Anal and Rectal Problems
Before we can deal with anal and rectal problems, we must first know what the anus and its auxiliary parts are.
The anus is the opening at the terminal end of the anal canal. The anal canal is the final portion of the alimentary tract, about 4 cm long, between the rectal ampulla and the anus.
The rectum is "the large portion of the large intestine, about 12 cm long, continuous with the descending sigmoid colon, just proximal to the anal canal." Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 3rd ed., p. 1011
It may sound strange but the alimentary canal actually begins at the mouth. Yes, it begins at the mouth and ends at the anus. Food enters the body at the mouth and exits at the anus.
DISEASES AND AILMENTS OF THE ANUS
An anal fissure is "a linear ulceration or laceration of the skin of the anus." Mosby's supra.
An anal fissure could very well stem from a STD infection. However, an anal fissure denotes healing on the part of the body. Lesions and ulcerations on the body are signs that the body is attempting to expel waste, mainly because the normal elimination channels are clogged and not accessible for the expelling of the waste. So while an ulceration or laceration may be quite irritating and perhaps embarrassing to many people, to the human body HEALING is taking place.
An anal fistula is "an abnormal opening on the cutaneous surface near the anus, usually resulting in a local crypt abscess and also common in Crohn's disease. The perineum may or may not communicate with the rectum." Mosby's supra, p. 59
An anal crypt is defined as "the depression between rectal columns that encloses networks of veins that, when inflamed and swollen, are called hemorrhoids."
Hemorrhoids basically means "blood flow" [Greek 'haima' meaning "blood" + 'rhoia' meaning "flow"].
Hemorrhoids are "a varicosity in the lower rectum or anus caused by congestion in the veins of the hemorrhoidal plexus. Internal hemorrhoids originate above the internal sphincter of the anus, they become constricted and painful. Small internal hemorrhoids may bleed with defecation. External hemorrhoids appear outside the anal sphincter. They are usually not painful, and bleeding does not occur unless a hemorrhoidal vein ruptures or thromboses." Mosby's supra, p. 559
The greatest causative factor of hemorrhoids is CONSTIPATION. See our "Constipation" article to learn about causes and effects.
Working on the colon, cleansing it, and keeping it clean and functioning optimally is the best way to prevent constipation and thus hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids result from straining or excess straining while on the toilet in the process of defecation. Diet is the major contributor toward extra-firm stools.
When the stools are hard and one has to strain, fruits and vegetables are not being eaten at all or enough in the daily diet. Enzymes are missing. These enzymes are very necessary because they help stimulate peristalsis (bowel movement). Fruits and vegetables and other "living" foods are loaded with enzymes.
In most cases, anal itching or irritation may be a sign of parasites (parasitic infestation). Parasites are subject to infestation in any part of the body and the rectum and anus are no exception.
Itching in the area of the anus could also stem from an STD infection, like genital herpes. It is very common for warts, bumps, and lesions to appear in the area of the anus.
I have found that in most cases, anal itching is caused by parasitic infection in the anus.
Anal itching can be quite irritating (and embarrassing) because the anus is a strange place for one to scratch.
Anal or rectal bleeding can denote a few things health-wise. Anal bleeding can be a sign of ulcers (due to stress and/or aspirin drug use which literally burns a hole into the intestines as aspirin coverts into harmful and corrosive acetic acid). When one goes to defecate, the stools have blood in them. This can be from either internal hemorrhoids, internal ulcers, or in the worst-case scenario, cancer (i.e., stomach, colon, or rectal).
Anal bleeding can also be the result of anal penetration. The skin sheath or covering of the anus is only one coat or layer strong unlike the female vagina, which is three coats or layers strong, in addition to the ability to self-lubricate unlike the anus. When the skin tears from anal penetration, bleeding will occur.
Rectal cancer can result from various things: numerous years of anal abuse via anal penetration from various males who ejaculate not only their sperm, but their sick intention (energy) into the person, and diet loaded with meat and processed foods.
Herbs that assist in the healing of anal problems include:
SENNA LEAF, which works well on the large colon and the rectum.
CASCARA SAGRADA, which helps counteract constipation and a very sluggish colon. Cathartic and laxative herbs greatly help prevent and/or remedy hemorrhoids as well as Crohn's Disease.
HORSE CHESTNUT, though not a colon herb it can heal, repair, and tone the veins, throughout the whole body including the anus. Hemorrhoids involve the veins in the anus area as pointed out supra.
ALOE VERA RESIN is another exceptional aid with great laxative and healing properties.
Herbs that help stop bleeding or hemorrhaging include: Goldenseal Root, Cranesbill, Dragon's Blood, Beth or Birth Root, Yarrow, Cramp Bark, Shepherd's Purse, Lady's Mantle, and Manjistha to name a few.
Avoid using commercial brand laxative such as Ex-Lax as many pharmaceutical grades of laxatives can be very addictive (as drugs have a tendency to be) and create dependency, something herbs don't create. Aloe Vera gel can be rubbed on hemorrhoids or anal lesions or sores to facilitate healing. Aloe Vera juice is a powerful tonic to drink for purposes of healing internal wounds such as gastric ulcers and colon conditions of diverticulitis, colitis, and Crohn's Disease.
ENEMAS, performing a weekly enema can greatly help keep the anus clean and healthy. Contrary to any negative hype surrounding the performance of enemas, enemas are very safe and effective, especially when the enema solution is of an herbal nature. An enema can be performed with regular water (distilled or alkaline is best in this case), herbal tea (herbal laxatives or cathartics), or organic coffee (if you want to target and cleanse your liver).
COLONICS or colon hydrotherapy is also very effective in maintaining the health of the anus and keeping it clean. DHerbs recommends three (3) colonics every three (3) months for the loyal meat-eater as nothing one can eat does as much harm to the intestinal tract and alimentary system as meat and dairy.
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