Several factors can result in one seeking natural hemorrhoid treatments – old age, pregnancy, chronic constipation, being seated in one position for long periods, obesity, or genetics are some of the factors that could be responsible for hemorrhoids.
Cauterization, rubber band ligation and sclerotherapy are some of the mainstream therapies that may be required for severe hemorrhoids. However you can try and prevent the situation from worsening and getting to the point where these treatments are required. The following natural hemorrhoid treatments can help:
Fiber and fiber supplements
Avoiding constipation and taking care of infections that lead to diarrhea can help to control and avoid constipation. To this end, increasing the amount of fiber in the diet can help. whole grains, lots of wholesome vegetables and fruit and drinking lots of water will help – anything that increases the bulk of the stool and helps its passage is a known antidote to constipation.
Fiber supplements can also be tried. They can be added to the diet to help in relieving constipation. Regular exercise can also help to prevent constipation.
Also known as a hip bath, this is another one of the natural hemorrhoid treatments that are known to work. A warm or cool sitz bath or even alternating between warm and cool baths is known to help soothe pain and swelling associated with hemorrhoids. Salt, baking soda or vinegar can be added to the hip bath to make it more effective.
Witch hazel has long been natural astringent obtained from the bark of a tree and has many medicinal applications including soothing hemorrhoids. Witch hazel helps treat inflammation, swelling and pain as well as bleeding and itching because it is a strong antioxidant and astringent. Calendula or chamomile is also known to be one of the natural hemorrhoid treatments.
These can be used in the form of lotions or ointments or in the form of compresses or medicated pads. In some cases distilled liquid extract can also be used.
Bioflavonoid supplements can help to reduce some of the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Butcher’s Broom and Horse Chestnut are other remedies that can be taken in the form of tea or capsule form. Butcher’s broom is also available for topical application.
Triphala (tri meaning three and phala meaning fruits) is an Ayurvedic remedy for hemorrhoids. These natural hemorrhoid treatments work by relieving constipation and acting as a tonic for the bowels.