Aug 28, 2016
There are dozens of effective natural treatments for hemorrhoids. Popular remedies for getting rid of hemorrhoids include apple cider vinegar, rutin, coconut oil, castor oil, witch hazel, and aloe vera.
Hemorrhoids are swollen or inflamed veins in the anus and lower rectum that can be itchy, painful, and potentially cause bleeding during bowel movements. There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external. External hemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus, and the delicate skin there can be easily irritated and bleed during a bowel movement. Blood clots can form in external hemorrhoids and cause a great deal of pain and inflammation. On the other hand, internal hemorrhoids are less noticeable, but straining during a bowel movement can irritate the delicate surface of the hemorrhoid and cause bleeding or pass the hemorrhoid outside the anus; this is called a protruding or prolapsed hemorrhoid and can be very painful.
Hemorrhoid symptoms include painless bleeding during bowel movements that results in bright red blood, itching, irritation, or swelling in the anus, the formation of a sensitive or painful lump near the anus, and sometimes anal leakage.
What Natural Remedies Work Best for Hemorrhoids?
Our readers have reported hundreds of positive reviews for natural hemorrhoid treatment. With dozens of different ideas, you should be able to find the remedy that is perfectly suited to your own situation and budget! More than likely you have many of these home treatments in your kitchen or bathroom right now!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Easy, cheap and effective apple cider vinegar is a folk remedy for hemorrhoids that works! Used topically or taken internally, our readers love this natural cure!
Rutin is an inexpensive bioflavonoid. Taken twice a day, this simple cure is a popular treatment for hemorrhoids.
The black peppercorn treatment for hemorrhoids is backed up by science; black peppercorns help with pain and inflammation.
Castor oil is a very soothing and healing oil, which works for hemorrhoids, too! For hemorrhoids, this remedy is NOT used internally, but topically.
Coconut oil is another oil with amazing healing properties. This oil helps with pain and inflammation and can be used internally and externally.
A once or twice a day garlic suppository does the trick for many hemorrhoid suffers.
Witch hazel is a common ingredient in over the counter cleansing pads for hemorrhoids. It is popular because this astringent herb works!
Cayenne pepper, taken in capsules or made into a tea has been found helpful for hemorrhoids! Cayenne pepper is wonderful for circulation. It helps pain and reduces inflammation.
Sitz Baths for Hemorrhoids
Sitz baths are soothing for hemorrhoids. You can add any number of natural remedies to your sitz bath. Chamomile tea, comfrey tea, or 1/4 cup of any of the following: apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or Epsom salt.
Vitamin Supplements for Hemorrhoids
In addition to natural remedies and herbs for hemorrhoids there are some simple supplements useful for healing hemorrhoids.
Vitamin B 6
Cheap and easy, almost too good to be true, vitamin B 6 helps some with hemorrhoids. A good B-complex would be a good way to get your B-6 and may give you an energy boost, too!
Probiotics can be helpful for hemorrhoids. Probiotic supplements or daily servings of yogurt or kefir can accomplish this dietary need.
Simple Changes for Better Elimination
Sometimes hemorrhoids are caused by poor elimination habits. Increasingly popular are special stools to get your legs up when you are sitting on the commode. This allows for better and more complete evacuation, often eliminating hemorrhoids.
Adding some exercise to your daily routine may make help your hemorrhoid problem more than you think! Sitting all day long can cause and aggravate hemorrhoids. Even taking a 10 minute walk during your lunch break will increase your circulation. 5 minutes on a mini-trampoline a couple of times a day will also really get your blood moving!
Hemorrhoids Caused by Constipation
If your hemorrhoids are caused by constipation, this problem needs to be addressed to solve your hemorrhoids and your overall health. Try prune juice, more fruits and vegetables, more water, or any of the many remedies on our constipation page to cure your constipation problem. You can begin any number of the remedies above for your hemorrhoids, but you must solve your constipation problem to keep them from coming back.
Hemorrhoids Caused by Diarrhea
While it seems counter intuitive that diarrhea and constipation can cause diarrhea, it really is not. Both cause extra stress on the vein in the rectum. If you have diarrhea, the skin tissue may also be irritated, inflamed or even bleeding. If this is the case, do not use apple cider vinegar on your hemorrhoids as it will sting! Try coconut oil instead. And look at our diarrhea page to find remedies to get this problem under control.
Hemorrhoids Caused By Too Much Sitting
Hemorrhoids are not uncommon for office workers. Sitting at a desk all day causes continual pressure on the veins in the rectum and the lack of movement slow down the circulation. Adding cayenne pepper to your meals will help improve your circulation. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator will also give little boosts to your circulation throughout the day.
Hemorrhoids Caused by Childbirth
Childbirth is a common reason for hemorrhoids among women. While often times this will resolve on its own quickly, the hemorrhoids may be very painful in the meanwhile. For other women, childbirth is the beginning of years of pain from hemorrhoids. But it does not have to be so.
If you have had anesthesia during your birth or narcotic pain medication after the birth, you will have a greater risk for hemorrhoids since those medications can cause constipation. Drink plenty of fluids. Ask a friend to bring your a big salad in the hospital after the birth of your baby!
Comfrey and/or chickweed salve is helpful to heal hemorrhoids and other tissue swelling or tears after a birth. Comfrey tea can also be made and used as a sitz bath, healing to both areas as well. If you cannot get comfrey, you can try lavender essential oil in a perineal rinse bottle. The hospital should provide the bottle after a birth. You can add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to the bottle with warm water and rinse liberally after you empty your bladder or bowels.
Keep reading below to discover hundreds of hemorrhoid remedies that have helped our readers heal from painful hemorrhoids since 1999.
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Remedies for Hemorrhoids
Wow, I now understand the term "pain in the rear"! I had developed a severe thrombosed hemorrhoid 2 years ago. I did pop after awhile and then the year of oozing happened and pain and swelling went down (I would say down 70% on both aspects). Now on year 2 and the fill up of the hemorrhoid happened again. The pain came back, twice as bad. I started buying everything hemorrhoid related again, that I didn't try the 1st time. After a month of irritation and nothing to seem to work on them, I decided to try ACV. At 1st I felt it worked, with just a few moments of sting and then gone. After 3-4 days of this, the stinging started when I applied it and then got worse, so I stopped after a week of pain. I then tried hemorrhoid ointments again. Wow, the pain they brought on was too unbearable. Surgery is not an option, as I know 2 people who had multiple surgery for the same thing and both cases, came back again, so both people told me not to do it, unless you literally can not walk or sit (at all). I do take Rutin (2weeks now, but no help). Yesterday I read about aloe and thought, right, just like everything else, its a gimmick. I felt, why not try, what can it hurt (lol - after irritating it with everything else, specially prep-h), so I went to healthfood store and bought 99%pure aloe gel and 100% safe drinking aloe. I got home and rubbed the gel on the hemorrhoid for the 1st time. I filled the bathtub up, just in case I need a quick rinse to get it off. As I sat and wait for the burn of the century, I wait and wait and wait. Still no burn, actually some relief. I was sitting with amazement. I am now on day two. The pain is 80% gone when I apply. I am waiting to see if aloe helps shrink it. I rub aloe all over the area daily and drink 2 oz of the drink twice a day. If it goes down or improves greatly, I will be amazed. I live in Co and wondered if the cold winter didn't help and made it flare up again. So far I am amazed with what aloe has done. Anything on the market that says hemrroid relief, is a gimmick. Only Witch Hazel and sitz bath, give temp. relief. I do not want temp. relief, I want pure relief. If surgery would work, with no recurrence, then I would take the painful recovery and do it, but that is not the case of most who get it done.
Thought I had stomach ulcer. Knawing terrible pain. First I stopped drinking coffee and any caffeine for about a week which was difficult but helped a lot. At the same time I took aloe vera gel caps, garlic caps, fish oil caps, gse, and occasionally very small pieces of fresh garlic clove swallowed whole with meals morning and evening. I ate Campbells chicken noodle, and vegetable soups, rasin bran with very little milk, eggs, and plenty of power aide and water. Followed this for about two weeks and now feel normal. Started feeling some relief within a few days. Now I can drink a cup of coffee(not too strong and with milk added) with my wife in the morning. I was dealing with hemroids at the same time and they have cleared up also. One thing I found to really help hemroids is 100% aloe vera clear jel from Wal Mart and applied to toilet paper for a final clense after b movements. Have a good day!
Hello All, I am so grateful I found this site. I was getting desperate to find a remedy that worked in the hope of avoiding a doctor's visit. Well, I tried a little bit of this and a little bit of that as suggested on this site and here's what worked for me. After about a week of bleeding 'roids, I tried the sitz bath, the ACV which helped to calm things externally, but there was still the issue of internal roids with bleeding so I decided to experiment with the aloe vera suggestion and take it a step further. In addition to drinking the Aloe Vera juice, I also filleted a small piece, sprinkled a little cayenne pepper (known to stop bleeding) on it and chilled it. Because the piece of Aloe is so small and also soft it was not very easy to insert bc of the sore tissue. I inserted as best I could and then used a homeopathic suppository to help insert it further. Yes, it was hella' hot, but hardly as painful as the roids. The next morning... Less blood and swelling; so, I tried another application (although this is best used before bedtime in case it's too hot for you, you can wash away some of the hotness because you're still at home! )... The following day... No blood and the swelling was gone. that was over a week ago and no problem yet.
My ex-husband used aloe vera gel to cure his hemorrhoid. He was really sick and didn't have health insurance. I looked up a cure on the net and had aloe and gave him the gel which he inserted. He said the next day the pain was gone and he had been in pain for almost a week! Within a few days the hemorrhoid was gone!
As an office worker I have suffered from the occasional bout of hemorrhoids. I read in one of my herb books that aloe gel was a good remedy. I like natural remedies so I tried it and it immediately helped relieve the pain and the hemorrhoid healed within a week. It works every time. Apply liberally twice each day. Wash your hands before and after application to avoid infection. What are you waiting for, give it a try, it works! Hemorrhoids can be prevented by improving digestion. Apple Cider Vinegar to the rescue.
I know everyone out there isn't going to like this, but hemorrhoids are symptoms of CANDIDA overgrowth. That's the reason that cleansing the area with apple cider vinegar is often effective - it balances the pH because although it's an acid, it has an alkalizing effect. Drinking apple cider vinegar also helps to alkalize your blood, but you need to eat other alkalizing foods too (and minimize acid forming foods) to experience true alkalization. So, another effective remedy that will not burn the way apple cider vinegar does, is one that also works for women's yeast infections. It was given to me by a conventional doctor and I modified it. The doctor told me that filling a capsule (which you can purchase at a pharmacy or at a health food store) with BORIC ACID and then inserting the capsule into the vagina will balance the pH and stop yeast infections. He said to do it every day that a yeast infection is present, and then once a week afterwards. Tou can buy boric acid at a pharmacy without a prescription. It's a powder. Since I have done this many years ago, I haven't experienced a single yeast infection (touch wood) and I've stopped using the capsules. Later on, I discovered that mixing the boric acid in coconut oil can be used for treating yeast AND hemorrhoids (mix it into a paste and store it in a small glass jar - I use extra virgin, organic coconut oil). The hemorrhoids you are experiencing are really just a kind of yeast infection in your anus. So, if you have hemorrhoids, you need to first look at your diet. Eliminate the easier forms of sugar - stop eating white flour and processed foods - spelt is a DELICIOUS substitute for white flour, and increase your intake of vegetables, particularly fresh. They will add bulk to push food quickly through your system. Drink lots of water, cut out pop and sugary drinks, and add a bit of fresh lemon to your water. Lemon juice will help to alkalize your system too. For fiber, grind a couple of tablespoons of flax seeds in a coffee grinder (I have one dedicated just for flax seeds) and mix with water. You can add a tiny amount of psyllium for bulk, but make sure it's organic, because psyllium is very highly sprayed with pesticides. Take a good probiotic, such as Garden of Life, FAITHFULLY, to repopulate the good flora in your system. Consider doing a gentle cleanse - one where you work up to only green vegetable juices and water for a few days (along with ground flax seeds for fiber). Also, take a good magnesium supplement to soften and regulate your stools. You will know when you are taking enough magnesium when you go number two several times a day but it's not liquid. Prune juice is an excellent addition too. A great magnesium supplement is Calm by Peter Gillingham. Please let me know how this works for you!
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Apple cider vinegar is Earth Clinic's best cure for hemorrhoids! We have had a great many readers report their success with this simple and inexpensive treatment for a miserable problem that people would prefer not to discuss.
Posted by The Haitian (New York, New York USA) on 02/05/2009
Avocado seed for Hemorrhoids: grate an avocado seed. pour in some filtered water. strain. add some honey for taste and drink throughout the day and your hemorrhoids are gone. It worked for me. I learned this from somebody who had to wait for surgery while his surgeon was recuperating from an illness. By the time his surgeon return there was no need to go under the knife. People from Haiti should know about this.
Posted by Wuweizi (New York) on 07/27/2016
Hemorrhoid prevention/cure by avoiding blood thinners/clot preventers (NSAID, fish oil):
I am a 39 y.o. male, 5'11" 160lb, fit and active. Half Asian and very lactose intolerant, I got my first hemorrhoid a couple months ago. It followed tarry stools and toilet straining I attribute to cheap feta cheese that probably had lactose, and also NSAID I took for headache. I believe the toilet strain + NSAID blood thinning caused it. Healed in a week.
Second hemorrhoid occurred a couple months later, with no poor stools, lactose irritation, or other changes I know except for taking 2 capsules of fish oil (each "1200mg fish oil, 360mg total Omega 3 fatty acids DHA EPA") with lunch daily, chewed with food. After five days of this I woke up with what seems to be relapse of the first hemorrhoid. Just woke up with it, didn't even pass stool that morning yet! The fish oil has a warning if one has bleeding problems. This alerted me to the fact that fish oil thins blood and inhibits clotting and blood vessel constriction, and I suspect it causing the spontaneous relapse. I discontinued it and it healed in a week again.
Posted by Christina (Vancouver, BC)
Thanks for the great site! You people are providing a wonderful service to humanity. Please accept my contribution (a folk cure for hemorrhoids). My ex-boyfriend (a geologist) was out in the bush when he came down with major hemorrhoids from wading waist deep across a freezing lake. The old prospector he was with told him to rub bacon grease (yum!) on the area. He swears they went away right away!
Posted by David (San Diego, CA) on 03/06/2015
To get relief from Hemorrhoids you need to reduce the straining and the easiest way to do that is to shoot some water up the pipes to get things lose and moving and the best way to do that is with a Hand Bidet Sprayer. Primarily used for superior hygiene it can also be used to spray inside like a mini-power enema and get clean inside and out. Fast, convenient and efficient.
Posted by John (Montevideo, Uruguay) on 06/23/2012
Look guys and gals, I had hemorrhoids or piles since my childhood, doctorrs usually prescribe abstaining from spicy foods and lots of fibre, etc., but from my father I got the perfect remedy: the French (and also in South America and countries like Egypt) have something called 'bidet' that sort of provides a kind of shower to your private parts (sitz bath is called in some places), mainly for female use.
In countries like UK and North America this is unknown, but a feature of every bathroom in the countries I mentioned. It can be easily improvised with a large plastic bucket and a shower item connected with a long plastic pipe to your water tap so you can regulate force of water. After defecation, when the bottom itches like mad, sit and irrigate your bottom with COLD water for about ten minutes, with quite powerful upsurge of cold water. That not only provides for cleanliness in that area but also ELIMINATES the itch, even if you eat all the spicy foods you want. When I travel to the uncivilized parts of the world where bidets are unknown, I carry my own portable bidet in my luggage and the piles never bother me.
The perfect hemorrhoid solution, believe me... No surgery, no creams, etc. all natural and simple.
Black peppercorns are an effective natural treatment for hemorrhoids. This simple and easy remedy for hemorrhoids is easy to implement and gives fast results.
Posted by Dave (East Aurora, Ny) on 10/11/2014
Molasses capsules work almost immediately to reduce and get rid of hemorrhoids. One capsule twice a day to start and then one a day once you are back to normal.
Posted by Deb (Mt. Pleasant, S.c.) on 03/08/2012
My husband began using blackstrap molasses about 3 weeks ago after reading that it would shrink Hemorrhoids. He was skeptical but faithfully took his full tablespoon, one in the morning and one at night (plain, right off the spoon! ) I asked him how it was going after the second week and he told me, "great! " He said that the hemorrhoids were really going away and that he was going to continue taking it because it was better than having the "rubber band surgery" (which we have both had! )
I decided to join him and also began taking one tablespoon in the morning and one in the evening as well. After only 4 days I can report that my hemorrhoids have shrunken so much that I feel that I have had surgery again - unbelievable! We are both true believers of this product and will continue to take the usual dose until the Hemorrhoids are gone, then we may go to only one tablespoon each morning. Another benefit, it has helped keep us "regular" - a nice benefit for people in their 60's who lead very busy lives! We have even recommended it to our daughters who have recently had babies and are suffering from Hemorrhoids - they have both begun taking the blackstrap molasses, too. We used the unsulphured, no reason other than that is what we found at the grocery store.
If there are other benefits, I'll report on that as we realize them. I have my annual physical coming up and I am curious at what some of my test results will show.
Thank you for this wonderful site!
Posted by Grizzelda (Cleveland, Ohio) on 12/12/2011
I have had hemmorhoids for 30 years and was resigned to living with them until I saw that many people had good luck with unsulphered organic blackstrap molasses. I started with 1 Tablespoon twice a day and within a week they were GONE! I now take this dose 3 times a week and that seems to keep them at bay. I don't always enjoy the flavor of the molasses but if I hold my nose and swallow a lot of water immediately after taking it, it is not too bad. I'm willing to do whatever I have to in order to not have them recur. Hope this helps someone out there!
Castor oil is a gentle but highly effective natural treatment for hemorrhoids that often brings relief after the first application. Castor oil works quickly and painlessly for hemorrhoids.
Posted by Glea (Indiana) on 08/23/2013
I just started drinking cayenne pepper in tomato juice and am noticing my hemmoroids/skin tags are shrinking! I read on a cayenne pepper website that it helps with this condition and it seems to be true! :) There are many other benefits to cayenne pepper as well, some are here on Earth Clinic.