Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Hemorrhoids and other anal rectal diseases
A home remedy
is a treatment or cure for a disease or other ailment that employs
certain foods or other common household items. Home remedies may
have actual medicinal properties that serve to treat or cure the
disease or ailment in question.
Anal Hygiene: Proper Cleaning & Wiping Technique
Avoid rubbing with toilet paper or moist towelettes. This aggravates
the hemorrhoids and irritates the skin.
Whenever possible, clean the area in a bath or a shower without using
soap (soap is an irritant). Plain water or natural cleansing products
are usually OK. Be sure to rinse the area well. Then gently dry the area
by blotting it with a towel, or use a blow dryer set to light warm or
Thick-quilted disposable baby wipes can be a suitable substitute for
toilet paper when bathing is impractical. Be sure to wipe slowly and
gently, and never scrub the area.
Anal Hygiene: Proper Way to Experience a Bowel Movement
Use the toilet whenever you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, even
if it is several times throughout the day. Try to go as soon as you
feel the urge to go; if you delay this urge by more than a few minutes,
you might get a reflex constipation and loose the urge to go again
for several hours.
Prolonged sitting or excessive straining while on the toilet, allows
the hemorrhoidal venous cushions to expand unnecessarily, causing hemorrhoid
disease to develop or worsen. Avoid excessive straining with any bowel
movement. A gentle pressure or straining of the abdominal and pelvic
muscles is OK, but not for more than 30-consecutive seconds. Limit
your time on the toilet from 3-5 minutes for any one sitting; if you
have not completed an entire bowel movement, that’s OK; get off
the toilet, walk around for a bit, and wait for the urge to have a bowel
movement return. Don’t read, watch TV, talk on the phone, or play
video games while sitting on the toilet, or else you might extend your
time sitting on the toilet by more than a few minutes.
This diet is perfect for Pruritus
and for relief from itching caused by hemorrhoids. Lower the acid ph
balance of your stools by avoiding: 1) soda beverages, 2) citrus fruits
and juices, and 3) beer and wine. In addition, avoid caffeinated products,
especially coffee, because this lowers the anal sphincter pressure, promotes flatulence, and generally
heightens anal skin sensitivity.
a leading cause of hemorrhoids. In most cases dietary and lifestyle changes
will help relieve symptoms and help prevent constipation.
A High Fiber Diet helps
to form soft, bulky stools. A doctor or dietitian can help plan an appropriate
diet. High-fiber foods include beans; whole grains and bran cereals;
fresh fruits; and vegetables such as asparagus, brussels sprouts, cabbage,
and carrots. For people prone to constipation, limiting foods that have
little or no fiber such as ice cream, cheese, meat, and processed foods
is also important.
Other changes that can help treat and prevent constipation include drinking
enough water and other liquids such as fruit and vegetable juices and
clear soup, engaging in daily exercise, and reserving enough time to
have a bowel movement. In addition, the urge to have a bowel movement
should not be ignored.
Enemas may be used to relieve constipation and fecal impaction. To keep
the bowels clean, plain warm water enemas can be effective. As a bowel
stimulant, enemas are administered directly into the rectum, and thereafter,
into the colon. When the enema is complete, and after a set "holding
time," (usually about 5-10 minutes) the patient expels feces along
with the enema in the toilet. A licensed Doctor or Certified
Colon Hydro Therapist should
be consulted when using enemas containing chemicals, or when enema
usage exceeds more than one quart of water per day.
Acutely inflamed hemorrhoids respond well to icing the area. Apply an
ice pack to the anal area on and off for 10-15 minutes, 5-times a day.
Usually, Ice in a small zip lock bag works well. For the application
of ice internally, try freezing some water in commercially available
Keep the Anus Dry
A moist anal area is prone to irritation and infection of the skin. Sprinkle
the anus with cornstarch or baby powder to absorb any moisture. A large
cotton fluff, torn from a commercially available “roll of cotton,” should
be placed between the buttocks to absorb excessive moisture. A physician
should evaluate excessive moisture, especially if it is tinged
A “sitz bath” is a bath in which the hips and buttocks are
immersed in warm water for the therapeutic effect of moist heat in the
perineal and anal regions. It is one of the best treatments
a person can use to get relief from hemorrhoids. Nothing should be added
to the water while soaking. Fill up your bathtub with warm water and
sit in it for 10-15 minutes as often as you want for relief. Hot water
is not recommended and may injure the tissues that you want to heal.
Topical Ointments and Creams
A coating of petroleum jelly, and some commercially available “diaper
rash” creams and ointments can be applied directly to the anal
area to soothe irritated skin surfaces. Skin surfaces that are cracked
and dry, will immediately feel improvement. Also, applying lubrication
to the anal passage with an ointment just prior to a bowel movement can
help alleviate pain caused by the passage of a hard or difficult stool.
An herbal remedy is made from a medicinal plant or plants and used to
prevent and treat diseases and ailments or to promote health and healing.
Barberry (Berberis Aristata) is a blood purifier
that has also been used for piles. The unique qualities of berberine-rich
plants lie in their ability to promote healthy intestinal microbial balance
and normal liver and gallbladder function.
Butcher's Broom (Ruscus Aculeatus) is used to treat
varicose veins and hemorrhoids. The vein-narrowing qualities of butcher's
broom have been found to relieve discomfort associated with varicose veins
and other circulatory conditions.
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum) extract
standardized for aescin or escin, seems to increase the strength and tone
of the veins in particular. It has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.
It may be used internally to aid the body in the treatment of phlebitis,
varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. Externally it may be used to treat the
same conditions as well as for leg ulcers.
Neem (Azadirachta Indica, Margosa). In the Ayurvedic
tradition, neem is recommended for the treatment of hemorrhoids. It has
been shown to have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving
properties. Neem helps to prevent hemorrhoids by promoting the elimination
of waste, and avoiding constipation. Neem extract applied topically to
external hemorrhoids is soothing, and helps control bleeding and itching.
Psyllium is a bulk laxative and demulcent used
for the short-term treatment of constipation. It is also used to treat
people with irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, and hemorrhoids
and to lower cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.
Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva) softens and soothes
internal or external inflamed bodily tissues.
White Oak Bark (Quercus Alba). Popular for its
astringent qualities, White Oak Bark encourages tissue proteins to tighten,
thus strengthening vascular walls. The oak tannin binds liquids, absorbs
toxins, and soothes inflamed tissues. The inhabitation of intestinal secretions
may also help to resolve diarrhea.
Witch Hazel (Hammamelis viriniana) is a natural
astringent used to reduce swelling and inflammation. It is effective in
stopping the flow of blood, and in reducing secretions.
A homeopathic remedy is one that produces the same symptoms that the patient
is complaining of. A minimum dose is in used, and relies on the body's
regulation of self-healing to assist nature. The homeopathic approach
allows for the treatment of conditions that are not treatable by traditional
means. Remedies are relatively inexpensive, without side effects, and
offer the possibility of a cure.
Aloe can help when your rectum is sore, bleeding,
and hot. Helps with the feeling of a constant bearing down in the rectum.
Apis Mellifica is useful for external anal skin,
which is bright red, burning, and itching.
Calendula homeopathic ointment is a most remarkable
healing agent when applied locally. Useful for open wounds, parts that
will not heal, ulcers, etc. Promotes healthy granulations and rapid healing
by first intention.
Collinsonia Canadensis relieves pruritus in pregnancy,
itching of anus, hemorrhoids with a sensation of sharp sticks in rectum,
dry stools, and obstinate constipation. Commonly called Stone Root.
Graphites helps to relieving constipation, knotty
stools united by mucus threads, burning hemorrhoids with soreness, itching
and anal fissures. A person who needs Graphites is often overweight, has
difficulty concentrating, and tends toward developing skin eruptions.
Commonly called Black Lead.
Nitricum Acidum is indicated for constipation with
intense straining when there is with little or no bowel evacuation, and
for violent cutting pains after stool passage which continues for hours.
Also indicated for profusely bleeding hemorrhoids. Commonly called Nitric
Nux Vomica can be used for itching, painful hemorrhoids,
a feeling of constriction in the rectum, and chronic constipation with
ineffectual urging. A person who needs Nux vomica is usually impatient,
tense, and irritable, and often has a tendency toward heavy use of stimulants,
strong foods, and alcohol or drugs.
Paeonia Officinalis is suitable for relieving anal
itching, hemorrhoids, fissures, and ulceration's of anus and perineum,
and burning sensation in the anus after passage of stool. Commonly called
Pulsatilla is indicated for hemorrhoids that itch,
with sharp sticking pains. The hemorrhoids typically protrude, and improve
after lying down. Warmth often aggravates the symptoms. This is a very
helpful remedy for hemorrhoids that appear during pregnancy or around
the menstrual period.
Sulphur is indicated for redness around the anus
with itching and burning, and for protruding hemorrhoids, which are accompanied
by a feeling of fullness and pressure in the abdomen. A person who needs
Sulphur typically may feel worse from warmth and bathing, and may have
flatulence with a strong offensive odor. Commonly called Sublimed Sulphur.