Hemorrhoids are, for obvious reasons, a problem that many people don’t like to talk about! However, they are quite a common condition – and can happen to people at any age. Hemorrhoids occur when the veins inside or around the anus become irritated and swollen. The result is often the annoying symptoms of intense rectal itching, rectal bleeding and burning pain. Risk factors for this condition include those with jobs that require them to be sitting for long periods of time (like truck drivers), as well as those who are obese or who are subject to chronic diarrhea. As unpleasant as they are, however, hemorrhoids can be treated with a number of natural remedies, including those listed below.
Natural Remedies for Hemorrhoids
The herbs listed below work in different ways to help treat the painful and embarrassing problem of hemorrhoids, but all appear to be very effective at providing people with relief from this condition. The best herbal remedies for hemorrhoids include:
This combination of three Ayurvedic herbs has been used in India for thousands of year – and not just for hemorrhoids, but for a variety of issues involving the digestive tract. Use of triphalia can help to moderate bowels and to tone the muscles of the lower digestive tract. This is a big advantage if the hemorrhoids are being caused by some sort of bowel dysfunction.
Applied topically, the gel from the aloe vera plant can provide almost immediate relief from pain, burning or itching due to its ability to reduce inflammation, redness, swelling, pain, itching and other signs of irritation that hemorrhoids can cause. It is especially effective if the aloe gel is refrigerated ahead of time.
Extract from the witch hazel tree (Hamemelis virginiana) has long been valued for its ability to heal and tone the skin – including the delicate skin around the anus and rectum. Witch hazel’s astringent properties keep the area cleansed after bowel movements while its anti-inflammatory properties can help to moderate the redness, swelling and itching in the affected area. Again, it is even more effective if the bottle of witch hazel extract is refrigerated ahead of time and is cold when applied.
Also known as box holly, butcher’s broom earned its name from the time when butcher in Europe would use a small “broom” made from this plant to clean their chopping blocks! Butcher’s broom is an excellent remedy for hemorrhoids since it is able to reduce the diameter of the veins by acting on the smooth muscles surrounding them: this can dramatically reduce the swelling of the veins which causes the problem in the first place.
French Maritime Pine Bark
Extract from French maritime pine bark is another powerful hemorrhoid remedy that has long been used in Europe. This extract contains a unique blend of flavonoids, catechins and other bio-active ingredients whose anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties not only reduce irritation of the area but promote its healing as well.