HAEMORRHOIDS

constipation and haemorrhoids

It may not be a very pleasant to subject to talk about but about 10% of the population suffers from haemorrhoids and their incidence increases with age. Haemorrhoids occur as a result of swollen, dilated veins protruding from the rectal wall - the last part of the colon and anus. Haemorrhoids that protrude into the rectal cavity are called internal haemorrhoids, while prominent haemorrhoids around it are called external haemorrhoids. Haemorrhoids can cause local itching, pain and bleeding - usually during and after passing stools.

How are haemorrhoids formed?

Factors that increase venous congestion, increased pressure in the lower area of ​​the rectum - intra-abdominal pressure, may accelerate the formation of haemorrhoids.

These factors include:

  • Exerting a lot of effort in defecating or sitting on the toilet for a long time because of constipation or a feeling of not being completely emptied.

  • Pregnancy and childbirth - During pregnancy, especially towards the last few months, the uterus presses on the blood vessels in the pelvic area, making it difficult for the blood to flow in the veins. Also the use of iron supplements may cause constipation and thus increase the chance of haemorrhoids appearing.

  • Hereditary predisposition - People with congenital weakness of the rectal veins.

  • A link has been found to lifting heavy weights, stress and exhaustion and having anal sex.

 

Haemorrhoids are more common in old age because the tissues that support the venous and rectal veins stretch and weaken with age.

The causes of haemorrhoids in Chinese Medicine

According to Chinese medicine there can be several reasons for the appearance of haemorrhoids:

  • Heat and dryness in the intestines - increased consumption of dry and spicy foods such as toast, crackers, black pepper, hot pepper, etc. Not drinking enough water can cause a burning sensation while passing stools, constipation, pain and general feeling of heat.

  • Heat and Dampness in the intestines - may be caused by increased consumption of spicy and fatty foods such as fast food, fried foods, dairy products, sweets, etc. There may be an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's or colitis contributing to the condition.

  • Weakness of Spleen Qi - a feeling of fatigue, heaviness in the limbs, sagging organs (such as uterus or pelvic floor) and soft stools. This can be a result of increased consumption of cold or frozen foods (ice cream, fruit, dairy products, white bread, etc.) as well as chronic stress and excessive strenuous exercise.

  • Blood stasis - The blood flow to the rectal area is not flowing smoothly. There may be dark blood or clots present in the stools.

Treatment of haemorrhoids with Chinese Medicine

The treatment offered by Chinese medicine for haemorrhoids is a natural, long-term solution, which treats the problem from the root to prevent reoccurrence.

 

The comprehensive treatment combines several tools that will help the patient with pain relief and alleviating the condition:

  • Acupuncture - acupuncture at points are chosen to provide pain relief, strengthening the Spleen Qi, resolving dryness in the intestines, moving blood, draining heat and dampness from the intestines, strengthening blood, etc.

  • Herbs for internal use - individual herbal prescription that will help balance the body and ease symptoms.

  • Natural ointment for external use - to provide local treatment of the damaged tissue, relieves pain and heals the tissue.

  • Customised nutritional advice – adjusting your diet according to the diagnosis may assist in balancing the digestive system, regulate the intestinal activity and encourage healing.

  • Practical tips - avoiding prolonged sitting on the toilet, airing the rectal area by wearing appropriate underwear, exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, sitting in lukewarm water for relaxation (lavender extract can be added to the water) and applying additional tips will alleviate the problem.

  • Relaxation - practicing proper breathing and relaxation techniques to calm and regulate the digestive system are combined in the treatment.

 

In conclusion, if you suffer from haemorrhoids as a chronic problem or they have recently appeared, it is highly advisable to consider treatment with acupuncture as a natural, thorough and effective path. We will provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis according to CM and a tailored treatment plan to support you in resolving the problem.