Blowing Smoke Up the Rectum
During the 17th century, some doctors believed that blowing tobacco smoke into the rectum could cure the plague. This practice, known as “tobacco smoke enema“, involved inserting a tube into the rectum and blowing tobacco smoke into it. It was believed that the smoke would purify the blood and cure the disease. The use of tobacco smoke enema was not limited to the treatment of the plague but was also used to treat other conditions like colic and respiratory ailments. While it is true that tobacco has some medicinal properties, the use of tobacco smoke enema was dangerous and often resulted in burns and other injuries.