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.
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 cool.
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 Ani sufferers 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.
Constipation is 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 ice-pop molds.
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 with blood.
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 Acid.
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 Peony.
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.