Anal and Rectal Problems
Many people experience anal and rectal problems at some point in their life. While these problems can range from minor to severe, anal issues can be bothersome.
The rectum is a ring at the end of the large intestine whose function is to keep the intestine sealed shut and hold feces until your body needs to have a bowel movement. When that need occurs, the rectum assists in transporting the feces out of the body through the anus, which is the opening at the end of the anal canal. In order to have a sufficient bowel movement, your rectum and anus must be functioning properly. When not functioning properly, you are more susceptible to a variety of anal and rectal conditions, including anal fissures, anal fistula (common in Crohn’s disease), hemorrhoids, and rectal cancer.
- Inadequate cleaning of the anus after a bowel movement
- OTC or prescription medication can potentially induce diarrhea or constipation
- Use of harsh, chemical-laced soaps and ointments
- Infections of the anus
- Itching and scratching of the anus
- Inflammatory bowel movements
- Bleeding during bowel movement
- Pain during bowel movement
Lesions and ulcerations in the anal canal that can cause irritation, bleeding, and itching are signs that the body is attempting to expel waste, mainly because the normal elimination channels, like your coon, are clogged and inaccessible for the expelling of the waste. Therefore, having a balanced ratio of good to bad bacteria will help to inhibit or eliminate pathogens like yeast, fungus, and parasites that make their way thru the intestine and cause inflammation, ulcerations, and infection. Cleansing your colon is imperative in order to prevent the your bowel movements from causing further irritation and inflammation.
Switching to a mainly raw foods diet that is void of refined grains, artificial sugars, meat, and dairy can help detoxify your colon. Many processed foods can put strain on your colon and GI tract because they are deficient in good nutrients that keep your system clean and healthy. Eating a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can provide the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fiber that you need in order to stimulate peristalsis (bowel movement), provide essential nutrients, and support the body’s tissues. Raw foods can take a maximum of 30 hours to digest, while refined foods that are low in fiber, may take more than two days to digest!
Hydrate your body. Drink half your body weight in water to help move food and waste to your eliminative channels and aid in the absorption of essential nutrients.
Herbs that assist in the healing of anal and rectal problems include:
Cascara Sagrada can help counteract constipation and an impaired colon. As a cathartic and laxative herb, it can help prevent and/or remedy hemorrhoids as well as Crohn's Disease.
Horse Chestnut can help heal, repair, and reduce swelling in the veins throughout the whole body, including the anus.
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.
Cardamom, ginger, and cumin can also help reduce inflammation if your are experiencing symptoms, as well as promote healthy digestive function.
Avoid using commercial brand laxative such as Ex-Lax as many pharmaceutical grades of laxatives can be have chemicals and flavoring agents that can have further negative effects on the body.
Aloe Vera gel can be rubbed on hemorrhoids or anal lesions or sores to facilitate healing. Aloe Vera juice is a powerful tonic that can help internal wounds such as gastric ulcers and colon conditions of diverticulitis, colitis, and Crohn's Disease.
Coconut Oil can also be applied directly to the area to help facilitate healing of skin lesions and moisturize your body’s linings.
Performing a weekly enema can also help keep the anus clean. Herbal enemas 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 are also very effective in maintaining the health of the anus.
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