5 Hemorrhoids Home Remedies

Hemorrhoids, also known as hemroids or piles, are swollen veins in the anus or lower rectum.

There are 2 types of hemorrhoids, based on their location:
- internal hemorrhoids develop inside the anus.
- external hemorrhoids are located at or outside the anal opening.

Internal hemorrhoids are graded based on their appearance and extent of prolapse:
Grade 1: hemorrhoids bleed but do not prolapse
Grade 2: hemorrhoids prolapse through the anus on straining but reduce spontaneously
Grade 3: hemorrhoids prolapse through the anus on straining and require manual reduction
Grade 4: hemorrhoids prolapse, remain outside the anus and are irreducible

Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
- Bleeding associated with bowel movement
- Anal irritation or itching
- Anal pain or discomfort
- Anal discharge
- Lump(s)

Causes Of Hemorrhoids
1. Veins around anus become swollen when there is increased pressure on them. Factors that contribute to increased pressure are:
- chronic constipation/diarrhea
- prolonged straining during bowel movements
- sitting for prolonged period of time
- pregnancy
- obesity
- anal intercourse

2. Age or genetics
Aging or genetics can result in the weakening of the supporting connective tissue in the anus, thereby increasing the risk of developing hemorrhoids.

3. Certain medications

5 Home Remedies For Hemorrhoids
Home remedies can be effective for managing hemorrhoids, depending on the severity of symptoms and degree of prolapse. Most people can get relief from hemorrhoid symptoms with home treatment.

1. Dietary modifications
Adopting simple dietary measures is important for preventing and treating hemorrhoids. Increase your intake of fiber and fluids to promote regular bowel movement and prevent constipation. This also helps to soften stools so you avoid straining which increases pressure in the veins around the anus.

Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains. You may also benefit by taking a fiber supplement such as psyllium husk. Studies have shown that fiber supplement reduced the likelihood of persisting symptoms and bleeding by about 50%. Fiber supplement is an effective treatment for non-prolapsed hemorrhoids.

2. Lifestyle modifications
- Regular exercise promotes healthy bowel movement.
- Avoid sitting for prolonged period of time.
- Avoid medication that causes constipation or diarrhea, if possible.
- Avoid heavy lifting.
- Sit on a donut cushion to reduce pressure in the anal area.

Squatty Potty

Squatty Potty

3. Practise Good Bowel Habits
- Avoid straining. Use a toilet stool such as Squatty Potty to establish healthy toilet posture for elimination and to prevent straining.
- Avoid reading or sitting too long on the toilet.
- Use witch hazel wipes instead of toilet paper after bowel movement.
- Don’t hold back when you have the urge to have a bowel movement. Delaying can cause constipation.

4. Hemorrhoid Symptom Relief: Topical Applications
- Apply witch hazel or aloe vera gel to the affected area.
Witch hazel is a mild astringent that can shrink inflamed veins or hemorrhoids. It relieves itching, burning, irritation and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.
Aloe vera is soothing and provides immediate relief to hemorrhoid symptoms.

5. Nutritional Supplements
Loss of vascular integrity is associated with the development of hemorrhoids. Certain herbal extracts can help to improve vascular tone, blood circulation and strengthen connective tissue.

Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Aescin is the active component in horse chestnut seed extracts that has anti-inflammatory, anti-edematous and venotonic properties. In Europe, horse chestnut seed extract is used for treating chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and edema. It can be taken orally or applied topically to the affected area.

Hemorrhoid Treatment by Amoils

Butcher’s Broom
Butcher’s broom extract has anti-inflammatory, astringent and vasoconstrictive properties. It contains 2 active saponin compounds, ruscogenin and neoruscogenin, that are used in oral and topical formulations for treatment of venous insufficiency such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Butcher’s broom tightens dilated blood vessels that form in hemorrhoids and may help to relieve symptoms such as pain and other discomfort.

The German Commission E has approved Butcher’s broom as supportive treatment of venuous insufficiency and hemorrhoids.

diosmin, home remedies for hemorrhoids

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Bioflavonoids

Bioflavonoids such as  diosmin and hesperidin have been shown to be effective for treating venous disorders such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It is suggested that bioflavonoids can improve venous tone and lymphatic drainage, reduce capillary permeability and protect microcirculation from imflammatory processes.

Several clinical studies demonstrated that treatment with combined bioflavonoids, ie. 90% diosmin and 10% hesperidin, significantly:
- reduced the frequency, duration and severity of acute hemorrhoid attacks, and symptoms of chronic hemorrhoids.
- alleviated post hemorrhoid surgery symptoms such as pain, heaviness, bleeding and itching.
- reduced pain and bleeding associated with acute hemorrhoids
- alleviated hemorrhoid symptoms such as pain, heaviness, bleeding, itching and anal discharge.

Diosmin and hesperidin are considered safe and effective for treating hemorrhoids of pregnancy.

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