Hemorrhoids are a result of swollen and inflamed veins that develop either in or around the anus or lower rectum. If inflammation or swelling happens inside the rectum, it’s classified as an internal hemorrhoid and an external hemorrhoid if inflammation or swelling occurs outside the rectum area. A person may suffer from both internal and external hemorrhoids at the same time. Hemorrhoids are also referred to as piles.
External hemorrhoids are often itchy and painful. The pain is most noticeable while the suffered is sitting or while having a bowel movement. The pain is due to the swelling or hard lumps that develop around the anus as the result of blood clots in the blood vehicles around the rectum. If this condition last more that couple of days, it may be an indication of some underlying health condition and you should see you primary care physician right away.
Internal hemorrhoids may not be as painful as external hemorrhoids but may result in internal bleeding around the rectum during bowel movements. If you notice blood on the surface of the stool, in the toilet bowl, or on the toilet paper, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Other symptoms of internal hemorrhoid may include sporadic throbbing pain, itching, and burning sensation.
Hemorrhoids, swelling in the anal or rectal blood vessels, are commonly linked to chronic constipation or diarrhea, straining during bowel movements, lifting weights, pregnancy, weakening of the connective tissue in the rectum and anus with aging, obesity, lack of exercise, sitting or standing in one position for too long, chemical imbalance, weak liver, vitamin B6 deficiency and trauma to the anus and genetics.
Most minor hemorrhoids will go away by themselves after a few days and will respond to home remedies used to reduce the pain and inflammation. More serious cases may require more invasive treatment or even surgery.
But if you are just suffering from run of the mill hemorrhoids, there are natural remedies you can use to reduce some of the symptoms and speed healing. Regardless, before treating hemorrhoids with natural remedies yourself, have your hemorrhoids checked out by your primary doctor. This is especially true if you have bleeding hemorrhoids.
Natural Remedies for Hemorrhoids Treatment
* Fiber – Chances are you don’t have enough fiber in your diet. Eating more foods with fibers will decrease your hemorrhoids symptoms almost immediately – with your next bowel movement. Foods rich in fibers include beans, whole-grain foods, fresh fruit and vegetables. Flaxseeds or fiber supplements such as Metamucil, Citrucel, or Fiber Con are also good sources of fiber. Fiber will soften stool and increase the bulk which will reduce the need to strain to expel the stool. When you take fiber supplements, remember to increase your water intake so that you don’t make worst your constipation. Some women may experience bloating or gas when boosting your fiber intake too fast.
* Bioflavonoids – Bioflavonoids are believed to decrease inflammation. In the long term, bioflavonoids, a compound found in plants, are thought to work by stabilizing and strengthening blood vessel walls. Natural bioflavonoids are found in high levels in fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons, grapes, apricots, cherries, blackberries, and cantaloupes. Vegetables rich in bioflavanoids include all green leafy vegetables, broccoli and wheat. Bioflavonoid supplements can also be used and are available at your local natural health food store.
* Horse Chestnut – Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), not to be confused with aesculus californica (California buckeye) or aesculus glabra (Ohio buckeye), is often used to improve poor circulation in the veins, or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). It is also used to relieve symptoms such as inflammation and swelling and to strengthen blood vessel walls. There is not enough data to suggest effectiveness for hemorrhoids relief. People with an allergy to the horse chestnut family, bleeding disorders, or people taking blood thinners should not use horse chestnuts. Only products made from the seeds or bark of the young branches of the plant should be used. Other parts of the plant are poisonous.
* Butcher’s Broom – Butcher’s broom has long been used to treat hemorrhoids and varicose veins. The herb contains a chemical called ruscogen that has anti-inflammatory properties that can bring down the swelling of vein tissues. Ruscogen also improves the tone of the veins in the anus. Butcher’s Broom can be taken in capsule form as a supplement. Butcher’s broom is usually recommended in capsule or tea form. People with high blood pressure, enlarged prostate, pregnant or nursing women, or by people taking blood thinners or anti-depression drugs should avoid taking products made with Butcher’s Broom.
Six Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids Relieve
* Squat on the toilet seat – At the first indication of hemorrhoids, try squatting instead of sitting on the toilet. The squatting position, as oppose to the sitting position, puts less strain on the rectum and lessen the need to strain to pass stool.
* Apple Cider Vinegar – Soak a cotton ball or some paper towel with apple cider vinegar and apply it directly to the hemorrhoid area. Repeat this process until the inflammation disappears and symptoms go away. You should see immediate improvement.
* Coconut Oil – Apply coconut oil directly to hemorrhoids, rinse and repeat. In addition to lessening symptoms, the hemorrhoids – swelling and inflammation – should resolve in just a few days.
* Witch Hazel – Witch Hazel is one of the oldest known natural remedies for hemorrhoids. Use it in liquid or cream form to apply it directly to the hemorrhoid with a pad or cotton ball. Witch hazel acts as an astringent and helps to reduce swelling, decrease itching, pain and repair broken skin and fight bacteria.
* Butcher’s Broom – Butcher’s Broom when applied topically as an ointment or compress has also been shown to be effective in reducing swelling, itching and pain
* Aloe Vera – Aloe vera based cream or sap from a live plant applied directly to the affected area help relieve hemorrhoid symptoms.
Prevention of Hemorrhoids
* Dietary Changes – To prevent constipation or hemorrhoids, increase the amount of fiber in your diet by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, or take flaxseed or supplements such as psyllium seed husks. Drink lots of water, more than you think you need or more than the eight glasses that are usually recommended.
* Exercise and Lose Weight – Being overweight or obese, along with being highly inactive, increase your chances of developing hemorrhoids. Regular exercise and keeping a correct weight promotes bowel function and health.
* Set a Routine – Don’t wait until your bowel is full to go to the bathroom. Stool backing up in your guy can lead increased pressure and straining when you can wait any more. Go to the bathroom around the same time each day to establish a regular bowel habit.
* Consume Probiotic Rich Foods – Probiotics are essential for balancing the bacteria in your gut, which can prevent constipation and absolutely promotes overall health. Eat probiotic rich foods such as fermented cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and fermented drinks such as kombucha tea.
Remember, just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe (i.e. poison ivy). These natural hemorrhoid treatments should only be used under the supervision of your doctor, especially if you are taking prescription drugs. Sometimes natural ingredients and compounds can interact with the chemicals in prescription drug and produce side effects that may do you harm.