Hemorrhoids are characterized by painful, itchy and bleeding of the enlarged blood vessels located in the lining of the anus and rectum. They are quite similar to the usual varicose veins, because they are both blood vessels that let blood to pool, thereby swelling the inner tissues. Hemorrhoids are mainly caused as a result of long periods of inactivity, chronic diarrhea, straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, or obesity. Hemorrhoid treatments range from preventive measures to surgery. However, natural and alternative remedies are more preferred.
There are several hemorrhoid treatments available and nutritional therapy is one of them that can reduce hemorrhoids pain and prevent chronic problems in the future. One of the best ways of preventing straining is to make sure your stool is soft. Including right nutrition, plenty of water, unrefined fiber and some decaffeinated liquids can help in promoting softer stools.
Other nutritional supplements containing bioflavonoid and vitamin can also help in strengthening the walls of blood vessels to prevent hemorrhoids. In addition, excess weight also makes people more susceptible to this condition, so losing weight could be a beneficial idea.
In addition, eating both soluble and insoluble fiber can be helpful.
Sources of soluble fiber are:
- oat brain or oatmeal
Sources of insoluble fiber are:
- wheat bran
- fruits like pears and apples
- vegetables like spinach and carrots
- brown rice
Herbal medicines are extremely helpful in strengthening and shrinking the blood vessels around the rectum and anus to provide relief from painful and bleeding hemorrhoids. There are many herbs like witch hazel that works like astringent when used for treating hemorrhoids. Other herbs to be used are:
- butcher’s broom
- bayberry bark
- horse chestnut
Hydrotherapy is a very effective hemorrhoid treatment that encourages blood circulation in the anal and rectal area. There are 3 types of hydrotherapy used:
- hot compress and cold compress, applied alternately
- alternating cold and warm sitz baths, soaking the affected area
- cold compress, applying ice-cold cloth only
There are certain herbs that can be used for hydrotherapy as well, like yarrow.
There are different therapies used for treating hemorrhoids as well, such as:
- Aromatherapy using different types of essential oils likes geranium, cypress, and myrrh.
- Ayurvedic medicines for treating hemorrhoids that involve dietary chances, herbal therapy with astringent herbs and stress reduction with meditation.
- Fasting, detoxification and colon therapy.
- Homeopathy with common remedies like belladonna, nux vomica, collinsoania, and hamamelis.