Updated: Sep 28, 2019
Hemorrhoids occur when veins around the anus become distended. There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal (inside the anus) and external (outside the anus). External are more common, but also more difficult to treat.
Some common symptoms of hemorrhoids include:
painless bleeding during bowel movements
itching/irritation in the anal region
pain or discomfort
swelling around the anus
sensitive or painful lump(s) around the anus
Hemorrhoids can be caused by heavy lifting, constipation or straining to complete bowel movements, extended periods of sitting, and even a lack of fiber in the diet.
Western medicine often prescribes surgery to relieve especially painful or chronic hemorrhoids. Acupuncture works with the body to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms and heal quickly and naturally.
Acupuncture for Hemorrhoids
Acupuncture stimulates microcirculation, breaking up any toxins or blockages in the affected veins around the anus. Improved circulation also decreases inflammation more quickly to reduce pain and bleeding while the body recovers.
Acupuncture has also been proven to boost the immune system by increasing antibody production, helping the body to heal more quickly as the swelling decreases.
Diet and Supplements for Hemorrhoids
Dietary changes should also be made to relieve hemorrhoids.
Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day (8 oz.) will help clean your intestinal walls and facilitate bowel movement.
Fatty foods, such as deep-fried meats and fast food meals, should be cut out, and more fiber should be added to your diet to help make bowel movements easier. Plants with flavonoids and anthocyanins should also be incorporated to strengthen veins.
Good foods for hemorrhoids patients include:
Leafy green vegetables
Berries (dark red berries and blueberries)
Root vegetables (onions, carrots, sweet potatoes)
Vitamin C supplements can also work with the body to maintain the structural integrity of veins to prevent them from becoming more swollen. Gingko, a Chinese remedy, works to increase pain tolerance in the body as well as reducing inflammation. Always consult with your doctor and a licensed Chinese medicine practitioner before attempting any natural treatments.
If you or a loved one suffer from hemorrhoids, there's no need to resort to surgery to relieve pain! Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you heal naturally when implemented alongside proper dietary changes.
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