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Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids – 6 Natural Treatments

Mike Barrett
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February 19th, 2013
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hemorrhoid 265x165 Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids 6 Natural TreatmentsDid you know that an estimated 50% of the United States population will experience hemorrhoids by age 50? Characterized by swollen, inflamed veins within the rectum, hemorrhoids were actually one of the top health trends in 2012, leading to massive advertising for creams and other treatments. But you’ll be happy to know that there are many effective home remedies for hemorrhoids and numerous prevention tips. So why not go natural when searching for hemorrhoid treatment?

A Little About Hemorrhoids

Affecting both men and women, hemorrhoids are the result of inflamed, swollen veins in your rectum and anus, that can form either internally or externally. More often than not, this unpleasant issue is a result of straining to have a bowel movement, and is especially experienced by those suffering from constipation, the elderly, and pregnant women. Luckily for everyone, hemorrhoids aren’t particularly harmful and are more of a nuisance than anything, so don’t worry! But the issue should still be resolved one way or another, as they can cause more problems than you want to deal with in the long run.

Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

The most common symptom for hemorrhoids is the presence of blood. If the hemorrhoid is internal, then the blood will be bright red and will be most noticeable on toilet paper. If external, you could experience a blood clot around your anus or swelling. Overall, common symptoms include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Blood clots or lumps around the anus
  • Anal pain

Note that if you incorporate some natural hemorrhoid treatments and follow the prevention tips below, your symptoms may very well disappear as the issue reverses.

6 Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Using apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular natural treatments for hemorrhoids. Simply soak a cotton ball or some toilet paper with ACV and apply it to the hemorrhoid area. Repeat this process until the inflammation disappears and symptoms resolve. You should see improvement instantly. Alternatively, add some ACV (half a cup) to a sitz bath.
  • Rutin – A health-promoting compound found in numerous plants such as buckwheat, oranges, grapefruit, lemon, cranberries, and asparagus (to name a few), rutin is another home remedy often used for hemorrhoids. Buying it in supplement form may be the best option. One individual on Earthclinic says: “I have had a hemmroid for almost a year now. Just last week I started taking Rutin 500mg twice a day, in the morning and one before going to bed. … taking Rutin for only a week the inflammation has gone down and my hemmroid thankfully is almost gone, it’s less than a size of a pea today.”
  • Coconut Oil - Apply coconut oil directly to hemorrhoids, rinse and repeat. In addition to symptoms subsiding, the hemorrhoids should disappear over the course of just a few days.
  • Witch Hazel - An astringent and healing tree, witch hazel is one of the oldest known natural remedies for hemorrhoids. Just soak a pad or cotton ball with witch hazel and apply it to the area.
  • Aloe Vera – As with the above treatments, simply apply aloe vera to the affected area to relieve symptoms.
  • Squat, Don’t Sit – This is actually heavily important and very overlooked. Conventional toilets are highly unnatural, and may be one reason hemorrhoids are rarely seen in less developed countries, where where squatting is done when going to the bathroom. Sitting down to pass a bowel movement puts tremendous strain on the rectum while squatting straightens the rectum and relaxes the puborectalis muscle. This is tip should be done along with any home remedies for hemorrhoids you may use.

Causes and Necessary Prevention Tips – The Best “Treatment”

The most common causes of hemorrhoids are straining during bowel movements and obesity. If you’re straining during bowel movements, there is no doubt that you are suffering from constipation, and obesity only heightens your chance of experiencing these digestive issues. The best solution for hemorrhoids is – you guessed it – to not have them at all!

Follow these essential hemorrhoid prevention tips and you may not even have to delve into any hemorrhoid treatments.

  • Exercise and Lose Weight – Being overweight or obese, along with being highly inactive, is the perfect path for a complete decline in health. If you aren’t a healthy weight and aren’t moving, your organs and internal system as a whole becomes sluggish and works at low levels. Start exercising and losing weight to fix the problem and keep your digestive tract working.
  • Up Fiber Intake: Eat Plenty of Vegetables, Fruit  - Seeing as hemorrhoids result from constipation and straining, it should be no surprise that upping fiber intake can help mend the issue. Fiber helps soften stools and is essential for colon health and digestive health as a whole. This nutrient helps to clean out the gastrointestinal system, preventing constipation and allowing the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency. Sources of fiber include: vegetables of all kinds, flax seeds, almonds, pecans, pistachios, prunes, pears, and beans. Include these foods in your diet while trying the other home remedies for hemorrhoids.
  • Take Probiotics and Consume Probiotic-Rich Foods – Probiotics are essential for balancing the bacteria in your gut, which can prevent constipation and absolutely promotes overall health. Either take a high-quality probiotic supplement, or consume more probiotic-rich foods such as fermented foods like fermented cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut, Korean kimchi, and numerous fermented drinks like kombucha tea.
  • Hydrate – Staying hydrated with water seems to be the number one recommendation for almost any health ailment. Water helps cleanse your internal system and hydrates your entire body. Along with fiber, drinking more water will help to soften stools and hopefully reduce the need for straining during a bowel movement.

Other Considerations for Hemorrhoid Treatment

  • Soaking the area in warm water a few times a day for 10-15 minute periods can reduce inflammation and help relieve symptoms. You may also take a sitz bath and add a half cup of apple cider vinegar.
  • Keep the area clean, bathing daily. Don’t use soap on the area as it will likely just cause irritation. Use moist toilet paper to dab the area after a bowel movement to lessen friction from wiping.
  • Apply ice packs or cold compresses to relieve swelling.

As always, be sure to share any home remedies for hemorrhoids that work for you, as well as what hasn’t worked for you. It’s important to help natural treatments live on.

Additional Sources:

MayoClinic

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001337/

Webmd

NaturalNews.com/038926

Mercola

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids 6 Natural Treatments Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • Sandra Svensson

    This works very well for me. I eat prunes at least 5 times a week and 95% of my fluid intake is water.

  • thumper

    from the instructions i’ve read, it says to dab the ACV on the affected area only at least 3 to 4 times a day as necessary. there was no mention of sustained coverage (overnight). could that be the reason why?

    • megane

      Yeah that stuff is acidic as hell and not meant to be left on there overnight; It’ll probably do more damage than good. If you want to use ACV then just dab it on for like a minute, then clean dab it with witch hazel and/or aloe vera. I just use a mixture of witch hazel and aloe vera (since that’s the only stuff I could easily find in my local health store) in the morning when I wake up and before I go to sleep. After going to the bathroom I wet the toilet paper with witch hazel to wipe as well.

  • http://www.besthemorrhoidcure.org Daniel K. Voyles

    If you have visited your doctor, plus your doctor has not yet prescribed anything for you, it’s likely that your case of hemorrhoids is minor and doesn’t require any invasive procedures.

    That means it is up to you alleviate the signs and symptoms, and address the reasons, of one's hemorrhoids. Here are a few expert tips which can help lessen the swelling of your respective hemorrhoids:

    1. Most hemorrhoid sufferers don’t visit the bathroom very often, because they’re busy or they simply don’t feel like it. If your bathroom schedule is causing your stools to harden, you need to modify it. For example, when your bowel movement occurs only one time every couple of days, try going to the bathroom in the morning, once every day.

    2. Fiber supplementation can be utilised if your current diet doesn't produce a sufficient quantity of fiber to obtain eliminate all the solid waste material in your colon.

    However, we must emphasize here that in the long term, permanent modification of your weight loss program is the real means to fix your condition. If you are able to incorporate plenty of high fiber grains, fruits, and vegetables to your diet, you'll probably never have to deal with hemorrhoids ever again.

    3. Some people feel constipated mainly because they don’t interact with your normal urge to go to the toilet quickly enough. As an example, many people do not go to the bathroom because they're so busy with household chores or work. Do this frequently enough, and you can be sure that hemorrhoids may ultimately bother you, simply because the body may find it more difficult to expel hardening feces.

    4. Are you drinking enough water? Try drinking eight glasses of water a day to naturally soften your stool.

  • maria

    im scared

  • rafiullah

    I am using hemirhoid med from last 19years and also one time surgery but i did not find any suitable medicin for it f any please send me email thanks

  • dbella

    I just tried ACV (Bragg's, with the mother) last night for the first time. Applied it to a cotton disk and slept with it in place. At some point around the middle of the night I removed it. Got up this morning and my previously tiny hemorrhoid was MUCH larger and swollen like I've never seen it before!! I can't find anything anwhere that mentions things getting worse before they get better with ACV…. Anyone have any ideas on this? Should I just say it's not a good remedy for me and try something else?

  • http://twitter.com/Aquilagrande @Aquilagrande

    Remedies with horse chestnut and tissue repair stimulating ingredients are good. But it is also necessary to make your digestion work well, both for an effective healing and prevention of relapse.

  • pussycat

    There is a small area on the inside of each arm above the wrist about 1/3 distance to the elbow that will be sore if hemorrhoids are bothersome. Massage sore place gently with the thumbs. The hemorrrhoids will disappear within a 24 hours….at the most 2 days. Simply simple!

  • bashar hashem

    it is honest to goodness simple and effective way of treatment .simply BACK TO BASICS

  • sonya

    quince fruit is the best for constipation x the result will b next day and fruit taste is between apple and pear x love light

  • Mixbee

    Every time I read about hemorrhoids, I am always astonished to see that nobody mentions that using a bidet is the best cure for them. You can purchase a bidet that hooks easily up to the water supply on any toilet and the device moves from under the seat to clean thoroughly, but gently. My husband had hemorrhoids that needed the intervention of a physician and I was beginning to be bothered by them also. Since we started using a bidet, neither of us has had to do anything but use one and it's been about 4 years. We use those from a company called Biffy.

  • Rita

    From reflexology…..simply massage the inside of the arm 1/3 of the way between the wrist and elbow. If you have hemorrhoids, the area will be sore. Be gentle but firm. The hemorrhoids will be gone in a day usually. It never takes more than three days.

  • Barbara

    Eating three to five dried prunes daily can take the place of unnatural products like Metamucil. Also drink plenty of water daily.

  • http://twitter.com/MyMyDorothy @MyMyDorothy

    Natural Psylium works wonders for fiber you need. Dissolve one heaping teaspoon in water and drink it everyday. Within a day or two hemorrhoids ease up because it bulks up

    • http://twitter.com/MyMyDorothy @MyMyDorothy

      Psylium will clear up your hemorrhoids in a day or two, continue using for a few weeks repeat as needed.

  • Alan

    Take a horse chestnut supplement. Two capsules, 3 or 4 times per day.

    • ewcollins

      I have been experimenting with horse chestnut extract (300mg daily) for varicose veins. Does it work? Too soon to tell.

  • Jenny

    Eat Jicama raw as snack can see big improvement. Consume no sugar yogurt regularly can also see big relief.