Ancient haemorrhoid management was more torture than treatment

MEDICAL HISTORY


Modern haemorrhoid treatment is by no means pleasant, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the ancient method of removal which, quite frankly, is worthy of a scene in Game of Thrones.

More torture than treatment, the procedure involved shoving pieces of red-hot iron up the rectum in order to burn away all the offending piles — and likely most of the rectum in the process.

From the Greek haema rhoos, meaning ‘blood’ ‘flow’, Hippocrates described this painful practice, among others, in the

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