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What are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are highly vascular and soft pads are located in the terminal part of the rectum. Their presence contributes to the maintenance of continence, inflating and deflating depending on the situation.
Hemorrhoids usually are not minimally felt by the subject, but under certain conditions may swell giving rise to the classic symptoms of hemorrhoidal disease. The term hemorrhoids is then used loosely to describe a condition in which the hemorrhoidal veins dilate excessively forming varices.
Today, in the light of modern theories, he prefers to talk about hemorrhoids as a disease that affects the support structures of the rectal canal causing slipping down of these tissues. The failure of the rectal mucosa pushes outward on the internal hemorrhoids which in turn drag along the external ones (prolapse) causing the typical symptoms of the disease.
Underlying these changes are genetic predispositions influenced by lifestyle and other contributing factors such as pregnancy, chronic constipation or diarrhea. Hemorrhoids are the most frequent anal disease, so that it is estimated to strike at least once in their life about 90% of the population. In fact the characteristic symptoms of this disease are common to several proctologic disorders, often incorrectly labeled as hemorrhoidal.
For this reason the diagnosis of hemorrhoids is solely due to a doctor, who should be contacted in advance to ensure that seemingly trivial symptoms do not obscure the most important diseases. Worry, pain, tightness, itching and bleeding are just some of the psychological and physical effects, which can achieve the appearance of hemorrhoids or, rather, to inflammation of hemorrhoidal plexus surrounding the anal orifice. As has often been analyzed in several articles dealing with the disorder of hemorrhoids, the search for causes is very intricate, whereas it is almost impossible to find a unique triggering factor: the hemorrhoids are related to liver disorders, constipation, tumors, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse, stress, pregnancy, abuse of laxatives and, invariably, the strain, which always plays an important role.
- Although sometimes hemorrhoids appear without warning, there are some steps you can take to avoid inflammation of the rectum and anus.
- Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Engage in physical activity at least three times a week for half an hour (walking or running) in order to improve blood circulation.
- Enrich your diet with fruits, vegetables and whole foods that prevent constipation.
- Do not eat highly seasoned foods, spicy or meals with an excess of fat.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol.
- Lose weight.
- Drink plenty of water to facilitate the circulation of the blood.
There are prescription products in pharmacies that can help you to deal with your symptoms if you are suffering. You should not have to go with the annoying itching without help, but preventing the disease before it strikes is much less taxing for your health, and so are the homemade remedies for hemorrhoids that we will be talking about in the following paragraphs. By following these tips you will enjoy a healthy life without hemorrhoids.
The diet for hemorrhoids is aimed primarily at prevention of constipation; on the other hand, in some cases, hemorrhoids can also be caused by persistent diarrhea. Both conditions, if associated with irritable bowel syndrome, can be controlled by ensuring the constant intake of dietary fibers and water. NB. In case of diarrhea NOT irritable bowel, sometimes it may be necessary to identify the cause (celiac disease, lactose intolerance, etc.).
Fiber contained in meals should be made especially with food, trying to favor especially those that are soluble. Alternatively, there are several specific dietary supplements based on soluble fibers. The power supply for hemorrhoids should include a good dose of probiotic microorganisms (bacteria physiological) and prebiotic molecules (polysaccharides and dietary fiber).
Remember that the activity of the intestinal flora promotes the release of molecules that nourish enterocytes and improve the health of the intestinal mucosa (butyric acid and polyamines). Probiotics can also be obtained through supplements and specific drugs.
The biochemical balance of the diet for hemorrhoids must fully respect the nutritional balance, with great attention to the amount of proteins and lipids. Being partially responsible for the fecal pH, in the right doses form a slightly acidic substance (never alkaline); equal bacterial flora, note that the fecal pH is lowered with the increase of the fat molecules and rises with the increase of those protein.
In addition, fats play an additional protective function from hemorrhoids; In fact, in the right proportion (25-30% of energy), held highly emollient on stool and promote the expulsion.
The diet for hemorrhoids avoids subjecting the gut to any form of chemical and pharmacological stress, preventing irritation, inflammation and thus vasodilation (which would help the triggering or worsening of hemorrhoids). They must be avoided spicy molecules such as capsaicin, piperine, gingerols, isothiocyanate and allicin (chili, pepper, horseradish, mustard, ginger, wasabi, radish, garlic, onion, scallion, etc.). Also, it is totally contraindicated nervine molecules such as ethyl alcohol, caffeine, caffeine, theobromine (alcoholic drinks, fermented tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate).
Certain drugs should also be limited (in the case, it is necessary to consult the leaflet or pharmacist) and osmotic laxatives (lactulose, sorbitol etc.) and / or irritants (anthraquinone, phenolphthalein, etc.). The diet for hemorrhoids also limits the intake of molecules “foreign” or unnatural; among these we recognize: sodium chloride and added sucrose (salt and sugar), food additives etc. In case of constipation, should be avoided all the astringent foods, such as tannins of the brewed tea, khaki green, the unripe banana etc.
Below we will quote, from a practical point of view, nutritional interventions of greater importance.
- Consume 2 servings of fruit and two of vegetables per day; at every meal, drink at least two glasses of water. In the event, take fiber-based dietary supplements (see below).
- Consume two portions of natural yogurt or dietetic yogurt with live lactic ferments per day; for supplements, as well as for some drugs, intake should take place between meals.
- Consume a second plate (dish) for lunch or dinner and, if the nutritional need requires it, another small portion of the other main meal.
- Season with at least two teaspoons (and up to two tablespoons) of extra virgin olive oil every first, second and contour.
- Avoid the harmful foods for hemorrhoids such as: alcohol, fermented tea (black or red), cola, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, chili, pepper, horseradish, ginger, radish, mustard, garlic, onion and shallot.
- Avoid osmotic laxatives or irritants.
- Do not add salt and sugar and greatly limit food stored and processed as: meats (salted and cured meats), cheese, canned goods, smoked, dried etc.
- Do not use bouillon cubes, sweeteners and processed foods; these are rich in additives (sodium glutamate, lactulose, mannitol, etc.) and are not always well tolerated by the intestinal mucosa.
The supplements used against hemorrhoids are mainly those based on soluble fibers, respectively contained in fruits, vegetables, algae, in some tubers, etc. in the aloe (beta-glucans, mucilages, inulin, pectin, etc.).
Indirectly, they can facilitate the pathological remission of hemorrhoids also probiotics (lactobacilli, bifidobacteria and eubacteria) and prebiotics (polysaccharides and fibers), or even products based on butyric acid.
If it is true that a vasodilator molecules have a negative effect on hemorrhoids, it is equally true that the vasoconstrictor could play a positive role. These include the active components of plants: Helichrysum, Centella, Rusco and Cypress. In addition to herbal extracts dried, you can use these plants to produce herbal teas to drink every day.
You can avoid suffering from rectal problems, for example by preventing the risk of constipation. Preventing constipation is done by being physically active, drinking enough water, eating a lot of fiber, such as fruits, vegetables and wholemeal bread. By contrast, be vigilant if you feel that your stomach gets bloated, too much fiber can also cause problems. Some of the symptoms can be avoided by as little as adding brief walks to your routine if you have a sedentary job. Take a walk at lunch, for example – or if your work keeps you seated in your car most of the day, pull over and walk for a while to avoid having to sit still for long periods. It can both invigorate and give good exercise for the stomach.
Efforts to eliminate stools that are hard, dry, small in scale, vastly increase the intra-abdominal pressure and blood flow in the anal vessels, facilitating their expansion and rupture. It also has been suggested that the external anal sphincter, not being habitually dilated by voluminous feces, gradually goes encounter to a narrowing, which prevents adequate blood circulation in the area.
The treatment of hemorrhoids will then use in the first place, the hygienic-dietary measures aimed at regularizing the stools. For this purpose it is recommended keeping to a diet free of irritating foods and alcoholic drinks, as well as plenty of liquids and plant fibers.
The residual non-digestible food in fact tends to absorb water, stretching the walls of the colon and preventing its nervous contraction. Precisely because of this ability to bind water, plant foods must be associated with a rich liquid diet (at least two liters of water per day), which soften the fecal content, facilitating the evacuation and the reducing pain and gas. You have to consider that a diet too rich in vegetable fibers be the cause, in some people, for a worsening of constipation, while in others it can cause bouts of diarrhea.
A sedentary lifestyle is often one of the contributory causes of constipation and hemorrhoids. Indispensable, therefore, is to associate an adequate amount of exercise with a proper diet. A simple walk, without contraindications for most people, so it is an effective drug, to be taken every day, regularly. The bicycle, however, may cause problems in patients where the disease hemorrhoid is already confirmed or relapsing. Indispensable, finally, is a proper local hygiene, morning and evening or after each bowel movement.
In case of diarrhea
In addition to constipation, diarrhea also a situation with repeated episodes tends to worsen hemorrhoids, chemically irritating the anus and causing inflammation.
Pepper and chilli contained in your diet are the two common suspects for this condition.
The influence of potentially irritating foods – such as alcohol, spices (pepper, chilies, peppers, paprika) and chocolate – can bring an onset of diarhhea, but it is rather variable from individual to individual. In susceptible individuals, these foods can promote the exacerbation of symptoms and should therefore be limited.
|Foods Not Recommended||Foods Recommended|
Alcohol and spirits, coffee, tea, chocolate and cocoa, soft drinks, too salty foods (meats, cheeses, canned goods …), vinegar and lemon, spices, spicy foods, animal fats and fatty foods
fries and sauces, seafood and shellfish, garlic and onion, eggplant, radishes and truffles
Foods rich in fiber
Oatmeal, meat broth, beetroot, chestnut, cabbage, safflower, bran, yeast, lemon (in case of diarrhea) melon, blueberry, potato, pollen, leek, sage, dandelion, yogurt
It is equally important to heed some specific tips:
- skip spices (pepper, nutmeg, pepper, etc.), but also spicy and hot foods (sausages, salami, etc.).
- abstain from chocolate, alcoholic beverages and those stimulants like tea and coffee
- limit refined carbohydrates in favor of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grain breads and plenty of water; among the recommended foods there are apples, pears, oatmeal, boiled carrots, barley and green leafy vegetables, preferably cooked.
- limit consumption of astringent foods such as rice and unripe bananas
- avoid overexertion, such as lifting of heavy loads, and sports such as cycling, horseback riding or motorcycling.
Blood on toilet paper: is it hemorrhoids?
Occasionally finding blood traces on toilet paper is fairly common. This sign, which in itself is not worrying, is typical not only of hemorrhoids, but of various other pathologies, some of which are very serious. A proctologic examination is however advisable, the patient can get an idea of the problem that affects them by examining the features and any signs and symptoms associated with hemorrhage.
Let’s see some examples, starting from hemorrhoids to see how this type of bleeding is different from others:
- Hemorrhoids are dilatations of the omnivorous submucosal veins at the anus and rectum of the rectum. In this case, hemorrhage is tendentially more abundant and the blood on the toilet paper creates some real stains; sometimes you can even see a drip in the inner walls of the toilet or a blood splatter on the last feces. Hemorrhoid haemorrhage is usually painless, but in the event of severity it may be associated with loss of mucus, irritation, pain and itching
- Anal fissures: these small anal lining of the mucous membrane are the most common cause of blood on the toilet paper. In this case, hemorrhage is very small, and more than real blood drops, thin red streaks are observed that are attenuated with the various passages of the toilet paper. Anal fissures, which normally cause acute anal pain during defecation and intimate hygiene, can be prevented and defeated by careful intimate hygiene and regularization of bowel activity in case of diarrhea or constipation
- Polyps or colon-rectum carcinomas: in this case the blood is fractured at the stool, unfortunately often unobtrusively with the naked eye and without associated symptoms (therefore, in the screening of colorectal cancer, after 50 years of age the so-called occult blood in the stools). In the case of large-sized polyps, the stools have a ribbon shape and the persistence of the evacuation stimulus is common even after defecation. Excessive abdominal pain, anemia, lack of appetite, fatigue, fatigue, dyspnoea, weight loss, blood in the toilet paper, diarrhea and constipation may cause colon cancer
- Ulcerative colitis: chronic inflammatory bowel disease, often characterized by the appearance of diarrheal stools with traces of mucus and blood; the rarest finding of blood in the stools in a subject with Crohn’s disease.
- Diverticular disease: small bags (diverticulas), which, especially in the older age, form along the intestinal walls of some subjects, can inflate and rarely cause abundant sudden bleeding in the absence of pain, even with clots, but often without feces.
- Peptic ulceration: ulcerations of the gastric and duodenal mucosa cause bleeding that manifests – among other things – with the discharge of blood digested in the stool (melena), characterized by a particularly dark color and the catastrophe consistency
- Food disorders: food toxins (salmonella, escherichia coli, shigella) typically accompany abdominal pain and abdominal cramps with violent diarrhea, sometimes confused with blood and mucus (expression of intestinal mucosa)
- Venereal diseases: gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, syphilis, trichomoniasis contracted through unprotected sexual relationships of mainly anal sex.
- Iatrogenic bleeding: radiant therapy in the treatment of pelvic tumors, abuse of laxative drugs such as bisacodile, or antidiarrheal, and prolonged antibiotic therapy, especially with lincomycin and clindamycin, can cause rectal bleeding.
It is a good rule that any rectal bleeding perceived, even if mild and limited to the presence of blood in the toilet paper, should be brought to the attention of your treating physician, especially in the case of over 45 years of age or familiarity with polyposis and colorectal cancer.
Anal pain: is it always hemorrhoids?
Anal pain is a symptom common to many afflictions, some of which are rather diffuse and fortunately passable. Describing the main causes of origin, the article helps to correctly interpret this symptom based on the characteristics of the pain and associated symptoms. If anal pain is particularly severe or tend to worsen over time, it is advisable to undergo a specialist medical examination. The same recommendation is valid for anal blood loss, which may be related to an anorectal carcinoma; although this latter is rather rare compared to other possible causes of anal bleeding, contacting your doctor is the only way to clear any doubt.
In common language, the term hemorrhoid indicates the normal size of vascular bearings (hemorrhoidal veins) located around the anus. Such venous dilations are preferred once again by constipation but also by other conditions such as pregnancy, liver cirrhosis, or genetic predisposition to the fragility of the venous wall with tendency to varicosity.
Generally, “simple” hemorrhoids are almost asymptomatic; Anal pain is absent or very mild, while the most significant symptom consists of small red blood red blood cells at the end of defecation. When the framework complicates internal hemorrhoids can escape the anus due to defecation or coughing; once they spill, they can spontaneously fall (less serious cases) or only after being pushed by external pressure. Prolonged hemorrhoids appear like a very visible and palpable protuberance coming out of the anus. When the hemorrhoidal vessels remain trapped outside, the anal sphincter may choke them by causing particularly painful, intense and severe anal fissures. Hemorrhoid obstruction (both internal and external) can also be linked to the formation of a blood clot inside them (condition known as hemorrhoidal thrombosis). When the hemorrhoid undergoes thrombosis, the prolonged mass or anal swelling becomes tougher, tingling to the touch and get bluish.
Anal fissures are small cuts resulting from tearing or tearing of the anal mucosa; these ulcers tend to develop when the stools are bigger or harder than normal, so constipation is certainly the main predisposing factor. Anal fissures associate with acute (violent, sharp, burning) and intermittent anal pain, with tendency to occur or aggravate during or shortly after defecation. In addition, anal pain is typically accompanied by small bleeding, visible in the form of live red streaks on toilet paper. In most cases, anal fissures are resolved spontaneously in the absence of treatment. It can be helpful for careful and proper intimate hygiene, associated with a diet rich in liquids, fruits and vegetables, better if accompanied by regular physical activity.
Anal fistula is a small pathological tunnel that connects the anal canal with the skin surrounding the anal orifice. From this passage emerges purulent and fecalous material; the process is accompanied by pain, itching and local swelling. The formation of a fistula is often the result of an anal gland infection with the formation of an abscess (pus bag) that breaks into an external opening.
In perianal abscesses anal pain is constant, deaf and, in the absence of treatment, increases gradually over time; It can also associate with fever is typically accompanied by swelling (swelling) and anal skin reddened, hot and painful to the touch. Treatment consists of drainage in local or general anesthesia by incision.
Other causes (most rare) of anal pain. Sexually transmissible diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes or anal glanders (in the latter case small increases in the anomalous region are similar to warts). Pain and itching tend to be constant and not affected by ejaculation of the stools; often, they are accompanied by mucous, bloodshot or purulent leaks with feces and sometimes the genitourinary urinary symptoms typical of the infection.
Anorectal carcinoma: pain tends to be constant throughout the day and increases progressively over the weeks until it becomes severe; it may be associated with rectal bleeding and nasal congestion.
Flexible proctalgia: anal pain appears without apparent justification (absence of organic illness) and suddenly attacks, then disappears completely within a few minutes (usually less than 20). Painful attacks can also be separated for several months from one another or occur more often (e.g. once a day, a species of night) for a short while before disappearing for a long time. Fracture proctalgia may be due to muscle spasm of the anal sphincter and is often associated with irritable colon syndrome.
Levator ani syndrome: pain lasts for at least 20 minutes and is associated with pain in the pubic rectal palpation. It is probably caused by an anus muscle spasm
Coccygdomine: this is a pain around the coccyx region, often caused by sacro-coccyx trauma or by maintaining a prolonged sitting posture. Pain can also radiate to the genitals, the anal region and sometimes the buttocks.
Prostate inflammation: prostate inflammation, due to its proximity to the rectum (located behind the gland), can cause pain in the perineal and anterior region.
Cure hemorrhoids with home remedies
This article is intended to help the reader to quickly identify the natural remedies useful in the treatment of various symptoms, disorders and pathologies. For some remedies listed, this utility may not have been confirmed by sufficient experimental testing, conducted by scientific method. In addition, any natural remedy presents potential risks and contraindications. In any case, remember the importance of avoiding self-therapy and consulting your doctor beforehand to ascertain the absence of contraindications and pharmacological interactions.
Any useful anti-hemorrhoidal medication acts on the hemorrhoids themselves. As mentioned above, these are very vascularized structures, of more or less hard consistency, located at the end of the rectum. Among the most frequent symptoms of hemorrhoidal pathology there are bleeding, pruritus, prolapse, swelling and secretion.
Hemorrhoid therapy involves intake of fiber-rich foods in combination with laxatives, so as not to aggravate the situation further. In more severe cases (fourth grade hemorrhoids), the only remedy is surgery. In phytotherapy, anti-vascular, vasopropthetic, tonic, capillarotropic, astringent, diuretic, hemostatic, hypotensive and anti-emetic drugs are widely used.
Antiemetic medicines and supplements with antiemorroid properties are: horse chestnut, lemon, amamelide, bergamot, chamomile, cypress, geranium, hypericum, peony, pepper, chestnut, pungitopus, dandelion, shepherd’s bag, centella, ginkgo, cypress and belladonna.
Herbal teas against haemorrhoids mainly exploit the properties: lenitive, gelling and emollients of drugs rich in soluble fibers and mucilages (psyllium seeds, altea roots, guar gum, malva and flax seeds). When taken together with generous amounts of water, for example in the form of herbal teas for mucinous drugs, resolve constipation and decrease defecation efforts (aggravating hemorrhoid factors).
Capillarotropic and venotropic drugs that can improve venous tone and reduce capillary fragility: horse chestnut (seeds), Asian centella (aerial parts), ginkgo biloba (leaves), amamelides (leaves), black currant (fruits), rusko (root), black cranberry (fruit), red vine (leaves). Benefits from hemorrhoids are also all drugs with anti-inflammatory, anesthetic and hemostatic properties (ability to stop bleeding). Amamelide (leaves and bark) boasts all of these characteristics and as such is widely used in the preparation of anti-corneal creams and herbal teas.
Many of the plant sources mentioned herein are not used in the form of herbal teas, but ointments or dried extracts for oral use. In the treatment of hemorrhoids, and in most pathological conditions, in fact, herbal teas can be helpful, but prepared as tinctures, dried extracts, tablets, capsules and suppositories are generally more effective.
Apart from the relief and the beneficial effect obtained by regularly sieving against hemorrhoids, it is very important to adopt certain specifics:
- Eliminate spices (pepper, nutmeg, chilli pepper, etc.), but also spicy and spicy foods (salami, sausages, mortadella, etc.).
- Eliminate chocolate, alcoholic drinks, and exciting drinks like tea and coffee.
- Limit refined carbohydrates for fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grain bread and plenty of water; among the recommended foods are apples, pears, oats, boiled carrots, spelled and vegetables cooked with green leaf
- Limit the consumption of astringent foods such as rice and unripe bananas
- Avoid excessive efforts, such as heavy loads, and sports such as cycling, horseback riding or motorcycling.
Herbal teas against hemorrhoids
Horse chestnut (seeds) 40 g, achillea millefolium (yarrow) (tops) 30 g, frangula alnus (alder buckthorn) (bark) 30 g.
Decoction: pour 1 liter of boiling water on two spoons of anti-haemorrhoid mixture; keep in infusion for 15 minutes, filter and drink a cup morning and evening. The remainder can be used for a cataplasm.
Anti-haemorrhagic herbal tea
Achillea millefolium (yarrow) (tops) 30 g, horse chestnut (seeds) 25 g, frangula alnus (alder buckthorn) (bark) 25 g, equisetum (horsetail) (grass) 15 g, boldo (leaves) 5 g.
Decoction (3%): Boil the drug in three liters of water for seven minutes. take a cup three times a day.
Herbal tea against hemorrhoids
Horse chestnut (seeds) 40 g, hazel (leaves) 40 g, achillea millefolium (yarrow) (tops) 20 g
Decoction (3%): Boil the drug in three liters of water for seven minutes. Drink a cup of the decoction three times a day.
Anti-haemorrhagic herbal tea
Hazel (leaves) 40 g, achillea millefolium (yarrow) (leaves) 40 g, black currant (leaves) 20 g.
Decoction (5%): Boil the drug in two liters of water for seven minutes. Take a cup of herbal tea against hemorrhoids 3 times a day.
How to treat hemorrhoids with supplements and herbal medicines
Upon indication of the doctor, herbalist offers excellent natural remedies for hemorrhoids. In general, it is recommended that a combined therapy is implemented: the first for internal use (capsules or tablets), which exerts their action in a systemic way, the second for topical use (ointment, cream or gel), to be applied locally to get immediate relief.
In mild forms of hemorrhoids many herbal remedies can be successfully applied. These include extracts or infusions made from yarrow, pineapple, cypress, horse chestnut, mallow, mullein and tormentilla. To stimulate the natural evacuation, those can be useful in one or two glasses of warm water to be taken at the end of the meals. Constipation may improve considerably if regular ingestion of the above is accompanied by a supplement of glucomannan.
Local anointing with oil-based scrophularia, nightshade, linaria and linalool can also go a long way. The oil-based ointment consisting of cypress dyeing, cinquefoglio, barberry and horse chestnut are instead indicated for their analgesic properties.
Various ointments made from yarrow, yeast liver oil, horse chestnut and witch hazel are employed, too, as a trusted ally in fighting hemorrhoids at home. Do not forget, though, that hemorrhoids can heal spontaneous and that in many cases the link between healing and food, diet and medicines, is purely coincidental.
A herbal product model for internal use (capsules, for example) could be constituted by drugs such as helichrysum, centella and ruscus:
Helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium) its essential oil is mainly made from nerile acetate, which in a product against hemorrhoids confers anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. The helichrysum, moreover, is known for its anti-edemaproperties (indicated for the hemorrhoidal syndrome): it acts as a decongestant and decreases the pain. This action may be potentiated by other plants such as cypress, Butcher’s Broom and Centella (vasoactive drugs), or aloe (anti-inflammatory).
In this case the helichrysum is inserted in a formulation for internal use, but may also be present in a cream or an ointment for topical use.
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) and butcher’s broom (Ruscusaculeatus) are the basis of many drugs providing saponins that are used in the treatment of venous disorders, which hemorrhoids actually is. The two plants are capable of strong capillarotrope and vasoconstrictor activity: they act at the level of the arterial vessels, securing vasoprotector and anti-inflammatory action. The asiaticoside of centella and the ruscoruscogenin act synergistically, increasing the strength of the capillaries, and decreasing the capillary and the blood extravasation.
The action provided by both plants is very effective, since the active ingredients do not involve intestinal toxicity and do not cause irritation, if not in susceptible individuals. A product for internal use acts directly on the causes that trigger the disorder, increasing the resistance of the venous walls, decreasing the permeability of the hemorrhoidal plexus, countering pain and inflammation, and reducing the dilation of the veins.
Common chamomile that most of us can find in their chests and cupboards any given season has many healing properties: it is considered a calming, antispasmodic, tonic, digestive, anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory agent. It is very effective to relieve hemorrhoids, too. Below we will suggest four remedies made from chamomile to choose from for your care.
Remedy 1: chamomile and rose
This ointment is very effective to reduce and make the hemorrhoids disappear. Put in a jar 250 milliliters of wheat germ oil, 10 grams of chamomile powder and the petals of roses. Simmer for an hour, filter it using a piece of gauze and stir the preparation you get with 20 grams of beeswax and 20 grams of lanolin. This ointment should be stored in a sterilized vial (with boiling water) until it is cold. A solid time, apply on the hemorrhoids every day until the pain is relieved.
Remedy 2: chamomile oil
Buy a bottle of chamomile oil and apply it directly on the hemorrhoids to relieve the symptoms of this disorder.
Remedy 3: infusion of chamomile
Fantastic for pain, this remedy softens and freshens. You have to make a bidet with an infusion of chamomile. You can prepare it by pouring a handful of flowers in three liters of boiling water and leave for 10 minutes. This preparation should be filtered and mixed with the warm water of the bidet. It should last for 15 minutes and must be repeated every day until the problem improves.
Remedy 4: chamomile tea
This remedy reduces the anal inflammation, contains small bleeding and promotes healing. To prepare it, boil a handful of chamomile leaves in a quart of boiling water for 10 minutes. Let cool and use it to wash hemorrhoids as long as necessary.
The following properties of herbal teas can be exploited against hemorrhoids:
Soothing, gelling agents and emollients rich in soluble drugs and mucilage fiber (psyllium seeds, marshmallow root, guar gum, mallow and linseed). Taken together with generous amounts of water, for example in the form of herbal tea for mucilaginous drugs, they resolve constipation and reduce the efforts for defecation (aggravating factors for hemorrhoids).
Additionally, capillarotrope and venotrope herbal drugs that improve venous tone and reduce capillary fragility are: Horse Chestnut (seeds), GotuKola (aerial parts), ginkgo biloba (leaves), witch hazel (leaves), black currant (fruit), butcher’s broom (root) black cranberry (fruit), red vine (leaves).
Herbs with anti-inflammatory, anesthetic and haemostatic (ability to stop bleeding) properties also provide benefits for home hemorrhoid treatment. A tea brewed from witch hazel leaves and bark has all these characteristics and as such is widely used in the preparation of creams and herbal teas antiemorroidarie.
Many of the cited here plant sources are not used in the form of teas, but ointments or dry extracts for oral use. In the treatment of hemorrhoids, and the majority of the pathological conditions, in fact, teas may help, but prepared as tinctures, dried extracts, tablets, capsules and suppositories, they are generally more effective.
You can also give a try to one of these palatable anti-hemorrhoids teas below.
|Horse Chestnut (seeds)||40g|
Infusion: pour a liter of boiling water over two tablespoons of antiemorroidaria mixture; keep to infuse for 15 minutes, strain and drink a cup in the morning and evening. The remainder can be used for poultices.
|Horse Chestnut (seeds)||25g|
Infusion (3%): boil the herbs in three liters of water for seven minutes. Take one cup three times a day.
|Horse Chestnut (seeds)||40g|
Infusion (3%): boil the herbs in three liters of water for seven minutes. Take one cup three times a day.
|Witch Hazel (leaves)||40g|
Infusion (5%): boil the drugs in two liters of water for seven minutes. Take a cup of herbal tea against hemorrhoids three times daily.
Homemade ointments against hemorrhoids
Along with the capsules, it recommends an oleaginous ointment to apply locally with aloe vera, St. John’s wort, jojoba oil (or shea butter), essential oil of cypress and mint, witch hazel.
Aloe (Aloe vera gel): aloe is a good help in an ointment for hemorrhoids, because it exerts an anti-inflammatory, soothing, restorative and astringent; thus it is useful in the Treatments of open wounds.
St. John’s wort (oily extract of Hypericum perforatum): the plant complex is rich in anthraquinones and tannins, which have interesting healing, disinfectant and astringent.
Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis): in reality is a wax derived from jojoba seeds, which occurs in liquid form (hence the “oil” moniker). It is inserted into a product for hemorrhoids for the remarkable antioxidant capacity (esplicate vitamin E) and emollients. Alternatively, jojoba oil, shea butter expresses the same functions.
Cypress Essential Oil (Cupressus sempervirens) and mint (Mentha x piperita): the essential oils give freshness to the product, promote action pseudo anesthetic because they decrease the hassle. For this reason, the topical application of this cream gives immediate relief.
Witch hazel (Hamamelis Virgil) finds application in products against hemorrhoids because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties (decrease inflammation), astringent (help vasoconstriction) and healing.
The combined use of these herbal products is not enough: in addition to natural remedies, it would be appropriate to optimize their power through the intake of light food, spicy or not spicy – those increase the problem and adopt a style correct life and then, if necessary, seek expert advice if discomfort persists.
Hemorrhoids during pregnancy diet
- Likewise, the first effort to be taken to defeat hemorrhoids during pregnancy is to change your diet. Avoid eating fatty foods such as fried meat or hamburger fast-food. Also stay away from spicy dishes. Start by eating more fiber (whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables) to soften the stool. This will reduce the effort required to evacuate your bowels and also help reduce pressure on the veins inside the anal cavity.
- Another simple remedy is to drink more water. With at least eight glasses of water every day, your intestinal walls will be cleaner.
- Third natural remedy for hemorrhoids regards the frequent intake of vitamin C, good for maintaining the integrity of your veins. To strengthen them make a large supply of lemons, limes, apples, tomatoes, onions and carrots. Or kick up on antioxidant foods like red berries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, and red cabbage.
- Another dietary remedy is to eat one to three bananas on an empty stomach every day or dried persimmons. These fruits will help to reduce bleeding. Once you have followed this simple precepts concerning food, you will see that the results will manifest themselves in no time.
- An equally effective home method, practiced by many women to kill the pain, is to keep the affected area in warm water for 15 minutes. It will not only relieve the irritation, but also help to reduce hemorrhoids. Be sure to thoroughly but gently dry the anal area afterwards to protect it from moisture.
- The next tip for hemorrhoids is to always keep the anal area clean. Bathe (preferably) or shower every day to keep the skin clean around your anus. The soap is not necessary, indeed can exacerbate the problem. Definitely avoid cleaning products that contain alcohol and scented towels. The swelling increases? Intervene then with some ice packs on your anus to alleviate the problem.
- Last, but not least important remedy is to rub a cream, gel or essential oils to the affected area. Calendula for example, will prove to be good for reducing the burning sensation. Aloe has a soothing and astringent action. Jojoba oil has emollient and antioxidant. What a mint, however, it gives an immediate feeling of freshness and also has an anesthetic function. Take care to gently rub the one that is right for you at least twice a day. But the best way to not suffer from hemorrhoids is not them!
So prevention plays an important role since the first month of pregnancy. First you take a proper position while you sleep, or try to lie on your side instead of on your back. This helps to reduce the pressure on the rectal veins.
If you have time, take a few times of the day to do Kegel exercises, specific to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and improve circulation in that area.
Do not stay in a seated position and on the contrary do not stay standing for prolonged periods. Do not strain when you are in the bathroom and do not rub too enthusiastically with toilet paper, it might cause irritation of the most sensitive parts.
Another tip is to wear cotton briefs that leave transpire intimate areas and avoid too tight underwear. Generally, try to keep yourself always on the go and never get too tired.