Natural Treatment and Prevention of Hemorrhoids

· July 6, 2014

Today we’re showing you simple ways to prevent hemorrhoids as well as natural treatments for those who already suffer from them. Don’t miss it!

The term “hemorrhoids” already shows their uncomfortable reality, since the word comes from the Greek for “blood flow”. If you suffer from hemorrhoids, then you already know that they are basically an inflammation of the veins that are situated in and around the anus, which act as a cushion and hold in your feces. If you have them, it’s very easy to tell: there will be a painful sensation in the rectum, possible blood in your bowel movements, and discomfort while sitting, occasionally feeling as if something is exiting the rectum.

Normally, they start to appear when you’re in your forties, and it’s your medical specialist — known as a proctologist — that will give you the official diagnosis and let you know what type of treatment is the best way to cure your hemorrhoids.

The reality of this disease is that sometimes, owing to either shame or embarrassment, many people don’t go to see their doctor and prefer to look for treatments on their own, and because of this, we recommend that if you suffer from hemorrhoids, talk to a professional. We can offer you some advice that can compliment, not replace, medical treatment, that you can do day to day to help you get rid of hemorrhoids.

What are the causes of hemorrhoids?

  • Bad nutrition
  • Hereditary factors
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Habitual constipation or diarrhea, which can put too much pressure on the walls of the veins that are situated in and around the anus
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity

How can I prevent hemorrhoids?

  • Avoid a sedentary lifestyle: walk for an hour a day, or try some sort of exercise to improve your circulation.
  • Maintain an adequate body weight.
  • Drink at least two liters of water a day.
  • Avoid very spicy, seasoned, or fatty foods.
  • Increase the amount of fiber, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc., that you eat.

How can I treat my hemorrhoids?

External treatment

  • To alleviate the itching, you can take baths in cold water for about 10 to 15 minutes, especially after you have a bowel movement.
  • Horse chestnuts: suitable for stopping small amounts of bleeding and inflammation, perfect for improving circulation, and can be taken in two different ways: suppository medicines that can be found in pharmacies, or in an infusion, or later, applied as a compress: take three or for horse chestnut leaves, boil them, and wet a compress, then apply it to the rectal area for a few minutes.
  • Blueberries: Perfect for improving circulation and treating inflammation. It’s as simple as making a solution of half a cup (or two and a half ounces) of blueberries in a liter of water. Leave in to get cold in the refrigerator and apply it in a compress. You should feel the improvement immediately.
  • Witch hazel: Witch hazel is also very good at treating hemorrhoids. You can find it in creams or suppositories in the pharmacy, and its scientific name is Hamamelis virginians. Highly recommended.

Internal treatment

  • Plantain: One of the best foods for treating hemorrhoids. It has a very interesting capability of strengthening the walls of the anal veins and helping recuperation. We recommend that you take an infusion of one teaspoon of dry plantain leaves about two times a day.
  • Lime: Its vitamin C content combined with its flavonoids go straight to the arteries to improve their elasticity and avoid bleeding from veins and capillaries. You should drink lime juice one time a day in order to improve your treatment and help you prevent hemorrhoids.
  • Alfalfa: Its vitamin K quantities can help you avoid bleeding. It contains proteins, carbohydrates, calcium, and many more nutrients. In order to help you take advantage of its benefits, you can take about one cup of alfalfa, well cleaned, and mix it with half a chopped cucumber. Blend it all until it is a smooth consistency. The resulting juice can be somewhat thick, so you can mix it with a glass of water and a little bit of honey. You should take it in the mornings.

Helpful fruits and vegetables:

  • Pineapple
  • Orange
  • Pear
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce

Foods that can aggravate hemorrhoids:

  • Vinegar
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Chili
  • Garlic
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol