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Tea Tree Oil For Hemorrhoids Treatment
Tea tree oil hemorrhoids treatment is one of a growing number of alternative medicine treatments for hemorrhoids. In recent years, complementary and alternative medicine, such as tea tree oil, has been growing more and more popular as people realize that synthetic chemicals can cause some serious problems. In addition, the rise of complementary and alternative medicine directly corresponds with the failure of trust for many doctors after medical scandals have rocked the media. Last, but not least, the push towards more herbal medications has corresponded with a growing awareness that there is a lot that nature has to offer us. It's no wonder that people are looking towards more and more alternative and complementary treatments such as tea tree oil as a hemorrhoids treatment as well as for other common conditions.
For all of that, though, most people are used to thinking of herbal medications, such as a tea tree oil hemorrhoids treatment, as "second rate" or not as powerful as more mainstream medicines. People also often forget that most of the herbs allowed in retail stores are those that are so weak that they can't possibly cause any harm. For many herbs, including tea tree oil as a hemorrhoids treatment, this is completely untrue. Tea tree oil has proven an extremely powerful essential oil, with action that equals or surpasses mainstream medication in many areas, including many facets of hemorrhoid treatment. By all the evidence, tea tree oil as a hemorrhoids treatment should work very well indeed for symptom relief and prevention of complications from hemorrhoids.
What Is A Tea Tree Oil Hemorrhoids Treatment?
To begin with, the oil used for a tea tree oil hemorrhoids treatment is distilled from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree or large shrub that grows alongside streams or on sandy flats. It is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales in Australia. It was once used by the indigenous Bundjalung people for a variety of complaints. They would crush the leaves and inhale the oil, sprinkle leaf pieces on wounds, make the leaves into poultices, and soak the leaves to make an infusion with which to wash inflamed areas.
Then in the 1920's and 1930's, a researcher named Arthur Penfold published the first reports of tea tree oil's antimicrobial activity. Based on chemical testing, he rated tea tree oil as eleven times more powerful than the chemical phenol, the first antiseptic used in surgery. At that point, tea tree oil manufacture quickly reached an industrial scale. These days it's much easier for most of us to just use tea tree oil, which is distilled by heating tea tree leaves in copious quantity, the oil so extracted is then added to a hemorrhoids treatment, such as H-Hemorrhoids, which you can find on our hemorrhoids medicine page.
The oil used in a tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment is a clear to slightly yellowish oil that does not mix with water and has a distinct, camphor like odor. Once you've smelled tea tree oil, it really is quite distinctive. If you've never smelled camphor, think of a scent that's close to eucalyptus and you're about right. That being said, please do not confuse tea tree oil with tea oil, which is produced from the seeds of Camellia sinensis or related plants. Camellia sinensis is what the regular drinking tea so favored by the English is made from. Tea tree oil, on the other hand, cannot be taken internally at all, so they are obviously different plants with very different applications.
How Is Tea Tree Oil Used as a Hemorrhoids Treatment?
Tea tree oil in a hemorrhoids treatments have to be prepared fairly carefully. Pure tea tree oil as a hemorrhoid treatment has been known to cause bad skin reactions on a fairly common basis because it is so powerful. Therefore, it's often diluted in something else to make it safer for the skin. In traditional aromatherapy, in which the medication is absorbed through the skin and nasal passages, tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment is usually diluted in a carrier oil, such as sweet almond, only moments before application to the skin. These quick tea tree oil hemorrhoids preparations do not last very long because the carrier oil doesn't keep oxygen and light away from the tea tree oil. In the presence of oxygen and light, tea tree oil (even in a hemorrhoids treatments) start to break down fairly quickly. So always keep the lid on the medication and store it in a dark place.
When tea tree oil is being formulated into a more long lasting hemorrhoids treatment, the tea tree oil will often be suspended instead in an ointment or cream made of carrier ingredients that do a much better job of blocking both oxygen and light. These tea tree oil hemorrhoids ointments can then be stored in tubes or tubs until the time comes to apply to hemorrhoids. Tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatments will also often be combined with other ingredients to make the hemorrhoids symptom relief more effective. Even the carrier ingredients can help with the overall hemorrhoids treatment. Cocoa butter, white petroleum, shea butter, glycerin, and witch hazel are just a few of the ingredients you might find in combination with tea tree oil in a hemorrhoids treatment for maximum hemorrhoid relief.
How Tea Tree Oil Based Hemorrhoids Treatment Works
Tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatments have been proven to work in quite a few different ways. Scientific tests are necessary for any and all medications that promise to do something, and herbs often fail to live up to their reputation. However, scientific testing has shown tea tree oil to have some unique properties that make it quite useful for the treatment of all sorts of skin issues, from parasites to infections to hemorrhoids.
To begin with, tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment fights bacteria, fungi, viruses, and just about every other type of infection. In particular, it's shown to have very strong action against staph infections. It also effectively fights Candida infections. Tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment is extremely promising against these microbes in part because at a 5% solution the microbes show no sign of drug resistance. One of the biggest problems facing the medical community today is that so many different bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. As long as the pure tea tree oil makes up at least 5% of the tea tree hemorrhoids based treatment compound, absolutely every bacteria in the hemorrhoidal area dies. Fungi seem equally susceptible. Unfortunately, viruses are significantly sturdier, but they're also much more rare. Basically, if you're getting a hemorrhoid infection of some kind, a tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment can fix it right up. Even more importantly, tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment can keep you from getting an infected hemorrhoid in the first place.
What Can Go Wrong With Tea Tree Oil Hemorrhoids Treatment - The Side Effects
Of course, with something as powerful as tea tree oil in a hemorrhoids treatment, it's bound to have some bad side effects for some people. You just don't get a powerful medication capable of helping hemorrhoids so much without the potential for some powerful side effects. However, with a bit of research and common sense, these bad side effects are usually avoidable.
To begin with, do not ever take a hemorrhoids treatment containing tea tree oil by mouth. Don't take tea tree oil by mouth at all. Tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatments are very toxic once the oil gets into your digestive tract. Ingesting tea tree oil has led to severe symptoms such as drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes. In addition, please keep all tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatments out of the reach of children and pets.
Of course, since we're talking about hemorrhoids, it's a bad idea to insert any tea tree oil hemorrhoids treatment into your anorectal canal. The mucus tissue of the rectal canal is extremely sensitive and absorbent, so you could potentially see many of the same effects from a tea tree oil hemorrhoids treatment as you get by mouth. Tea tree oil hemorrhoids treatment is not meant for use on anything but external skin.
In addition, it is an extremely bad idea to use tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment in your eyes or ears. These are both very sensitive areas of the body and a tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment isn't made for them. While there haven't been as many hospital cases noted for eye and ear use, given how strong tea tree oil is, it will probably burn the sensitive tissues quite badly.
Of course, you should always test any hemorrhoids treatment containing tea tree oil that you haven't used before, on a small area of skin before you go applying the tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment to such a sensitive area. If you get a reaction from the tea tree oil hemorrhoids treatment then, or if the area ever starts getting redder, more inflamed, more itchy or develops a rash, discontinue use of your tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment immediately. Also discontinue the tea tree oil hemorrhoids treatment immediately if you start getting rectal bleeding of any kind. Some people have such sensitive skin that they react badly to tea tree oil even when it's diluted. In addition, if your hemorrhoids haven't started getting better within a couple of weeks, then it's time to see a doctor.
Wrap Up On Tea Tree Oil Hemorrhoids Treatment
As you can see, tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatments have some powerful abilities when it comes to helping your hemorrhoids. When tea tree oil hemorrhoids treatment is used intelligently and with proper respect for what tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment can and cannot do, tea tree oil can really help keep your hemorrhoids free of infection and on their way towards healing. Remember to combine any tea tree oil based hemorrhoids treatment you use with an overall plan to cure hemorrhoids that includes a proper hemorrhoids diet and hemorrhoids exercise plan. With education, work, and basic common sense, your hemorrhoids should start getting better almost immediately.
References for tea tree oil hemorrhoids treatment
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David T. Bearden, George P. Allen, and J. Mark Christensen, "Comparative in vitro activities of topical wound care products against community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus," The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, June 30, 2008, Vol. 62, Number 4, pp. 769-772.
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Written by Loni Ice, Edited by Donald Urquhart
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