I am interested in the history and origins of the enema.
If you are interested in the history of the enema, try obtaining the medical publication, 'CIBA SYMPOSIA...The Enema', volume five, number 11 dated February 1944. It will take you back to ancient history and several nations.
The enema has a long--and interesting--history. Happy researching!
Enema is the procedure of introducing liquids into the rectum and colon via the anus for medical reasons, alternative therapies, and also for erotic purposes, but this is not a new procedure. Enemas, also called enematas in their plural form, were formerly known as clysters from the modern era to the 19th century, an old-fashioned term to describe this cleansing method using a clyster syringe and administered for symptoms of constipation, stomach aches, and other illnesses, with dubious effectiveness.
In those days, the patients were placed kneeling and with the buttocks raised (or lying on the side) to allow their servant or apothecary to insert the syringe nozzle into the anus and depress the plunger to inject the liquid remedy into the colon.
Because of the embarrassing aspect for women, by the time syringes equipped with a special bent nozzle were invented, enabling self-administration to eliminate the embarrassment. From the late 19th century to the present, clyster syringes were replaced by enema bulb syringes, bocks and bags, but the history of enemas can be traced back to ancient times when people implemented enema treatments in the rivers by using a hollow reed to induce water to flow into the rectum.
The first record mentioning a colon therapy is an Egyptian medical document discovered by Ebers, dated as early as 1500 B.C. and nowadays one of the great treasures of the Leipzig Library. This papyrus in a state of wonderful preservation is 20.23 meters long and 30 centimeters high and shows that the Egyptians employed emetics, purgatives, enemas, diuretics, diaphoretics and even bleeding to treat diverse diseases.
Another Egyptian papyri, showing some of the first signs of importance are the Kahun, Berlin, Hearst and British Museum papyri, published in recent times to document the ancient origin of medical therapies. Such papyrus are motley collections filled with charms, incantations, magical formulae, prayers, prescriptions, suppositories, fumigation, enemas, poultices and plasters among many other symbols richness of pharmacopoeia inherit and the use of opium, hemlock, the copper salts, squills and Castor oil for colon cleansing.
Ancient primitive tribes in the Amazon, central Africa and remote parts of Asia practiced enemas in the rivers, usually as part of magic-medical practices performed by priests or shamans and colon cleansing therapeutic treatment were an important part of Taoist training regimens and also observed from different approaches in Hinduism. In the 10th century, Sung Dynasty physician Chang Tsung-cheng wrote extensively on the therapeutic benefits and colon cleansing procedures, but other methods were also mentioned in the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine back in the 3rd Century B.C.
Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus, who are recognized as the founding fathers of Western medicine, described, practiced and prescribed the use of enematas as colon therapy and also ritual enemas were practiced in Mayan Ceremonials and many other Central American and South American Indian tribes, in fact some survival tribes have continued their traditional colon cleansing practice to the present day.
In 1880, Robert Bentley and Henry Trimen documented in their book "Medicinal Plants" the use of enemas associated with some herbs, in particular fenugreek, a widely used plant knows as Trigonella foenum-graecum, imported from Greece by the Romans in ancient times, including description or the therapy, properties and figures of this and other principal plants employed in medicine. The use of fenugreek as a medicinal agent is now obsolete in Europe and the United States, but in India the seeds are largely employed by the natives, both as food and medicine, including colonic therapies
In the United States the popularity of colon cleansing treatments were remarkable in the early decades of the 20th century, when colon irrigation machines were commonly seen. During the 1920's and 1930's years, enemas were regularly used as a standard practice among most physicians and implemented as common treatment in most hospitals. It was not until the 50's when the use of enema therapy started gradually to decrease before the colon cleansing therapy resurged by the end of the 20th century.
I know that many of the Central and south American Natives (Inca Aztec Maya) used them for the application of medicines that would aid them in visions. What they used among other details is unknown to me but I do know that they used them.
Very informative! Thank you much!
Enemas, also called enematas in their plural form, were formerly known as clysters from the modern era to the 19th century, an old-fashioned term to describe this cleansing method using a clyster syringe and administered for symptoms of constipation, stomach aches, and other illnesses, with dubious effectiveness.
I've always found it curious that basically all of these drawings are of women doing women. A few may show a male child, but never an adult male as the receiver. Do you think that this is because this was a female activity, or do you think the drawings were created as a form of porno for males to enjoy?
Maybe you could put the links to where you found this info?
Really interesting. Didn't know this things
Thanx for sharing.
Very informative and interesting.
I knew our interest went back to the Egyptians, but never knew the details you reference. Someone did a lot of research.
The first ones were before written history.
I have some Diagnostic Medical manuals, early 1900's in several of them are photos of male attendants giving to males. One of the staff is holding a Large Glass Funnel attached to a probably Colon Tube. In an article on using a 2 way Kemp Rectal Nozzle,2 doctors are using on an infant male. In many manuals the enemas are given to male infants by women. From 1912 thru 1940's. Rectal Temp photos often show female babies and young children by a nurse. Especially the Domestic Health Society ones. It's what you find, some books, have a 1940 one, only found one copy. Searched for decades. Was at a used booksale last month, was disappointed. Any collectors/researchers can trade photocopies for ones I don't have or will purchase the manuals/guides/films (8mm,16mm,VHS). Even Foreign ones, have a number of German ones, etc.
I've seen photos of African mothers with children over their laps with a hollow reed ot bamboo tube up the kid's butt. The mother would fill her mouth with water and blow it up the kid's butt.
Thanks for the info, I hve always been insterested in this history.
Article on history of enemas: http://www.ralphmoss.com/coff.html
Two youtube clips on history and use of enemas. Those of us aroused by
a woman saying "enema" might be interested:
The earliest enemas likely predate the development of written language.
I read long ago that the ancient Egyptians paid tribute to the Ibis because it was capable of giving itself an enema via it's beak. They had some drawings and carvings paying tribute to the Sacred Ibis. Not sure if that is true.
I once read that ancient Mesoamericans (Aztecs, Mayans and so on) use to give themselves enemas from jugs of pottery. They made rubber tubing from the sap of the rubber tree plant. They made nozzles from bone. They added herbs from the rain forest to their enemas.
My interest is the use of ememas as punishmentin the UK and Germany
I did a simple search through Google and found many links (word for word) to this history above. So the member apparently cut/pasted from one of the numerous sites.
As noted by other replies, the Egyptians had used and referenced such in their papyri. They regarded the sacred Ibis as representative of enemas, since the Ibis, when constipated, will suck up water in it's long beak and squirt it into its cloaca.
The Amazonian natives had used the latex gum to fashion the bulb portion of an enema syringe. This appears to have been an ancient practice, principally for insufflation of the rectum with smoke and also to instill hallucinogenic drugs.
For as long as mankind has been using bellows to blow air into a furnace or fire, someone had come up with the idea of instilling smoke into another's arse. It was often thought to revive someone who had drowned.
If it's good enough for the ancient Egyptians, it's good enough for me.
Yeas ago on the History Channel there wan episode on clean living in the early 1900's.
CW Post of cereal fame set up enema health colonic clinics in Michigan around Battle Creek.
Two articles on the history of enemas:
both seem to have several very interesting links.
also: not much wrong with a web site called "enemabag.com"
The ancient Egyptians were very into enemas..They not only mention them in mediclal texts but also in reference to religious "cleansing"One of the pldest Egyptian texts seems to be a translation of a Babylonian medical text.Of course those folks didn't have the sensuous rubber bags bthat we treasure,but people have had the idea for a long time!
After rereading all of our scholarly posts about enema ancient history I would love to learn more about the 1900 to circa 1970 when ,as many of us have remarked there were enema bags hanging on the back of bathroom doors and in towel closets all over America. Also,how many of us prurient youths spent happy hours poring over the offerings in the Sears catalogue?I would esp[ecially like to here some our ladie's take here.Also,can any lady member tell us about adventures with the Shy syringe?
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