You might have probably heard the fact that in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), hemorrhoids are a common medical condition. There is a saying that goes,
“Among the 10, nine people have hemorrhoids.” Hemorrhoids may cause discomfort and restlessness, especially due to constipation and poor circulation in the anal area.
To maintain rectal and gastrointestinal health, Dr. Wu Jiandong, a Chinese medicine clinician at Wing Seng Traditional Medical Center in Taiwan, has shared some helpful tips in this article.
People who are at risk
Dr. Wu has identified three groups of people who are more vulnerable to hemorrhoids due to poor blood circulation. The first group consists of individuals with a sedentary lifestyle, such as office workers or engineers who sit for long periods of time, around eight to 12 hours a day.
The pelvic cavity does not receive enough blood circulation, which can lead to blood vessel blockage in the area and ultimately cause hemorrhoids. The second group is made up of individuals who enjoy spicy food.
Eating spicy food can cause excessive stimulation of the stomach and intestines, leading to inflammation. Consequently, blood vessels in the anus can swell, leading to hemorrhoids.
If you have poor circulation, there are three symptoms to watch out for: dryness and heat in your body, anxiety, and difficulty breathing, and weak qi and blood. Dryness and heat may cause sweating, dry mouth, and anger, and may lead to hemorrhoids due to excessive friction.
Removing gastrointestinal heat accumulation is often used as treatment.
Anxiety and breathing difficulties can affect gastrointestinal peristalsis and cause bloating. Treatment often focuses on soothing the liver and uplifting mood.
Finally, individuals with weak qi and blood may experience fatigue, lack of appetite, and diarrhea after meals. Treatment involves replenishing the spleen or stomach qi.
Dr. Wu explained the following, “Not only hard stool causes hemorrhoids; diarrhea due to anal friction, or intestinal fluid that stimulates the mucous membrane near the anus area can also lead to inflammation and hemorrhoids.”
Prevention and treatment
Maintaining anal health is vital for preventing or treating hemorrhoids. Dr. Wu suggests four methods for anal care:
1. Avoid prolonged periods on the toilet to reduce rectal pressure and the risk of hemorrhoids. Try to stay mindful of your body and avoid distractions like using your cellphone.
2. Make sure to clean the anal area thoroughly to prevent inflammation caused by residue from stool passing through the anus.
3. To avoid irritating the delicate anal area with harsh toilet paper, clean the area with water first, such as with a bidet, and then press-dry with toilet paper.
4. Establish a regular time for bowel movements to help regulate your body clock. The best time for this is after breakfast when the digestive system is active and can ensure smooth fecal excretion.
We hope that you enjoyed our article and that you find it helpful for your health.