Looking for Hemorrhoid Relief? Acupuncture Can Help!

Nearly three out of four adults will experience at least one bout of painful hemorrhoids in their lifetimes. While over-the-counter and prescription medications provide temporarily relief, acupuncture aims to find the root causes.

Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum, similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids can develop inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or under the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids). Surgery is usually only performed in the most extreme cases, leaving people to rely on over-the-counter or prescription medications to eases the discomfort and pain. Unfortunately, the relief tends to last a short period because Western medicine focuses primarily on treating hemorrhoid symptoms. Only traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture, takes a holistic perspective aimed towards resolving the root causes of hemorrhoids in combination with providing immediate topical relief.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture uses special needles carefully inserted into certain pressure points on the human body to provide pain relief. These pressure points correspond to vital organs in the body such as the liver, lungs, heart and kidneys. Once inserted, the needles activate or stimulate the pressure points in the body whose energy runs along special channels or pathways in the body called meridians. Utilizing the body’s energy pathways is the fundamental theory of how acupuncture works in traditional Chinese medicine.

A Map of the Body

From a TCM perspective, five major meridian patterns cause hemorrhoids. These disharmonies range from damp heat, Spleen Qi deficiency, Spleen Qi sinking (an inability to hold blood in the vessels), intestinal dryness and intestinal wind. A licensed acupuncturist can ascertain which disharmony is present and then work towards resolving it. Most fascinating is the fact that the areas of treatment for hemorrhoids – the top of the head and the leg calf -- are nowhere near the anal region!

Restore Your Health & Happiness

If you are living with hemorrhoids, now is the time to start working with Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Our licensed acupuncturists will design your customized treatment plan to provide long-lasting hemorrhoid relief through a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutritional guidance and other modalities. Start your healing and contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!