How To Get Rid of Hemorrhoids Naturally
Hemorrhoids are a normal part of our anatomy. We are usually not aware of them. But, sometimes we can develop problems because of our internal hemorrhoids. There are many treatment options.
How common are hemorrhoids?
You may be surprised to learn that hemorrhoids are a normal part of our anatomy. We have both internal and external hemorrhoids, located inside the anal canal and around the anal opening, respectively. The internal hemorrhoids are a part of the blood supply to the anus and are made up of small arterial branches. External hemorrhoids are veins.
We are not aware of our hemorrhoids when they are in their normal state. They cause no symptoms. But sometimes we can develop problems because of our internal hemorrhoids. This is known as “internal hemorrhoidal disease.” Such symptoms can occur occasionally (flare ups) or may be chronic (long-term).
External hemorrhoids cause symptoms when a blood clot suddenly forms in one of the veins at the anus opening; this is known as a “thrombosed external hemorrhoid.” This blood clot results in a firm external lump that may cause anal pain and, at times, bleeding between bowel movements.
Both internal and external hemorrhoidal problems are common. There are treatment options.
Generally, experts recommend people with painful hemorrhoids sit in warm water for 15 minutes, several times a day especially after a bowel movement.
Doctor’s advice: Yes, this is one of the best treatments. A sitz bath is generally available at a local pharmacy; this small bowl fits right over your toilet and offers a convenient way to soak and soothe the area.
Witch hazel is reputed to reduce pain, itching and bleeding until hemorrhoids fade out. There isn’t much scientific support for its use but it does contain tannins and oils that may help bring down inflammation and slow bleeding. Supporters say it tightens the skin as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Apple cider vinegar
Some people say that apple cider vinegar can bring instant relief to hemorrhoids, reducing itching and pain.
Doctor’s advice: Don’t use this remedy as it may burn the skin with overuse and exacerbate problems.
Psyllium husk is a supplement that helps increase your fiber intake, and softens stools to make them easier to pass. Be careful not to increase fiber too much, too quickly, as it may also cause gas or stomach cramping.
Doctor’s advice: Use this to soften stool and make bowel movements more regular. It won’t affect hemorrhoids at a local level, but it does regulate your bowels. Be sure to drink plenty of water if you take this supplement.
The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera may help soothe inflammation of hemorrhoids. Although research isn’t available for its use for hemorrhoids specifically, it has shown some benefit for other inflammatory skin conditions.
Tea tree oil
Some people say the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil may reduce swelling and itching caused by hemorrhoids. Some early research found that a gel made with tea tree oil decreased symptoms, but studies are lacking.
One of the most common home remedies for hemorrhoids is cold compress. The remedy is effective in number of ways, but mostly, because it reduces the pain, provides instant relief from itching and shrinks the hemorrhoids in size. Once you reduce swelling, it is easier to treat hemorrhoids.
Almond oil is one of the best tissue absorption assets. When it comes to hemorrhoids, people use it for external treatment.
Simply dip a cotton ball in the oil and then apply to the hemorrhoid area. Almond oil reduces inflammation and moisturizes the affected area. You can repeat the treatment several times per day.
Black Tea Bags
Black tea contains tannic acid, one of the best natural ingredients that reduces swelling. Boil some water, and then wet a bag in the hot water.
Let it stay there for 1 minute, and then remove it from water and let the bag cool down a little. Apply the tea bag to the affected area and let it stay for 10 minutes.
Lemons, and lemon juice for that matter is rich with antioxidants. You can apply lemon juice directly on the affected area.
Alternatively, you can gently rub lemon slices, or consume lemon juice mixed with honey and ginger for reducing pain and symptoms for internal hemorrhoids.
Olive oil helps by soothing the affected area, reducing discomfort and symptoms. The anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil help to increase the elasticity of the blood vessels.
Consume a teaspoon of olive oil per day to improve the bowel movement and soften stools.
Dryness of your body causes the hemorrhoid situation to worsen and can cause excessive bleeding. Therefore, make sure to keep yourself hydrated, and use moist tissues to wipe the anal area.
Epsom salt and glycerin
This less-known home treatment can help painful hemorrhoids. Use these simple ingredients to make a compound that you apply directly to the inflamed area:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with 2 tablespoons of glycerin.
- Apply the mixture to a gauze pad and place it on the painful area.
- Leave this application on the area for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Repeat every four to six hours until the pain eases.
Avoid excessive strain during bowel movements
Allow gravity to help, but let your bowels do most of the work. If nothing happens, put it off for an hour or so, and try again but most importantly, don’t strain and force a bowel movement that isn’t happening naturally.
Apply a warm compress for pain relief and comfort
Get a clean, cotton wash cloth and soak it in warm (not hot) water. Apply the compress directly to the hemorrhoids for about 10-15 minutes. Repeat 4-5 times a day. This should offer some soothing comfort.
Shrink the hemorrhoids with an astringent
You can use a cotton pad soaked in witch hazel after a bowel movement. Witch hazel acts as an astringent and may help reduce swelling. Repeat as often as needed–at least 4-5 times a day.
Clean yourself thoroughly after using the restroom
After having a bowel movement, be sure that you clean yourself completely to avoid irritation. You might want to use baby wipes or a pre-moistened toilet paper product rather than dry toilet paper to clean yourself.
Apply an ice pack for 5-10 minutes to relieve swelling and pain
An ice pack may help reduce your hemorrhoidal swelling but it should not be left on for too long; limit the ice pack use to 5-10 minutes at most each time.
Sit on a cushion to relieve the pressure on your hemorrhoids
Find a foam cushion or a doughnut cushion to sit on. This can help relieve some of the pressure associated with hemorrhoids. While this will not aid in “curing” your hemorrhoids, it may help ease your discomfort and make them easier to live with.
Stay hydrated to help keep your stool soft
Increase your water consumption to at least 8-10 8 oz glasses each day. Stool contain significant amounts of water and the more water a stool contains, the softer it will be, which makes it easier to pass.
Consume more fiber in your diet to bulk up your stools
Fiber helps keep water in the stool and bulks it up so that it passes through the rectum and anus more easily and in the case of hemorrhoids, with less pain.
Avoid laxatives because they weaken your bowels
Laxatives can be habit forming and can also weaken the bowels, potentially leading to chronic constipation. If you do feel as though you need a laxative, try an herbal laxative instead.
Exercise regularly to improve your circulation
The exercise can be aerobic, endurance, cardiovascular, or even just walking. Exercise makes your heart stronger, thus increasing the efficiency of your cardiovascular system. During exercise, you will also have high circulation thus removing your hemorrhoids.
Put yourself on a regular restroom schedule
See if you can arrange a regular time to have a bowel movement without interruptions around the same time every day. This tends to make bowel bleeding movements easier, and it turns out that having regular bowel movements is a great predictor of overall good health.