There are many popular home remedies for hemorrhoids, and this page is about the popular homehemorrhoid remedies that really can make a difference. Depending on the hemorrhoid home remedy chosen, a trip to a chemist or supermarket may be all that is required to obtain the ingredients. The hemorrhoid home remedy type that use herbs and plant extracts are on hemorrhoid herbs.
The pictures above: The jumping into freezing water is akin to a not so popular hemorrhoid home remedy of applying ice, wrapped in cloth, to hemorrhoids. While these children are in effect sitting in a Sitz bath, the water just needed to be a little higher, a depth or 2 to 3 inches, about 5 to 8 cm, in total.
Yes, we talk more about these home remedies for hemorrhoids and more below, but please REMEMBER to check out our other pages on controlling hemorrhoid pain and discomfort. The more you know, the more you can beat those hemorrhoids, likely even cure your hemorrhoids for good. Hemorrhoid Home Remedies is just the start.
Do home remedies for hemorrhoids really work? YES
“My name is G. G. [name with held for privacy reasons]. I live in Jerusalem, Israel. I was suddenly struck down so bad with Hemorrhoids that I haven’t slept in three nights nor left the house in three days. Desperate I went randomly to Google and stumbled into your website – straight for home remedies and put some of them straight into action. It has been the first time since this started that I was able to breath[e] after trying them. I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to build your site and may G-d [they don’t put in the o for religious reasons] Bless you and yours for ever and ever! [smiley face picture was inserted here].”
Yes, these hemorrhoids home remedies really do work. Also, if you follow the steps in 1. below, these hemorrhoids home remedies can actually help cure you of your hemorrhoids!
1.. Hemorrhoids HOME REMEDY for the RELIEF of pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids, as well as their cure
General Hemorrhoid Home Remedy Guidelines or Basic Plan:
Diet and Fibre
Fiber and diet is likely the most important point to develop a hemorrhoids home remedy plan on.
Please read our high fiber diet information to learn lots more on this vital aspect for developing a good hemorrhoids home remedy plan.
This tip came from a Zoology Professor that recently emailed me:
“Did you know that chili, natural green “havanero”, is good for hemorrhoids?
People recomended to me in Yucatan, Mexico,… And in 24 hrs hemorrhoids
were going out… I only had hemmorrhoids two times in my life. That is
true. That was the second one. In both cases very “weakly”…”
However, do not go overboard with the fruit and veges as a hemorrhoid home remedy. Even in the Victorian age doctors could see that the body needed to get a wide variety of foods for the stomach and intestines to work properly. If you overloaded it with any particluar food group, you risked constipation and hemorrhoids amongst other things.
AVOID eating pastry was another clear warning from the Vistorian age. Pastry and constipation go hand in hand. We could include this warning any food that has been over-processed – eg white flour and the products made from it.
Using the Toilet
Yes, going the correct way on a toilet, as described fully on the causes of hemorrhoids page, is also vital to most hemorrhoids home remedy plans, as will be shown below:
Staying on the toilet for more than five minutes at a time may also aggravate or worsen your hemorrhoids. Limit your time on the toilet, because if you don’t go within a few minutes, it’s better to wait till later than let your hemorrhoids hang there and get worse.
Get a footstool to put your feet up on while sitting, whether on the toilet or anywhere else and make sure you lean forward with your elbows resting firmly on your knees.
If you can afford it, purchasing and using a squatting toilet may also help as a hemorrhoid home remedy, as a squatting position doesn’t rob you of the support of any of your pelvic muscles, while a sitting toilet does.
The above photos show a squat toilet adapter for fitting to a normal toilet, while the Japanese squat toilet requires you to squat with your feet on the floor. Some squat toilets come with places to put your feet. Obviously if you are ill, the use of a squat to help hemorrhoids may be overshadowed by the balance and energy needed to maintain a squat position. Also, witht he squat toilet seat adapter, you would need to take some care to avoid falling off and a case of diarrhoea could prove extremely messy.
This isn’t much talked about now-a-days, but it is good to only go to the toilet at a set time each day and attempt your ablutions. This home remedy harkens from the Victorian period of hemorrhoid history, when constipation was rife. Bowel Training was considered vitally important to end constipation and ease or prevent hemorrhoids.
Don’t just sit or stand
Take several short walks a day, as too much sitting or just plain standing can upset hemorrhoids. So be sure to include this your hemorrhoids home remedy plan, if you sit or stand for long stretches at a time.
Sleep with legs raised if possible
And last, but not least, as part of your basic hemorrhoids home remedy plan, finding a way to sleep overnight with your legs elevated can do wonders for relieving the blood pressure on hemorrhoidal veins.
More general guidelines that you may wish to include into your hemorrhoids home remedy plan:
2.. Suitable ointments and creams – home remedies to alleviate the discomfort of external hemorrhoids.
External hemorrhoids tend to become sore from being chaffed when outside the anal opening, so a little bit of cream soothes the hemorrhoids quite well and stops them being chaffed further.
There are many specially designed commercial hemorrhoid creams on the market, in the supermarket, that one can try. Anusol, Ziroand Preparation H are apparently good hemorrhoid creams. Bepanthen is one hemorrhoid home remedy I used, as it contained an antiseptic and was soothing.
Zinc Oxide based creams, when applied to the hemorrhoids, can also help with the relief of pain and discomfort.
If the hemorrhoids are really painful, a cream or lotion with tetracaine – an anesthetic hemorrhoid medical treatment - or stramonium may be one of the best over the counter hemorrhoid treatment to obtain.
In fact, external hemorrhoids have created a whole hemorrhoids home remedy market place, for a multitude of creams and ointments, most of which you can find at your local pharmacy.
Many of them come with a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine or benzocaine, that can provide almost instant relief.
Another common ingredient is hydrocortisone, which is a steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and a powerful hemorrhoids home remedy. This hemorrhoids home remedy does have to be carefully used. While hydrocortisone can provide some immediate and powerful relief from the misery of an external hemorrhoid, if used for a long period of time it will start making the skin and muscle of the anal area thinner, which will contribute to the recurrence of hemorrhoids. Therefore, if you use hydrocortisone, use it briefly when it’ll do the most good, and do not use it as an ongoing medication.
The most common and probably most effective ingredient is a lubricant and moisturizer. Cocoa butter, petroleum jelly, and glycerin compounds are the most popular, but there are many effective creams out there that can be used as a hemorrhoids home remedy.
Creams with calamine, of poison ivy fame, may be some of the most effective as the moisturizer and lubricant is combined with a proven astringent to provide maximum effective relief.
3.. Suppositories are also apparently a good hemorrhoid home remedy and get to work really fast on internal hemorrhoids
Proctosedyl is a good suppository for internal hemorrhoids. A suppository is something you insert up the anus. If it contains a pain killer, it will apparently help deaden the pain much faster, as the pain killer is delivered right to the pain spots. If it contains an antibiotic or antiseptic, it will help kill any infection that may be there.
4.. Hemorrhoids home remedies – the oral pain killers
Oral type pain killers, such as those containing paracetamol, can be taken for hemorrhoid pain. Be aware that codeine can cause constipation and it is sensible to avoid codeine oral pain killers when hemorrhoids are present. Also, aspirin type pain killers may worsenhemorrhoid bleeding.
Ibuprofen at an over the counter dose helps immensely as a temporary hemorrhoid treatment.
Acetaminophen is helpful for temporary pain relief, but ibuprofen works on both the pain and the inflammation causing said pain.
Over the counter pain tablets can be an effective temporary hemorrhoids home remedy
5.. Sitz baths are one very popular hemorrhoids home remedy
For immediate relief from either internal or external hemorrhoids, many people find warm, plain water baths to be helpful.
Epsom salts in a warm bath is a common variation of a Sitz bath, as is adding certain aromatherapy essential oils to it.
Draw 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) of water, that is as warm or hot as you can stand it, and sit in it for twenty minutes three times per day.
If you suffer from irritated external hemorrhoids, you may find that adding a bit of oatmeal powder to the bath is soothing, but stay away from harsh cleansers or other additives.
You can also find small sitz baths that fit over the toilet at your local pharmacy, which may make sitz-bath relief more convenient on a daily basis.
Right after the bath, sitting on a towel-wrapped ice pack is often both beneficial and soothing. The alternating of heat and cold gets the blood in the area moving again, which is all to the good when it comes to hemorrhoids.
6.. Appropriate physical care of hemorrhoids is another good home remedy for pain relief and easing discomfort
Another good practice with hemorrhoids, is, if needed, to use mild soap and water to cleanse the area after using the toilet paper, as poo can cause the hemorrhoid area to become inflamed, sore and itchy. A soft cloth with soap and water is much easier on the hemorrhoid than repeated wiping with toilet paper. Anusol Medicated Wipes may also be useful for hemorrhoids.
7.. Appropriate toilet paper is a simple hemorrhoid home remedy
Also, with external or protruding hemorrhoids, a soft toilet paper can be worth it’s weight in gold for preventing and reducing hemorrhoid pain. Cheap, hard toilet paper is likely to upset hemorrhoids pretty badly, particularly if you have to keep wiping the hemorrhoids to get reasonably clean.
Fluids emitted by the intestinal tract in the normal daily course of doing it’s job, which is to break down food, can often be irritating to tender hemorrhoids, so clean gently and well with cool water and plain, hypoallergenic soap at least once per day.
Patting the area clean after bowel movements with pads soaked in witch hazel, cranesbill, aloe vera, or apple vinegar is good both for cleaning and to dry and soothe the area. An alternative to wiping with toilet paper.
8.. Reinsertion is a very effective home remedy for prolapsed internal hemorrhoids
One can also try to gently push the hemorrhoids back into the anus – if that is where they are coming from – but be careful not to damage them. Once the hemorrhoids are pushed back in, the pain should subside very quickly.
9.. The Hemorrhoid cushion is a home remedy for hemorrhoid relief that has been practiced for many years
Some hemorrhoid sufferers find relief from using a hemorrhoid cushion. A hemorrhoid cushion is normally an inflatable rubber ring, similar to the inflatable rings that kids wear at the pool or beach. You sit on it, rather than wear it.
The hemorrhoid cushion works by essentially removing or minimizing contact pressure between the sitting surface and the hemorrhoid, as well as possibly relieves the pressure of the backside cheeks on any prolapsed hemorrhoids.
I remember my dad using a hemorrhoid cushion many years ago, so they have been around for many, many years.
A soft cushion or pillow may also help relieve the hemorrhoid symptoms when sitting.
The doughnut shaped pillow on which to sit should be available at your local pharmacy.
10.. The use of ice to reduce swelling and pain of hemorrhoids, is a not so common hemorrhoid home remedy
We all know that ice packs help reduce swelling, but applying ice to the hemorrhoid area requires some creative thinking and some hemorrhoid sufferers have done just that.
You can either shape a piece of ice into a suppository shape – akin to a rifle bullet, but not as long and with rounded ends, or you can let some ice cubes melt to they are about the same sort of shape.
Make sure the ice is wet and slippery and NOT sticky to the skin. Insert like a normal suppository.
11.. Avoiding tight fitting underwear, is an easy hemorrhoid home remedy.
Tight fitting clothing irritates hemorrhoids because it can restrict blood flow to the area and puts further inflaming pressure on the hemorrhoids in question.
Tight clothing and underwear can also be both irritating to the area and contributes to low muscle tone, which is part of the underlying issue that leads to hemorrhoids.
In addition, some people are sufficiently sensitive to the synthetic materials that underwear can be made of as to make already existing hemorrhoids worse.
12.. Exercise should be part of any hemorrhoid home remedy plan
There are a few mechanical tricks that can be used to treat and banish hemorrhoids as well. The first and simplest is to get the blood moving, which is accomplished by increased activity.
If you have a job that requires long periods of sitting or standing, take a break and a brisk walk for five minutes every two hours or so. With your doctor’s ok, start walking for half an hour, three times a week.
Doing sets of Kegel exercises, where you clench and release all of your pelvic muscles ten times, will help you regain and retain the muscle tone needed to support anorectal veins.
FOOD AND SUPPLEMENT Hemorrhoid home remedies
A.. Lemon juice, more a natural hemroid treatment than a herbal remedy for hemroids .. but, if it works for you ..
A more daunting endeavor in hemorrhoid relief, is to inject the juice of one lemon with 250 milliliters (cup) of water into the anus and retain it there for 10 minutes. Follow up with a cold sitz bath.
B.. Potato suppository – a natural vege hemroid remedy
Using potato as a remedy for hemroids, is a natural remedy that has staunch followers testifying to it’s ability to bring relief. The potato is cut into suppository shapes, about 3/4 of an inch (2 cm) long and about 1/4 inch (0.75cm) wide. The remedy then requires the potato suppository to be inserted. If it shoots out straight away, try placing a new one further in.
Use Lecithin in liquid form and apply directly to hemroids. Do so once a day until the hemroids have retreated back up inside. A slow but sure natural remedy for hemroid relief.
At breakfast, dinner and before bed, take 100mg of rutin.
400 IU three times daily is the suggested intake of this vitamin as a hemroid remedy. It appears to be good for healing in general and may help with pain and clotting of hemroids. It appears to work on hemroids via dilating (making bigger) the blood vessels so that blood can pass through more readily and it contains anti-thrombin, which is a substances that helps to prevent the coagulation (clotting) of blood.
So vitamin E appears to be a good natural remedy for preventing or assisting with thrombosed hemorrhoids.
Photo’s of man in water hole courtesy of Kaagen. Photo of kids in bath courtesy of Anda2007.