Natural Hemorrhoid Treatment At Home

natural hemorrhoid treatmentHemorrhoids, also called piles, is a clinical condition characterize by dilatation of the veins around the lower rectum and the anus. It is primarily caused due to constant stress secondary to excessive straining when attempting to open the bowels. It can occur in pregnant women and in patients who are constipated.

There are a number of treatment options that can be explored in the management of hemorrhoids. This article will discuss natural hemorrhoid treatment and how they are beneficial. Any discussion on non-surgical and surgical treatments is out of the scope of this article.

Natural Hemorrhoid Treatment For Piles Relief

1. Lifestyle modifications

Lifestyle modifications are the first step recommended in the treatment of piles. This includes a change in diet, improved anal hygiene, warm baths and increased water consumption. On occasion, toilet retraining may be required for elderly patients. Shorter times on the toilet is advised. Using dry toilet paper can induce further bleeding.

a. High fibre diet*

Maintaining a high fibre diet is one of the key strategies used to help treat piles naturally. Increasing the intake of high fibre foods such as bran, whole wheat and other whole grains and psyllium seeds have been found to be extremely beneficial. It is recommended that over 25 gm of fibre a day be ingested to call it a high fibre diet.

Water helps maintain the normal consistency of stool, and aids bowel evacuation.

b. Warm baths

Warm baths are recommended for patients due to its analgesic effects. Sitz baths have also been used to provide relief.

2. Stool softeners

In addition to the above measures, stool softeners may be advised if they fail. In a majority of cases however, high fibre diet and increased water intake should be sufficient as natural hemorrhoid treatment.

3. Topical treatment

Hemorrhoids are accompanied by bleeding and pruritis, and in such cases topical steroid therapy may be helpful. However the evidence for its use is not strong. However, using topical steroids such as hydrocortisone have side effects which must be borne in mind when using them. Prolonged steroid use is associated with mucosal atrophy, and should be avoided.

In addition to bleeding and pruritis, patients may experience spasm of the anal sphincter. This can be quite painful, and topical nitrates have some benefit. Patients should be aware of the side effects of hypotension associated with nitrate use.

4. Toilet retraining

Toilet retraining refers to spending shorter durations on the toilet. Spending longer time on the toilet increased the venous pressure and can worsen Hemorrhoids.

Conclusion

Hemorrhoids are an embarrassing clinical condition characterized by dilated, engorged veins in the lower rectum. Natural hemorrhoid treatment is effective; in particular consuming a high fibre diet has been shown to provide natural relief and is extremely effective.

References

*Moesgaard F, Nielsen ML, Hansen JB, Knudsen JT. High-fiber diet reduces bleeding and pain in patients with hemorrhoids: a double-blind trial of Vi-Siblin. Dis Colon Rectum. Jul-Aug 1982;25(5):454-6

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