Are Cayenne Enemas Helpful to Your Health?

Is a Cayenne Pepper Enema Good for You?

A couple of weeks ago, a gentlemen emailed me asking about the efficacy of cayenne pepper enemas.

I was intrigued as I was thinking of writing an article for this site on the pros and cons of a cayenne pepper enema.

Not many people have ever tried a cayenne enema to say the least.

Many consider cayenne nothing more than a very hot spice found buried somewhere in the kitchen's spice rack.

So, if drinking cayenne pepper for health benefits is unconventional, a cayenne enema is even more so!!

In truth, enemas are considered odd by many, which I suppose is understandable.

I've done a few cayenne pepper enemas so I can tell you, I feel, the pros and cons, the good and bad, etc.

Intestinal Health & Cayenne Pepper

Intestinal health is one of the most overlooked aspects of human health. The small intestine is about 6 meters or 20 feet long. Your large intestine is approximately 1.5 meters or 5 feet long.

Combined, the entire human intestinal tract is about 25 feet long yet it's here that many diseases have their origin, according to alternative health professionals.


Many people have a terrible buildup of mucoid plaque that sticks to the intestinal walls -- especially to the large colon.

In literal fact, many are carrying around 5 to 25 or more pounds of old fecal matter. This fecal matter can over time become as hardened as bicycle rubber.

While cayenne is not a laxative per se, it does have some laxative qualities -- especially when it's first used when the body doesn't have any real tolerance to it.

Personally, whenever I increase my cayenne's dosage or heat units, e.g., going from 90k SHU to 160k SHU, I find I very quickly have an "intestinal reaction" to it with it producing additional fecal matter during a bowel movement.

(By the way, I know talking about bowel movements and the scatalogical in general is not pleasant but it must be done for it's critical for long-term health.)

Continuing, cayenne also helps the pancreas for digestive purposes. It stimulates peristaltic action in cayenne pepper enemathe intestines too.

Can cayenne pepper, though, be as effective when added to water for an enema? Yes and no. Cayenne pepper enemas are unconventional but there is some therapeutic benefit to them to be sure.

Famed naturopathic doctor and medicinal herbalist Dr. John Christopher said in his bood, School of Natural Healing (1976), that, "If you are brave, you can use it [cayenne pepper] as an enema for obstinate constipation" (p. 411).

Cayenne Pepper Enemas Info, Continued

Cayenne will stop hemorrhaging in literally 10 seconds, both internally and externally, when imbibed. If there is bleeding in the intestinal tract, a cayenne pepper enema can help but it's not ideal. That said, I would opt for the drinking of it instead as it's easier and quicker.

If there is chronic constipation, a cayenne pepper enema can help. Cayenne pepper, among its many health benefits, also has some vermicidal capabilities although wormwood and garlic would be better.

Meaning it could help in the expulsion of parasites from the intestinal tract. A cayenne pepper enema would help facilitate this. According to the famous Dr. Oz, an astonishing 40 percent of Americans have pinworm infestation in their bowels.

Many master herbalists I have known in the past have validated this to me personally as well.

I wouldn't advertise it if you decide to do this for you'll be looked upon as being very peculiar. I was dumb enough in my late teens to share this info with a few people and one of these people in particular whose parents' business and living was tied to beef distribution thought I was absolutely crazy!

He was an omnivore and showed no interest in health whatsoever. He was of the mindset that beef was perfectly good for you and had no ill effects whatsoever. As I was a vegetarian, he considered me really odd and when I brought up the topic of medicinal herbs like cayenne, I'm sure he thought I belonged in the Arkham Asylum!

Moving on, in truth, I haven't done a cayenne pepper enema in literally over 20 years as I don't feel I personally need it. There are better herbs for bowel cleaning, like senna, but if you decide to do it, let me tell you a few things on how to do it.

First, take about one small tablespoon of cayenne pepper powder with two tablespoons being the maximum with the water in the enema bag. Distilled water would be ideal but purified water is good too. I wouldn't recommend tap water due to the fluoride and cholrine in it.

The water should be warm to make it as comfortable as possible for the colon. I wouldn't go hotter than 50k cayenne. The cayenne will be hot and you will feel it but it won't harm you. It may be hot and slightly uncomfortable but it's more than tolerable.

Here are a few tips of your cayenne pepper enema experience.

  • Do it in the bathroom.
  • Prepare to not be disturbed for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Use KY jelly for insertion of the enema tube.
  • Follow instructions on usage of the enema bag carefully.
  • Hold the cayenne pepper water liquid for as long as you possibly can. The longer the better. Shoot for a minimum of 15 minutes.

You will experience a strong sensation to release the liquid but don't. Again, hold it as long as you possibly can for maximum effect. If some of the cayenne pepper water leaks out of your urethra, that may burn a little but rest assured it's quite safe.

In fact, a little leakage from the urethra is not uncommon. (This may seem peculiar but it's true for I've personally experienced this as have others. How it's possible, I do not know.)

It's not a lot usually either. Just dribbles really from my experience and that of others.

Cayenne Pepper Enema Benefits

What are the benefits of doing a cayenne enema periodically? It's good for those with hemorrhoid problems (cayenne pepper should be taken by imbibing as well for maximum effect). I've read and heard of persistent small hemorrhoid problems being resolved almost instantly by cayenne pepper enemas and I believe it for I had a hemorrhoid problem resolved in two days by drinking it.

As mentioned, cayenne enemas are also good at cleansing out any parasites that may be in the large colon although that is not its primary health benefit. It's not the best anthelmintic or anti-parasitic agent -- I think wormwood is -- but it can and will help facilitate this.

Lastly, it can help remove old fecal matter in the large colon as well although not to the extent purgative-specific herbs can like psyllium husks, senna, and cascara sagrada bark can.

Overall, those are its major benefits.

Just to let you know, enemas with medicinal herbs or spices are quite common. Many do garlic, yarrow, cayenne, catnip and other herbal formulas for they are very effective as enemas. So yes, while it's uncommon and unknown, it's not unheard of. Not at all actually. It's just not mainstream.


In my opinion, and take it as my opinion, while cayenne pepper enemas or other herbal enemas certainly have their place, I choose to take my cayenne by drinking it.

By doing this, you incur the full range of cayenne's amazing benefits of this truly phenomenal, God-given medicinal spice.

Cayenne pepper enemas are limited in their efficacy to the large intestine although they can certainly be desirable for persistent hemorrhoid and colonic bleeding.

For me, believe it or not, I never experienced any real unpleasantness when doing it. I'm not exaggerating. It's not as bad as you think.

When you inject the tube, and release the warm water into your large intestine, it's a little unnatural to be sure, and it does burn a little but it's not massively uncomfortable. At least for me it wasn't. As with all things, use wisdom and judgement and especially with very potent medicinal herbs like cayenne pepper.

Lastly, if you're interested in supplementing or experimenting with cayenne, you can get more information about buying good quality cayenne at this article within this site. Or you can view a complete product price list here instead.

I hope this information helps you.

P.S. For more info on the health benefits of cayenne, click on the preceding link.

Christopher, John R. (1976). School of natural healing. UT: Bi-World Publishers, Inc.