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Anal fissures

Anal fissures, also known as anal ulcers, are a small tear in the lining of the anus and are extremely painful and uncomfortable. They are caused by trauma to the anus and anal canal. The cause of the trauma usually is a bowel movement, hard stool or several bouts of diarrhoea, childbirth or a medical procedure.

Once the fissure begins, it can be difficult to heal as the area is repeatedly under stress, attacked and under pressure. The area is sensitive and contracts from stool, water, gas, Gallbladder or Intestine pressure while standing. Cramping is caused by reactive contraction, so movement is actually counteractive to help treat it.

How to help naturally:

Drink warm water and eat healthy: warm foods, tea, soups, porridge, congee, sweet potatoes and many (lightly cooked, not raw) vegetables rich in fibre.

Avoid spicy foods, greasy foods.

Avoid cold drinks and excess raw foods which stop the flow of energy and Blood which are essential in healing.

Rinse anal area with warm water before and after bowel movement.

Avoid multiple bowel movements during the day. Try and move your bowel movement to after dinner. This way, the area can have healing while the body is relaxed during sleep. After standing all day, the pain will be aggravated after using the bathroom in the morning.

Try natural relaxation methods like meditation, Qigong, mindfulness. If the mind is relaxed, the anal muscle can relax, too.

Acupuncture has been proven very effective for anal fissures using points DU1, BL25, LI11. You can apply pressure to those points yourself.

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