Cecum

Friday, January 9, 2009

The cecum or caecum, which means “blind” in Latin, is a pouch that marks the beginning of the large intestine. It is connected to the ascending colon of the large intestine and the ileum. The cecum is separated from the ileum by the ileocecal valve or Bauhin's valve. It is also separated from the colon by the cecocolic junction.

The cecum, as well as all the organs at this 'traffic junction' for the flow of waste - caecum, ileocecal valve and appendix - must be cleared of waste on a daily basis. In the squatting position, the right thigh, pressing against the lower abdomen on the right side of the body, 'squeezes' the caecum to force wastes upwards into the ascending colon and away from the appendix, ileocecal valve and small intestines. As a result of waste being pushed away and out of the caecum, the appendix would never be clogged with waste.