It’s no surprise that a hemorrhoid can be extremely itchy and very painful. You don’t need to purchase over-the-counter medication for relief of hemorrhoids though. Natural remedies like the ones listed below can really help you relieve some of the pain and symptoms.
Add more fiber to your diet.
Fiber helps you reduce straining because it’s a natural stool softener remedy to increase the mass of your stools. It’s well known that fiber can help with your hemorrhoid symptoms by relieving you from discomfort, bleeding, itching and the pain. The best way to get more fiber into your diet is to eat fruits, whole grains, whole grain bread, and vegetables that have a lot of fiber.
Some foods that are high in fiber include:
- Bran cereals
- Whole grain bread
- Nuts ~ Walnuts, Cashews, Peanuts, Almonds, Brazil Nuts
- Kiwi fruits
- Lima beans
- Berries – Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries
Sometimes it’s hard to get these foods into your diet though, especially if they don’t appeal to you. However, there’s also a powder supplement called Psyllium that most health food and supermarket stores carry. It’s primarily used as a laxative and for softening stools in people with hemorrhoids and anal fissures.
Add more bioflavonoid to your diet.
Bioflavonoids are usually found in citrus fruits. It’s a plant compound that decreases inflammation helping relieve anal discomfort and strengthening the blood vessel walls.
Drink plenty of water every day; at least 6-8 glasses.
Water is its own natural stool softener, so drink plenty of it.
Witch Hazel is a twisted shrub or a small tree and helps relieve the itching and swelling discomfort that comes with hemorrhoids. It can be found in a variety of forms, and is usually found as an ointment, a tea, a distilled liquid, and commonly as a medicated pad.
Something else that can relieve the pain and inflammation associated with hemorrhoids is horse chestnut. It can be found as a pill, a cream, and as a tea as well. Horse chestnut should never be eaten raw and is not for people who are pregnant, have diabetes, liver or kidney disease. It’s a blood thinner and also used for poor blood circulation.
Calendula can be applied as a topical ointment cream to help reduce itching and discomfort.
Butcher’s broom has vein-constricting properties to help shrink swollen tissues, so it’s used to treat inflammation. Along with hemorrhoid treatment, it also helps with poor circulation and varicose veins. It can be found as a pill or tea.
A change in lifestyle.