The Wonderful World of Hemorrhoids: The Complete Guide to Getting Piles to Go Away

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Okay, so hemorrhoids is difficult to spell and pretty gross looking (there’s a definite reason that there are no photos of hemorrhoids enclosed in this post) but around 70% of the population will experience hemorrhoids before the age of 50. Both men AND women (but men are more likely to visit the doctor to figure out what’s happening down there).

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In fact, hemorrhoids are a normal part of your anatomy (veins around URANUS). It’s when they become swollen or inflamed that they are a problem. Then they start going by the name PILES. Piles are related to vericose veins….the veins have become stretched due to pressure (usually from straining).

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Fun fact: in Ayurveda piles is called Arsha Shoola which means “like needles pricking pain.”

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Helpful dietary changes are:
*Immediatly stop eating fatty foods and alcohol.

*Start eating easy to digest fiber:
Whole juicy fruits (especially berries and watermelon)
Carrots
Cucumbers
Rice (white and brown)
Radishes
Yams
Spinach
Okra

*Eat a banana on an empty stomach every day (if you’re bleeding, eat 3)

*A weird thing you can do that will help your digestion a lot is to soak dried figs in warm water overnight and then eat them first thing in the A.M.

*Drink a mixture of lemon, ginger, honey and mint.

*Other good drinks are apple juice and cranberry juice

*Try wheatgrass juice, too. (Great for detoxifying the body)

*In general greatly increase your water intake

*Vitamin C is great for vein health so taking vitamin C supplements can help.

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*Try to also up your intake of anthocyanins to strengthen your veins.
These include dark red berries, blueberries, cherries, and red grapes.

*Take probiotics

Herbs that can help:
*Ginko Biloba
*Butchers Broom
*Triphala (an ayurvedic herb)

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Lifestyle changes that can help:
*Get your body moving. Obesity and sedentary lifestyle are major contributing factors to inflamed hemorrhoids.

*Taking a morning walk is EXCELLENT for dealing with this situation

*Walking in general is THE BEST treatment for piles. Not only does it alleviate symptoms it can reduce stress and anger which are very aggravating to hemorrhoids.

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*Also: don’t sit on the toilet too long (don’t hang out and read in the bathroom….places stress and extra pressure on the hemorrhoids)

*Use witch hazel on the area after wiping (add chamomile, frankincense and myrrh essential oils for quick healing)

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Aromatherapy:
*Rub rosemary & marjoram essential oils on abdomen

*Take a 15-20min bath with juniper, cypress, and lavender. (Relieves pain and shrinks hemorrhoids)

*Lots of nice warm showers

*Make sure to take breaks from sitting to get up and walk around and stretch.

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Here are some yoga stretches to try:
*Legs up the wall
*Shoulder stand
*Wind relieving pose
*Fish pose
*Garland pose
*Standing forward bend
*Childs pose

In Chinese medicine one cause of piles is blood stasis.
Here are some helpful acupressure points:

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*It’s important to balance your root chakra to recover from hemorrhoid damage.

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Holistic Help for Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

KP (keratosis pilaris)

Aka chicken skin or goose flesh

Affects 50% of adolescents–more women than men

(usually clears up by age of 30)

Also affects 40% of adults

Affects people who have Celtic backgrounds

Similar to eczema only not itchy

Caused by hyperkeratinization (over production of keratin: it multiplies faster than it sheds) around hair follicles on skin

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Keratin is the hard protein that strengthens hair and nails.

KP is acne-like and accumulates on upper arms, thighs, and buttocks.

It’s a vata, dry skin condition

Moisturizing skin is key to treating KP

Massage with sesame oil

Coconut oil (especially combined with ACV)

Magnesium oil

MSM lotion (REALLY GOOD!)

Also Exfoliate

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Exfoliating improves circulation, prevents clogging of dead skin cells, and removes build up of keratin

*Do not rub hard and cause irritation (or body will protect itself by producing MORE keratin!!)

Use coconut oil and sugar to scrub body

Also make sure to dry brush before every shower!

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Do a liver detox (liver blood is not nourishing your skin)

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Use a humidifier in the winter

Eliminate:

Corn products

Wheat

Dairy (KP is often caused by an intolerance to casein “dairy proteins”)

Try to eliminate dairy first for 6 weeks

And then meat for 6 weeks before reintroducing

See if you notice a difference

In body care avoid sodium lauryl sulfate

Suppliments:

Ashwaganda

ACV (apple cider vinegar)

Magnesium (100-300mg)

*Vitamin C (reduces inflamation and ingrown hairs)

*Zinc

Borage oil

**Cod liver oil

Vitamin D

Vitamin K2

Most importantly:

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Vitamin A

The most widely recognized nutritional deficiency of recent times

Take MORE Vitamin A in cold weather

Eat cows liver & egg yolks (which also contain Vitamin D)

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Herbs:

Burdock

Marshmallow

Calendula

Drink

Plenty of water (3 liters)

1 pint of carrot juice every day

Raw milk instead of regular milk

Eat

Ghee (clarified butter)

Omega-3s (Fish oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds)

More greens (your body needs more chlorophyll)

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I have personally struggled with KP ever since I can remember so I’ve been wanting to do this research for a looooooong time.

Let me know which things help you!
Remember it’s important to heal your body from the inside out!

Joy Boardman

Massage Therapist and Collage Art Therapist

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Quick guide to improving your heart meridian

20140318-095850.jpgBelonging to the element Fire, the Heart Meridian is associated with warmth, laughter and enthusiasm.

When balanced:

Tranquility, gentleness, emotional balance, spirit, love, integrity, optimism, emotional and spiritual growth, zest for life, control of thoughts and senses, conscience and wisdom.

Peak Hours: 11 am – 1 pm

20140318-095912.jpgBecomes distressed when you’re not following your heart but are doing something just “to pay the bills”

Physical Imbalances:
shortness of breath, cold feeling in the chest and limbs, palpitations, cold sweat, inability to speak, memory failure and restless sleep.

Emotional Imbalances:
The heart is the ruler of all emotions. Signs of imbalance include sadness, absence of laughter, depression, fear, anxiety, hysteria, erratic behavior, alternating joy and melancholy, dullness, yearning for love, jealousy and sorrow.

20140318-095920.jpgSince your heart meridian is related to anxiety:

Don’t drink any more coffee; green tea is much easier on your heart.

Also add Ginseng, currents, & corn into your diet.

Quick guide to improving your Gall Bladder meridian

20140317-142257.jpgGallbladder: courage and initiative 20140317-142109.jpgPeople who are timid, indecisive, and easily discouraged by slight adversity, are said to have a weak Gall Bladder

Decisive and determined people are said to have a strong Gall Bladder.20140317-142143.jpgYou can negatively influence your gallbladder by:
Holding onto resentment

The result:
Tension headaches, fatigue, discouragement

What if I don’t have my gallbladder?

You still have your gallbladder meridian.

Having the Gallbladder removed effects the ability to make decisions, this type of person can get overly concerned about small details and lose the big picture of things.
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Quick dietary tips for strengthening your gall bladder meridian:

To release stagnation eat more:
•rosemary
•radishes
•artichokes
•leafy greens

Drink more:
•apple, lemon, and ginger juice
•Dandelion tea
•nettle tea

Avoid:
eating sugar
fat consumption (and reduce oil)
late-night eating

20140317-142117.jpgFind even more gallbladder help here (just in time for spring!)