What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique using by ancient or traditional Chinese medicine that uses special needles that are carefully inserted into certain pressure points on the human body that correspond to vital organs in the body such as the liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, etc. These needles are used to activate or stimulate the pressure points in the body through which certain energy is supposed to run along special channels or paths in the body known as meridians. This is the fundamental theory of how acupuncture works in TCM or traditional Chinese medicine.
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are a very painful condition that occurs near the anal region of the human body wherein the blood vessels become inflamed and swollen causing constipation or difficulty in passing bowels, bleeding, boils and fissures and other related conditions. Hemorrhoids are also known as piles and they can be internal or external. Internal piles although may be painless can cause rupture and bleeding. The external piles or hemorrhoids can be very painful and cause also lead to swelling, bleeding and rupture. Some treatments like rubber band ligation can be used to treat hemorrhoids where a rubber band is tied to the hemorrhoid located internally and this cuts off all blood supply to the hemorrhoid and after a few days of no blood supply it withers up and falls off on its own.
Modern medications, cauterization, and surgery can also be used to treat severe or advanced cases of hemorrhoids. However, Chinese medicine claims that acupuncture is a very safe, easy and effective way of treating internal and external hemorrhoids.
How can acupuncture be used in the treatment of hemorrhoids?
According to Chinese medicine, piles or hemorrhoids are caused due to the accumulation of heat and dampness in and around the anal region and lower body like the anus and intestines. If the body has been exposed to a hot and sticky temperature and humid conditions for long amounts of time without being kept dry it can lead to hemorrhoids. This heat, dampness, and humidity cause the blood vessels to swell up.
An acupuncture chart shows all the meridian lines in the body where energy travels along channels in the body and this includes the anal region too. However, what is most interesting is that the areas of treatment for hemorrhoids using acupuncture are not located near the anal region but far away from it.
One example of an acupuncture point in the body that is used to treat hemorrhoids is the top of the head and another point is the back of the calf of the leg. The reason that the top of the head is used as one of the acupuncture points for the treatment of hemorrhoids is because the point is able to absorb the bad energy from the lower anal region of the body and take it out of the body through the top of the head.
The Acupuncture of Columbus is a private center that specializes in the treatment of various ailments and medical conditions using the Chinese medicine of acupuncture. Steve Drugan is a board certified and licensed acupuncturist who runs the clinic located at 4499 Indianola Ave. Columbus, Oh, 43214. You will be sure to receive the best treatment and service at this very professional, nurturing and compassionate clinic.
For more information about how acupuncture and other treatments can help you, please contact Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist, Steve Drugan,B.S., L.Ac., at 614.218.6287 or click here. Taking new patients in and around Columbus, Ohio.