Sometimes, it so happens that some quantity of the solid waste material for various reasons is so firmly latched on to the intestinal, Sigmund colon and rectum walls that not all of this is pushed out of the anus during the excreting process.
The stub-born abdominal and rectal remnant waste material creates several health problems for the patient.
Today, the anathema is given by doctors to those patients who find it hard to pass out the excreta out of their anus despite the best of their own efforts.
But, there was no such medical facility available in olden days. People tried various local remedies such as swallowing down various kinds of fine powders mixed with the water to loosen the adamant abdominal waste material. Triflaa is one such remedial powder prescribed in the Ayurveda.
Sometimes, despite having eaten all kinds of remedial powders, some quantity of the hardened waste product would still remain stuck inside along the walls of the rectum.
So, in olden days, the Yogis, especially the Himalayan ones, used turmeric sticks to clean physically their rectum by taking the stuck waste material out.
They would insert carefully a turmeric stick into their anus with the help of their own fingers and move it around gently in the rectum. The turmeric stick would dig out the hardened waste product the pieces of which would come out either stuck with the turmeric stick itself or fall off the anus after having been pushed out of the anus.
The question arises as to why the Himalayan Yogis preferred only the turmeric sticks to clean their own rectum? Was it just an eccentric practice or did it have some scientific basis?
Dr Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee’s scientific theory and explanation
The use of the turmeric sticks to clean the rectum did have a valid scientific reason.
Physically speaking, the shape of any turmeric stick generally is smooth and round without any sharp edges/ends. This makes it easier and safe to insert it inside the anus and the rectum without causing any harm to their soft tissues and walls.
It doesn’t get stuck on the insides of the anus and the rectum. Further, the round shape ensures its easy sliding in and out of the anus and the rectum.
Chemically speaking, the turmeric stick contains anti-bacterial/fungal properties. This helps neutralise and destroy several harmful bacteria/fungi and other micro-organisms that exist in the micro ecosystem of the rectum and the anus.
The turmeric contains a yellow ingredient called Curcumin which has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory therapeutic value. So, the use of the turmeric stick to clean the rectum and the anus helps prevent the rectal cancer and tumours.
The chemical substances present in the turmeric stick are known to have a healing effect. The turmeric stick helps provide a healing touch to the soft tissues of the anus and the rectum. The lesions/abrasions/ruptures caused in the anus and the rectum by the abrupt fast movement of the out-going waste material or some other reasons are healed when the soft tissues come into contact with the turmeric stick.
Thus, the turmeric sticks as the present scientific research paper vividly illustrates served as an efficient and healthy tool for the Himalayan Yogis to keep their rectum and anus clean and healthy.
~ Dr Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee
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