The swollen and inflamed rectal veins can become very troublesome and painful and this ailment is called hemorrhoids. Usually people suffer from hemorrhoids between the age of 45 to 65 years.
Some of the hemorrhoids are bleeding, whereas the others do not bleed; while some are painful and the others are not. There are many herbal remedies that can help cure or at least manage the hemorrhoids.
Herbal Remedies for Hemorrhoids
Horse chestnut is a folk medicine to strengthen the blood vessels and reduce inflammation and swelling. The organic compound in horse chestnut which possesses medicinal properties, is named aecin. It helps in curing hemorrhoids by improving blood circulation in the blood vessels and healing chronic venous insufficiency.
It can be consumed as a tea or as a capsule. Using compress is another method of using it and it has proved to be very helpful. The useful part of plant are its seeds and bark. The rest of the plant is poisonous.
Butcher’s broom is a folk remedy. Butcher’s broom can be taken internally as tea. Its capsules are also available. To make tea, soak it it in a cup of water for an hour, strain and use this liquid. Mix some honey , because it is bitter in taste. It can be used as a compress and ointment as well. Its efficacy can be gauged from the fact that it has traditionally been used to treat hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
Its other names are box holly, sweet broom, and knee holly. The organic compound ruscogenin found in butcher’s broom, is responsible for toning the muscles of blood vessels and has the property to shrink the swollen tissues. The pregnant and lactating ladies and high blood pressure patients are advised not to use this.
This herb is for topical application and not for ingestion. Its bark and leaves are used for medicinal purpose. Witch hazel can be used to reduce bleeding of hemorrhoids , because it acts as an astringent. Additionally, it can reduce the other associated symptoms like pain and swelling.
This herb has been taken traditionally to tone the blood veins and is particularly good for hemorrhoid patients. It is used topically as well as ingested. It contains rosmeirinic acid and limonene, both these have astringent properties.
Some people may be allergic to it, and it may not suit some others with high blood pressure. It is good to check with the doctor before using it.
Flax seeds are very well known to be one of the best remedies for hemorrhoids. They contain a lot of fiber. The fiber helps in the smooth passage of stool, thereby giving a lot of comfort to the hemorrhoid-ridden person.
One of the studies conducted found that use of flax seeds helped in reducing pain and itching. But one must drink a lot of water along with fiber, otherwise the stool will become more constipated.
Aloe vera can be grown almost all over the world as a houseplant. Aloe vera is a very well known herbal remedy for wounds or wound like conditions. In hemorrhoids it can be applied topically. If you can lay your hands on aloe vera leaf, snap a small part of the leaf, scrape out its get from inside the fleshy leaf and apply directly on the affected part. The rest of the leaf remains intact on the plant, and can be used later on.
If you cannot find a fresh leaf, then buy a capsule and open it, the gel will come out of it, use this gel. You can buy its gel and lotion too. It is beneficial to use it many times a day.
Some people may not feel very comfortable using it because it causes sensitivity on the skin. The best way is to do some skin test and then use.
Calendula herb can be dried and used as an infusion for a soak. It is not to be ingested. You can use the infusion for a sitz bath. Calendula is used in homeopathic treatment for skin ailment creams. In the case of hemorrhoids, use a handful of dry calendula leaves and boil them in half a liter of water for a while. You can strain it and put it in a tub along with some more water. Sit in this water with bottom in the tub. You may sit in this tub for half an hour.
Some tubs are available as an attachment of toilet seat, if you desire you can buy one, because, it is going to be handy for sitz baths. If you do not desire to sit in a tub, then dip a towel in the infusion and keep it on the hemorrhoid affected area many times in a day.
If you are constipated, your hemorrhoid condition is going to become worse. Right now your first priority is to cure your constipation. And you need to take this herbal laxative. Psyllium is the husk of the seeds, used world over to get rid of constipation. It provides bulk to the stool and makes it soft. You must drink one or two glasses of water when you take psyllium, otherwise it will make you more constipated.
This herb improves the blood flow through the rectal veins and strengthens the tissues. The organic compounds saponins also known as triterpanic acids are responsible for the goodness of gotu kola. Gotu kola is to be used topically.
Yarrow has been a folk herbal remedy in Europe. It was being used for bleeding hemorrhoids. But check with your doctor if you are on blood thinning medications.
Golden rod is and astringent herb. Hence, it has anti inflammatory properties. You can use it topically by boiling a handful of this herb in one liter water. Soak a cloth in this decoction and place it on the affected area. You can also use it for sitz bath.
Tips for Managing Hemorrhoids
Make sure that you eat diet that had plenty of dietary fiber, so that you do not need to depend upon laxatives. Modify your lifestyle and go for brisk walks. You should also do regular exercises to improve the health of your digestive system. Lastly drink plenty of water to allow your stool to be soft.