This procedure is done to cleanse the small intestine, create an alkaline body environment, detoxify the liver and restore bowel regularity. It helps detoxifying the body and is usually combined with special diet like juice fasting, and treatments such as chelation and enzyme therapy.
Dr. Vickers, founder of the Northern Baja Gerson Center, explains how & why it works:
Toxins can enter our body from multiple sources, such as: Pesticides in our fruits and vegetables, contaminated water, air pollution and radiation, and even medical treatments who contain chemicals. To help detox, advocates of the Gerson Therapy recommend this caffeine stimulation of bile secretion.
The process of a coffee enema takes between 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how long your doctor has advised you to retain the fluid in your intestines. It is important to use organic coffee beans for a good detox.
Most of the clinics for integrative or alternative cancer treatments would include coffee enemas as part of the treatment plan, as well as have the patient continue taking them daily once back home.
Practitioners of the Gerson Therapy are the greatest advocates of this detox protocol. It has been included in the Gerson Diet, developed by Dr. Max Gerson, who has had success in healing patients of tuberculosis, chronic migraines, diabetes, lupus, cancer (documented in his book: “A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy”) and many other chronic diseases, in the early 1920’s. Gerson’s daughter, Charlotte Gerson, has continued his work and founded The Gerson Institute in San Diego, a non-for-profit organization. This center teaches and promotes information about the Gerson Therapy, and certifies Gerson practitioners and clinics worldwide.
Information source: IBC Brochure