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Chinese Medicine Prescription For Hemorrhoids

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This topic will deal with Chinese medicine treatment for hemorrhoids. Let me begin by asking what causes hemorrhoids in the first place?

The common reasons for hemorrhoids include:

  • Hard stools that scratch the skin
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Hard and rough toilet paper
  • Inadvertent scratch during cleansing or washing of the anus
  • Reckless sexual activity

After making a scratch on the anus, why does the scratch not heal?

  1. It may be because of poor hygiene. You need to do some gentle washing at least once a day.
  2. It may be due to swimming or washing dirty water.
  3. Sitting for a long time on heated seats or on a bike. For those of you who happen to live in tropical area where bicycles or motorcycles are very common and are left outside under the sun and their seats become very hot, when you ride them you are at risk of this disorder.
  4. Hemorrhoid can develop if you suffer from constipation since constipation results in hard stools that scratch the wound even more.
  5. It can also be due to consuming too much hot or spicy foods
  6. Frequent reckless sexual activities such as anal sex that can exacerbate the hemorrhoids.

An herbal prescription for hemorrhoids should be able to achieve five things:

  1. It should lessen inflammation
  2. Decrease excess body heat
  3. Nourish the skin
  4. Cleanse the blood
  5. Alleviate constipation (in case you suffer from it)

To reduce inflammation, three herbs are used. They are:

  1. Huang Qin
  2. Huai Hua
  3. Bai TouWeng

To eliminate excessive body heat, we use:

  1. Shi Mu
  2. Di Gu Pi

To cleanse the blood, herbs used are:

  1. Ban Shi Lian
  2. Sheng Di Huang

To nourish the skin, herbs used are:

  1. Shao Ren
  2. Yu zhu

Why do we have to nourish the skin? Because in Chinese medicine, hemorrhoids is considered one among many skin problems.

If you have a constipation problem, the herbs that will be used are:

  1. Da Huang
  2. Fan Xie Ye

To reduce hemorrhoid flare-ups, you need to

  1. Maintain good hygiene and wash yourself daily
  2. Have soft bowel movements every day
  3. Limit consumption of shellfish (clams, crabs, etc.) and spicy foods.
  4. Stand up for five minutes after sitting an hour or more.
  5. Refrain from doing activities that can scratch and exacerbate the hemorrhoids.

Jubal J Bewick, EAMP, MSAOM – Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Walla Walla, WA

Written by Valerie

April 16th, 2019 at 10:09 am

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