I really appreciate your taking the time to maintain this website. Last Thanksgiving I began a battle with an anal fissure that was absolutely horrible, as I am sure you are aware. I found your website both informative and hopeful. I believe I may be cured and my story is quite different from any of the ones I have read on your site so I wanted to share it with you and if you choose, your readers.
I have had rectal pain and bleeding for years. I always assumed it was due to hemorrhiods and at times I believe it was. I was usually able to treat the discomfort with over the counter remedys and diet modification. Starting about eight months ago I began to experience pain that I could not imagine. I went to a gastroenterologist and he, believing it was hemorrhoids, prescribed proctofoam. This provided some relief but after a month I was still far from well. I called his office and got a referral to a colorectal surgeon. This doctor examined me and said he believed that my pain was not due to hemorrhoids but to an anal fissure. He prescribed analpram which is a cortizone cream with an hcl based anasthetic and said if it did not get better in 2 weeks he wanted to try nitro. I stuck with the analpram for a month also altering my diet. Trying fasting, aloe vera gel and some other suplements. I had given up and was just about to call the doctor and talk seriously about surgery, when I started taking oil of oregano. I know this is going to sound unbelievable but it began to help almost immediately. I understand that it may not help everybody because reading about this supplement it does not tout any curative properties for either hemorrhoids or anal fissure. It may be that I did not have a classic fissure but some sort of lesion brought on by candida or some other cause which the oil of oregano is know to cure. I have been taking two drops of oil of oregano a day for two weeks and I believe I am almost cured. Of course I am still taking metamucil and stool softeners along with eating carefully.
I know enough about the scientific method to realize that this is only one anecdote and cannot be taken seriously at this point but if someone is desperate I believe the oil of oregano is worth trying. I assure you I am in no way connected with the manufacture or sale of any herbal supplements.
I just wanted to give you an update on my experience with oil of oregano. After I wrote you, although I was feeling much better than I had in a long time I was not "Healed". I had been taking two drops of the oil every morning so I increased it to three drops and within a few days I had moved to the next level. I am not sure if this substance has any actually healing effect or if it is a matter of pain relief but it works and I am sticking with it.
One word to anyone trying this therapy. Some of the things I read on the internet about oil of oregano say that it detoxifys the body and so the immmediate reaction may be somewhat unpredictable. In my own experience I did go through a two to two and a half week period of being pretty tired. It also kicked up my gout. I believe it is actually driving the uric acid out of my body. They say the dose can be adjusted to make this detox smoother but it was not nearly as bad as the fissure had been so I toughed it out and everything is fine now.