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By Dr. Blair Martin

“…it is estimated that over 80% of Canadians will suffer from hemorrhoids at one point in their life”

Hemorrhoids, or piles, are one of the most common rectal disorders to affect people in North America. It is estimated that over 80% of Canadians will suffer from hemorrhoids at one point in their life. Certain predisposing factors increase one’s chances of developing hemorrhoids such as genetics, chronic constipation, being overweight and pregnancy. Traditional treatment options for this condition usually include bath additives, topical ointments, injections, banding, cauterization or surgery.

When traditional remedies fail, many people suffer in silence due to frustration with treatment options or simply out of embarrassment. Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can be a safe, pain free, noninvasive treatment alternative. A Doctor of Traditional Chinese medicine (DTCM) can provide an in depth consultation to determine problematic areas or imbalances within the body. Each body type is different and every person is treated as an individual with a specific treatment plan. Hemorrhoids can often be caused by body imbalances such as excess heat patterns, a blood and Qi (chee-energy) deficiency, or a blood stasis pattern.

Acupuncture is one of the most common Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment option for this condition. Many people believe acupuncture to be painful; however acupuncture can be very painless and relaxing if performed by a properly trained practitioner. During an acupuncture treatment very fine sterile needles are placed at specific locations along channels called meridians, which are located throughout the entire body. The wonderful thing about treatment for a condition such as hemorrhoids is that the majority of acupuncture points are located on the arms and legs. Most patients find acupuncture to be a very relaxing and therapeutic experience and many actually fall asleep during a session. 

As with any health condition, diet and lifestyle play a major role in the persistency of this condition. Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments include recommendations for lifestyle and diet changes that can significantly improve a patient’s recovery. The initial consultation and acupuncture treatment take around 1 hour depending on the patient. Follow up treatments generally last between 30-45 minutes.

All patients will experience symptomatic relief at a different rate depending on severity, age, constitution and one’s ability to follow lifestyle recommendations. It’s not unsual for a patient to experience drastic relief with just one treatment.

If you suffer from Hemorrhoids and would like to discuss TCM treatment options, please feel free to call the Edson Family Chiropractic and Natural Health Centre and speak with Dr. Martin.

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