Enema syringe

1831-1870 in India

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Enema syringe, steel, India, 1800s. Front three quarter view. White background.
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Enema syringe, steel, India, 1800s

A steel enema syringe from India dating from the mid-1800s. An enema (vasthi) introduces fluid into the lower bowel via the anus. A single Ayurvedic treatment might involve several enemas using oils mixed with different medicinal herbs – depending on the patient’s condition. Some enemas remain inside the patient and have a direct medicinal effect, others actively remove waste products from the body.

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Asian Medicine
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overall weight: x x , , .21kg
enema syringe
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • enema equipment
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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