11. Hot Iron Therapy for Piles
People who have suffered from Piles (hemorrhoids) know just how horribly painful it is and it takes a lot of ointments, medications, and home remedies to bring some relief. Let’s tell you about a rather gruesome way in which Piles was treated back in the olden days which is sure to leave you feeling squeamish!
According to some medieval medical texts such as “On Hemorrhoids” by Hippocrates advocated inserting red hot cautery iron in the afflicted area burning away all the hemorrhoids nodes.
The patient would obviously cry, and this was encouraged as it helped the process by pushing out the lower rectum where hemorrhoids were usually located. This unbearably painful treatment was quite common in ancient Greece.