Up until this point, we have focused on everything you need to know and do in order to deal with the pain and keep the fissure from getting worse. If you follow all the steps laid out above, you will be able to completely heal your fissure and the associated pain within several weeks or months. The elation I felt when I went to wash my bottom after a bowel movement and my skin tag finally released itself naturally was tremendous. I looked at the piece of dried skin almost like a longtime friend or acquaintance that I was saying goodbye to – one that accompanied me on such a painful journey – as I flushed it down the toilet.
This is not to say that seeing the skin tag fall off was the end of my problems. There was still pain, and it wasn’t until I took a vacation dedicated to myself when it finally healed. More on this later.
When it finally did heal, I quickly forgot the pain and went back to my old ways. Not immediately, but every now and then I would sneak a couple drinks on the weekend. This eventually escalated into having a couple drinks every other night, along with eating more processed foods and not portioning them well.
It wasn’t long until I noticed the blood in the toilet after defecating. It wasn’t long until I felt tissue protruding from my anus and irritation. It wasn’t long until the full-on pain that comes from anal fissure manifested itself again. After all that work trying to heal myself, I was right back where I started.
I had to remember all the steps that I took in the first place in order to get back to a state of good health and free myself from the pain. It took another six months until I was back again to being pain-free. This is why it is a constant process, and the mere disappearance of acute pain does not mean that the underlying problems are fixed. Remember that internal hemorrhoids lie above the dentate line, where there are no pain receptors. Things can remain inflamed without our direct knowledge, and the slightest provocation can cause the pain to return at any moment.
In order to cure yourself from recurring lapses of excruciating pain, it is vital that we fix the underlying problem. You will not be able to do this with surgery or any other “quick fix.” This issue took a long time to form in our bodies until we noticed it – it will take some time in order to fix it naturally.
The Underlying Cause of Internal Hemorrhoids and Anal Fissure
I have written this book to demonstrate that it is possible to heal your anal fissure naturally, without drugs or surgery. After visiting an anorectal doctor and hearing the options available, I was convinced that there had to be a better way. I have always viewed health and wellness from a holistic perspective, and believe that contemporary Western medicine focuses too much on diagnosing and addressing symptoms rather than the underlying causes. It is a practice that benefits from illness, and not from promoting health.
From the view of Chinese medicine, we have natural mechanisms that keep our body in balance, referred to as yin and yang, or cold and hot. This refers to the body as a whole, as well as individual parts and organs. When all the hot and warm elements are in balance with the cold and cool elements, then we are in a state of health. Notice how this system of balance is also found in other practices of medicine, whether they be the negative feedback loop of the hormonal system, or the pH balance of the body.
When one has symptoms of internal hemorrhoids and anal fissure, that person is exhibiting excess heat, particularly in the kidney, liver and gall bladder. This can mean you either have too much yang, or too little yin. It is usually the latter, so we need to treat this condition by trying to increase the yin.
When we refer to “hot” and “cold,” we are not literally meaning your body is hot or cold, although this can be the case. Heat generally means that systems are overworking, and not in an efficient way. Think of a machine that is running for too long and is not properly oiled. It keeps generating heat faster than it can naturally cool itself down, and eventually it will get to the point where it can no longer fix itself. Likewise, when we eat “heat generating” foods, we are adding fire to the flame. If you are currently suffering from anal fissure or prolapsed internal hemorrhoids, you have gotten pretty far down the line. It will not heal itself overnight, but if you practice the methods described above and below, you are on track to being completely pain free.
Our bodies will naturally try to compensate imbalances. You might notice after a night of drinking alcohol that you will feel very warm through the night, especially your scalp and feet. You may even break a sweat. This is the body’s way of releasing the heat. When we suffer from anal fissure, some of the methods that the body uses to release heat might be blocked, and it thereby sends the heat to the rectum, causing the body to “push” out the heat. Since the area is already inflamed, the problem will just get worse. This is what we need to treat.
We must create new avenues for our body to rebalance itself.
We have established the general idea that our bodies with this condition are “hot,” and that the specific organs that are linked to anal fissure and hemorrhoids are the kidney, liver, and gall bladder. So we will treat for deficient yin in these organs.