Since many people with IBD and IBS suffer from internal or external hemorrhoids, finding an effective healing remedy for hemorrhoids has been at the top of my list – especially since I too developed internal hemorrhoids after the birth of my daughter!
Those of you who have my Listen To Your Gut book know that there are effective substances you can use to shrink hemorrhoids (like bioflavonoids), but the problem is that you have to keep taking them and they don’t always heal the hemorrhoids completely.
I first came across this powerful formula for healing hemorrhoids on Dr. Jonathan V. Wright’s website. Dr. Wright is a prolific medical doctor who is also a proponent of using natural remedies whenever possible and he has wonderful protocols for using potassium iodide (SSKI) to treat a variety of ailments from hemorrhoids to ovarian cysts. Dr. Wright became very well known after Suzanne Somers featured him in one of her books on natural hormone balancing.
I took Dr. Wright’s formula for healing hemorrhoids and began experimenting with it. My first challenge was to see if I could come up with a formula that worked for internal hemorrhoids as well. I had also been experimenting with DMSO for a few years, seeing what it could do, so I also wanted to see what happened (could I turbo-charge the formula?) if I added DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide – a natural substance derived from tree bark) to Dr. Wright’s formula and what the best ratio would be.
Dr. Wright also uses and writes about DMSO and one of his colleagues has tested a 50/50 combination of DMSO and potassium iodide on sebaceous cysts and found that to work well (although you would get quite a “sting” at that concentration!). So I did have some rough guidelines to work with.
Once I found formulas for both internal and external hemorrhoids that worked well for me and my family, I called them HemorrHeal and gave them to my JPT Wellness Circle members for further testing. In our experience, in most cases, hemorrhoids are completely healed, but at the very least, substantial relief is obtained. My own internal hemorrhoids (which I’d had for 6 years after the birth of my daughter) were completely healed in 7 days. It is now over a year and a half later and they have not come back, so I think it’s safe to say that HemorrHeal is also a long-term remedy!
Like any facet of health, I suspect your success with this remedy will also depend on whether you are holistically addressing the root causes of hemorrhoids in your body. For example, if you are eating a diet that continually results in hard, dehydrated stools, or decreased peristalsis, then, whilst HemorrHeal may heal your first batch of hemorrhoids, your continual straining to defecate is just going to produce more hemorrhoids. So if constipation is an ongoing factor in your life, I encourage you to consider getting my book, Listen To Your Colon: The Complete Natural Healing Guide For Constipation – or at least read through the information on the website, watch the videos, and download the free report.
At the very least, be sure you are simultaneously using stool softeners during treatment with HemorrHeal. You can use psyllium, chia, or flaxseed to soften your stools (or to bulk them up if you suffer from chronic diarrhea).
Before I get into the actual HemorrHeal formula instructions, I’d like to give you some information and background on one of its key ingredients – dimethyl sulfoxide, or, DMSO.
I need to explain DMSO because it is currently not approved for use with other substances. Like many other truly spectacular, natural, non-patentable substances, DMSO has been sidelined by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration). Its only FDA-approved use is for Interstitial Cystitis (for which a drug company holds the patent). Thus, any DMSO product you buy has to carry a warning that it is for use as a “solvent” only.
Hence, I am unable to get HemorrHeal manufactured for you, ready to go. Instead, I can only give you the formula and you have to purchase the ingredients and make it yourself. The other ingredients in HemorrHeal are more common substances – aloe vera juice, potassium iodide (a mineral salt) and cocoa butter – and are non-controversial, so we don’t need to get into a lot of background on them. Although I will give you a brief overview of each, so you can assess the synergy of this formula:
Aloe Vera – is antibacterial and antifungal. It is also used to soothe and speed healing, so it works well to counter the “sting” of potassium iodide and any irritation from DMSO.
Potassium Iodide – a mineral salt also known as SSKI (saturated solution potassium iodide), it is antibacterial and antiviral. It is also known for its ability to break down scar tissue and cysts. Dr. Wright has used it extensively to treat ovarian cysts and fibrocystic breast disease. David M. Derry MD, PhD has also extensively studied the use of topical iodine in regenerating scar tissue. If used long-term (longer than a month or so), you need to monitor your thyroid function though, since iodine impacts the thyroid.
Cocoa Butter – used to solidify the suppositories (for internal hemorrhoid use), cocoa butter is naturally rich in Vitamin E as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin E helps to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin and also provides the skin with collagen, which assists with wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Cocoa Butter also contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), a substance that inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE is known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and asthma. Cocoa butter is historically a folk remedy for burns, cough, dry lips, fever, malaria, rheumatism, snakebite and wounds.
What Is DMSO?
DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) has received the most press as a topical application for relieving arthritis. However, that application is merely the proverbial tip of the iceberg for this multi-tasking healing aid. In many ways, it reminds me of wild oregano oil in that it has such a broad range of uses and the ability to produce such amazing results fairly quickly.
So what exactly is it? Dimethyl sulfoxide is primarily derived from the bark of trees. It was first synthesized by Russian scientist, Dr. Alexander Saytzeff in 1866. Due to its amazing ability to bind with other substances, it was first utilized as a solvent. Then in 1959 it was demonstrated that DMSO could protect red blood cells and other tissues against freezing conditions, so experimentation began with using it to freeze and store organs for transplants.
Then Dr. Stanley Jacob at the University of Oregon Medical School discovered that DMSO relieved burn pains and prevented scar tissue formation. He published his results in 1963 – from then on DMSO usage and experimentation spread like wildfire. It follows logically, that a substance that can prevent scar tissue formation, should also be able to soften or dissolve existing scar tissue and in this capacity DMSO also does not disappoint.
Therapeutic Uses for DMSO
Since then, DMSO has been widely used with professional athletes (from football players to Olympic gymnasts) where it has proven effective with injuries to soft tissue or joint defusions; sprains, strains, dislocations, tendonitis, bursitis, gout, soft tissue tears, myositis (muscle inflammation), broken bones, tennis elbow. Pain is relieved, swelling subsides, and function is recovered more quickly.
Today, we have reams of evidence (from medical doctors and/or PhD scientists) showing that DMSO can also:
• Increase or potentiate cell-mediated immunity in auto-immune diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lymphoid thryroiditis, etc.
• Make the immune system more effective by allowing macrophages to move around and through the tissues faster. It can also diminish allergic reactions.
• Increase the permeability of cell membranes, allowing toxins to be flushed from the cell.
• Substitute for water in the living cell, then bind to free radicals and form a substance (dimethyl sulfone plus water with the hydroxyl ion) which can then be excreted out of the body via urine.
• Prevent the formation of scar tissue or adhesions, or dissolve them once present.
• Kill or slow the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
• Greatly reduce or eliminate inflammation, swelling, and pain.
• Quickly heal skin ulcerations, infected wounds, second and third degree burns and other skin lesions. In a study of 1,371 patients with these varying afflictions who were treated with DMSO, 95.04% were discharged as completely cured. Some of these patients had diabetic leg ulcers, which had been present for over 15 years – they were completely healed after daily topical DMSO spray applications for 20 days.
• Clear cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma of the eyes – you can purchase glutathione/DMSO/vitamin C eye drops from specialist compounding pharmacies like.
• And much more!
How Does DMSO Work?
How is it that one substance can effect or facilitate such a wide range of healing mechanisms? As Dr. Stanley Jacob says:
“We’ve barely scratched the surface, for this is a new principle in medicine. We’ve had only three new principles in our century – the antibiotic principle, the cortisone principle, and now the DMSO principle – and the DMSO principle is the only new one of our generation.
DMSO is literally water’s alter ego. It moves through membranes and substitutes for water so that it pulls substances through cells that ordinarily would not move through them. This is its basic mechanism of action. The DMSO-water bond is 1.3 times stronger than the water-water bond.”
Dr. Morton Walker in his book, DMSO Nature’s Healer, summarizes DMSO’s healing mechanism thus:
“This attribute of bonding with water better than water molecules themselves is highly significant. It probably is what makes DMSO an entirely different healing power than anything medical science has known before.
The basic therapeutic principle of DMSO is that cellular damage can be altered – the cell healed and restored to near normal – by changing the water structure within the cell. It represents an entirely different means of treating diseases – not as an ordinary drug that works for a given disease, but as a holistic ingredient that brings whole-body cellular function back to normal.”
Cautions In Using DMSO
DMSO nonselectively opens up your tissues to take up whatever is in their environment, so for this reason you have to be very careful with what you store it in (should be dark-colored glass), what’s on your fingers, or your skin where you are applying it, and any instruments you use to apply it with. Stainless steel, glass, ceramic, or wood are all safe materials to use with DMSO. You also need to keep it well out of reach of children.
For myself, I make sure my hands and the area I’m applying it to have been washed with a natural soap and water and that there are no creams, lotions, perfumes, etc. on my skin. I also try not to use any plastic in contact with DMSO – sometimes this is unavoidable (as in the suppository molds), but I do my best wherever/however I can.
For this reason, when applying DMSO rectally, you want to get your rectum as clear of feces as you can. Obviously, this is not entirely possible, but as long as you have had a decent bowel movement, you should be okay. If it’s any consolation, bacteria and other microorganisms from your feces have already been absorbed into your bloodstream through the mucosal lining of your GI tract. And if you have a fissure, all the contents of your feces have had direct contact with your bloodstream. So applying DMSO (which transports substances across cell membranes) in the rectal environment is not such a big deal, in terms of contamination, as it may first appear.
When you get to the suppository instructions, you’ll see that we need to use either a rubber suppository mold, or plastic drinking straws for the suppository mold. Yes, this is not ideal, but unless you can afford a $300 metal urethral suppository mold (this is what we use to make FissureHeal), then plastic is our only option. Lab technicians have been using DMSO for decades and they have a trick to determine whether their protective gloves are safe to use with DMSO. They take their glove and fill one finger with DMSO and leave it overnight. If it has not disintegrated by morning, the glove is safe to use.
I have made the HemorrHeal suppositories in both a standard-size rubber suppository mold and in narrow plastic drinking straws and left both for 24 hours and they have been fine. Don’t forget, we are also using a very low concentration of DMSO in these formulas and the DMSO is also contained within cocoa butter, which helps to buffer it.
The other ‘side effect’ of DMSO is that it has a garlic-type odor – because it is instantly transported throughout the body, you (or others!) may notice this smell on your breath or coming from your pores. Again, because the amount of DMSO in HemorrHeal is very small, this is not really an issue in this application.
Now that you’ve got some basic background and understanding of DMSO, let me tell you how we’re using it lately.
WARNING: Please be 100% clear that these are experimental protocols that have been used by me, members of JPT Wellness Circle and some followers of Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, MD. They have not been tested nor approved by any regulatory body – so you proceed entirely at your own risk.
I came across an article on Dr. Jonathan V. Wright’s website that outlined the use of potassium iodide to treat hemorrhoids. The hemorrhoids apparently healed very quickly, sometimes even overnight. The article also mentioned that the treatment is effective for fistula healing when mixed with DMSO, but it takes several months to achieve complete healing of fistulas.
As a result of my other research, I also wondered if this mixture would be effective with anal stenosis (narrowing) or strictures as well. Anal stenosis is a narrowing of the anal area or rectal canal, often caused by trauma, scar tissue, or the thickening of mucosal tissue. We have tested Dr. Wright’s formula with rectal strictures and scar tissue, but it is not effective. However, it was a good jumping off platform and we now have an experimental protocol for anal/rectal strictures and anal stenosis, which I tested myself and obtained fabulous results from.
For now, let’s turn our attention entirely to healing hemorrhoids. Dr. Wright’s formula was devised for healing external hemorrhoids, however, I modified his formula because I intuitively felt I would see better results in swelling and inflammation reduction if I added DMSO to the formula. Next, he recommends flax oil in his formula, but flax oil needs to be kept in the fridge (to prevent rancidity), which changes the viscosity of DMSO and prevents it from staying mixed in the formula.
The oil is also deemed necessary to reduce the ‘sting’ of the potassium iodide, but I don’t like to use oil as it can leave the area moist, which can be itchy and exacerbate infection. I found that George’s “Always Active” Aloe Vera Juice worked just as well to eliminate the sting, but absorbed quickly and carries its own beneficial healing actions.
So, after testing on myself and a number of others at JPT Wellness Circle, I have called my revised formula HemorrHeal. I have also tailored my HemorrHeal formula and usage instructions for each specific rectal condition:
I have provided two formulations for those with internal hemorrhoids, depending on your application preference. Personally, I find the suppositories easier to use, but they are a lot more hassle to make. Also, the liquid formula is stronger, so may work better for some people. So you’ll have to take a look at each, maybe test them and then determine which you prefer.
If you want to test both, then purchase the Kit for HemorrHeal Liquid for Internal Hemorrhoids and just add a jar of cocoa butter to your order as well – you will then have all the instructions and all the ingredients needed to make both the liquid formula and the suppository formula for internal hemorrhoids.
Please tell me about your results with HemorrHeal in the COMMENTS section below – especially let us know whether you used them for internal or external hemorrhoids and how long it took to heal them.
One last thing: If you want a really in-depth explanation of what hemorrhoids are and how they develop, check out this article by Konstantin Monastyrsky.
Note: Flexible rubber suppository molds should be available for purchase at your local compounding pharmacy – but make sure you find a “compounding” pharmacy, not just any pharmacy. Otherwise, you can purchase disposable plastic suppository molds online at:
Adult 2ml suppository mold – about $23.50/hundred
Disposable pediatric (much smaller) suppository mold – about $21/hundred
Suppository Mold Holder – to make it easier to pour in mixture:
Detailed instructions on how to use each type of mold are here.
And here’s my video showing you how to make your own suppositories:
Lastly, some feedback from a reader:
“Hi Jini, Your ebook was excellent. Well done. And the best part of the book was that the protocol worked wonders. Thank you.
After reading your book I mixed up the suggested formula and followed your instructions for exterior and interior hemorrhoids.
I began treatment on the 22 of December and by Christmas day the external ones were almost gone and after 4 days the exterior ones were completely gone and the interior ones much reduced.
After a week the interior ones were also gone. I continued until the first of the new year and have had no trace of hemorrhoids over the next 19 days (till today).
The only change I made in your protocol was to use a plastic pipette to introduce exactly 1-ml into the anus twice a day (morning and evening). This was extremely easy to use (especially with the oily solution covering the outside) and deliver an exact dose.”