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Check out these interesting and unknown facts on enema:
Enemas were known
in ancient Sumeria, Babylonia, India, Greece and China. American Indians
independently invented it, using a syringe made of an animal bladder and a hollow
leg bone. Pre-Columbian South Americans fashioned latex into the first rubber enema bags and
tubes. In fact, there is hardly a region of the world where people did not discover or
adapt the enema.
It is more ubiquitous than the wheel. Enemas are found
in world literature from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Gulliver Travels to Peyton Place.
The ancient Egyptions used the enema widely in
their medical practices and many writings have been discovered on this subject. In some of
their diagrams of the body, they show the anus directly connected to the heart.
The Greeks wrote of the fabled
cleanliness of the Egyptians, which included the internal cleansing of their systems
through emetics and enemas.
They employed these on three consecutive days every month said Herodotus(II.77) or at
intervals of three or four days, according to the later historian Diodorus. The Egyptians
explained to their visitors that they did this because they "believed that diseases
were engendered by superfluities of the food", a modern-sounding theory!
In pre-revolutionary France a
after dinner was de rigueur. It was not only considered indispensable for health but
practiced for good complexion as well. Louis XIV is said to have taken over 2,000 in his
lifetime.Could this have been the source of the Sun King's sunny disposition? For
were a routine home remedy. Then, within living memory, the routine use of
enemas died out. The main times that doctors employ them nowadays is before or after
surgery and childbirth. Difficult and potentially dangerous barium enemas before colonic X
rays are of course still a favorite of allopathic doctors.
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