Vitamins, Supplements, & Herbs for Hemorrhoids
There are a number of ways to reduce anal itching from hemorrhoids. Vitamins, supplements and herbs can all be part of your treatment protocal.
Combined with a healthy lifestyle, many preparations made with these natural substances work well to lessen the pain and inconvenience of hemorrhoids.
Many of the preparations work more effectively, with no side affects, than over the counter ointments that use synthetic substances in topical ointments. The following are some vitamins and supplements that have been proven to be beneficial for hemorrhoids.
Vitamins for Hemorrhoids
- A multi-vitamin and mineral supplement that contains vitamins A, B, C, E, magnesium and manganese have been found to be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of hemorrhoids. The nutrients are also usually included in a daily supplement regimen for general health and well being.
- Vitamin A, at 15,000 units, specifically aids in healing of membranes and tissues, along with carotenoids. Vitamin A also works with many other vitamin supplements to boost their effectiveness, so is essential in any vitamin regimen.
- B Vitamin complex taken at 50 to 100mg aids in digestion, which is essential for the eradication of hemorrhoids. When bowels aren’t moving frequently, constipation can worsen hemorrhoid symptoms.
- Vitamin B6 can be a digestive aid and is beneficial for stress in general, particularly in the rectal region. Vitamin B12 works along with all of the other B vitamins on physical stress that can cause tissues to erupt.
- Vitamin C taken at 1,000 mg three times daily contains plant based natural substances called flavonoids. Vitamin C and flavonoids can aid in the healing process and work well in combination with bioflavonoids which are agents that promote natural healing in the body. Vitamin C can also help strengthen blood vessels that are associated with internal hemorrhoids.
- Vitamin E may be included in the diet at a recommended dose of 200 to 600 IU. Use Vitamin E for hemorrhoids to assist with strengthening blood vessel structural integrity and tissues. It is also said to assist with treating clots that may be inside of hemorrhoids.
- Vitamin K has been known to help hemorrhoids stop bleeding, which can also ease pain and reduce swelling. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses Vitamin K improve symptoms, along with natural stool softeners to ease their passing and reduce straining.
- Copper, at 2 mgs, has been known as a wound healing agent, particularly when taken with essential zinc minerals. Because hemorrhoids behave much like wounds, copper is very beneficial in treating them.
- Zinc taken at 30 mgs, along with copper, can assist with healing hemorrhoids. The zinc works hand in hand with the copper, so is essential as part of a copper regimen.
Herbal Supplements for Hemorrhoids
- One of the best herbal supplements for hemorrhoids is psyllium and flaxseeds. Taken on a daily basis, these supplements can provide the sufficient and necessary fiber to individuals suffering with hemorrhoids. These herbal sources of dietary fiber work by easing stool passage.
- Butcher's Broom (ruscus aculeatus), taken at 150 mg three times daily has a very long history of being used traditionally for both hemorrhoids and varicose veins. I It works by boosting the underlying cause of poor vein circulation.
Butcher's Broom extract contains properties that are anti-inflammatory and vein-constricting. These properties are believed to improve both the tone and integrity of veins, while also shrinking swollen tissues with the active compound, ruscogen. Butcher's Broom may be taken in tea or capsule form. The tea is made by steeping one teaspoon in one cup of hot water for between 10 to 15 minutes.
- Horse Chestnut (aesculus hippocastanum) is an herb with the active compound of aescin. Much like Butchers Broom – has also been recommended to ease poor circulation in veins, or to correct chronic venous insufficiency. It has been used effectively to relieve swelling and inflammation associated with hemorrhoids. It also strengthens the blood vessel walls. Horse chestnut can be used as both a tea or capsule. Only use products made from bark or seeds, as other parts of the plant are poisonous.
- Myrrh Resin is known to promote healing and has worked well also with aloe vera and frankincense. This herbal supplement has been a remedy for hemorrhoids for centuries, dating back to the Old Testament.
- Shepherd's Purse is an herb known to be good in assisting blood flow and by helping with healing and eradication of infections. Much like Myrrh, this herb dates back to the Middle Ages as a remedy for hemorrhoids.
Supplements for Hemorrhoids
- Calcium works with magnesium which is needed for blood clotting and also has been reported to aid in the prevention of colon cancer. Calcium and magnesium also have calming properties to ease pain and help relax muscles naturally.
- Colon Cleansing has been a remedy to keep the colon clean which eases anal pressure by keeping the bowels moving regularly. Many cleanses include lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium longum, lactobacillus rhanosus, and lactobacillus plantarum to assist with restoring the good bacteria that is needed for proper absorption and digestion.
- Diosmin is a plant chemical that is found more often in citrus fruits. Diosmin is used for treating hemorrhoid blood vessels and varicose veins. It also aids in poor leg circulation (venous stasis) and bleeding. It is usually taken along with hesperidin, which is another bioflavonoid.
- Hesperidin is a plant chemical classified as a “bioflavonoid.” Like diosimin, it is also found in citrus fruits. The pill form can be taken alone or with diosmin. It is used for blood vessel issues such as hemorrhoids, poor circulation and varicose veins. Hesperidin works by helping blood vessels to function better. It is also said to reduce inflammatory issues.
The recommended dosages for of diosmin and herperidin are 150 mg of hesperidin with 1350 mg of diosmin twice a day for 4 days. After that time, 100 mg of hesperidin and 900 mg of diosmin twice a day for 3 days. For hemorrhoid return prevention, the return of hemorrhoids inside the anus: 50 mg of hesperidin plus 450 mg of diosmin twice daily for 3 months.
Topical Vitamin and Herbal Preparations
- Bovine cartilage is sometimes applied to the anus for internal anal hemorrhoids and tears. It could also help reduce the swelling and facilitate wound healing.
- Butchers Broom, discussed earlier, has also been used as a topical ointment or compress and was effective when applied to hemorrhoids to ease swelling and pain, for faster recovery.
- Topical vitamin E has been said to ease pain and swelling of hemorrhoids, used twice daily. It is recommended to use the oil capsules by pricking with a pin. The opened end of the vitamin E capsule can be placed against the anus, after which the capsule is squeezed.
- Horse Chestnut, discussed above, can also be applied externally to soothe hemorrhoids as a compress. It is known to ease pain.
- As an herbal topical ointment, St. John's Wort can be applied to the anal region several times daily. It is said to aid in bringing relief from painful hemorrhoids.
- Witch Hazel, made of the bark and leaves of the plant hamamelis virginiana, is applied topically to the anal region in ointment, distilled liquid or pads. Witch hazel is thought to decrease bleeding hemorrhoids through its astringent qualities. It also may relieve pain, swelling and itching of hemorrhoids.
- Garlic has a few applications that may be helpful with hemorrhoids.
There are new developments on the scene regularly regarding natural vitamins, herbs and supplements for the treatment of hemorrhoids.
Using special herbs, ointments and nutritional supplements should always be done in combination with a change in life style. In addition, people who are taking medications should always check with their doctor or pharmacist to ensure that it is safe to use these preparations along with medicines.
For example, increasing the daily intake of fiber and eating a healthy and nutritious diet is key to eradicate hemorrhoids. The stool is much easier to pass when there is sufficient fiber in the diet and there are also regular bowel movements. In addition, when an exercise regimen is adopted, this will assist with the vitamins, herbs and supplements taken for hemorrhoids.