Hemorrhoids – alternative treatments

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Overview

Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in anus and lower rectum. Hemorrhoids may result from straining during fecal elimination or increased pressure on these veins during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids can be located inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or may develop under the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids).

Hemorrhoids are a quite common problem. About half of adults aged over 50 accused itching, discomfort and bleeding that could signal the presence of hemorrhoids. Fortunately, there are many effective options for treating hemorrhoids. Most of the people can relieve symptoms by using home treatments and lifestyle changes.


Contents

1. Overview
2. Herbal treatments
3. Homeopathic treatments and yoga
4. Dietary and nutritional treatments
5. Essential oils to treat hemorrhoids
6. Ayurvedic treatment for hemorrhoids


Herbal treatments

Witch hazel – is a powerful astringent that stops bleeding and helps reduce tissue inflammation. This will apply to external, local, three times a day and after each bowel movement.

Other herbal remedies include ginkgo biloba, horse chestnut and dandelion. Ginkgo biloba is an anti-inflammatory and standard dose is 40-60 mg two or three times a day. Horse chestnut is an astringent and can act both as a topically and internally remedy. The standard dose is a horse chestnut cup of tea consumed three times a day or cold tea will be applied to the affected area.

Dandelion root acts as a laxative and standard dose is one to three cups of tea a day.

Other herbs commonly used to treat hemorrhoids include:
- Marigold
- Thorn.


Homeopathic treatments and yoga

- There are several studies that examined the efficacy of homeopathic therapies. Before a homeopathic specialist to recommend a treatment, he will evaluate each patient depending on its physical, mental and emotional characteristics. Some homeopathic remedies that may be recommended include: aesculus, aloe, collinsonia and hammamelis.

- Yoga can help alleviate the symptoms of hemorrhoids through various postures. They should be accompanied by meditation and proper nutrition. Consult your doctor for personalized instruction.

- Hydrotherapy for hemorrhoids involves the application of water to relieve pain caused by hemorrhoids and to stimulate blood circulation in the area around the anus. Most common types of hemorrhoids treatment that use fully hydrotherapy are: alternative hot and cold sitz baths, hot and cold compresses (alternative applications; warm, comfortable towels, and then ice), ice cold compress. The water used may be added certain plants, such as yarrow, which has astringent effect.


Dietary and nutritional treatments

Constipation is a major factor for hemorrhoids. Maintaining a diet rich in fiber and hydration are essential to prevent constipation and loose stools. Use fiber supplements to soften stool and reduce the pain of hemorrhoids during bowel movement.

Fruits and vegetables contain both dietary fiber and antioxidants which strengthen blood vessels and prevent hemorrhoids. Nutritional therapy can reduce pain and can prevent others hemorrhoids. One way to reduce tension, which causes the formation of hemorrhoids, is to have soft stools.

Certain supplements such as vitamin C and bioflavonoids can strengthen blood vessels and can prevent hemorrhoids in various ways. Excess weight can increase susceptibility to the development of hemorrhoids, so weight loss is a good idea.

In addition to prevention, nutrition therapy helps to diminish the pain of hemorrhoids. Some foods such as coffee, pepper, mustard and alcohol can irritate hemorrhoids, as they are eliminated in the feces.

Drink sufficient amounts of insoluble and soluble dietary fiber daily, with at least 8 glasses of water to avoid constipation.

The best sources of fiber are:

- wheat bran
- fruits (apples and pears)
- vegetables (carrots and spinach)
- brown rice.

Some excellent sources of soluble fiber include:

- barley
- lentils
- broccoli.


Essential oils to treat hemorrhoids

Although not yet scientifically proven, it is possible that in some cases, traditional therapy work better than many prescription drugs that have multiple side effects. There are two typical methods of aromatherapy, which could be used to treat hemorrhoids.

Aromatherapy oils can be added to sitz baths or can be applied directly to the hemorrhoids. Add about 20 drops of essential oils of lavender and juniper. Immerse yourself in the water for about 20 minutes. The water should be slightly warm, helping you relax and dilate blood vessels.

As warmth sensation might occur from using oils of lavender and juniper, it is recommended that they not be applied directly to the hemorrhoids. If you do not want to do sitz bath, you can simply mix a drop of geranium oil and two drops of lavender essential oil. Add more than two grams of vegetable oil mixture and apply it over the piles. Leave it on for 24 hours. Before doing that you should make a skin test to convince that you do not suffer from allergies.


Ayurvedic treatment for hemorrhoids

Ayurvedic treatment for hemorrhoids has double purpose:

- reduce the constipation associated with hemorrhoids
- relieve pain and diminish the hemorrhoids.

In order to reduce constipation, asafetida, fennel and cumin are often prescribed. There are dietary remedies that the patient should follow, such as ghee, buttermilk and green leafy vegetables.

Maintaining control of constipation will help reduce hemorrhoids pain. Topical application of sandalwood or sesame oil can be useful for external hemorrhoids. May be recommended drugs such as kankayana vati, arshogni tion and pranada gutika if hemorrhoids are caused by vata constitution. If hemorrhoids are caused by pitta constitution, then it is prescribed avipattikara choorna.

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