Hemorrhoids most often occur when the lower rectum is subjected to extreme pressure. This pressure may happen when you have difficulty during bowel movements, when you have diarrhea or constipation, when you sit too long in the toilet, when you are overweight, when you are pregnant and when you have anal intercourse. The incidence of getting hemorrhoids may also increase as people age because the tissues which aid the veins in the anus and rectum may already be weakening and stretching with age.
Before making a conclusion that you have hemorrhoids, it is still best to consult with a doctor for any bleeding that you may experience during bowel movement. Even if the bleeding is painless, you still need to rule out other conditions such as rectal cancer. A careful examination of your anal canal and rectum is needed to properly diagnose that you have hemorrhoids. Although there are very few cases of surgical procedures done for treating hemorrhoids, it can still be done. Other than that, you can try the following herbal hemorrhoids medicines.
- Witch hazel: The leaves and bark of the witch hazel plant has astringent properties that make it effective as treatment for hemorrhoids. It can only be applied externally and may come in the form of distilled liquids, topical ointments, or medicated pads. If you are able to get the witch hazel plant leaves and bark, you create your own solution by grinding the leaves and bark. Use cotton swabs to apply the witch hazel concoction on your hemorrhoids.
- Comfrey root: Comfrey root powder has anti-inflammatory and rejuvenation properties that can best work for treating hemorrhoids. The Allenton component of the comfrey root is the one responsible for reducing the inflammation of the hemorrhoids as well as stimulates the rejuvenation and formation of new skin. By applying the comfrey root powder on your hemorrhoids, the hemorrhoids on your anus will shrink back and heal.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera does not only treat thinning hair or complete hair loss but can also be used for treating hemorrhoids. It can help with reducing the pain and itching that you feel because of the hemorrhoids. Aloe Vera gels provide soothing effects on hemorrhoids. If you have the aloe Vera plant available, you can make your own suppository out of its skin and insert it in your rectum. Aloe Vera gels are also conveniently available in drugstores.
- Horse chestnut: For improving blood circulation and as well as relief from swollen and inflamed hemorrhoids use horse chestnut tea or capsules. You can also apply the seeds or bark of horse chestnut in powder as a compress to your hemorrhoids. The active component that helps with treating hemorrhoids is aescin. It also assists in strengthening the blood vessel walls surrounding your anus and rectum. Unfortunately though, people who may already have bleeding disorders or are using blood thinners should not use horse chestnut.
Aside from the above herbal hemorrhoids medicine, it is also best if you put enough fiber in your diet and as well as avoid food that can only contribute to diarrhea or constipation. If you have the right amount of fiber in your diet, you wouldn’t have to worry about hardening stools that can really result to hemorrhoids. You also need to be consciously aware of your anus or rectum hygiene. Aside from bathing regularly, clean your anal area with warm water and moist, unscented and alcohol-free toilet paper or wipes instead of using dry toilet paper. You can also soak your anus in warm water to relieve yourself of the hemorrhoids itchiness and pain.