin rebuilding the body and encouraging toxins to be released from the cells into the bloodstream, a great deal of stress is placed upon the liver. The liver alone, especially in cancer patients, cannot deal with a sudden influx of toxins into the bloodstream. The coffee enemas increase liver filtering, greatly aiding the liver’s ability to remove serum toxins.

If a patient has received chemotherapy, his/her schedule will be altered to reduce the number of enemas and eliminate the castor oil enemas, but some detoxification of this nature is always needed.

What should I do if I can’t hold the enema?

Sometimes it can be difficult to hold the coffee enemas for the full 12-15 minutes, particularly when you are just starting them. We have found a number of strategies and techniques for helping to hold coffee enemas, which you can find at the link below:

Why aren’t colonics part of the Gerson Therapy?

Colonics do not serve the same purpose as the coffee enema. Colonics are used to cleanse the bowel. Coffee enemas are used to increase the liver’s detoxification capacity. Certain substances in the coffee stimulate an important detoxification enzyme in the liver as well as dilate the bile ducts and increase the flow of bile.

A secondary benefit of the coffee enema is to increase peristalsis which helps to empty the bowel. However, utilizing colonics along with several coffee enemas a day would be harmful and depleting to the body. In most cases additional cleansing of the bowel is not needed. If someone who is anticipating starting the Gerson Therapy has a long history of constipation, it might be acceptable to do a series of colonics before starting the therapy to decongest the bowel.

However, once the Gerson Therapy is started, only coffee enemas are used. With a healthy Gerson diet, which includes plenty of fiber, the intestines manufacture and replenish the friendly flora on a daily basis so there is usually no risk of the enemas causing dysbiosis, a microbial imbalance in the digestive system.

References: Healing the Gerson Way, p. 163.