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Acupressure, Qigong and Remedies for Hemorrhoids

Besides Acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a number of treatments for hemorrhoids without the side effects of Western pharmacological remedies. Among the most popular TCM treatment is Ginkgo. Also known as Ginkgo Biloba, Japanese silver apricot and maidenhair tree, this popular Chinese herbal supplement has been used in China for several thousand years to effectively treat hemorrhoids.

"The herb Butcher's Broom is believed to have the same effects as over-the-counter hemorrhoid preparation. It's an astringent herb, and it works to shrink swollen hemorrhoids," states Elkins in the book "Alternative Cures.To prepare a tea, pour one cup boiling water over 1/2 tsp. butcher's broom, steep for 10 minutes and strain. You can drink up to four cups a day, but excess use may cause diarrhea.

Another Chinese medication is Bu Zhon Yi Qi Wan.
Taken in pill form--8 to 10 pills three times a day for one month--can offer some relief.

Finally, try Fel Ursi Hemorrhoid Ointment,(Xiong Dan Zhi Chuang Gao) to shrink hemorrhoids and relieve symptoms.

“Mountain Support” - Bladder BL-57 point is located in the space between the muscles of the calf (see below).

This point is good for:
  • Treat low back ache and pain (sciatica)
  • Hemorrhoids or difficult defecation
  • Leg qi and knee swelling (can be associated with Beri-Beri)
  • Tremors and aches
  • It will stop muscles cramps anywhere on the leg 

In addition to Bladder BL-57 point, I suggest you also include GV1 and GV20.

GV1 • Chang Qiang • Governing Vessel 1 Long Strong. Luo Meeting Point on the Governing Vessel with the Conception Vessel.
Location: Midway between the anus and the tip of the coccyx.

Treats Hemorrhoids
Activates The Channel
Calms The Spirit
Alleviates Pain

GV20 • Bai Hui • Governing Vessel 20 Hundred Meetings. Meeting Point on the Governing Vessel with the six yang channels.
Location: On the midsagittal line, at the intersection of a line connecting the right and left ear apices.

Raises Yang And Counters Prolapse
Benefits The Head
Calms The Brain
Subdues Yang

HEMORRHOIDS can be alleviated with a therapeutic Qigong exercise advocated centuries ago in China. It involves regularly constricting the anal muscles to give a better blood circulation and tone to the tissues. As a matter of fact, this exercise is an essential movement in qigong.
The method consists of four points: (1) breathing in, (2) putting the tip of the tongue on the palate, (3) constricting the anal muscles, and (4) holding the breath.

One proceeds as follows: Relax the body. Press the thighs together and make an effort to close the buttocks. Breathe in while raising the tip of the tongue to the palate, at the same time constricting the anal muscles. Hold the breath for a moment. Then breathe out and relax before repeating the movements.

The exercise can be done anywhere and in any body position — sitting, lying or standing. It is best done at fixed hours every day, at least once in the morning and once in the evening, each time repeating the movements until one begins to tire.

Points to remember:

1. Those with anal fissures, inflammation or abscess around the anus should not do the exercise until these are healed.
2. Do the exercise daily without interruption.
3. Avoid eating hot and spicy foods.
4. Don't delay bowel movements. 
5. Avoid strain and constipation.
6. Better results are often obtained by combining this exercise with qigong routines or supplementing them with warm baths, hot compresses or massage. 

The following exercises will also help to heal the body and improve the immune system function:
How to build up Chi (Qi) to fight off illness and maintain good health
8 Exercises for Fitness, Healing, and Longevity
Standing Qigong produced superior results
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There are a number of natural cures for hemorrhoids. One of these is to simply change your diet. Avoid eating fatty foods, like deep fried meats or fast-food hamburgers, and cut down on the heavy use of alcohol. Start eating more fiber to help soften the stool. This will reduce the strain required to evacuate your bowels and reduce the pressure on your internal veins within the anal cavity. Another simple cure is to drink more water. Drinking at least eight glasses of water each day, cleans your intestinal walls and facilitates bowel movements.

Other dietary treatments for hemorrhoids include taking Vitamin C, which helps maintain the integrity of your veins, and eating more flavonoids and anthocyanins to strengthen your veins. Sources of flavonoids include lemons, limes, apples, tomatoes, onions and carrots; sources of anthocyanins include dark, red berries, blueberries, cherries, grapes and red cabbage.

Another natural food remedy for hemorrhoids is eating a banana on an empty stomach every day. For bleeding hemorrhoids, eat three bananas daily, or try steamed dried persimmons.

Please try some my Healthy recipes below:

A soothing, natural cure for hemorrhoids is taking 15-minute warm baths. This will not only relive some of the pain and irritation but will help shrink hemorrhoids. Be sure to dry the hemorrhoid area to keep moisture from the swollen tissue. A hemorrhoids cream or ointment can reduce the burning sensation on the affected area. 
Ointments containing aloe vera are recommended. Be sure to gently clean the affected area twice daily with the hemorrhoid cream.

For bleeding hemorrhoids, TCM also suggests musk hemorrhoids ointment, which should be applied topically to the affected area. 

Gargelin extra has been shown to work as well, as it serves to strengthen the veins. Three or four tablets three times a day is the recommended dosage.

While some natural methods may reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids, you should consult with your doctor before attempting any natural cure. 

Additional Remedies

1. Wipe from front to back with witch hazel pads. Witch hazel can also be apply as a compress (with these pads) to the affected area 3-4 times per day. Liquid witch hazel can be found at any drug store. The same treatment can be done by soaking a few cotton balls with witch hazel and using this as a compress.

2. Apply Ching Wan Hung (also written as Jing Wan Hong) This Chinese herbal ointment, considered a burn cream, acts to relieve pain, decrease inflammation and infection, and aid in the regeneration of the damaged tissues. Apply this ointment 2 to 3 times a day to the affected area.

3. Add more whole green, fiber rich chlorophyll to your daily diet.

Things to try at home first
  • Take warm baths. They are soothing and cleansing, especially after you have a bowel movement. Please note that sometimes too much bathing may worsen anal itching (pruritis ani).
  • Wear cotton underwear and loose fitting clothes to decrease moisture in the area.
  • Apply a cold compress to the area for 10 minutes, 4 times per day.
  • Applying vitamin E oil or virgin olive oil may help with the pain of passage of the stools.
  • Apply an herbal compress of Dandelion (Pu Gong Ying), or Jiu Hua Gao, or Wu Bei Zi San to the area for 10 minutes, 4 times per day.
  • External wash or steam with sea salt water or Fu Feng Jing Xi Ji, Ku Shen, Pu Gong Ying, Huang Bai.
  • Add psyllium husks to the diet daily to aid bowel movements (the husk of the seed `Che Qian Zi') or use wheat bran.
  • Check your diet intake of fatty, raw, cold, pungent and hot food, or drinking of too much alcohol, or improper foods for you, which irritate your stomach, and bowel movements should be avoided.

Western Herbal Treatment
  • Bovine Cartilage - taken via rectal route to soften stools, 2.2 grams in the form of a 2% suppository administered at least 3 times daily. 
  • Butcher's Broom - make a decoction and apply topically (wash or compress) to relieve itching and burning
  • Camphor - a solution of 0.1-3% Camphor can be applied topically (wash or compress) 3-4 times daily.
  • Diosmin - (citrus bioflavinoid) 1350mg plus Hesperidin 150mg twice daily for 4 days followed by Diosmin 900mg and Hesperidin 100mg twice daily for 3 days. Also for prevention of relapse, take Diosmin 450mg plus Hesperidin 50mg twice daily for 3 months.
  • Hesperidin - (citrus bioflavinoid) used together with Diosmin.
  • Peru Balsam - preparations of 5-20% can be used for daily application. If being used over large areas of the body it is advised to keep the solution under 10%.
  • Poplar - 5 grams of the dried buds per day made into a topical application daily.
  • Sweet Clover - wrap a handful of flowers in linen, thoroughly soak in hot water, and place on the affected area 3-4 times per day.


Tips for healthy Digestion:

Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well and Feel Great
The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking
TOLERANT, the Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO Legume Pasta

Books and DVDs on Qigong:
Qigong Meditation: Small Circulation
Livelight ~ Yoga and Meditation Music
Wuji Qigong Meditation
Spring Forest Qigong - Small Universe - Meditation
Three Treasures Qigong Healing Meditation
Qigong Meditation: Embryonic Breathing

Qigong, The Secret of Youth: Da Mo's Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Classics
Frontier Thyme Leaf Certified Organic, 16 Ounce Bag
Foundational Practices to Awaken Chi Energy
Chinese Esoteric Art of Health and Longevity
Taoist Meditation and Longevity Techniques
A Taoist Guide to Longevity
The Shaolin Qigong Workout For Longevity


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