Side Effects of Coffee Enema

By Edward Drummond

Some people believe the caffeine in coffee enemas stimulates muscles and the liver and helps to remove toxins in ways that a traditional enema cannot. However, there are also potential side effects to this procedure.

Time Frame

Some people who believe in the benefits of the coffee enema take one daily. Others have coffee enemas with varying degrees of frequency, from every other day to every now and then.

Possible Burns

Because the coffee needs to be brewed at a high temperature, there is a risk of burning. Coffee needs to be cooled before the enema, or else there could be burns both inside and out the anus. Burns in the intestinal tract are also possible and would require immediate medical care.

Enema Risks

As with any enema, there are risks, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the procedure. A hard-tipped enema could cause tears or punctures and lead to other complications. The enema equipment can also hold bacteria, which could lead to sickness and infection.

Caffeine Effects

Since caffeine is absorbed into the body during the enema, the body can react as it does to caffeine use. Jitteriness, insomnia, sleeplessness, hyperactivity, heart palpitations and irregular heartbeats are all possible. Regular use could lead to caffeine dependence, as is possible with regular caffeine drinking.


Use a disposable enema kit to minimize side effects related to infection. Bacteria may remain present in reusable kits if they are not properly or completely cleaned between enemas.