Healing Anal Fistulas Naturally
What Is an Anal Fistula?
Symptoms of Anal Fistulas
What Causes a Fistula?
Essential Oil Suppositories to Treat Fistulas
Goat Milk Soap
An anal fistula is an abnormal passageway connecting the anal canal and the skin surrounding the anus. Most anal fistulas (also known as fistulas-in-ano) are caused by an infection that begins in an anal gland, resulting in an abscess which drains but does not heal properly, leaving behind a fistula (tunnel) under the skin.
While medical treatments such as surgery or antibiotics are commonly prescribed for anal fistulas, some individuals seek natural remedies to complement conventional approaches.
In recent years, essential oil suppositories have gained attention for their potential healing properties. Optimal Health Network has developed a protocol to support the natural healing of anal fistulas that is centered around therapeutic essential oils and optimizing the diet.
Symptoms of Anal Fistulas
Fistulas are often painful and can significantly impact a person's quality of life. Symptoms may include swelling, redness, discharge of blood or pus from the anal area, fever, and discomfort during bowel movements or while sitting.
What Causes an Anal Fistula?
Common causes of fistulas include an infection of an anal gland resulting in the formation of an abscess over the gland, inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn's disease and IBD, or trauma to the anal area from injury or surgery.
Treatments for Anal Fistulas
Typically the medical treatment for anal fistulas includes a combination of antibiotics, analgesics (painkillers), and in more severe cases, surgical intervention. Surgery aims to remove the fistula tract and close the wound to prevent future complications.
While these conventional treatments can be effective, they generally require a longer healing process. In many cases, natural remedies may be enough to alleviate symptoms and support the body's healing process.
The Benefits of Essential Oil Suppositories
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts known for their various therapeutic properties. When used appropriately, certain essential oils may offer anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial benefits.
Incorporating essential oil suppositories into an anal fistula treatment program may help in the following ways:
- Reducing Inflammation — Essential oils such as tea tree oil and chamomile have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help soothe inflamed tissues around the fistula.
- Relieving Pain — Anal fistulas can be incredibly painful. Essential oils such as lavender and chamomile may have analgesic properties to provide relief from discomfort.
- Fighting Infections — Some essential oils, including frankincense, cypress, and myrrh, possess potent antimicrobial properties that can help fight infection and promote healing.
- Regenerating Injured Tissue — Ylang ylang and geranium essential oils have been shown to support tissue growth and strength.
Sources: Cypress Lavender Tea Tree Frankincense Ylang Ylang Geranium
Anal Fistula Healing Protocol
1. Using Essential Oil Suppositories to Treat Anal Fistulas
An essential oil suppository using coconut oil as a carrier oil is a therapeutic delivery system that is inserted into the rectum, where it melts and offers healing to the rectal area.
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You will need a suppository tray, coconut oil, and a targeted blend of essential oils. For anal fistulas, I recommend using our Anal Fissure Essential Oil Blend which contains Roman chamomile, lavender, myrrh, geranium, ylang ylang, frankincense, cypress, and tea tree oils. This blend can be very effective in helping to regenerate the skin, restore elasticity, prevent infection, and reduce bleeding and inflammation.
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You can use suppositories as often as daily. Many people prefer to insert them just before bedtime and hold them overnight. If you are concerned about oil leakage, you can lie on a towel.
Drug delivery research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shown that because the colon is highly absorptive, suppositories have several advantages over other delivery methods, including increasing bioavailability to absorbable tissue, bypassing first pass metabolism, the ability to deliver higher doses of drug or therapeutic essential oils, and avoidance of irritation to the gastric mucosa. Furthermore, suppositories can deliver treatments and drugs to produce both local and systemic impact.
2. Frankincense and Myrrh Goat Milk Soap
I recommend that you keep the area around the fistula clean by bathing it daily with this soap.
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Goat milk contains high levels of butyric acid, which occurs naturally in the colon as an energy source for cells. It reinforces the colonic defense barrier by increasing production of mucins and antimicrobial peptides.
INGREDIENTS: Saponified oils of *coconut, *cocoa butter, *olive, *sunflower; goat milk; water; sodium hydroxide; essential oils of frankincense, myrrh, and nutmeg.
3. Optimizing Diet and Supplementation for Fistulas
Maintaining daily regularity, maximizing tissue support, and minimizing anal stretching are the optimal conditions for healing your fistula and preventing future fistulas from forming. For these reasons, I recommend following a therapeutic diet such as my Ten Days to Optimal Health diet.
You may also want to consider the following supplements:
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a metabolite of DMSO and is a naturally occurring source of sulfur. MSM is a safe and naturally effective solution for inflammatory conditions and for healing tissues.
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Ortho CollaGEN is formulated to nutritionally support tissue integrity and promote regeneration.
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The following vitamins are also important for tissue integrity and healing skin:
By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC
I-ACT-Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Certified Nutritional Consultant
DISCLAIMER: The material presented on this page is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or prescribing from a licensed healthcare professional. Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before altering or discontinuing any current medications, treatment, or care, or starting any diet, exercise, cleansing, or supplementation program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health condition that requires medical attention.
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