Prince Charles backs coffee enemas

June 2004

In 2004, Prince Charles addressed 200 healthcare professionals at a conference. He said: “I know of one patient who turned to Gerson Therapy having been told she was suffering from terminal illness and would not survive another course of chemotherapy. Happily, seven years later, she is alive and well. So it is vital that, rather than dismissing such experiences, we should further investigate the beneficial nature of these treatments.”

Traditional enema

Traditional enema

The image dating from the early 1800s shows an apothecary preparing to apply a huge clyster syringe to an unseen lady – her discarded shoe is visible next to the jug on the right side of the caricature. From Butler & Crispe 1939 wholesale catalogue

History of herbs

The healing properties of herbs have not changed, what was considered to be healing herbs thousands of years ago are still recognized as such today. The physician’s of the past studied herbs and worked with them they had a great respect for them and passed this knowledge down through generations in the form of recipes and folklore.

This enabled people to use plants to both treat health problems and also to promote health. For centuries the plant kingdom has provided the human body with the best possible base for healing since time began.

What is a healing herb?

The word herb is derived from the Latin for grass. Herbs are plants that wither each autumn, excluding shrubs and trees. However many shrubs and trees are used in healing such as barberry, Bay Laurel and Slippery Elm. To an herbalist every plant has a medicinal value.

Up until the 18th century herbs were used exclusively as medication in general terms single herbs are used for acute conditions as they act quicker whilst mixtures or complexes of herbs are used for chronic conditions providing a more consistent action. Herbs can be used as the whole herb, leaves, root, bark, wood, flowers, or fruits. They can be fresh herbs, dried herbs, fluid extracts tinctures suppositories or pessaries. Applied orally rectally or topically.

The clyster reached the ultimate height in the early years of the reign of Louis XIV (1638-1715) who, it is reported, had over 2,000 enemas during his career. The “Enema King” sometimes even held court functions and received visitors during the procedure.


Common precautions when using herbal preparations

There are a few simple rules to follow when working with herbs for food, nutritional supplements, or medicinal needs. Always research and be able to identify personally the herbs you are using, or use reputable trusted suppliers. This is the only sure way to know they are safe for the intended preparation and use.

Individual herbs may have several active ingredients that enhance or cancel each other’s effects. Additional herbs maybe added in a blend that increases the absorption, transport, and effectiveness of the main herb.

As the ingredients in the plants themselves can vary according to soil conditions, climate, and when the plant is harvested, along with the method of preparation. Ideally the word “standardized” should be on any herbal product. Unfortunately it is not. So ensure you use a high quality branded products.

Proceed with caution when dealing with herbs for any purpose medicinal or otherwise; care should be taken even with teas that are readily available at health food stores – these can do harm as well as good, if used indiscriminately.

Do not think “more is better” or that a health food store has the answer. Always follow the recommended dosages in your preparations and recipes.

 “Natural” does not mean “harmless”. Over-use of herbals can defeat the purpose for which you are using them. Some of the most beneficial herbs can be toxic if they are overused.

Be aware; know the elemental content of what you buy and the absorption rate by the body, and the herbal allies and antagonists.

Enema in ancient Egypt

Enema in ancient Egypt

Examples of contraindications

All herbs have the power to sicken as well as heal. Many contraindications are overlooked, as some herbs can interact with other medications prescription drugs vitamins and homeopathic prescriptions.