Case Studies - Wheatgrass Therapy

 

Anal Fissure, Fistula, Hemorrhoids

 

The symptoms of most anal fissures can be relieved with Wheatgrass!

 

You WON'T HAVE TO change your diet, drink gallons of water, use stool softeners or load your bowel with fiber. Best of all, you won't have to suffer the pain and bleeding that can be so distressing in this condition.

 

Surgery and other expensive procedures should only be considered as a last resort.

 
What are Anal Fissure, Hemorrhoids an Fistula?
 
What is anal fissure

figure 1

When evaluating what is shown in Figure 1, a tear or split at the end of the anal canal wall is defined as a fissure – quite frequently, it’s at the back side or posterior of the anus. Essentially, anal fissure results from a breakdown in the anal wall which can persist for weeks or even years. In chronic fissures, a skin tag overlies the fissure and can be mistaken for a painful hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids is swollen veins or lump in the lower portion of the rectum and typically caused by straining during bowel movements. Fistula is a tract from the anal canal to a hole in the skin near the anus.

 
The Power of Wheatgrass Healing

Wheatgrass, because of its remarkable healing and anti-inflammatory properties can significantly assist many fissure, fistula and hemorrhoids sufferers by stopping bleeding, easing pain and assisting the healing process.

 
power of wheatgrass healing

It is similar to the split lip shown in figure 2. For more than a year, this featured young male patient suffered and endured numerous treatments that incorporated antibiotics and steroids but failed. After applying wheatgrass, his wound did heal after one week (Fig. 3)

 

Another example of how effectively wheatgrass can heal is shown in the pictures below. This is a skin graft that has been treated by orthodox medical methods for six weeks. It is healing very slowly and looks unhealthy because of poor blood supply. (Fig. 1.) Wheatgrass Skin Recovery Spray was commenced at this stage, and in Figure 2, after only 2 days, the graft is already recovering well. In Fig. 3. the graft has completely healed in just 3 weeks.

 

Fig. 1. Skin graft before wheatgrass

Fig. 2. Two days later.Note the healthy, vital appearance

Fig. 3. Graft completely healed 3 weeks
 
How does wheatgrass work for anal fissure?

Having used wheatgrass on thousands of patients for a variety of conditions it has been strikingly obvious to me that it facilitates natural healing e.g. for wounds, burns, fractures, anal fissure etc. One can actually see the healing in progress for example in burns and infected wounds when the open wound re-covers with a thin film of new cells in 24-48 hours. This appears to keep the exudate that contains growth factors necessary for healing - in, and the bacteria out. Often the patient's pain disappears as well. These are not phenomena one sees when the body is healing itself unaided.

 

It is well known that cell messengers produced by the body called Growth Factors are an essential and very important part of the healing process, and for reducing inflammation. It appears that wheatgrass in some way stimulates the production of these important growth factors that 'normalize' damaged tissue and facilitate rapid healing. In other words, wheatgrass is a potent, natural healing agent.

 
What are the symptoms of anal fissure?

Typical symptoms may be:

  • Pain, which can be severe, during and after bowel movements
  • Red blood in the stool (blood on the toilet paper)
  • Constipation - due to pain causing avoidance of passing stool
  • Anal itchiness, burning
  • Difficulty in passing urine
 
Why is there so much pain?

The area where anal fissure occurs is supplied by numerous nerve endings that are highly sensitive. Even a tiny split in the wall of the anal canal can be very painful, particularly during a bowel motion when the anal muscles are stretched. Who else gets anal fissure?

 

Anal fissure is very common. It is estimated that approximately 250,000 new cases occur each year in the US alone. It can occur in newborns and right across the age spectrum to old age, and affects both sexes equally. It is most common from young adulthood to middle age. Pregnancy and childbirth can aggravate or initiate the condition.

 
How long does it last?

Approximately 50-60% of anal fissures will heal spontaneously. However it can recur or become chronic (sometimes lasting for years) in the other 40-50%.

 
How is anal fissure diagnosed?

Symptoms of pain and rectal bleeding will alert your doctor to make a simple examination of the outer end of the anal canal. If an acute fissure is present, it will look like a small tear in the posterior (the back end, near the spine) of the anus as shown in Figure 1. Chronic fissures have thickened edges.

 

If considered necessary, particularly if bleeding is present, the doctor will arrange further investigations such as colonoscopy to exclude other causes of blood loss.

 
How is anal fissure treated?

My method is simple. I use a wheatgrass extract in a liquid or cream base and get the patient to apply a small amount just inside the anal opening twice daily with a cotton bud or a gloved finger. However, I have received a number of reports from people who have simply applied the wheatgrass spray (or cream, balm) over the anus and achieved good results. Considering the bioactives in wheatgrass penetrate the skin rapidly, and fissures are almost invariably superficial, this method makes quite a lot of sense, so I tend to recommend it now instead of inserting the extract. In most cases, the symptoms improve or disappear, usually within four to six weeks, sometimes even within a few days.

 

Because the fissure itself is not a life-threatening condition, it is not essential to heal the fissure if pain is eliminated although most of them do heal in time. The aim should always be to rid patients of their symptoms so they can resume a normal quality of life - something that wheatgrass is very good at.

 
Anal Fissure - Some Treatment Comparisons
 

Wheatgrass Cream or Superbalm

Effectiveness:
Greater than * 90%. Safe. Hundreds of successful treatments
Cost:
Low. Only once or twice daily application necessary
Side Effect:
Nil recorded or observed. No contraindications or precautions required. Safe in pregnancy and children of all ages
 

Anal dilatation and/or lateral sphincterotomy

Effectiveness:
95% prolonged symptomatic improvement
Cost:
High
Side Effect:
Can cause irreversible incontinence of flatus and stool
 

Botulinum toxin (by anal injection)

Effectiveness:
96% heal within 2 months. On average 2.8 treatments required per fissure
Cost:
High
Side Effect:
Can cause irreversible incontinence of flatus and stool. Debate continues
 

Xyloproct, Scheriproct, Ultraproct, Hemocane, Proctosedyl

Effectiveness:
Doubtful efficacy
Cost:
Low to medium
Side Effect:
Contraindications and precautions e.g. pregnancy
 
 
What causes anal fissure?

Doctors invoke all kinds of reasons why fissures develop including constipation, hard bowel motions, diarrhea, inflammation, reduced blood flow to the anal region, poor bowel habit and even 'spiky' foods such as peanuts. They seem to forget that many fissure patients do not have constipation, (some in fact have diarrhea) and some babies are born with fissures. It is unlikely the cause is related to trauma unless there is some direct injury to the anal wall e.g. from colonoscopy or childbirth. More likely, the fissure occurs first and the constipation follows. In other words, constipation is an effect and an aggravating factor, not a cause of anal fissure. How do I know this?

 

The answer is based on simple clinical observation of numerous patients with chronic constipation. Many of them had undiagnosed chronic anal fissures that were missed because examination of the anal canal had never been performed. However, when their pain symptoms were relieved following treatment with wheatgrass, their constipation disappeared.This suggests there must be some other process causing the fissure(s). I believe one contributing factor is auto-immunity.

 
What does auto-immunity mean?

Normally the immune antibodies our bodies produce act to stave off bacteria, viruses and other organisms that try to invade the body, and to kill off cancer cells that continually develop inside us. When this system goes awry, such as when the body undergoes severe or prolonged emotional or physical stress or severe illness, these antibodies can attack and damage healthy cells, tissues or organs. This is called an auto-immune reaction which can eventually cause an auto-immune condition if it continues long enough. In rheumatoid arthritis for example, joints can become severely damaged. i.e. they become red, swollen and painful and eventually lose their function.

 

My theory is that this is what occurs in anal fissure and possibly in other similar painful conditions such as tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis and perhaps even in the split lip shown in Figure 2. For some reason, these antibodies attack the mucous membrane on the anal wall. This breaks down and the fissure opens up. At time of passing stool, the anal muscles reflexly go into spasm and the bare nerve endings in the fissure produce a painful sensation. The pain leads to stool avoidance which can then cause constipation which aggravates the fissure and the whole process becomes cyclical.

 

Unless some way is found to heal the fissure, or the body repairs itself, the fissure becomes chronic. The anal verge being unable to "rest" for any length of time because of the need for bowel evacuation, the fissure remains open. So the aim should be to fix the fissure, not the constipation.

 
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