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Good News: Best Natural Remedies to Relieve Hemorrhoids

First of all, we all have hemorrhoids - they are just venous cushions around the anus. It’s actually good news that we have them, as without them the stool might start leaking out of the anus. 

At least that’s what the theory says. The bad news is that almost half of the population develops unhealthy hemorrhoids at some point in their lives but the good news is that hemorrhoids can be treated and prevented using natural home remedies.

Symptoms include swelling, itchiness, bleeding, irritation and pain. No, not a very comfortable situation. But make sure you diagnose hemorrhoids properly.

They are harmless by themselves, but you wouldn’t want to mistake them for any other – more sinister – condition as blood in the stool is one of the warning signs of bowl cancer.

Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the wall of your anus and lower rectum. Hemorrhoid swelling occurs when there is an increase in the pressure, causing the small veins to swell and fill with blood.
Hemorrhoids 

That may result from straining during bowel movements or from the increased pressure on them during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids may be located inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids), or they may develop under the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids).

Think fiber
The incidence of hemorrhoids is so high in the West mostly because of our lifestyle, so you can start by scrutinizing yours.

Changing diet, exercising, drinking plenty of water and reducing stress, will not only help the hemorrhoids, but your general well-being as well. Fiber should be your mantra if you want to end constipation, one of the main reasons the problems start in the first place. 

Raw vegetables and fruits should do the trick, but you could always supplement that by adding organic flaxseeds or psyllium husk. 

Clean and dry

Don’t use harsh soaps to clean your anal area. Unless completely natural, soaps can cause irritation from chemicals. Plain water is the best. And gently but thoroughly dry it afterwards.

Apple cider vinegar
There are various natural substances that can be applied to the painful area to sooth and heal it. Try using apple cider vinegar (ACV) – the panacea of natural remedies. Simply soak a cotton ball and apply it to the anal area. 

This should help with inflammation and symptom relief. You can also try mixing ACV with honey as this combination can improve digestive health and prevent constipation.

Witch Hazel 
Use witch hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, topically, in the form of a cream, liquid or as a compress. The leaves and bark of this plant have been used as a remedy for hemorrhoids since ancient times. They help to reduce the bleeding and relieve the pain, itchiness and swelling. Aloe vera can be added to cool the area.

Another soothing option is to make a pampering warm bath – add a few capfuls of witch hazel to the water, and then soak until the discomfort has ceased. Which hazel is a versatile herb that is used topically for various conditions. You can also add a few drops of essential oils for hemorrhoids.

To learn more about this herb, as well as other herbs, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.

Butcher’s broom
Despite its bloody-sounding name, butcher’s broom tightens and strengthens the veins and acts as a vasoconstrictor that narrows the blood vessels, as well as an anti-inflammatory. The extract can be consumed either in a capsule form or as a slightly bitter-tasting tea, so sweeten with honey to your heart’s delight.

Squat
When travelling through Asia, I got very familiar with squat toilets. I became even fonder of them when I realized all the health benefits that come from squatting instead of sitting on the toilet.

One of these includes hemorrhoid prevention, as you strain less. Did you know that in countries where people squat when going to the toilet, hemorrhoid problems are practically non-existent? 

As it might be a bit impractical making toilet adaptations – or even house relocations – you can still try squatting when you can, as it’s the most natural way to open up the bowels and it has many other health benefits. - Online Sources 

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