Hemorrhoids Treatments and Natural Herbs

What are Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are masses or clumps "cushions" of tissue in the anal canal that contain blood vessels and the surrounding, supporting tissue made up of muscle and elastic fibers.
Although most people think hemorrhoids are abnormal, they are present in everyone. It is only when the hemorrhoidal cushions enlarge that hemorrhoids can cause problems and be considered abnormal or a disease.

Causes of Hemorrhoids

  Most theories include lack of fiber, prolonged sitting on the toilet, and chronic straining to have a bowel movement (constipation).
Pregnancy is a strong belief that cause hemorrhoids due the pressue of the fetus, still the reason is not clear, at least by medical experts.
Tumors in the pelvis also cause enlargement of hemorrhoids by pressing on veins draining upwards from the anal canal.

One theory proposes that it is the shearing force of stool, particularly hard stool, passing through the anal canal that drags the hemorrhoidal cushions downward. Another theory suggests that with age, the supporting tissue that is responsible for anchoring the hemorrhoids to the underlying muscle of the anal canal deteriorates. With time, the hemorrhoidal tissue loses its mooring and slides down into the anal canal.

Internal / External Hemorroids Diagram

Internal-External hemorrhoids diagram
Internal-External hemorrhoids diagram

Internal and External Hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids occurs inside the rectum.They are varicosities of veins draining the territory of branches of the superior rectal arteries. Since this aerea lack pain receptors most people don´t feel pain and are not aware they have them, however internal hemorrhoids may bleed when irritated.
Untreated internal hemorrhoids can lead to two severe forms of hemorrhoids: prolapsed and strangulated hemorrhoids.

External hemorrhoids occur inside the anal verge. Sometimes they are painful, and often accompanied by swelling and irritation. Itching. Most of the times the symptom of external hemorrhoids, is more commonly due to skin irritation.

External hemorrhoids can lead to thrombosis and if the vein rupture can become a thrombosed hemorrhoid. External hemorrhoids are the more painful.

Prevention

Like in everything, trying to have a healthy life helps, not only for hemorrhoids but for health in general.
  • Do a high fiber diet;
  • Keep the stools soft to pass easily;
  • Make exercise like walking;
  • Don´t sit for hours in toilet; believe it or not most people like to read books or magazines there!
  • Try not to spend too much time to defecate;
  • Avoid sendentary life style; keep on moving. If your work is done at a desk for 5 to 8 hours try to make a break and walk a while every hour or so.

    The stress made on your bottom by been sit down many hours can make serious problems to hemorrhoids not even to mention your back and many other health related issues.
  • Intake of processed medication and creams;
    This creates the same potential problem as processed foods.

Herbal Medicine and Hemorrhoids Treatments

In this modern world, most people start to turn to natural health care. Using a variety of medicinal plants you can make a treatment for almost all health problems.

Many medicinal herbs have not one, but 2 or 3 properties that can heal several problems. From a simple pain relief to an antispectic for internal or external infections. When combined in the proper dosage, you get a powerfull natural medicine that can be more focused in a particular condition or disease.

The beneficies of herbal remedies against normal chemical drugs, is that most of the time there aren´t any side effects. Also, since it´s a "nature" herb and not manufactured, our body tend to assimilate much better all the properties of a herb against a chemical drug, that uses a mix of chemicals to provoke the body to have a reaction or to "force" the body to heal a certain aerea.

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Berberis Aristata

Barberry
Barberry

Barberry

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.

Ruscus Aculeatus

Butchers Broom
Butchers Broom

Butcher's Broom

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.

Aesculus Hippocastanum

Horse Chestnut
Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut

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.

Azadirachta Indica, Margosa

Neem
Neem

Neem

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

Psyllium
Psyllium

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.

Ulmus fulva

Slippery Elm
Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm

Softens and soothes internal or external inflamed bodily tissues. Slippery elm can help to soothe a sore throat, alleviate the pain of colic or stomach ulcers, and relieve inflammatory bowel conditions.  Slippery elm helps with digestion and cleanses the colon.  It is particularly helpful for easing a cough and soothing a sore throat as it coats the area and reduces irritation.  Slippery elm is a tonic that benefits the adrenal glands, respiratory system, and the gastrointestinal tract.

Quercus Alba

White Oak Bark
White Oak Bark

White Oak Bark

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
Hammamelis viriniana

Witch Hazel

Is a natural astringent used to reduce swelling and inflammation. It is effective in stopping the flow of blood, and in reducing secretions.

 Natural Medicine has been a science for over a 1000 years. It´s considered an art also.

Why Natural Herbs?

The civilizations of the orient like China and Japan, have a long history of herbal medicines still in practice in this days.

For centuries, herbal medicine was and still is used. Today, thanks to the evolution of research and science, more products were developed and chemical drugs are manufactured. It´s no doubt that the pharmaceutical industry came to a point where they don´t even want to hear about natural medicine. Most doctors, at least in industrial countries, laugh or trow a "cinical" smile at a patient when he ask his opinion about natural herbs, or mixtures using natural ingredients. There is a lot of money invested in big companies. Personaly I had this exact experience a couple times when visiting my doctor. Modern drugs are part of modern life. Still today, there are more and more people turning to the natural treatments since they don't have what most manufactured drugs have: side effects.

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Conclusion

Everyone can try a Natural treatment. Most of the times it can become much less expensive then buying normal drugs. Many products can even been aplied to children. Of course, like in everything health related, don´t decide for yourself what to take or how much to take. There are very quality products in the market all with natural ingredients made for, in this case, hemorrhoids, but also that helps in many other factors.

As always consult your doctor before starting any medication, but even so, if your condition is not that bad, you can check the information of a particular product and help you.

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