Have you ever wondered where the phrase "you're just blowing smoke up my ass" came from? During a recent adventure though the internet I've uncovered some images of medical devices used for smoke enemas. This apparently was a thing.
Appropriated from the native peoples of North America, this medical technique was used to treat a panoply of conditions such as drowning, gut pain, and hernias. My sources suggest that smoke and liquid tobacco enemas started a long slow decline in popularity beginning in the early 1800s. The treatment, however, persisted well into the early 20th century.
Photos, of course.
|traveling smoker kit for enemas on the go|
|the smoking enema in action|
|diagram of smoke enema kit|