Q: It's a bit of an embarrassing question, but I was wondering if you have any suggestions for a prolapsed anus?
~Pain in the butt
A: No need to feel embarrassed! The body is a fragile entity. When a "problem" arises, this is the opportune time to bring our awareness and re-connect with this mystery.
In Chinese medicine, an anal prolapse is called "sinking qi of the spleen." It means the spleen definitely needs some attention, is cold, tired, and in serious need of some loving, or in TCM lingo, tonification. The spleen = all matters of digestion, so you're best to turn your attention to your diet.
TCM, like naturopathy, is big on dietary changes. When the spleen is so weak that it has prolapsed, cold foods are counter-indicated. These would include raw fruits and veggies (including salads, smoothies and juices) and cooling foods such as tomato, watermelon, millet and tofu.
Foods that help to tonify the spleen are warming in nature and include whole grains (a great warming gluten-free one is GF oats-> soak overnight before cooking) and warming spices such as ginger, cumin, cinnamon and cloves. As an example, an easy breakfast for you could be 1/2 cup soaked GF oats. Cook the next morning and add in 1/2-1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Sweeten to taste with stevia.
Foods that are easy to assimilate and that are low-glycemic seem recommended in your case. Stewed fruits (e.g. applesauce) and pureed soups are warming and easy to digest. Veggies that are yellow, orange or golden help to tonify the spleen, so you could add in carrots and squash (e.g. acorn squash, summer squash, zucchini, etc.) to your soups. The Allium family, which includes onions, shallots and garlic, might also be beneficial. Use stevia or stevia blends (such as Lakanto) to sweeten tea and baked goods, as other sweeteners (yes, even molasses, honey and maple syrup) are counter-indicated. You could also look into congee recipes, which are watery soups used in TCM for those with weak digestion that are made with rice and water. The typical recipe is 1 cup rice + 8-9 cups water or stock, cooked on low heat 2 hours or in a crock pot (ideal) on low for 8-12 hours. Often herbs (e.g. shiitake mushrooms) are added to give taste and boost immunity.
Indeed, herbs are often suggested in TCM to help support organs in the body. Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan is an herbal formula commonly used to help with anal prolapse. It includes herbs that lift the qi and tonify the immune system, such as astragalus, and herbs that warm the spleen, such as actractylodes and ginger.
Seeing an acupuncturist/acupressurist might be most helpful. There are points on the body that can help to lift the energy and to tonify the spleen. Moxa might be indicated in your case, especially on the point situated on the top of the head, called Governing Vessel 20. Spleen 5 is another point often used for prolapses, and there are many points on the spleen meridian (or line) that could help. Nevertheless, the therapist will have a better indication of what points to use once you give him/her the full details of your unique "case."
Good luck and may the qi be with you :)
PS. An osteopath might also be helpful in your case as you can retrain the muscles that hold the anus in place (e.g. the levator ani muscle). Of course, your doctor might also be helpful in these matters, perhaps recommending the services of a gastro-enterologist to investigate.
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