Hemorrhoids are swollen or inflamed veins in the anus and lower rectum that can be itchy, painful, and potentially cause bleeding during bowel movements. There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external. External hemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus, and the delicate skin there can be easily irritated and bleed during a bowel movement. Blood clots can form in external hemorrhoids and cause a great deal of pain and inflammation. On the other hand, internal hemorrhoids are less noticeable, but straining during a bowel movement can irritate the delicate surface of the hemorrhoid and cause bleeding or pass the hemorrhoid outside the anus; this is called a protruding or prolapsed hemorrhoid and can be very painful.
Hemorrhoid symptoms include painless bleeding during bowel movements that results in bright red blood, itching, irritation, or swelling in the anus, the formation of a sensitive or painful lump near the anus, and sometimes anal leakage.
What Natural Remedies Work Best for Hemorrhoids?
Our readers have reported hundreds of positive reviews for natural hemorrhoid treatment. With dozens of different ideas, you should be able to find the remedy that is perfectly suited to your own situation and budget! More than likely you have many of these home treatments in your kitchen or bathroom right now!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Easy, cheap and effective apple cider vinegar is a folk remedy for hemorrhoids that works! Used topically or taken internally, our readers love this natural cure!
Rutin is an inexpensive bioflavonoid. Taken twice a day, this simple cure is a popular treatment for hemorrhoids.
The black peppercorn treatment for hemorrhoids is backed up by science; black peppercorns help with pain and inflammation.
Castor oil is a very soothing and healing oil, which works for hemorrhoids, too! For hemorrhoids, this remedy is NOT used internally, but topically.
Coconut oil is another oil with amazing healing properties. This oil helps with pain and inflammation and can be used internally and externally.
A once or twice a day garlic suppository does the trick for many hemorrhoid suffers.
Witch hazel is a common ingredient in over the counter cleansing pads for hemorrhoids. It is popular because this astringent herb works!
Cayenne pepper, taken in capsules or made into a tea has been found helpful for hemorrhoids! Cayenne pepper is wonderful for circulation. It helps pain and reduces inflammation.
Sitz Baths for Hemorrhoids
Sitz baths are soothing for hemorrhoids. You can add any number of natural remedies to your sitz bath. Chamomile tea, comfrey tea, or 1/4 cup of any of the following: apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or Epsom salt.
Vitamin Supplements for Hemorrhoids
In addition to natural remedies and herbs for hemorrhoids there are some simple supplements useful for healing hemorrhoids.
Vitamin B 6
Cheap and easy, almost too good to be true, vitamin B 6 helps some with hemorrhoids. A good B-complex would be a good way to get your B-6 and may give you an energy boost, too!
Probiotics can be helpful for hemorrhoids. Probiotic supplements or daily servings of yogurt or kefir can accomplish this dietary need.
Simple Changes for Better Elimination
Sometimes hemorrhoids are caused by poor elimination habits. Increasingly popular are special stools to get your legs up when you are sitting on the commode. This allows for better and more complete evacuation, often eliminating hemorrhoids.
Adding some exercise to your daily routine may make help your hemorrhoid problem more than you think! Sitting all day long can cause and aggravate hemorrhoids. Even taking a 10 minute walk during your lunch break will increase your circulation. 5 minutes on a mini-trampoline a couple of times a day will also really get your blood moving!
Hemorrhoids Caused by Constipation
If your hemorrhoids are caused by constipation, this problem needs to be addressed to solve your hemorrhoids and your overall health. Try prune juice, more fruits and vegetables, more water, or any of the many remedies on our constipation page to cure your constipation problem. You can begin any number of the remedies above for your hemorrhoids, but you must solve your constipation problem to keep them from coming back.
Hemorrhoids Caused by Diarrhea
While it seems counter intuitive that diarrhea and constipation can cause diarrhea, it really is not. Both cause extra stress on the vein in the rectum. If you have diarrhea, the skin tissue may also be irritated, inflamed or even bleeding. If this is the case, do not use apple cider vinegar on your hemorrhoids as it will sting! Try coconut oil instead. And look at our diarrhea page to find remedies to get this problem under control.
Hemorrhoids Caused By Too Much Sitting
Hemorrhoids are not uncommon for office workers. Sitting at a desk all day causes continual pressure on the veins in the rectum and the lack of movement slow down the circulation. Adding cayenne pepper to your meals will help improve your circulation. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator will also give little boosts to your circulation throughout the day.
Hemorrhoids Caused by Childbirth
Childbirth is a common reason for hemorrhoids among women. While often times this will resolve on its own quickly, the hemorrhoids may be very painful in the meanwhile. For other women, childbirth is the beginning of years of pain from hemorrhoids. But it does not have to be so.
If you have had anesthesia during your birth or narcotic pain medication after the birth, you will have a greater risk for hemorrhoids since those medications can cause constipation. Drink plenty of fluids. Ask a friend to bring your a big salad in the hospital after the birth of your baby!
Comfrey and/or chickweed salve is helpful to heal hemorrhoids and other tissue swelling or tears after a birth. Comfrey tea can also be made and used as a sitz bath, healing to both areas as well. If you cannot get comfrey, you can try lavender essential oil in a perineal rinse bottle. The hospital should provide the bottle after a birth. You can add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to the bottle with warm water and rinse liberally after you empty your bladder or bowels.
Keep reading below to discover hundreds of hemorrhoid remedies that have helped our readers heal from painful hemorrhoids since 1999.
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