Herbal Remedies for Hemorrhoid Relief

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal or on the outside near the anal opening. They may be either internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids are likely to go unnoticed unless accompanied by bleeding during a bowel movement. This is because there are few nerve endings in the area. However, internal hemorrhoids may also “prolapse” or fall out of the anal opening. In this case, they can be very painful.

External hemorrhoids are often painful and can bleed easily due to pressure placed on them during a bowel movement or friction from sitting or even clothes rubbing against them. They may appear as hard or soft lumps and are sometimes blue or purple in color. This discoloration results for the clotted blood that is often in the external hemorrhoids.

Most hemorrhoids do not require medical treatment and will often resolve themselves on their own. However, if you have ever suffered with them, you know that waiting for them to “take care of themselves” is not the most preferred option. Fortunately, there are a number of herbal treatments that may be effective in providing relief.

Aloe Vera gel can be topically applied to the hemorrhoid. It will relieve the pain and burning of the swollen tissues.

Butcher’s broom is a common evergreen shrub. It is also known as box holly, knee holly, sweet broom, and Jew’s myrtle. It has been used to treat a variety of venous conditions including hemorrhoids. The ointment from this plant is applied topically to hemorrhoids.

Calendula is a member of the daisy family. It is believed to have anti-inflammation properties. Use it in cream form and apply it topically to the infected area. You can also make an infusion from the plant and use it in a sitz bath to reduce the swelling of the tissue.

Chamomile is most often known as a relaxing tea. However, chamomile ointment can be directly applied to hemorrhoids to relieve the pain, itch, and swelling. Or you can also make a tea but don’t drink the tea for hemorrhoid relief. Instead, cool the tea in the fridge and apply directly to hemorrhoids.

Comfrey can be used to reduce inflammation. Take some powdered comfrey and mix it with vegetable oil to form a paste. It works by stimulating the immune system, aiding in the formation of new skin, and contains allantoin which is known to aid in the healing of wounds.

Dandelion can also aid in relief. This herb often comes in either tincture or capsule form. It is ingested and works as a stool softener making bowel movements less traumatic and reducing strain which can further irritate the tissues.

St. John’ Wort oil can also be used. The oil is applied topically to the infected area and is said to reduce inflammation and swelling.
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There you have some of the most typical herbal remedies for hemorrhoids. They may be able to help you to get relief from the symptoms. Remember to eat foods with more fiber, drink plenty of fluids, avoid straining on the toilet, and to introduce a little exercise into your daily routine. This will help prevent the condition.

As always, this information is intended only for your education. It should not be considered to be medical advice. If you have an concerns about your hemorrhoids, please consult your medical professional.


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