To help find natural remedies for hemorrhoids you have to know a little bit about what causes them. Armed with good information about what some of the reasons are that hemorrhoids form, it is a lot easier to work out a natural approach to reverse the conditions causing them.
Our bodies are all different and respond to stress and injury in differing ways. When it comes to hemorrhoids there is a lot of speculation but very little concrete evidence as to what makes them form.
One thing that is almost always part of the discussion about what causes hemorrhoids is the idea that excessive pressure and strain in the lower GI tract is thought to be at least partly responsible for their formation.
It goes almost without saying then that one of the natural remedies for hemorrhoids would be to eliminate the causes of this excess pressure and strain.
Among the things that can cause excessive pressure in the bowel are constipation, diarrhea, injury, pregnancy, heavy lifting, and even genetic predisposition to weakness in that area of the body.
A good first step in our plan to use natural remedies for hemorrhoids would be to ensure that we are consuming an adequate amount of fiber in the diet to allow the stool to pass through more easily and without causing excessive straining.
A diet rich in fiber can make a great deal of difference on the level of strain in the bowel. Most of us consume way less on average than the amount that is recommended that we eat.
The benefits of a diet rich in fiber have been documented in many areas of health and wellness including heart, colon, cancer prevention, and weight control.
For additional information on the benefits of Fiber in the diet lease visit our High Fiber Diet Plan page.
When speaking of natural remedies for hemorrhoids we have to talk about some of the most basic although very short term relief that can be had by those who are suffering and need some immediate relief. Using heat and cold in succession is one very effective method of natural hemorrhoid relief.
Pain, itching and swelling can all be temporarily relieved in this manner. A warm sitz bath helps to dilate the veins in the anal region and when followed with ice packs for about 20 minutes on the area the veins regain some elasticity and are strengthened and are reduced in size.
This is one of the fastest and most effective short term natural remedies for hemorrhoids and can be done up to three times a day.
Again, this is only temporary relief and long lasting results can only be achieved with some changes to diet and lifestyle.
There are also many herbs and botanical compounds that can be very effective in achieving relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids.
The chart below gives a rough outline of some of the more popular herbs and compounds used as natural remedies for hemorrhoids. Each one should be checked for possible side effects and for possible negative interactions with medicines or compounds you may already be using.
Products are available from numerous manufacturers that combine these ingredients in different formulations to aid in hemorrhoid treatment regimens.