You Ever Wanted to Know about Hemorrhoids
Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 16:00:01 -0700 (MST)
From: Sheila Shea <email@example.com>
Subject: Newletter#7 HEMORRHOIDS
get many questions through my homepage and listserve. One person asked about hemorrhoids
and I put together all the posts that had come to the list. Then I embellished
it with a few more sources. And here you have it, "What you always wanted
to know about Hemorrhoids." If you have any additional information on the
subject, send it to me and I will update the article.
all, my wife has asked me to ask you how to handle hemorrhoids. Don't have any
idea what works and what doesn't. Thanks! Jamey
Hemorrhoids are a venous dilation inside the anal sphincter of the rectum
and beneath the mucous membrane (internal), or outside the anal sphincter and
beneath the surface of the skin (external). The tissue of the walls of the venous
system become weak and the veins may even form clots of blood. They can protrude
into the anal canal or hang externally. Imagine hemorrhoids as weak veins similar
to varicosity in the legs.
are an overfilled blood vessel which needs to be relieved of some of the blood.
Occasionally bloody streaks on the outside of your stool may come from hemorrhoids
or temporary anal irritation. Hemorrhoids can present quite a bit of bright blood
in the toilet or blood adhering to the stool ("like ketchup on French fries
as one of my docs put it") or bright blood on the toilet tissue.
to Netter MD in the Ciba Collection of Medical Illustrations, Volume
3, "Hemorrhoids are present in about 35% of the population. They usually
occur between the ages of 25 and 55 and only seldom under the age of 15. Both
sexes are affected equally." (p. 170, 1961)
Many causes exist and I only mention a few.
absence of valves in the portal venous system can be contributory. One-third of
rectal veins travel to the liver via the portal venous system. Significantly,
if pressure in the portal vein rises from liver cirrhosis or parasites, increased
blood volume and pressure may dilate rectal veins to the extent that internal
and external hemorrhoids are created. It follows from this that any toxicity or
impairment of the liver might be contributory to hemorrhoids. If you find this
hard to understand, imagine the venous blood traveling upward through the portal
vein to the liver and the veins have no "back-flow" valve. Then imagine
blood circulation through the liver is extremely slow or backed-up due to congestion.
Guess what? The blood will back-flow to the rectal and anal area again. Spasms
of the anal sphincter are said to be a frequent cause of external hemorrhoids
because they may shut off the outflow of blood to the rectal veins.
direct causes are all the various events that produce transient or constant increased
pressure or stasis (stagnation) within the rectal veins such as straining during
elimination because of constipation or diarrhea, tumors or strictures of the rectum,
pregnancy, tumors and retroversion of the uterus, hypertrophy and tumors of the
prostate..." (p. 170 Ciba)
cause may be a low fiber diet generally high in refined carbohydrates (so what's
to Paul Pitchford in his book Healing With Whole Foods, hemorrhoids
are a sign of protein deficiency. "Body tissues deteriorate leading to hemorrhoids..."
also attributes hemorrhoids to weak spleen-pancreas energy. A prolapse (fallen
organ or vessel) of the hemorrhoids is a sign of the deficiency. "A weak
spleen-pancreas indicates neglect or ignorance of the Earth Element at the level
of food: properly preparing food with nurturing care imparts healing essence."
would add overeating to the dietary list. That puts tremendous pressure on the
contributes to the problem.
people begin cleansing so rapidly that hemorrhoids "develop." Chances
are these people have a weak venous return to begin with and the cleansing exacerbates
the hemorrhoids. That was true of me.
"Research on colon health has shown fiber to be
beneficial in curing and/or preventing appendicitis, colon cancer, diverticulosis,
constipation and hemorrhoids," says Pitchford. Fibers are abundant in whole
grains, fruits and vegetables. I would say the important emphasis is on whole
foods. The SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) removes refined carbs.
Read Elaine Gottschall, Breaking the Vicious Cycle for details.
To correct spleen-pancreas deficiency, Pitchford mentions squash, carrot, rutabaga,
turnip, black beans, peas, oats, spelt, ginger, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic,
cherry, date, mackerel, tuna, halibut, beef, beef liver or kidney, lamb, butter.
I suggest the animal products be organic and the butter be raw.
foods Pitchford suggests are clam, lettuce, eggplant (for bleeding hemorrhoids)
and sour and sour mixed with bitter, pungent and sweet foods such as hawthorn
berry, lemon, lime, pickles, rose hip, sauerkraut, vinegar, leek, aduki bean,
apple, grape, mango, olive, raspberry, tangerine, tomato, homemade yogurt.
Drink at least 3 quarts of fluids a day, including one quart raw juice.
Massage of the Hemorrhoids
Gerold: "When I felt the dreaded need
to go to the bathroom (I REALLY hated to even have to go), I would first coat
the anus and sphincter muscle liberally with Vaseline, and that made the chore
so much easier and easier to do the required paperwork at the end. Mine were bleeding
pretty good." I suggest using wheat germ or vitamin E oil or salves that
help heal the skin, disinfect and support circulation. See Salves
SITZ means sitting in water. One emerges the abdomen, hips, lower
torso into the water. It's not a full out bath. Most texts suggest 15-20 minutes
with water as hot as possible and adding water to keep it hot and repeating this
several times daily. The temperature of the sitz bath could be alternated between
hot and cold water. Follow the hot water sitz bath with a cold water one.
"One other thing that I was certain to do was to take a sitz bath in a
very hot tub of water daily (twice a day if I had the chance), just a few inches
of water to soak the anus."
salts is used to remove fluid during the bath. Baking soda, 1 cup for every 4
inches of water, is used to treat the skin according to Dr. Deal in his book New
Life Through Natural Methods. See the Herbal section for tea solutions
can be used in the sitz bath water.
In colon hydrotherapy, colemas and enemas, warm-hot water (98-103 degrees)
is used to relax and cold water (75-90 degrees) is used to constrict or stimulate.
The hemorrhoids are weakened venous vessels that have stagnant circulation. The
blood is not moving quickly enough, the vessels walls weaken, thin out and expand.
The contrast of hot/cold will get circulation moving. The cold will tonify what
is weak and numb the hemorrhoids and pain. I would follow what feels right to
can alternate hot and cold water during colon hydrotherapy and colemas or sequentially
with enemas. The contrasts help to strengthen the muscle tone. Some herbs are
ideal in the hydrotherapy water such as pau d'arco, goldenseal, tincture of witch
hazel or wheat grass juice.
"I also use hot water for a shallow enema, enough water to partly fill
the rectum, (4 ounces or so). If I recall, it was about 105 degrees or so, like
a real hot tub would be. The heat really helped, inside and out, to relieve the
pain. Make sure that the water is not too hot. You may want to try just 102 degrees
F. Or better yet, what feels hot, but comfortable to you. Just leave it in for
10 minutes and then repeat with fresh hot water."
in We Want to Live suggests inserting 1 ounce of plain raw kefir
in the rectum and letting it stay there to help shrink hemorrhoids and relieve
pain. "After a bowel movement the process should be repeated."
have found in administering colonics to people with hemorrhoids that they are
able to eliminate better. Very often the hemorrhoids prevent people from eliminating
thoroughly. They can block the anus and make elimination difficult. When the anus
and the speculum are fully lubricated and the speculum placed gently into the
anus, the hemorrhoids are pushed to the side or back into their packets. The waste
material can flow out more easily.
Ciba Collection, volume 3, by Netter MD says that "an anal irritation
such as hemorrhoids can cause constipation due to a reflex spasm of the sphincters."
Constipation is a double-edged sword because it can also lead to hemorrhoids!
Another good reason to cleanse, use hydrotherapy and rebuild your system!
C and Bioflavonoids
Willard comments that flavonoids...are "used
when a health problem is characterized by capillary bleeding associated with increased
capillary fragility. These include: easy bruising, vascular disease, allergic
states, hemorrhoids, diabetes mellitus and edema..." p. 133, Textbook
of Advanced Herbology.
take on this is that a number of us with inflammatory bowel disease, eating disorders,
chronic constipation, candida and hemorrhoids have created the yin, or expansive
or capillary fragility situations. We need to build our repertoire of herbs and
foods and beverages that are yang, astringent or capable of pulling tissue back
together and strengthening capillaries.
white skin between the peel and meat of citrus, cayenne and other peppers, currants
and parsley are rich in Bioflavonoids.
I use All Purpose Healing Salve with calendula flowers,
chickweed, comfrey leaf and root, ginger root, chaparral, almond oil, and bees
wax. A touch of oil of wintergreen in the salve has a cooling effect,. You can
order from: Reevis Mtn Herbs, HC02 Box 1534, Roosevelt, AZ 85545.
Ointment prepared as follows:
oz Collinsonia root
1 oz Cranesbill root
1 oz Bistort root
14 ozs Olive Oil
ingredients (except the olive oil) in the oven for 1 hour at 125 degrees F. Add
the olive oil and mix thoroughly. Place in container and store in a cool place.
Apply as needed. Taken from Terry Willard, Textbook of Modern Herbology,
2nd Rev Ed.
1. After using cat's claw in working with approximately 150 patients between
1988 and 1992, Dr. Brent Davis reports that "Uncaria tomentosa has the ability
to break through severe intestinal derangements that no other available products
can touch." He refers to the herb as "the opener of the way because
of its remarkable ability to cleanse the entire intestinal tract and help patients
suffering from many different stomach and bowel disorders including leaky bowel
syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids.
fistulas. gastritis, ulcers parasites and intestinal flora imbalance... External
applications of Una de Gato include the treatment of wounds, fungus, fistulas
and hemorrhoids. European research shows that Una de Gato activates the immune
system by increasing lymphocytic (white blood cell) activity."
A slug of aloe vera leaf slipped in the anus is extremely helpful. Remove the
green skin first. It skids away from you worse than a cake of soap in the bath!
Seeds. Use a mucilaginous bulking and lubricating agent such as flax and psyllium
seeds powdered to help create a smooth stool. Agar-agar from a seaweed is use
to treat hemorrhoids according to Pitchford.
Astringent herbs help to firm up dilate and weak tissue. The best known astringents
are the tannin-containing teas. A tea of astringent herbs can be used in the sitz
baths. A few examples are: cranesbill, ratany, oak bark, stoneroot, witch hazel,
yerba mansa, comfrey and golden seal. Some are difficult to find. As a food, pomegranates
and blackberries are astringent, tonic and high in C.
Liver helpers. Hepatic herbs are specific for liver and gall bladder. If you suspect
that your liver might be the weak link in the chain you have many options. Dandelion,
milk thistle and bepleurum are a few of the liver herbs. Christopher Hobbs gives
a thorough review of liver alternatives in his book Foundations of Health,
A Liver and Digestive Herbal. A liver flush or cleansing might also be
in order. Sherry Rogers in Wellness Against All Odds and Tired and Toxic
and Hulda Clark in her book A Cure For All Diseases outline liver
flush/cleanses. I did a liver flush in May and found that it improved my elimination.
leafed through the index of Alma Hutchen's classic book, A Handbook of Native
American Herbs and found 25 mentions of hemorrhoids! I'll describe a few.
A strong tea of bloodroot is excellent for a shallow enema or implant. "Make
a strong tea of plantain leaves and root and let steep 30 minutes then inject
a tablespoonful or more several times a day and after bowel evacuation."
Solomon's Seal "will relieve pain and heal hemorrhoids if a tea solution
is injected 3 or 4 times a day." Tamarack (larix laricina) is used for hemorrhoids
as a salve or in a sitz bath. Smart weed (polygonum punctatum) a buckwheat family
member, is simmered, covered, 1/2 pound of leaves 1 hour and added to a siztbath
bath for bleeding hemorrhoids. Extract of chestnut is used for bleeding hemorrhoids.
The juice of Sweet Gum (liquidambar styraciflua) may be used in ointments for
hemorrhoids. Hutchens also lists a number a plants such as blackberry (astringent)
and catnip (pain) whose leaves are bruised and applied externally on the hemorrhoids.
Chickweed is used internally and externally to ease hemorrhoids. A decoction of
the leaves of eucalyptus are used to wash the area of hemorrhoids. Mullein has
been considered a treatment for hemorrhoids for several hundred years and is still
used for this purpose, both internally and as a fomentation. Yerba Santa has a
reputation for healing hemorrhoids when other sources fail.
I also leafed through the index of Healing with Plants in the American and
Mexican West by Margarita Artschwager Kay and found 20 references! Horsetail
(equisetum) rich in silica is suggested. The leaves of euphorbia or spurge are
boiled with a small piece of pomegranate and is administered as an enema twice
daily to dry hemorrhoids. Elder leaves or flowers are brewed into a tea for an
enema solution to dry up hemorrhoids. Chamomile in teas and enemas is good for
hemorrhoids most likely because of the anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial
properties. Here's another one! Pine resin, mullein, honey and anemopsis californica
are made into a suppository for treating hemorrhoids. Marigold (tagetes) is used
as a fomentation.
The most natural position for elimination is squatting. Squatting
is the standard practice in countries where the toilets are in-floor or in any
location that lacks toilets. However, the Western toilet is designed for sitting,
rather than squatting. This may reduce the efficiency of eliminating and promote
SURGERY REMOVE THE PROBLEM FOR GOOD?
I worked with a DC/ND (chiropractor/naturopath)
and he described a very successful procedure he had performed on him in Phoenix,
AZ. It uses either a laser or a freezing solution. His hemorrhoids froze, shriveled
and fell off and never bothered him again. However, whether or not a person has
surgery, it's a good idea to remove the cause and restore the tissue.
Sheila: When I started cleansing in 1974 I had hemorrhoids akin to grapes
clusters hanging out of my anus so bad I couldn't get anything out with an enema
because they blocked the anus. I massaged them back in, stopped straining and
developed a series of yoga and body movements that allowed my intestines to release.
I don't have a shadow of them now. I also drank raw fruit and vegetable juices
up to 2 quarts a day for nearly 3 years plus ate a high percentage of living foods
for my diet.
The point to remember is that two phenomenon are occurring: the cause of
the hemorrhoids and the symptoms, the hemorrhoids themselves. Many of the "remedies"
deal with alleviating the symptoms. That's important. However, it's equally if
not more important to deal with the cause so they do not reoccur. The causes lie
in the realm of diet, exercise, liver, capillary fragility or weak cardio-vascular
system or weak spleen-pancreas energy, among other possibilities. You can get
in touch with what is creating the pressure in the rectal veins and work toward
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