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Wheatgrass can heal anal fissure

by Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.

The symptoms of anal fissure can be relieved by wheatgrass which, although you may not know it, has quite remarkable pain-relieving and healing properties.

You may not need to change your diet, drink gallons of water, use stool softeners or load your bowel with fibre. You may also be relieved of 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.

Anal fissure - What is it?

Anal Fissure

Fig. 1

As shown in Figure 1, a fissure is a split or tear at the outer end of the anal canal wall, usually at the posterior or back side of the anus. In chronic fissures, a skin tag, known as a 'sentinel pile' often develops at the edge of the anal opening and can be mistaken for a painful hemorrhoid.

The power of wheatgrass healing

Anal fissure results from a breakdown in the anal wall which can persist for weeks, months or even years. Wheatgrass, because of its remarkable healing and anti-inflammatory properties can significantly assist many fissure sufferers by stopping bleeding, easing pain and assisting the healing process. 

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

Skin graft before wheatgrass Skin graft wheatgrass heaing  
Fig. 1. Skin graft before
Fig. 2. Two days later.
Note healthy appearance
 Fig. 3. Graft completely
healed 3 weeks

View: Power of Wheatgrass Healing - Growth Factors at work

How does wheatgrass work for anal fissure?

Having used wheatgrass on thousands of patients successfully for a variety of conditions it is clear that it facilitates natural healing e.g. for wounds, burns, etc. One can actually observe the healing process for example in burns and infected wounds. The open wound re-covers with a thin film of new cells in 24-48 hours. Often the patient's pain disappears as well. These phenomena are not seen 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 help 'normalize' damaged tissue and facilitate 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 and often a "sentinel pile" can be seen.

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?

There are a number of applications available that your doctor might prescribe which also might cause unwanted side effects. Instead, I use wheatgrass extract. Apply just a small amount over the anal opening with a cotton bud/Q-tip - (don't insert it) - once every two days - and persevere. Considering the bioactives in wheatgrass penetrate the skin rapidly, and fissures are almost invariably superficial, this method often works well. Often, the symptoms improve or disappear within four to six weeks, sometimes even within a few days. However, like all fissure remedies, there is no 100% guarantee it will work for you.

Because the fissure itself is not a life-threatening condition, it is not essential to heal the fissure providing pain is eliminated, although most of them do heal in time. 

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 caused by anal fissure, and I am certain that one of the most important factors causing fissure, is stress - physical and/or emotional. Many patients have had fissure for so long, they have difficulty recalling how they felt when it first occurred. Others are under stress when they present with fissure, so a possible cause can be invoked. 

So the aim should be to fix the fissure, not the constipation. 

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