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April 27, 1963

Cure for Constipation

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Long Beach, Calif.

JAMA. 1963;184(4):319. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700170111026

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To the Editor.  —The book review "Be Young with Yoga" (JAMA182:1138 [Dec 15] 1962) presents a concise account of what presumably are some of the major points of interest in this fascinating subject. I was, however, disappointed that no mention was made of a Yoga procedure which, if confirmed, could represent a major breakthrough in gastrointestinal therapeutics today. I refer to nothing less than a cure for constipation, which in some ways is a counterpart of tubeless gastric analysis, viz., a tubeless enema. It seems that an enema is a simple matter for a Yogi, for all he has to do is sit in a bowl of water and draw it up by reversing peristalsis. This observation was reported in a letter to the editor (Brit Med J1:1460,1961).I presume this would be considered a third stage (asana-practice of postures) or "asanine" maneuver.

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