Swollen and inflamed veins that occur in the lower rectum and anus are hemorrhoids, and they are also known under the name of piles. Approximately a half of the adult population experiences this uncomfortable condition.
Hemorrhoids can be internal, which means that they are inside the anus, and external, if they are outside the anus. The intense straining during a bowel movement or any other increased pressure on these veins may lead to the appearance of this condition, but chronic diarrhea or constipation, anal intercourse, obesity and pregnancy are also the potential causes for this disorder. The most frequent symptoms of hemorrhoids are itching, discomfort and bleeding, as well as swelling around the anus and a sensitive or painful lump near the anus.
Natural cures for hemorrhoids
In order to treat hemorrhoids successfully, there are five natural remedies which are very effective. Fiber, Bioflavonoid, Which Hazel Compress or Cream, Butcher’s Broom and Horse Chestnut are regarded as very helpful for reducing the symptoms of this condition. Fiber is very good in softening the stools, so that the straining during bowel movement is decreased. In order to relieve the pain, itching and discomfort, it is advisable to eat foods which are rich in fiber, such as, whole grains and vegetables. When a person takes much food that contains a lot of fiber, it is important to drink a lot of water in order to avoid constipation. Bioflavonoids have the role to stabilize and make stronger the walls of the blood vessels, and to reduce inflammation. The pregnant women should use this type of natural remedy, because they usually do not have adverse effects. Bioflavonoids such as diosmin, oxerutins and herperidin are ingredients of citrus fruits. Which Hazel compress or cream should not be used internally, but just applied on the anal area. Due to this natural remedy, the symptoms of hemorrhoids, such as itching, pain and swelling, can be significantly reduced. Butcher’s Broom is another natural cure for this disorder, and it is also well-known under the names knee holly, box holly and sweet broom. It contains ruscogen that has anti-inflammatory and vein-constricting features, and it is available in the form of capsules, or as an ointment and compress, but it can be also be consumed as a tea. Doctors do not recommend Butcher’s Broom in the cases of hypertension, benign prostatic hyperplasia and in pregnancy. Horse Chestnut is an herb that contains aescin, which is very effective in improving the circulation in the veins and making stronger the walls of the veins. It can be consumed as a tea or in the form of capsules.