Hemorrhoids occur when the veins in the anus become irritated and swollen. Hard lumps appear and they are very itchy and uncomfortable. They can bleed as well. Seventy-five percent of the United States population has suffered from this problem at some point in their lives. Many people prefer using natural hemorrhoid cures.
Studies have proven that adding fiber to a diet can relieve the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Fiber can eliminate the need to strain during a bowel movement by causing softer stool and increasing the bulk matter. It also helps stop the discomfort and itching.
Eating more vegetables and whole wheat will increase your fiber intake quickly and naturally. It will also make you healthier in general. There is also a supplement called Psyllium. It is a powdered form of fiber and relatively inexpensive. Ground flaxseed is another great way to get the necessary fiber.
It is important to note that while adding fiber to your diet will help your hemorrhoids, water is a must. If you do not take in enough water, you can become constipated. Constipation will create more pressure on your already inflamed anal area.
- Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is available at any drug store and is inexpensive. It is made from the leaves and bark of Hamamelis Virginiana, also known as witch hazel. This old time remedy has been used for centuries to cure hemorrhoids.
It is best to put the witch hazel onto cotton balls for easier and sanitary application. Gently pat the cotton ball to the hemorrhoid and complete anal region. Do not rub the area as that will cause more discomfort and irritation. Because witch hazel is a completely natural product, it can be applied as often as necessary for relief.
Some hemorrhoid sufferers prefer to leave the witch hazel on for a short period of time. This can be done quite easily by putting the witch hazel on a soft cloth. The cloth should be applied to the anus and left there for five to ten minutes. Many claim that this helps stop the incredible itching and significantly reduces the swelling in the region.
- Butcher’s Broom
Butcher’s Broom is also known as Ruscus aculeatus or box holly. It has been used for many years as a traditional hemorrhoid treatment. It has also been used for treating varicose veins in the legs. Butcher’s Broom can be purchased at any health food or natural vitamin stores. It comes in both tea and capsule forms.
Naturally, the capsules are simple to take. The tea should steep for fifteen minutes before drinking it. I must warn you that it is very bitter. By adding honey, the tea should taste a little better. The capsules can also be broken open, added to the liquid from a Vitamin E capsule and applied to the anus as an ointment.
Butcher’s Broom will help ease the itching in the anal region. The hemorrhoids will begin to decrease in size in a few days.
Your local vitamin store will have a wide variety of bioflavonoids from which to choose. It is believed that they help to decrease the discomfort and discharge from hemorrhoids. Bioflavonoids have been found to strengthen the walls of blood vessels and reduce inflammation of the anus.
This herbal supplement can be purchased in powder or capsule form. The powder can be used as an ointment to be applied to the anal area. The capsules are taken orally.
- Sitz Baths
Sitz baths are a great way to relieve the pain and itching from hemorrhoids. Fill a small tub with warm water. Soak only your buttocks in the water. You may do this as often as necessary to reduce your discomfort.