So before we go into what you can use for prompt relief from hemorrhoid symptoms, we will first get to know what they are; how to prevent them; understanding your medication; recent treatment for hemorrhoids and then look at natural herbal remedies for hemorrhoids. So we will start off by looking at whether hemorrhoids are common or not.
How common are hemorrhoids?
Estimates vary, but it looks like hemorrhoids or piles affects up to a third of the population of most western societies. I live in the UK and the number of anti-hemorrhoid medications being advertised on TV is testimony to number of people needing this kind of medication.
What are hemorrhoids?
Simply put, they are varicose veins of the anus. Anal veins drain blood away from the area. They expand (dilate) during defecation and shrink back to the normal size afterwards.
However, repeated straining during defecation, which is common as a result of constipation, can interfere with the normal functioning of these veins. They become permanently swollen, causing pain and itching.
In addition, defecation can rupture the swollen blood vessels, causing bleeding. This can progressively become a problem during pregnancy. This is because, as the foetus develops, it places pressure on all the veins of the lower abdomen.
How to you prevent hemorrhoids?
The best way to deal with hemorrhoids is to prevent them, and the best way to do this is to prevent constipation. You will find several herbs that are good for relieving chronic constipation but staying regular boils down to fibre-rich diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.
It is true to say that anyone who regularly eats five fibrous fruits and five fibrous vegetables a day will not suffer constipation. That is to say a preventative ounce of carrots or apples – not forgetting prunes – with more than a laxative later.
Treatment for hemorrhoids – Understanding your medication
Over-The Counter or Prescribed Anti-hemorrhoid medication
Most prescribed or over the counter products for hemorrhoids will typically include anaesthetic and analgesics to deal with the pain of hemorrhoids. This will include:
- Vasoconstrictors – help tighten the distended veins that lead to hemorrhoids.
- Lubricants – help relieve constipation, the underlying cause of hemorrhoids.
- Astringents – help tighten anal tissue distended by hemorrhoids
- Keratolytics – help remove which help remove excess hemorrhoid tissue.
Monopolar direct Current Therapy
This is purely an outpatient procedure and only local anaesthetic is used. This is a painless treatment for all grades of hemorrhoids is reportedly effective and safe.
Natural Herbal Remedies For Hemorrhoids
Natural bulking compounds can also be used to reduce faecal straining. These fibrous substances, particularly psyllium seed and guar gum, possess mild laxative action due to their ability to attract water and form a gelatinous mass
Natural herbal remedies for hemorrhoids include Butcher’s broom or Ruscus aculeatus and Witch hazel or Hamamelis virginiana.