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The Treatment of Hemorrhoids Using Chinese Medicine

Hemorrhoids – Acupuncture can help!

If the problem of hemorrhoids can be resolved naturally, wouldn’t you want to know about it?

Chinese medicine treatment modalities can help treat this phenomenon, reduce the pain and discomfort, as well as restore a normal life routine to the sufferer.

The treatment is usually performed using acupuncture and if necessary the addition of Chinese herbs.

Hemorrhoids – General Background:

Hemorrhoids are a type of varicose vein – a dilation of veins which cause the wall of the rectum to bulge and protrude from the anus. Hemorrhoids are a very common disease, and in most people it begins to develop when they are in their twenties in different levels of severity. Over the age of fifty, one in three will suffer from hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are more common in women than in men. Chinese medicine certainly has something to offer for this problem.

Hemorrhoids – Causes

1. Bowel movements demanding great effort – constipation.

2. Pregnancy – Pregnancy causes changes in blood volume as well as various changes in pressure that occur as a result of the many changes experienced by the pregnant woman. All these create pressure in the lower veins in the body and as a result also hemorrhoids.

3. Low-fiber diet – This type of diet will cause hard stool (bowel movements) which will put greater pressure on the veins in the area. After a while hemorrhoids can form.

4. Prolonged sitting – This increases the level of pressure on the veins in the area. Therefore, it is not recommended to do long “sittings” in the toilet.

  • Stimulation of the anus – toilet paper or anything else that can irritate the area

Hemorrhoids – signs

– Bleeding of fresh blood on the toilet paper, in the stool or in the toilet bowl itself.

– Pain or feeling of discomfort in the area of the anus.

– In addition, many times there will be an external bulge of tissue in the rectal area, itching and discharge. Although it should be mentioned that there will not always be an external bulge of the tissue, as there are also internal hemorrhoids that do not protrude outwards.

Hemorrhoids – Western diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis in Western medicine is very simple and involves observation and a physical examination. The treatment of hemorrhoids is divided into two – the conservative treatment (which includes the administration of suppositories, ointments and recommendations for lifestyle changes such as incorporating a high-fiber diet and observance of high levels of hygiene) and the surgical treatment. You should check what Chinese medicine has to offer before deciding on a surgical procedure.

Hemorrhoids – Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is incredibly capable in aiding with hemorrhoids and prevent unnecessary suffering!

According to Chinese medicine, there are two main causes for hemorrhoids –

1. Stagnation of qi and blood in the area – poor blood flow causes stagnation in the area, usually accompanied by severe pain.

2. Weakness of qi that causes the tissue to ‘collapse’ outward – there is not enough energy to hold the body tissues in place and they ‘fall out of place’. This condition will usually be accompanied by additional bodily signs of weakness and fatigue, and pain will be less prevalent.

The treatment procedure for hemorrhoids based on Chinese medicine will depend on the cause, as mentioned above. Hemorrhoid treatment can be done with acupuncture, and in some cases it may be combined with herbs. If one comes to the clinic immediately with the onset of symptoms, without delay, then usually the cure rates will be high. Therefore, it is very important to arrive early for treatment, as soon as the symptoms appear, as then the chances of recovery are significantly higher.

Hemorrhoids – general recommendations

  • A nutritional diet high in fiber and cellulose – including plenty of vegetables and fruits, and avoiding heavy and hard to digest foods. All this is for the purpose of softening the stool.
  • Drinking plenty of water will make the stool softer.
  • Spraying the anus with water after a bowel movement and maintaining a higher level of  hygiene in the area. It is best to avoid using toilet paper and instead use wet wipes.
  • Lifestyle change – toilets are designed for ‘evacuation’ and not as a reading room. Prolonged sitting puts unnecessary pressure on the area.



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