Inflammations of the veins around the anal region, hemorrhoids can cause a whole lot of problems in people ranging from pain, difficulty in passing stools, bleeding etc. Diet control plays an important role in the treatment and prevention of hemorrhoids.
There are also certain very specific herbs that can be used for treating hemorrhoids and preventing it from recurring. Though many of the herbal remedies are deemed safe by people, they are actually not so and hence expert advice is needed from a qualified naturopath before taking these medications for treatment.
Herbal Remedies for Hemorrhoids
The great thing about this herb is that it is a wonderful analgesic, anti inflammatory and strengthening agent and works on all areas of hemorrhoids and does much for preventing its recurrence. Horse chestnut helps in making the blood vessels strong, which in turn will help in reducing instances of bursting of the tiny blood vessels, which are located around the anus while you pass motion.
Most people with hemorrhoids suffer from severe constipation as well, thereby putting pressure on the veins around the anal region. Therefore, treatment of hemorrhoids must always be teamed up with treatment for constipation as well for complete relief. Horse chestnut capsules or tea can be taken on a daily basis and the tea can be used for washing the anal region as well for healing the wound and reducing the swelling.
Aloe Vera is a medicinal herb of tremendous medicinal qualities that can be used for treating numerous disorders of the body. The healing as well as anti inflammatory power of aloe is very beneficial in treating hemorrhoids and healing the wound that causes itching, pain and burning sensation. Aloe is also an anti bacterial agent and acts as a protective covering on the wound when applied so that the bacteria from the fecal matter will not enter the wound and cause infections. Apply fresh and organic aloe gum on the hemorrhoids and leave it on.
Reapply every few hours for healing and protection and also to keep the inflammation under control. Aloe Vera must be attained fresh for this purpose as the ones available in the market might have chemicals that irritate the nerves and surrounding skin that is damaged, aggravating the situation. Aloe also cools the area and this will numb the pain as well.
With amazing astringent and anti inflammatory properties, combined with pain relieving properties, witch hazel is very good for gaining relief from the symptoms naturally. Witch hazel extracts are available as ointments that can be smeared on the affected spot for relief.
Witch hazel pads can be used as a band aid or poultice for relief and healing. Remember that the herb is not suitable for internal consumption and is only used for topical application.
Butcher’s broom is excellent for varicose veins, which is another reason for developing hemorrhoids. It increases circulation, reduces inflammation and heals damaged tissues that have got affected due to constant hemorrhoids. Intake of the herb is known to constrict inflamed veins and this will help healing the wound and reducing the burning sensation and pain.
Take one tablespoon of the dried herb and add this to one cup of boiling water. Allow the infusion to stay for at least ten minutes before taking it. Butcher’s broom capsules too have the same effect as the tea for attaining complete relief. Rinsing the anal region with the tea is another effective way to treat the hemorrhoids and prevent discomfort and pain.
Its anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties come in handy when you have frequent hemorrhoids that pose the risk of infection. Intake of garlic helps in treating infections and is also a good preventive against infections that could set in with a hemorrhoid due to its proximity to the anus. Take 4-5 cloves of garlic a day to improve your immunity, prevent bad bacteria from acting on the wound and also to naturally heal the wound as a result of increased immunity.
As application of garlic directly on the wound could cause sting and is a difficult procedure, you can crush a few cloves of garlic and boil with two cups of water. Simmer for fifteen minutes and allow the water to turn cool or refrigerate it for making it cool. Use this for frequently rinsing the region to prevent bacteria from entering the wound. This is an excellent way to subside the inflammation as soon as it had cropped up.
One of the best anti inflammatory and anti bacterial agents right from the kitchen, turmeric has several medicinal uses that make it a wonderful herb for daily use in order to remain healthy and free from diseases of the body. Turmeric powder can be made into a paste and a thick coat can be applied on the anal region. This might cause a stinging sensation initially.
Allow the turmeric to dry so that it acts as a natural coating against bacteria. Its anti inflammatory action soon kicks in and you will soon find that the inflammation has subsided and you no longer feel the pain and burning. Apply turmeric regularly for healing the surrounding tissue and also for preventing further infections and inflammations. Turmeric is also good for internal consumption. Take a teaspoon of freshly ground turmeric powder along with a glass of warm water in the morning. You may also add this to a glass of warm milk or sprinkle it in your favourite dish as well.
Triphala is an ayurvedic herbal preparation that is formulated specially for treating hemorrhoids, though not directly. Triphala works as a strengthening tonic for the colon, by loosening the bowels and preventing constipation from occurring.
Calendula is a soothing herb and can be used for topical application on the anal region to get relief from inflammation, intense itching and pain. It can also be used as a compress for attaining instant relief.
Chamomile is a herb that boasts of anti inflammatory as well as soothing properties. Intake of chamomile as a tea will help in soothing the stomach walls and easing the bowel movements. Chamomile oil can be mixed with a carrier oil and applied on the anal region for relief from symptoms of hemorrhoids. The tea can be used for rinsing the area frequently as well.