I formulated FissureHeal suppositories as a natural, effective alternative to steroid suppositories. During my healing journey I suffered from an anal fissure for about 2 years that I just couldn’t heal. After trying every product I heard about, I decided enough was enough, and I formulated my own – which healed my fissure in a couple of weeks.
In conversation with my midwife, I found out she had an anal fissure for 6 years that she’d been unable to heal – since birthing her first child. Apparently, 20% of post-partum mothers suffer from anal fissures. So I gave some of the suppositories to her and her fissure was also healed for the first time! Then of course, she told all her colleagues and patients about them and there’s no way I could make enough in my kitchen (nor did I want to!), so that led to the production of FissureHeal – still made by hand – by a pharmacy in Florida.
Because they’re so long, you can break them into shorter pieces and get 2-3 suppositories out of each one. They’re also extra-thin so no matter how traumatized or sore your rectum is, you can insert them easily. They have to be handmade because they are SO much thinner than traditional suppositories.
What about the comfrey?
These suppositories contain comfrey – which is a fantastic wound healer, that I’ve used on all kinds of wounds and burns with fantastic results. Therefore, they heal anal or rectal fissures amazingly quickly.
The FDA will tell you that Comfrey contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which may cause illness.
However: Professional herbalists and naturopathic physicians take a very different stance on comfrey use from the established authorities. Many herbalists and NDs feel it’s safe to use comfrey as long as you don’t use it continually, long-term. Therefore, they recommend you use it in moderate doses for 3 to 6 months, then take a break of 1 month to allow the liver to cleanse properly, then resume use for 3 to 6 months, etc. as needed. Comfrey has become one of the FDA’s targeted substances – likely due to its effectiveness, so when you do your research, keep that in mind.
Personally, I have used comfrey repeatedly on broken skin for myself and my kids. I have used it repeatedly as a suppository and I have used it as a Healing Implant Enema to stop colonic bleeding. You, of course, should do your research, follow your naturopathic doctor’s advice, and only do what feels safe for you.
Of course, if you have a mild fissure, you can also try just applying straight comfrey salve directly to the tissue and see if that works – it is much cheaper than using these handmade suppositories! You may also want to try making your own suppositories – video instructions are here.
How do I insert the suppositories?
- Ideally, empty bowels prior to insertion.
- Break off suppository to the desired length, or use as is.
- Hold the suppository with your fingers and slide gently into your anal canal, either standing, sitting on the toiltet, or lying down on your side.
If you experience a burning sensation upon insertion, it could be because the suppository is stretching the wounded tissue (ouch) or you could be intolerant to an ingredient.
To prevent aggravating wounded tissue: Warm the suppository a bit in your hand first, before you unwrap it, then hold the suppository at the entrance to your anus to warm further and insert VERY slowly, giving your body heat a chance to soften the cocoa butter as you go. Also move the suppository gently in and out if you hit a sore spot, this will lubricate the tissue with the cocoa butter and herbs as it softens and melts. Breathe. Once affected tissue has some of the suppository spread on it, it will be able to stretch more and the wound will be soothed.
Of course, if you suspect you are intolerant to an ingredient, then discontinue use.
Remember to NOT use FissureHeal (or comfrey) on a wound that is a drainage hole for infection (like a fistula). You need to first heal the infection and THEN heal the tissue.