Anal fistula is a connection that has been created between two organs that are normally not connected to each other. There are many areas of the body that can have fistulae develop within them. The most common area which has been affected by this problem is the anal region. An anal fistula (fistula-in-ano) is defined as an abnormal canal that forms between the end of the anal canal and the skin near the anus. An anal fistula usually takes place after an anal abscess (a collection of pus) bursts, it has not been trteated completely.
Normally small glands are present inside the anus when these glands get clogged through faecal material, bacteria and foreign matter become infected thus leads to abscess. This typically will involve some type of drainage from the external opening and occurs in up to 50% of abscesses The fistula (tunnel) that forms under the skin connects the infected glands to the abscess. Other conditions that results in fistula are crohn's disease, radiations, trauma and malignancy.
Types of Anal Fistula
- Simple or complex - depending on whether there is a single fistula tract or interlinking connections
- Low or high - depending on its position and how close it is to the sphincter muscles (the rings of muscles that open and close the anus).
Signs and Symptoms of Anal Fistula
- Skin irritation along with itching near anus.
- A throbbing, pricking constant pain that gets worst on sitting, coughing etc
- Pus or blood along with motion.
Herbal Remedies for Anal Fistula
There are many different options for fistula treatment. According to modern science anal fistula is curable by surgery but there are many complications, multiple operations and side-effects. Some surgeries are not recommended as they may involve damage to the sphincter muscle. Alternatively, non surgical treatment with regular use of Ayurvedic medicines (herbal remedies) is very easy and effective that make natural and wonderful way to subside the signs and symptoms of anal fistula. To get rid of this disease and avoid surgery Planet Ayurveda presents a wide range of herbal products or supplements which has fabulous care pack called, Fistula Care Pack.
- Triphala Guggul: 2 tablets thrice daily with warm water after meals.
- Curcumin Capsule: 2 capsules twice daily with warm water after meals.
- Nirgundi Oil: Apply locally over affected area twice daily.
- Vara Churna: 1 teaspoonful twice daily withm warm water after meals.
1. Triphala Guggul
Triphala Guggul is a pure herbal classic formulation mentioned in Ayurveda. It consists of two extremely efficacious herbs; Triphala – most potent bowel movement regulator and guggul – provides a defense mechanism. These tablets help to improve the circulation of blood in rectal region. Triphala Guggul possesses the properties of being an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It enhances the flow of bile and peristaltic movements of intestines which help in eliminating wastes efficiently, manages weight, and tones the gastrointestinal tract and is an amazing anti - depressant. It is totally safe and non-habit forming laxative. Triphala Guggul is also useful in correcting liver functions also.
2. Vara Churna
It contains the myrobalans (Haritaki -Terminalia chebula, Bibhitaka- Terminalia bellirica, and Amalaki- Emblica officinalis). It is best known for cleaning colon and giving strength to the GIT. It is effective on all three vitiated dosha vata, pitta and kapha. This is a traditional formulation which is mild purgative and is cooling in nature. It stimulates the peristaltic movements of the intestines and it rectifies constipation and is not a habit forming laxative and the best detoxifier. It balances the blood pressure and reduces swelling. Improves the liver functions, blood circulation and is also useful in curing migraine, acidity, general weakness. It is very effective in boosting immunity. It is safe to be used for a long time.
3. Nirgundi Oil
It is made from the plant Vitex nigundo, which is bitter, pungent and astringent in taste. Nirgundi is one of the best natural anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-biotic and an excellent muscle relaxant. Its oil reduces congestion, inflammation and pain. There are very few multifaceted herbs like Nirgundi. The oil heals the fistula and tones the area by maintaining proper blood circulation.
4. Curcumin Capsules
Curcumin or Haridra is well known for its anti –infective, anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory properties since ages. It acts as a tonic to the all systems of the body such as digestive, respiratory and circulatory system. It is regarded as best blood purifier and metabolism regulator. Turmeric is anti-dermatosis, cleanses and heals any cuts, wounds and ulcers. It reduces any edema and inflammation of hemorrhoids and fistula. It is also beneficial for skin diseases and body pain.
To buy Fistula Care Pack, please visit store.planetayurveda.com/products/fistula-care-pack
Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of water, fruits, vegetables and high fiber diet to reduce the risk of fistula. An individual regularly suffering from constipation should reduce his/her caffeine intake and instead have fresh fruit juices or warm water.