You might think that not many people suffer from this problem, but you’d be very wrong. More and more people go to see their doctors about hemorrhoids. In today’s article, we’ll give you some tips on how to treat your hemorrhoids naturally.
Hemorrhoids: the what, how, and why
Hemorrhoids are a big hassle. People who have experienced them would agree with us immediately. They’re caused by increased pressure on the rectum, and some of the triggers are:
- Chronic constipation
- Giving birth
- Having a low-fiber diet
- Sitting all day
- Little physical activity
- Wearing tight clothing
The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are:
- General discomfort
- Passing blood during bowel movements
Sometimes it’s easier to downplay the symptoms of hemorrhoids rather than deal with them, but remember that if your situation worsens, you’re more likely to require surgery at some point.
That’s why it’s better to have healthy habits and try some natural remedies to improve them.
Some tips to relieve hemorrhoids
- Avoid diets that are very high in protein (such as the Atkins diet)
- Get plenty of fiber from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes
- Avoid foods that are high in sugar (sweets, candies, pastries, etc.)
- Drink at least two liters of water a day in winter, and up to three during summertime
- Don’t drink too much coffee or alcohol
- Get regular exercise
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid using strong laxatives
- Don’t smoke, and reduce your stress levels
- Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight clothing
- Avoid using toilet paper that is rough, scented, or very dry. Choose wet wipes instead
- Don’t delay the urge to use the bathroom
- Don’t stay seated all day, and if you work at a desk job try a standing desk, or use cushions and make sure you get up from time to time
Natural remedies for hemorrhoids
In addition to trying the recommendations above (they might seem like a lot, but they’re all very simple and promote good overall health while improving the condition of your hemorrhoids), it’s a good idea to take advantage of the benefits of the following home remedies:
Witch hazel oil
This tree reduces inflammation and heals, helping to reduce the itching and pain associated with hemorrhoids. You can make witch hazel wipes using a few drops of the essential oil, which is sold in health stores and pharmacies.
If you experience any irritation due to sensitive skin, stop using it immediately. You can always dilute witch hazel oil with a little olive oil.
ChestnutYou’re probably aware that this nut is also an ingredient in numerous creams and beauty products.
The flowers of the horse chestnut tree are white and pink, and all parts of the tree can improve circulation by toning blood vessels – that makes them perfect for the treatment of hemorrhoids.
To take advantage of their healing properties, make a tea using:
- 1 handful of chestnut tree leaves
- 1 cup of water
Heat the water to a boil, and add the leaves for five minutes. Remove from heat and let sit covered until cool. Strain the liquid into a container and add it to a larger basin that you can sit in for a bath.
You can also soak a washcloth or cotton pad in this tea to treat the affected area directly.
Comfrey root helps alleviate pain caused by hemorrhoids and can also help with bleeding. You can find comfrey root powder in health foods stores and add a little water to form a paste, which you should apply to the affected area for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Aloe veraThere are too many beneficial properties of this plant to name, from healing skin and wounds, to reducing inflammation, so it’s great for hemorrhoids. Cut a stalk of the aloe plant in half and scrape out the gel to apply to the affected area.
White oak bark
This is another tree with incredible properties, including the following:
An excellent remedy for hemorrhoids is a tea prepared with:
- 1 teaspoon of white oak bark
- 1 cup of boiling water
Add the bark to the boiling water, cover it, and leave it for 15 minutes to steep. Strain the liquid, soak a cotton ball in it, and apply it to the affected area.
This is a great remedy for reducing swelling, but avoid it if you also experience constipation.
The Nim tree
This is more commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, thanks to its amazing properties. It can benefit people with:
- High cholesterol
For the last case, it’s helpful because it fights inflammation and infection. This, in turn, helps reduce pain. You can use it both internally and externally, as follows:
- 1 handful of Nim tree bark
- 1 cup of hot water
Prepare a tea as you would any other. Let it cool for five minutes if you’re going to ingest it, and for 15 if it’s for topical use.
If you choose to drink it as a tea, it will also improve your digestion and constipation. For topical use, apply it to the affected area using a cotton ball soaked in the liquid to alleviate any itching and bleeding.