Natural Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus or in the lower rectum.

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SYMPTOMS

  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Rectal bleeding

RISK FACTORS

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Your doctor may prescribe pain-relieving medications which will help temporarily but will not shrink the hemorrhoids. In severe cases, a doctor may perform surgery.

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and disorders. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Adequate fiber to avoid constipation and straining from fiber-rich foods
  • Anti-inflammatory foods
  • Bone broth
  • Fermented foods
  • Figs
  • Oil (from healthy sources like avocado, coconut, olive)
  • Whole grains if you must eat grains

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Alcohol may cause more itching
  • Beer
  • Coffee
  • Colas
  • Dairy
  • Excesive saturated fats
  • Excess salt retains fluids which will aggravate the condition
  • Excessive meat
  • Omega-6 fats (reduce these while increasing Omega 3’s)
  • Processed grains and other foods
  • Strong spices

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Butcher’s Broom
  • Chamomile
  • Dandelion
  • Horse Chestnut tea
  • Lemon juice and ginger
  • Mullein leaf

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Aloe Vera, topically
  • Garlic, topically and internally
  • Horse chestnut as tea or topical application (use commercial products only)
  • Stone root extract, topically and internally
  • White oak bark extract, topically
  • Witch hazel, topically

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut on the skin, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Blend your own recipe.

  • Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Dill
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Niaouli
  • Patchouli
  • Primrose
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea tree

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

  • Blackstrap molasses taken internally several times a day (but not if you have too much iron in your system already)
  • Chin Wan Hung cream
  • Gargelin extra
  • Hemorrhoid ointment (commercial-natural preparation)
  • Probiotics
  • Psyllium (if you cannot get adequate fiber from food)
  • Rutin

HYDRATION

Adequate hydration will help to avoid constipation and straining. If you’re eating more fiber, which you may need to do, then more water is also necessary. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Regular exercise is necessary for the healthy functioning of the digestive tract. A doctor will probably prescribe more exercise, better diet and proper hydration.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • A cold compress may reduce swelling and pain.
  • Almond oil applied with a cotton ball to ease inflammation
  • Aloe Vera
  • Apple Cider Vinegar in your bath
  • Cabbage leaf applied to the area
  • Coconut oil applied directly to the area
  • Don’t lift heavy objects.
  • Don’t scratch the itch.
  • Equal amounts of Epsom salts and glycerin applied with a gauze pad to the painful area; use as a compress for 15 minutes at a time throughoutt the day
  • Head to the bathroom when the urge first arises. Squatting, rather than sitting may help reduce strain on the rectum.
  • If you are pregnant, lie on your left side for about 20 minutes every 5 hours or so.
  • Lemon juice applied topically
  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Rutabaga peel boiled and drained to make a poultice.  Apply the warm mixture to gauze and leave it on overnight.
  • Sit in a warm tub, which will increase blood flow to the area as well as reducing pain.
  • The inside of a banana peel, or banana cream, may offer some relief.
  • Use a soft toilet paper to avoid irritating the condition.  Better yet, use a bidet, available as a hand sprayer that connects to the water supply on your toilet.
  • Warm sesame oil compress
  • Wash carefully and avoid soap around the anus.
  • Witch hazel applied with cotton ball, which shrinks the blood vessels
  • Zinc oxide applied topically

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet with adequate fiber
  • Regular exercise
  • Adequate hydration
  • Less sitting and more moving about

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