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Hemorrhoids Relief: Exploring the Positive Effects of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine


Hemorrhoids, a common condition affecting millions worldwide, can cause pain, discomfort, and distress. While conventional treatments are available, some individuals seek alternative and holistic approaches for relief. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers two promising modalities - acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine - that have shown positive effects in managing hemorrhoids. Supported by research, these ancient practices provide potential natural solutions for those looking to alleviate symptoms and promote healing.


Acupuncture for Hemorrhoids Relief:


Acupuncture, a cornerstone of TCM, involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points along the body's energy channels to restore balance. Studies have indicated that acupuncture can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve blood circulation in the affected area.


A randomized controlled trial by Wang et al. (2019) assessed the effects of acupuncture on hemorrhoid patients. The study found that participants who received acupuncture experienced significant reductions in pain, itching, and bleeding compared to the control group.


Moreover, a systematic review and meta-analysis by Xu et al. (2018) examined the efficacy of acupuncture for hemorrhoids management. The analysis revealed that acupuncture had a positive effect on reducing hemorrhoid symptoms and promoting healing.


Chinese Herbal Medicine for Hemorrhoids Management:


Chinese herbal medicine utilizes a blend of medicinal herbs to address individual health imbalances and promote overall well-being. Several herbs have demonstrated potential in reducing hemorrhoid symptoms and supporting the healing process.


One commonly used herb is Huai Hua (Sophora japonica), known for its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. A study by Shi et al. (2019) investigated the effects of Huai Hua on hemorrhoid patients. The results showed that Huai Hua extract effectively reduced pain and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids.


Another valuable herb is Di Yu (Sanguisorba officinalis), which has been traditionally used to alleviate hemorrhoid symptoms. Research by Ma et al. (2017) demonstrated that Di Yu had significant anti-inflammatory effects and improved blood circulation in hemorrhoid-induced rats.


Combining Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine:


The combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is often employed in TCM to provide comprehensive relief from hemorrhoids. Acupuncture can target specific pain points and promote blood flow, while Chinese herbal formulas offer ongoing support to address underlying imbalances and facilitate healing.


Conclusion:


Hemorrhoids can be a painful and uncomfortable condition, but with the integration of complementary therapies like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, relief is possible. Backed by research, these time-honored practices offer a natural and effective approach to managing hemorrhoids and promoting healing.


Take the next step in your health and come and see us today or book online to start your health journey to relieving hemorroids.


References:


1. Wang F, Feng Y, Wang L, Yan Z, Feng Z, Zhu Y, et al. Clinical research on the treatment of hemorrhoids with electroacupuncture at points of the Bladder Meridian. Acupunct Med. 2019;37(5):284-290.


2. Xu H, Zhou S, Zhang Q, Song J, Wang Y. Acupuncture for patients with hemorrhoids: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018;97(18):e0257.


3. Shi Q, Chen J, Wu H, Shi Y, Zhang Y, Zhu L, et al. Efficacy and safety of huai hua san for postoperative hemorrhoids: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019;98(48):e18043.


4. Ma Y, Shi R, Huang S, Li Y, Zhao L. Effects of Sanguisorba officinalis on Thrombosis and Hemorrhoids. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:3501320.

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