According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, hemorrhoids occur when veins in the rectum or anus become enlarged and painful. Normally hemorrhoids heal themselves but in some cases they linger, causing pain, itching, and bleeding. There are some prescribed medications as well as over the counter medications that you can try. However, there are also some more natural, homeopathic treatments that you may find work just as well.
Witch Hazel is an herbal remedy that has been used for centuries for a number of ailments. However, witch hazel is an excellent homeopathic treatment for hemorrhoids because it can help to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain and itching that some people experience. To use this remedy, try soaking cotton balls in the witch hazel astringent and then placing them in the anal area. Leave them for at least an hour to help reduce the inflammation. Changing the cotton balls frequently with fresh, wet cotton balls is helpful to maintain a sanitary treatment.
Horse Chestnut is another way to help reduce the inflammation that some experience with hemorrhoids. According to the University of Michigan Health System, studies done G. Nini and C.O. Di Cicco showed that horse chestnut extracts reduced the symptoms of hemorrhoids. The University of Michigan Health System reports that some physicians recommend using horse chestnut extract in a sixteen to twenty-one percent solution in an aescin preparation to provide the best treatment for hemorrhoids. Horse chestnut solutions can be purchases at any local health food store.
Some dietary changes can also be helpful in treating a case of hemorrhoids. According to the University of Michigan Health System, a study performed by F. Moesgaard,, M.L. Nielsen, J.B. Hansen, and J.T. Knudsen showed that psyllium, an herb high in fiber, taken three times a day can help to reduce the pain and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids. The psyllium can be mixed into a drink or added to a bowl of cereal to make it more palatable. Psyllium can be picked up at most grocery store chains or at an area health food store.
Goldenrod has been traditionally used to treat hemorrhoids. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, when goldenrod is used topically it helps to reduce inflammation caused by hemorrhoids. Goldenrod can be easily picked up at your local health food store and comes in a cream for easy application to hemorrhoids.
The University of Maryland Medical Center; Hemorrhoids; 2010; http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/hemorrhoids-000077.htm
The University of Michigan Health System; Hemorrhoids; 2010; http://health.med.umich.edu/healthcontent.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=6&action=detail&AEProductID=hw_cam&AEArticleID=hn-1026009