(5) Articles from the late 1800s reported that coffee enemas were helpful in post-operative care; (6) at a medical meeting in 1896, Dr. (7) Coffee enemas were listed as a stimulant and as a treatment for shock in medical and nursing textbooks in the early 1900s. Carlos Stajano described immediate improvement in near-terminal patients after coffee enemas, including a patient with cocaine intoxication and a patient with post-operative shock.(9) He elaborated on his extensive experience with coffee enemas in post-operative management and made a plea for their continued use. Gonzalez and I believe that coffee enemas stimulate the liver and gallbladder to increase the flow of bile, aiding the liver in its detoxification efforts.
In a small study presented at the 1997 meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group and subsequently described in , Richard L.Garrison, MD, studied the effect of a “traditional home remedy for inducing gallstone expulsion using lemon juice, olive oil, cascara sagrada and garlic/castile enemas” in 6 patients with symptomatic gallstones which had been confirmed by ultrasound.(16) An ultrasound after the procedure assessed clearing of stones.Typically, round green objects pass in the stool the next day, traditionally believed to be passed gallstones.(14) However, in a letter to the journal , doctors in New Zealand reported that chemical examination of such objects brought in by a patient after a liver-gallbladder flush revealed that the “stones” were most likely created from the olive oil that she drank to do the procedure.