Since “hemorrhoids” and “natural treatment for hemorrhoids” were two of the most popular health related searches on Google last year, hemorrhoids seemed like an important topic to address. It’s estimated that about 50% of adults in the United States will have a problem with their hemorrhoids some time during their lives. Many seem to be unaware that there are natural remedies for inflamed hemorrhoids and ways to prevent hemorrhoid problems to begin with.
When one’s hemorrhoids are functioning properly, they play an important role in maintaining contenance, but when inflamed and stretched out, they can cause tremendous pain. The exact cause of inflamed hemorrhoids is debated, but anecdotal evidence indicates that there are two primary causes: excess strain and weak hemorrhoid structure. Fortunately, there are a number of remedies that address these two causes of hemorrhoids that people have had success with. While surgery is a necessary option for some, it isn’t always needed. Also, surgery doesn’t solve the root problem; people with inflamed hemorrhoids often have to return for surgery several times throughout their lives. This article isn’t meant to replace the advice of a licensed physician, but the remedies presented are worth a try!
1) More fiber and water: On average, Americans only consume about 15 grams of fiber per day, which is only 50% of the amount recommended by the Institute of Medicine for optimum health. To prevent the strain on the hemorrhoids that can result from constipation, the body needs plentiful amounts of fiber and water. Together, fiber and water create enough fecal matter to promote healthy and strain-free bowel movements. The best sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables and properly soaked nuts and beans. Research continues to reveal a number of important health benefits from fiber, so eat up!
2) Wait to use the restroom: Trying to relieve oneself before the body is ready can result in unnecessary strain. Don’t go number two until you really need to go.
3) Use a squatty potty: Most of the world’s population doesn’t sit on a toilet, they squat. Is it a coincidence that in places where people squat there are lower incidences of hemorrhoid problems? Probably not. Here’s why: There’s a strand of fibers called the puborectalis that forms a sling around the rectum to help maintain continence. The sitting position only slightly releases the puborecatlis’ tension, making elimination difficult and causing strain. The squatting position, however, releases the puborectalis sling enough to make elimination easy. It’s easy to make your home toilet work as a squatty potty, using a simply squatting stool.
4) Get more exercise: Regular exercise is associated with a decreased risk of hemorrhoids. It probably has to do with the healthy effect exercising has on the vascular system (which hemorrhoids are a part of). Exercise can also help promote increased nutritional intake and health bowel movements.
5) Consume more vitamin C: A recent study looked at the molecular structure of inflamed hemorrhoids, and it was found that unhealthy hemorrhoids had less collagen than healthy hemorrhoids. Collagen is a flexible and strong protein that is synthesized in the body using vitamin C. People that smoke or don’t consume enough vitamin C may not produce enough collagen to promote a strong vascular structure. If you’ve had a problem with hemorrhoids consider eating more foods that are high in vitamin C and /or taking two 500 mg vitamin C tablets per day.
6) Apply herbs and vitamins topically: Many have had success healing hemorrhoids by applying some variety of herbal/vitamin mixture. These mixtures can help strengthen the vascular structure and reduce inflammation. They should only be applied after properly cleansing the area during a shower. Here are a few of the topical mixtures people have reported success with:
- Honey, olive oil, and beeswax
- Cocoa butter, comfrey powder, and white oak bark powder
- Natural vitamin E oil (d-tocopherol)
Eat healthy foods, drink water, get exercise, and squat for healthy hemorrhoids!
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Originally posted 2013-02-15 23:32:00.