Whether a hemorrhoid can be treated naturally or it’s going to need surgical intervention is going to be dependant on the size, location, and other factors determined by your doctor. There are also many conditions that can be more serious that are commonly confused with hemorrhoids. Before using any of the methods discussed in this comparison of natural hemorrhoid treatments, we ask that you let your physician take a look and point you in the right direction.
The body has a wonderful way to heal itself and often the gentlest natural treatments are the most effective. I, personally, would rather use a natural method than a medical treatment for my hemorrhoid, if this is possible. Often, the underline cause of hemorrhoids is nothing more complicated than a poor diet causing constipation, which leads to excessive straining when going to the rest room. While eating more fruits, vegetables and fiber may not be a cure for hemorrhoids, it is probably not a bad place to start.
When I had a hemorrhoid, it scared me and I just can’t emphasize enough how relieving it can be to have your doctor tell you that it’s a non-dangerous hemorrhoid that can be safely treated through one of the various holistic methods.
Hemorrhoids plague thousands of people from all walks of life. The swelling of blood veins in the anus and lower rectum can cause pain, bleeding, and extreme discomfort. Surgery will remove the bulges of veins, but many people don’t want to undergo such a drastic treatment.
Natural and Home Remedies
Hemorrhoids may be effectively treated at home, with natural remedies. In many cases, nothing more will ever be needed, and the person with hemorrhoids will avoid surgery. Here are some suggestions of home remedies that are considered natural. You need to make sure that any creams, oils, or supplements are safe with medications you may be taking, whether prescription or OTC.
1. Sitz Baths
A hot sitz bath is usually about 105 degrees Fahrenheit or 41 degrees Celsius. The level of the water is not usually any higher than your navel. It is intended to aid the blood flow to your lower body and pelvic area. A hot sitz bath usually lasts for around 20 minutes. Some people prefer a cold sitz bath with ice, but this is recommended only for about 1 minute at a time. In both cases, the upper part of the body, the arms, and the legs are not in the water. Essential oils are often used in these hot baths to soothe skin and aid circulation.
Hospitals and clinics have true sitz baths in which you keep the rest of your body out of the water, but sitz baths can be done at home, with no expense other than water for the tub and essential oils. They are quite effective in treating the discomfort of hemorrhoids. The key is to relieve pressure on the anal area as you sit in the bath, and allow the water and essential oil mixture to circulate around the affected area. Part of the benefit of this treatment is that it is also helpful in reducing constipation which aggravates hemorrhoids.
There are usually no dangers or contraindications for this type of treatment, and there is no need to consult with a doctor before you partake of a sitz bath. In addition, you don’t need medical help to pursue this treatment. Essential oils are available in health food stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and even grocery stores.
2. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is an astringent that is often applied to acne on the face, chest, and back. It is also used to treat the uncomfortable swelling associated with hemorrhoids. Made from the bark of a tree, it is used orally for problems with the stomach and for diarrhea. It is very inexpensive at only about $5 a bottle. It comes in pill form, too.
Usually, a cotton swab or cotton ball is saturated with witch hazel and applied to the affected area for a few moments. The witch hazel gently reduces the swelling of the affected area, and soothes any irritation. It is said to be quite effective in treating mild hemorrhoids, providing immediate comfort.
There are few to no side effects from the use of witch hazel. Most adults can use it with no problems, although some may have a mild skin irritation. There is no danger to using witch hazel. Reports that it contains a carcinogen are overblown, as you would have to imbibe huge amounts of the product to face that problem.
You do not need a doctor’s help to use witch hazel for hemorrhoids. This is a home treatment, and the medication is readily available at your grocery store, drug store, pharmacy, and health food store.
3. Blond Psyllium
Blond psyllium is a seed and its attached husk. This herb is used to help people who need to soften their stools. It is also useful in treating diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. It’s presence in the diet will stabilize the moisture in the digestive tract, treating constipation and diarrhea, both of which irritate hemorrhoids.
Blond psyllium is usually purchased in a health food store. While the initial outlay may be a little more expensive – about $25 for a package – a dose is only about 3 tablespoons. This makes the package last a long time, improving the payout time.
Psyllium and psyllium husk are quite effective in relieving several problems with the digestive tract and with elimination problems. In fact, it is often recommended to treat high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer. People who have been diagnosed with colon polyps and diverticulitis are often referred to psyllium as a way to gently cleanse the colon, intestines, and bowels of fecal matter. The benefit to a person suffering from hemorrhoids is that elimination is much easier and more regular, which in turn reduces irritation of areas affected by hemorrhoids.
The use of psyllium and blond psyllium is actually recommended for a number of ailments, and has no side effects. The only problem arises if a person is allergic to the herb. These people may develop sneezing or hives. Some people report feeling a sense of nausea. It is recommended, however, for people with diabetes, as it can level blood sugar, and it is safe for women who are pregnant or breast feeding.