Healing Anal Fistulas Naturally: Top Remedies and Supplements

on Apr 07, 2023| Modified on Oct 11, 2023

An anal fistula is a small tunnel between the skin near the anus and the inside of the anal canal. It can be painful, cause discomfort, and lead to other complications if left untreated. This article explores well-researched natural remedies and supplements that may help manage anal fistulas.

Understanding Anal Fistulas

What Causes Anal Fistulas?

Anal fistulas often result from an infection in the anal gland or an abscess. In some cases, they may be caused by Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, cancer, or surgery. They are more common in people with a history of anal abscesses or chronic digestive diseases.

Symptoms of Anal Fistulas

Common symptoms of anal fistulas include:

  • Pain and swelling around the anus
  • Bleeding or discharge from the fistula opening
  • Irritation and itching
  • Recurring anal abscesses

Natural Remedies and Supplements for Anal Fistula

1. Warm Sitz Baths

A warm sitz bath involves sitting in a few inches of warm water for 15-20 minutes, which can help soothe the area and promote healing. This should be done several times a day, especially after bowel movements.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel, known for its anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties, can be applied directly to the affected area to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. 1

3. Turmeric

Turmeric has been found to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can be taken as a supplement, consumed in food, or applied as a paste to the affected area. 2

4. Fiber-rich Diet

A high-fiber diet can help prevent constipation and straining during bowel movements, reducing pressure on the anal fistula. Good sources of fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

5. Probiotics

Probiotics may improve gut health and promote healing by balancing the gut microbiome. They can be found in foods such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut or taken as a supplement.

6. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, flaxseed oil, and chia seeds, can help reduce inflammation and promote healing. 3

7. Vitamin C and Zinc

Vitamin C and zinc are essential nutrients that play a crucial role in wound healing and immune function. They can be found in a variety of foods or taken as supplements. 4, 5

Conclusion

Natural remedies and supplements may help alleviate the symptoms and promote healing of anal fistulas. However, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment, as some cases may require surgical intervention.

Continue reading below to learn which remedies helped Earth Clinic readers with anal fistulas and let us know what worked for you!

Citations

  1. Babaee N, Zabihi E, Mohseni S, Moghadamnia AA. Evaluation of the therapeutic effects of Aloe vera gel on minor recurrent aphthous stomatitis. Dent Res J (Isfahan). 2012 Jul;9(4):381-5. PMID: 23162576; PMCID: PMC3491322.
  2. Wang Y, Wang L, Zhu X, Wang D, Li X. Choleretic Activity of Turmeric and its Active Ingredients. J Food Sci. 2016 Jul;81(7):H1800-6. doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.13348. Epub 2016 May 26. PMID: 27228476.
  3. Calder PC. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory processes: nutrition or pharmacology? Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2013 Mar;75(3):645-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2012.04374.x. PMID: 22765297; PMCID: PMC3575932.
  4. Pullar, J. M., Carr, A. C., & Vissers, M. C. M. (2017). The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health. Nutrients, 9(8), 866. 
  5. Lin, P. H., Sermersheim, M., Li, H., Lee, P. H. U., Steinberg, S. M., & Ma, J. (2017). Zinc in Wound Healing Modulation. Nutrients, 10(1), 16. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29295546/

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Posted by Carye (Texas) on 10/09/2017

I've had 3 and I can tell you that surgery is really the only thing that will help. If you don't escalate the situation, you could end up even sicker and in the hospital. I'm 33 and like I said, had 2 minor surgeries, and one major. I haven't felt relief like this in a long time. I was terrified, but they can be deadly. Not something you want to mess around with.


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Posted by Mrs. CR (Northern, VA) on 02/23/2009
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Crohns with Fistula: Please help me with regard to how to get rid of an anal fistula assoc. w/ Crohns. I take high concentrations of an intracellular aloe vera product which seems to help but I don't want to live with this "pain in the butt" fistula forever! Only once a month does it flare up and abcess. Have had it asperated once, take sitz baths occassionally but.....Argh!! Thank you! Mrs. CR


Anal Fistula from Crohn’s Disease

Posted by Shelley (Charlotte, NC) on 04/07/2023

I'm 29 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2015. I had my first anal fistula in 2018 and now I've recently occurred my 2nd anal fistula within the past month. Super painful, right near my vagina and rectum, sitting on my panty line. I get Remicade infusions every 8 weeks. I was told when I started Remicade that it would prevent anal fistulas. I was seen in the ER where they did a CT scan to make sure it was a fistula and not abscess. It was so swollen and painful so they ended up lancing it and draining until I can be seen by a colorectal surgeon. If there is anyone or anything that could help me from having surgery I would be forever grateful. The first fistula surgery I had was the worse time of my life and I don't want to go through it again if I don't have to.

Replied by Rob
(Kentucky)
04/08/2023

Aloe Vera Enema and/or Suppository. Google how-to to do and make your own.

Daniele
(Italy)
05/10/2023

I have a fistula and I have read about using medical grade manuka honey. I'm trying to improve the situation by doing micro enema with manuka honey half way in the rectum to try to get into the inside opening of the fistula. I have done it for a couple of days and it is early to say but I notice less draining of the yellowish fluid. I will continue for sometime and see if it can be healed....

Sara
(nc)
10/11/2023

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