Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoid Treatment: Easy and Effective At-Home Remedies

Approximately half of the American population suffers with the embarrassingly painful issue of hemorrhoids. By the age of 50, most people are dodging out to the drug store to buy hemorrhoid creams and treatments to ease the discomfort caused by inflamed veins in the rectum and anus.

Internal hemorrhoids typically result from a constipated bowel movement, strained lifting, or even being pregnant, while external hemorrhoids occur when a blood clot develops around the rectum, causing a painful lump and rectal bleeding.

Thankfully, we have a collection of 10 safe and effective home remedies that can pacify the pain of hemorrhoids…

1. Aloe Vera

Sometimes, simply applying aloe vera to hemorrhoids will ease painful burning and itching. The great thing about aloe is that it comes in a cooling topical gel form. Look for an aloe vera that contains vitamin E for moisturizing pain relief.

2. Flaxseed

Ground flaxseeds, which are high in fiber, are efficient at relieving hemorrhoid pain and bleeding, as well as hard stools. Any food with fiber will help increase the bulk in your stool, which softens bowel movements and causes less straining. Just be sure to stay hydrated in order to reduce constipation with greater fiber intake.

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that can be topically applied to help shrink hemorrhoids within a week. Apply oil using a clean cotton compress or sanitized fingers. Just be sure to clean and dry the area thoroughly before applying oil.

4. Horse Chestnut

Horse chestnut is a natural herb that’s been used throughout the ages to help with blood circulation. Used to soothe the painful swelling and inflammation of varicose veins and hemorrhoids and to strengthen the walls of weak or collapsing veins, horse chestnut is best taken in capsule form or steeped as a tea.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has garnered a lot of attention as a natural hemorrhoid treatment due to its anti-inflammatory properties. You can apply it topically to hemorrhoids using a clean cotton swab or add a half cup to your bathwater for soaking. You should feel relief from hemorrhoid pain within a few short hours.

6. Citrus Fruits

Eating a diet that’s high in citrus fruits, which in turn are rich in bioflavonoids, a plant compound with anti-inflammatory benefits, has proven to reduce hemorrhoid discomfort, itching, bleeding, and discharge as well as to help strengthen weak blood vessels within mere days.

7. Witch Hazel

Often used as an astringent, witch hazel applied using a clean cotton swab is a gentle and traditional hemorrhoid remedy that will keep the area sanitized to prevent infection and lessen painful inflammation.

8. Butcher’s Broom

Butcher’s broom (sometimes called box holly) is a plant that was once used as a cleaner and sanitizer. However, it has also been used as a traditional European remedy to promote blood circulation for treating hemorrhoids and varicose veins. You can find butcher’s broom in supplement form or steep a teaspoon of dried leaves in a tea with honey to lessen the bitterness.

9. Tea Bags

Something as simple as a warm, moist tea bag placed on a hemorrhoid can provide welcome relief thanks to the natural tannins, which are often used as a natural astringent for diminishing pain due to inflammation.

10. Sitz Bath

Immersing hemorrhoids in a sitz bath (or a bathing receptacle with enough warm water to cover the hips and buttocks) will moisten hemorrhoids and reduce pain and itching. You can add some apple cider vinegar or coconut oil to the water and immerse the rectal area for 10 to 15 minutes to increase blood flow and reduce hemorrhoid symptoms.

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Dr. Gerald Morris

Gerald Morris, MD is a physician (Family Medicine/Internal Medicine) with over 20 years expertise in the medical arena. Dr. Morris has spent time as a clinician, clinical research coordinator/manager, medical writer, and instructor. He is a proponent of patient education as a tool in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions. Hence, his contribution to articles on Activebeat.

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