Hemorrhoids are a very distressing condition that
involve the swelling of the veins of the anus and rectum. They are
very similar to varicose veins whereby the veins lose their
elasticity and swell and this results in the uncomfortable symptoms
of hemorrhoids that may include itching, burning pain and bleeding.
In many cases hemorrhoids will respond quickly to the use of
herbal medicines, both taken internally and applied externally,
however it is also necessary to address the cause of the condition.
Some common factors that can contribute to hemorrhoids include
sitting or standing for long periods, lifting heavy objects,
dehydration, obesity and lack of exercise.
Without a doubt the largest factor is constipation and straining
during defecation. A poor intake of dietary fiber is often a major
culprit that increases the risk of development of hemorrhoids.
The fact that no animal other than human beings has ever been
known to exhibit hemorrhoids can be seen as a major indication that
something is wrong with our diets and improving the diet can help
this condition dramatically, however herbal remedies can often
provide immediate relief as well as being effective for the long
term treatment of this very distressing condition.
Herbs for the treatment of hemorrhoids:
Pilewort - Piles are another name for hemorrhoids and this herb
was named for its effectiveness for this condition. It tonifies the
blood vessels and stops bleeding. Pilewort may be taken internally
as a tea or alcohol-based tincture and it can also be applied
externally as an ointment.
Witch hazel - this herb can help to ease the bleeding and
swelling associated with hemorrhoids. It is applied externally as an
ointment, or the liquid can be applied directly to the area with a
sterile cotton pad. Use three times daily until relief is obtained.
Aloe Vera gel - the fresh pulp can be applied directly on the
anus to provide pain relief and soothe any burning sensations.
Butcher's Broom - this herb has been used throughout history for
the treatment of hemorrhoids and varicose veins. When looking for
preparations of Butcher's Broom, try to find those that contain a
minimum of 9-11% of ruscogenin content, which is the active
ingredient. 100 mg should be taken three times daily.
Pine Bark and Grape Seed - these plant extracts contain
proanthocyanins and anthocyanins which are substances that improve
the structural integrity of the veins and in fact the entire
circulatory system. It is also possible to obtain them through
increasing consumption of berries such as blueberries, blackberries
and strawberries as well as cherries.
Fiber - a low fiber diet increases the risk of straining during
bowel movements and increasing fiber intake may actually be a very
effective simple measure that can go a long way towards improving
hemorrhoids. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake is a must,
however there are also a wide variety of fiber supplements
available, such as those containing Psyllium husk or Slippery Elm
Bark, that can soften the stools and reduce straining. It is very
important to ensure that water intake is increased when taking fiber
Herbal medicine can greatly assist in reducing the symptoms of
hemorrhoids however in very severe cases surgical treatment may be
required. In such instances the herbal treatments and dietary
changes outlined can be used to prevent the problem from occurring
again following surgery.
When following these treatments to control and cure hemorrhoids,
be sure to adhere strictly to the guidelines prescribed by your
doctor for each one.