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Cure Hemorrhoids: Home Remedies That Work!

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Posted by Barb (Philadelphia, Pa) on 11/23/2011

[YEA]  Have been suffering with hemmoroids for the past 3-4 weeks, but have had them for years. This flare up has been particularly rough. Have tried otc medications plus things ordered over internet. Nothing worked!!! Was considering surgery when I found this website and thought it was worth trying.

Started using ACV and within the past 3 days and there has been considerable reduction in the size, with minimal itching and burning. I no longer wake up at night in agony. Tried sitz bath but that burned alot, so now I just apply to cotton ball and leave on. Still get some burning from that so don't leave on for prolonged period of time (i. E. I could not sleep with the cotton ball in place). After I take the cotton ball off, I then place small cloth covered ice pack post application of ACV. You can buy these ice packs at your local pharmacy - the packs are made for this. Note - I had been using the ice packs with otc meds, but they didn't help reduce size, itching, or burning. The combination of ACV and ice packs IS working!!! Amazed that this is the only thing that has worked for me. They are taking time to heal but think that is just because they had gotten so bad. From now on when I feel them flaring up I will use ACV immediately. Hope this helps someone else.

Posted by Christine
Cape Town, South Africa
11/26/2011
After my son's birth I suffered from haemorrhoids and tried every remedy I could find. One day I read about garlic and I thought I might as well try this as well.... Never looked back. Never had another problem. Ever. Just use a garlic clove as a suppository. Pointed side up. You may coat it in oil first. Replace it every time you use the toilet. Within 24 hours you will see the difference. It is amazing.

Posted by J. (Miami, Fl. ) on 11/17/2011

[YEA]  I have been suffering from hemorrhoids for the past 2 weeks. I have gone to the emergency room and I have gotten so many medications and creams I can't even remember them all. Today at work I was about to quit my job because the pain that I was feeling was unbearable. My friend found this website and told me to go to the store and buy the ACV and to try it out. I rushed to the store and I applied to a cotton ball for like 10 sec. I did this 3 times. In about 2 hours I was able to sit at my desk and go on about my day. I am amazed at how this simply thing took my pain away. This is WONDERFUL!!!!!

Posted by Very Blessed (Mississauga, Ontario) on 10/04/2011

[YEA]  I've been suffering from hemmoroidal pain since I gave birth to my second baby, three years ago; however, the pain got worse about three weeks ago and its getting worse hour by hour to the point that I can't do anything at home and I can't attend to my family, and I spend the time crying over my excrutiating pain. However, this morning, I started searching the internet for some natural cure, since all the other medicated solutions didn't work at all, and believe it or not, I was standing up by the computer doing the search because I couldn't sit from the pain. While searching, I found that blessed website with info on how helpful ACV is in treating hems. So I digged up an old ACV bottle that I had at home and that we usually use with honey to treat sorethroat, and I dampned a cotton ball with ACV and applied it to the hems and I couldn't believe the result and here I am now couple of hours later sitting in front of the computer and thanking everybody who contributed to this wonderful site. Thank you a million times.

Posted by Angel 67 (Edinburgh, Scotland ) on 07/07/2011

Hi guys can someone tell me if you leave the Apple Cider Vinegar on you're skin or do you wash it of? I have just begun my Apple Cider Vinegar quest but reading all the thread's there is no explanation of after applying the acv?? I have begun drinking it with water{not to keen}but will continue with it as I am due for a operation and trying hard to find a cure :( Please someone help as I don't fancy a "raw hide" in case I am doing it wrong.... I have a external hem which is disgusting to look at and the itch keeps me awake at night :( Please Please Please help thanks so much..)

Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
07/08/2011
900 Posts
Angel, I cured a hemorrhoid in a couple of days with ACV. Mine was an external one so I soaked a bit of cotton wool and put in in there while I did computer work. I never felt raw or anything and I never washed it away. In maybe two days it was gone. First I had tried some cream which did nothing at all!
Posted by Roz
Nj, US
05/12/2014
2 Posts
Just tried the ACV on a new painful hem and it's working. Thank you All.

Posted by Sharon (Summerside, Prince Edward Island,canada) on 07/05/2011

[YEA]  I have been in pain for a month and have tried some otc remedies and Doctor perscribed ones but nothing has worked as well as Apple Cider Vinegar.Yea

Posted by Kay With Hope
Springdale, Arkansas
07/06/2011
2 Posts
[YEA]   "Apple cider vinegar as a remedy for hemorrhoids...

I have been in excrutiating pain for over 3 weeks and I've tried everything there was on the counter at the drug store. Gone through way too much prep-H with no benifit. TMI - big hemerrhoid on the outside. I couldn't sit, stand, or walk without almost bursting into tears, had difficult time getting to sleep because of the pain and if I coughed you would think someone had just stabbed me and I would cry for a while. I don't have insurance but was considering going to the doctor anyway (which is a BIG deal for me). I finally found your site yesterday and decided to try the apple cider vinegar as a last resort. Last night I bought a sitz bath and the vinegar (as I had seen some people have bad reaction to the vinegar so I wanted to take it slow and dilute it some) I put in the warm water and added about a cup (maybe a little less) of the vinegar plus I sprinkled a little bit of epsom salt into the water too, sat for about 15 minutes, had no burning just relief, and then went to lay down. (I had tried taking warm baths before but the pressure of sitting in the tub combined with the pressure of getting in and out of the tub was just too much and it didn't help anyway) Within 2 hours of the sitz bath I had the first relief I have felt in a very long time. The pain went almost completely away. Sigh... I did the sitz bath again right before bed with the same ingredients and this morning I got out of bed without having to take my time and fight against the pain. So far today at work I only have minimal discomfort wich is a HUGE step forward. I can actually do my job without breaking down crying every hour. The hemorrhoid has shrunk to a quarter of it's size before. I am so excited at the results so far and I feel I can actually have some hope now. I will be back to let you know how things are going next week. Thanks so much for the information. You've been a God send!

To everyone out there who is reading these comments and thinking that it's all balogna, please give it a try, it can't hurt and the benifits are so worth it.

Posted by Danae
Munich, Bavaria
07/06/2011
14 Posts
Dear Kay, A nutrionist called Norman Walker describes how too much carbs can cause hemorrhoids (he explains it in detail in one of his books). Nevertheless, I had the same as you when detoxing (during the healing crisis) and until I realised that the carbs were the problem (take out any white bread and white sugar immediately if you can). Eat raw carrots & include green smoothies or fresh juices to detox the blood and what did the trick for me is take Homeopathic ARNICA D6 every until it gets better --- it is not a traditional remedy for this type of ailment but I think as it works for bruised veins it was the right thing for me --- since changing my diet and taking ARNICA (a week later took C30 as well) it did not return. And if you are sporty --- do reversed yoga poses - this got me through the worst. Hope this helps.
Posted by Kay With Hope
Springdale, Ar
01/25/2012
2 Posts
Well I just wanted to come back and let everyone know how everything turned out with the Apple Cyder Vinegar treatment after my initial next day testimony above. (Sorry I forgot to come back and tell you sooner) So the next day I did a few more Sitz sitting for 15 minutes at a time with the ACV, hot water, and Epsom Salt when I got home from work. The next day the roid was even more reduced and I had no more discomfort when sitting (ocassional when walking or moving about) and the day after that it was like I had never had a problem. After 3 weeks of agony (real complete agony, tears, pain etc) I was finally pain free. I never had any reaction to the ACV of any kind but I did take it slow and dilute it in water. I did have a same day lessening of pain when I first tried the solution but it wasn't completely over for a few days. Give it time, get a Sitz Bath (they are only around $5 dollars at Walgreen's) it not only helps clean the area it also gives it a good wash with no pressure. I never did use the "wash" part of it, just the bowl and sat down in the water ACV mixture. I haven't had a problem with roids again till last week and I used this as soon as it started again and never even got to that painful stage. It cleared it right up in a day. I hope you'll try it.

Posted by Kylie-anne (Queensland, Australia) on 06/06/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I LOVE ACV!!!!!! I will never look back. For the last 2 months my 'roids' had gotten that bad I couldnt eat, sleep, walk or function as a mother, wife or as a normal human being. I tried everything and even went to 2 drs, 3 naturpaths and a bum dr I spent so much $$$$ I gave up.... I would sit at home and cry cause everything I put on that area for 'roids' would give me pruritus ani(anal itching)omg!!!! I was stuck in hell then my mum told me to sit in a bath with Apple Cider Vinegar and sit there for 20 mins. I did... No more pain no more itch no more nut case me... Hahaha I still have the roids but I think they are going down... Slowly...... But still no pain I swear by Apple Cider Vinegar it works I can function again... Try it.... Half a cup in small warm bath.... Hope it helps... bye and thankyou from down under(in more ways in one...hahahaha)

Posted by Was At The End Of My Stick, Until.. (Shanghai, Shanghai/ China ) on 05/02/2011

[YEA]  im hoping this comment is goin in with all the others coz I just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing this one! I just tried it, after like many here it seems who were also on the edge of getting the chop! To b honest I have lost my faith completely in doctors, and the medical industry is an greedy, heartless embarrasement, so the last thing I wanted to do was to put my hem' probs (which resembled the giant lips off one of the easter island statues! ) in the hands of any vaccination-supporting, pharmacutical-shareholder, knife-and-rubberband-weilding doctors aiming at my holiest of holies! Thank you to the people on this thread!!

Also Im a drummer by trade!! Imagine that pain next time you watch john bonham solo...

Just started today but I had two tablespoons raw ( it nearly knocked me out it was so vile! )..

Then drenched some rolled toilet paper in this ACV, which was now making my apartment smell like an armpit, and shoved it, where I swear there used to be a sword!

10 minutes later, paranoid someone was gonna pop in for a cuppa, and catch me with wadds of foul smelling paper falling out of unkown folds, I hosed my self down, appologised to the neighbour; whos window was slamming shut, and had an hour and a half of bliss!!! Only a little pain remained, I mean little, left to remind me he aint gone yet, but im hoping thats just the start of a total annihilation of this literal pain in the butt!

but peace!!

spread the love

spread the word,

give me today

if tomorrows absurd

i love my music, however now my bedroom is smelling a bit too funky!

Posted by Jt (Minneapolis, Mn) on 03/01/2011

I started going to the gym 2 weeks ago and on Sunday after coming back from the gym I felt a small bump down under. Not knowing what it was I googled it and found out that it is hemorrhoids! It is just a bump and there is not bleeding. However, I feel uncomfortable and sometimes it is painful when I cough. When I touched it last night it was not as hard as it is this morning and became more painful.

I looked around on the net looking for remedies to this and found this site. I bought a commercialized ACV from a grocery store and started applying it this morning.

My question is:

1. I am using toilet paper to soak ACV and apply it to the bump. How long should I leave it there and should I wipe it after with clean water of just leave it?

2. Will I be able to return to my active lifestyle (soccer, football, weight-lifting)?

I am very scared right now because this is my first time having this and my parents are 8 hours away by plane. :(

Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks

Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
03/02/2011
900 Posts
I had the same thing a while ago when I was constipated for a little while. As I had bad hemorroids when I was pregnant and was operated a few times after the birth of my third child 22 years ago I was also very worried but ACV solved the problem (or did they go away by themselves?). I would put a cotton wool drenched in ACV on the hemorroid and leave it there for a while a few times a day. In maybe one week I was cured! I was so happy...... Every time I felt that it was smaller but then... It may just have got smaller with the time by itself, I will never know! First I tried some cream and I saw no difference at all!

Posted by Gabby (Greenville, Sc) on 02/20/2011

[YEA]  I discovered a Hemorrhoid (first time ever) in the shower one morning. I found earthclinic website and tried ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) cure. Soaked cotton in ACV and placed on hemorrhoid for several minutes, twice daily morning and evening. In approx. one week it went away and has not returned. That was now several months ago. Excellent, cheap cure.

Posted by Kendra
Richland, Wa
05/21/2011
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   "I wanted to vote YES for apple cider vinegar working for hemorrhoids. I had been eating too much cake after several consecutive celebrations and developed a painful hemmorrhoid. I read on your site to use apple cider vinegar, so I soaked a cotton makeup remover pad with it and applied this morning and evening to the anus and perianus area. This treatment stung very badly the first three days, but it doesn't anymore, and the hemorrhoid is no longer painful. It is still there, but at least it doesn't hurt! I also drink about 10 mL of ACV at night, and am trying an alkaline diet. I also try to eat coconut oil at least once during the day. I hope this info helps someone.

Thanks for all, Kendra

Posted by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
05/22/2011
340 Posts
A wet Tobacco leaf applied to the offending pile will shrink it very fast.. You can buy Nicotinis Virginias.. at plant stores as a decorative.

Posted by New Mama (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on 02/03/2011

[YEA]  I got my first hemhorroid while sneezing in my 7th month of pregnancy. I was shocked because I thought with a healthy diet I could avoid them. However, the pressure of the baby was enough. So, if you have them, don't feel too bad. Anyone can get them! That one was small and painless, but it wouldn't shrink. Six weeks AFTER my baby was born, I suddenly got one external and one internal (I believe; haven't had them checked by any professional) and had bloody stools with severe pain. I don't know why I got these weeks after the baby was born, except that it may have coincided with my probiotics running out. In any case, I was devastated by the pain around Christmas time, and saddened that I wouldn't be able to resume intimate relations with my husband. I didn't want ANYTHING near that area. It felt like a knife inside me when I used the toilet, and one night I couldn't even sleep for HOURS because of the pain. The only comfortable position was standing.

I put myself on a severe high fiber diet, but I am breastfeeding my baby, so I needed to make sure I was still eating fat and protein or my milk would decrease. It was very difficult to do this. After two days of this diet, the pain lessened, but there was no change in the size of the hemhorroids.

After searching numerous sites, I found this one and just happened to have some raw organic ACV with the mother. I started drinking a cup of warm water with a capful of ACV (about a teaspoon, I guess) each morning and evening. I would immediately brush my teeth because some people mentioned it is bad for the enamel of your teeth. I would also use a cotton ball to apply the ACV to both hems several times a day after using the bathroom. After a few days I noticed a MAJOR decrease in pain. The first morning after starting this, the larger hem was even bigger (swollen?) but not more painful. I was a bit nervous, but kept going. It took about eight days to notice a reduction in size of the hems, and since then every day has been better. The small, painless one (from sneezing) is very shrunken now, and sometimes I can't even feel it at all when I apply the ACV. The other one, the PAINFUL one, is much smaller, and I am SO RELIEVED! The one I believe is internal does not hurt AT ALL today, and I'm on day 12 of this regimen. Praise the Lord! I am so thankful for finding this website. THANK YOU!!!

I plan to continue this until they are gone. I do believe it will work. Some people mentioned four to six weeks, so I still have great hope that they will go away completely. Every other site out there says there is NO CURE for hemorrhoids except surgery. I no longer believe that! Thanks, Earth Clinic!!!

Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
02/04/2011
900 Posts
Hi New Mama, I had bad hemorrhoids with my third child although I ate well and I don't remember being constipated but well, she is 22 now, so it was quite a while ago. After her birth, because she was quite short but heavy things got far worse, my intestine came out and the hemorrhoids got trombosis so I was operated twice. It was a very complicated time but luckily, because I was living in Holland at the time, I was entitled to have help in the household for a few months as I had a newborn and two other small children. The doctor told me that going to the bathroom would be painful for 4 months and that was true, after that I never had a problem untill a little while ago. I was constipated for some reason, despite trying everything to solve the problem and I got external hemorroids. I completely panicked thinking about what happened to me so many years ago but then someone talked here about ACV so I tried it for a while and slowly they started disappearing. I would even sit on the cotton wool drenched in ACV while working at the computer or watching TV. Now I am completely ok.
Posted by Kmc
Regina, Sk, Canad
12/19/2012
[YEA]   "Hi there - I feel I owe it to the posters & readers of this amazing site to provide feedback. Husband has struggled immensely with itchy bleeding bottom. Tried doctors remedies for years with very little success. This definitely affected his (and my! ) quality of life. Did loads of research on this site last night. Had some Safeway brand apple cider vinegar. He was desperate. Tried the bath, nothing really happend. Gave him a glass with about 2 TBSP ACV to drink, he did that. Then soaked a half a cotton ball in ACV and inserted very gently, not far. Burned quite a bit but he left in. Woke up this morning said it's the best he's felt in a long time. Almost gone. Will continue with interal & external, plus very strong probiotics and green & clean diet. Can't say enough about the quality of this site. Thank-you to all who share specific stories; was immensely helpful.

Posted by Thomas (Ransomville, New York) on 10/30/2010

[YEA]  I suffered from hemorrhoids that made my life unbearable. Pain, bleeding and constant irratation. I finally agreed to have a doctor remove it. What a mistake. Doctors lie!! The recovery took months and the hemorrhoids came back. A last ditch effort have reading about Apple Cider Vinegar on this website, work like a charm. I was shocked at how well it worked and fast. I have since recommended to several people and they have also had amazing results. Thanks to Earth Clinic - No more pain in the rear!!!

Posted by Kay
In The Valley, Ca
10/31/2010
How did you use the ACV? Did you drink it or apply it directly to the affected area? Thanks
Posted by Wendee
Shingle Springs, Ca, Usa
10/31/2010
2 Posts
Do you drink it or bathe in it to help? Please do tell what worked for you. I am 38 and have had this issue for over 10 years. Having children made it worse.... Please help.
Posted by Tom
Ransomville, New York
11/08/2010
[YEA]   "I soak a piece of TP with the ACV. Then apply it for about 10-20seconds. At first it stung like hell. I did this 2 to 3 times. After a few minutes the soreness went away and within hours the offenders shrank. Within days the problem was gone. I still find it hard to believe that it could be that easy. Now and then I feel the contenders trying to make a come back but I quickly douse them again and relief is just as fast. I never go anywhere without my bottle of AVC. Good luck - living with hemorrhoids is no fun!
Posted by Bothered In Nyc
New York
09/05/2013
[SIDE EFFECTS]   "Hi earth clinic peeps,

So, I've had three hemmorroids, external & popping out for many years now from being an athlete/avid biker. After numerous liver cleanses a-la-Andreas Moritz two are gone but one remains & is so big & bothersome due to size & ugliness. I tried the ACV topical last night and for some reason it's larger & there's blood & now irritation in the morning.

Is this 'normal'? Is this part of the process & does it usually get larger before shrinking

Thanks & look forward to hearing some guidance as I'm scheduled for a procedure in 1 1/2 weeks and definitely would prefer curing this myself

Posted by Annielissamommy (Naperville, Il) on 05/01/2010

[YEA]  I was amazed how fast Apple Cider Vinegar cured my hemorrhoids. I was desperate. I had not been able to sleep for a little over 48 hours due to the pain. I was only in slightly less pain standing. I didn't know what to do, where to turn. I had tried a couple "all natural, herbal" remedies with no luck. There was a lot of blood loss. So I tried ACV. I drank 2TBsp in water 3x a day and poured a little on TP and dabbed it on the area when I went to the bathroom. It started to work almost immediately. I only tried it because I was too tired to think, but it really worked. Been a couple weeks and still no roids. This is a first in years. I know it sounds crazy, but try it and you too can be amazed.

Posted by Alana22
Portland, Maine
09/21/2010
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   "Apple Cider vinegar definately works. I was also desperate and just tried it. I cleansed the affected area and also tried to get some inside (sorry gross). I went to bed and after about 10 hours I noticed relief. At first I thought, what the hell did I do because it burned, but I went to bed was actually able to sleep which I hadn't been able to do because of the pain. I woke up the next morning and relief! No pain, and one of the hemorroids was started to shrink the other were not as swollen. I had about seven hems total, some external, some internal and now about three weeks later I'm dealing with two that haven't gone away yet (much milder though), but two out of seven is so much better to deal with!

Posted by Matt (Tallahassee, Fl) on 12/06/2009

[YEA]  Treating hemorrhoids using Apple Cider Vinegar absolutely worked for me. Used a small piece of cotton cloth, put a cap full of ACV on the cloth and then placed it on the hemorrhoid. After doing so, I laid down in the fetal position on my left side on my bed (so as to try to relax my muscles in that area). After about 20 minutes I noticed a tremendous difference. The pain had subsided and the hemorrhoid actually started going back in! It's a miracle that it worked so good in such a short period of time. I'm going to continue to apply for the next couple days. Thanks again Earth Clinic and everyone who contributes! You guys are really make a difference!

Posted by Matt
Tallahassee, Fl
12/08/2009
[YEA]   "Alright, update! Pain/swelling has definitely continued to go down. Also, just wanted to say that I don't think it matters how you lay down! Just apply the ACV and try to relax as much as possible. After recovery try to eat a healthy diet, including fiber and organic foods - that will keep the stool soft and reduce the need to strain because of constipation =)!
Posted by Jan
Brooklyn, Ny
12/13/2009
[YEA]   "I just tried the apple cider vinegar. Although it stings at first, after 1 minute of application, I feel amazingly relieved. It's working so far...
Posted by Cindy
West Palm Beach, Florida
12/30/2009
[YEA]   "I was considering making a doctor's appointment for my hemorrhoids, which had been very uncomfortable for several months. Before making that call, I decided to check the internet for a natural remedy. I am grateful I found this site and tried apple cider vinegar. That was 4 days ago. The pain and itching are gone and the hemorrhoids have decreased 50% in size.

Suggestion - If the apple cider vinegar stings, try applying an ice compress to the area for about 5 minutes before the apple cider vinegar. This numbs the area, helps with swelling and takes away the sting.

Posted by Richard
Canandaigua, Ny
01/22/2010
[YEA]   "Apple cider vinegar absolutely worked, I usually take a bath in hottest water I could stand then dry and use ACV twice a day.Thanks everyone for sharing your remedies!
Posted by Clela
Columbia, Tn
01/30/2010
Actually tried ACV after being reminded that it was generally healthy for you. After the 1st day I realized that my hemorrhoids were better. I mean that I was taking 2 tbs with water in the morning and before bed and added 2 tbs to large bottle of water and sipping during the day by mouth. Haven't tried applying directly. They were markedly better with just drinking the ACV. I am sure more good things are happening but this one really surprised me. I should have realized just how much my body was craving it when it tasted so good.
Posted by C
Waterford, Mi
05/09/2010
[YEA]   "I have had constipation, hemorrhoids, all kinds of nasty digestion issues since I had my appendix removed over 15 yrs ago. I've tried everything and I mean everything.. Here's what I've discovered in my research (thanks EarthClinic) Rutin and Vitamin B6: this is needed if you have weak vascular walls.. I tried this and have little success because weak veins wasn't my issue. My issue was my stool, was so hard and large due to too much fiber/water and not enough good bacteria in my colon.. so even though I knew this I couldn't fix it until I tried ACV Coconut Oil, but let me say this ACV didn't work by itself.

In fact, It wasn't until I used Ted's Remedy which increases the PH to alkaline levels that I had true success and I mean wow! I took 8oz of water mixed in 1/4 tsp of baking soda, and 2 tablespoons of ACV and took 1 teaspoon of Coconut oil.. and I fell asleep..

Now just to explain to you the situation I was in.. I had just went and I was hurting bad.. I couldn't move but barely hobble and still had some feces that was like clay and couldn't come out.. it really sucked.

But, after I woke up I ate some food and a couple hours later I had to go to the bathroom.. and when I went oh man it was amazing.. it was soft and virtually struggle free.. I prayed that the Lord show me an answer and He did!

I'm going to keep taking this to cleanse me out.. also a lot of you should read the book, Fiber Menace it explains the effects of fiber on the colon.. you need to repopulate your bacteria, get rid of the bad, strengthen your veins, and take ACV Coconut Oil it really works.

Chris

Posted by Gabrielle
Brighton, Ontario, Canada
05/09/2010
6 Posts
Go to a chinese herbal store and buy "Fargelin for Piles" it works very well and is very inexpensive

EC: Here are some google images of Fargelin from various manufacturers for those interested...

Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
05/10/2010
900 Posts
Just a warning about Chinese herbal shops. I have no idea about the quality in the US but in Britain some people have had serious health problems after buying herbs in these stores. A lady had to have a kidney transplant. I used their medicine (Cordyceps) for my allergies and they worked wonderfully but now I am afraid to go back. I am only saying this so that you check well what you are taking.
Posted by Mike
Miami, Fl
04/25/2011
[NAY]   "NEED HELP!! I have spent the last three days dutifully (possibly naively) applying the ACV treatment. It has made my hemorrhoid much worse than it began. It has never even hurt until now. I understnad this may not work for everybody, but I have not read a single review yet that made ACV sound like anything other than a miracle. What am I doing wrong?

Once a day, I soak a small wad of TP in ACV, place it on the hemorrhoid, and let it sit there for 15-20 minutes. It begins to sting after the first minute or so, and the sting worsens all the way until the end. It is then painful to the touch, and swollen, and noticeable the rest of the day.

I have been ingesting vinegar as well for a few days, with no side effects, so I don't think I'm allergic. This seems like such an incredible and widespread solution, and yet if I judged by my experience alone I would say it's the worst possible thing to do for your hemorrhoids. The opposite of a cure.Any other "miracle" solutions out there? Please help.

Posted by Liz
Boston, Ma
04/26/2011
Goodness! I would never use ACV for a hemorrhoid - especially topically, because of its acidity.

I suffered through many a 'roid' until I discovered Witch Hazel and sitz baths. You can buy both the sitz and the Witch Hazel at any of the big pharmacy stores.

Fill the sitz bath with warm water (good and warm, but not hot) then pour about a cup of Witch Hazel into it and soak for 15-20 min's several times a day. You will notice relief almost instantly, and the more often you soak - the quicker the healing.

For relief in between sitz baths, take a cotton ball and soak it well with the Witch Hazel, and tuck it where the hemorrhoid is. You can change the cotton ball several times per day. Or, you can buy the more expensive, but equally effective 'Tucks' moistened pads, but since they're moistened with Witch Hazel, I always just used the cotton ball w/ straight Witch Hazel.

Hang in there. This method will work! It's never done me wrong. These days, whenever I feel even a *hint* of anything going on down there, I do a sitz bath and it ends there - it heals it right up and it never turns into a hemorrhoid.

Feel better.

Posted by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
04/27/2011
252 Posts
Hi Mike, you sound like me when having the same problem and remarking that "the fellow who wrote ring of fire must have had a bad case of hemorrhoids".

For immediate relief, may I suggest an ice pack to the hemorrhoids. After you get relieved, google potassium iodide, scroll through the references until you come up to the Tahoma Clinic reference and click on it. Dr. Jonathan Wright does an excellent 6 page article on the wonders of SSKI (saturated solution of potassium iodide). His recommendation for hemorrhoids is 20 drops of SSKI in 1 ounce of flaxseed oil (I just used my EV olive oil I cook with). Mix this in small container and when you are ready to go to sleep, apply a cotton ball soaked in the mixture to the hemorrhoids & leave it there until morning. Works wonderfully.

For those who have not read his article, you should print out this article to keep for future reference. Amazing what this SSKI (or Lugol's solution is nearly the same) can do from removing cysts, liquifying cholesterol in our arteries so we can excrete them from our bodies, ridding us of bladder infections, killing many pathogens, thinning the mucus in our heads and lungs so we can keep our respiratory tracts open. Another source mentions one that Dr. Wright didn't and his advice was to take 2 drops of Lugol's solution in glass of unchlorinated water daily to keep our stomach secreting hydrochloric acid to digest our foods.

Posted by Dsjacobscat
Taylor, Mi
11/25/2011
2 Posts
Regarding Chinese herbal shops selling Fargelin: I just had a HORRIBLE experience with the Fargelin I ordered from one. Nothing but bad side effects - ringing in my ears; pains in my head; shrinkage of my genitals (temporary, I suspect). I'm probably lucky I didn't kill myself. No idea what the long-term effects might be. Desperation to get rid of hemorrhoids fast made me make horribly stupid decisions to not quit taking these at the first sign of trouble. I say BEWARE. If we had a firm in the west making something similar, I'd try it in a heartbeat.

Posted by Gina (Bangor, Maine) on 10/19/2009

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I used a solution of 1/2 ACV and 1/2 water to wash my hemorrhoid after going to the bathroom. It worked to reduce swelling within 3 trips to the bathroom. I decided ... some was good, more would be better. I put solution on a cotton ball and left there all night-MISTAKE! It burned the sensitive skin so bad the skin sloughed off causing immense pain. Please remember, MORE IS NOT BETTER!

Posted by Rjni
Portland, Or
06/28/2010
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   "Thanks for the side effect note, I too thought more is better and soaked a cotton ball and let it sit there most of the night, next thing I know the muscle that was swollen is back inside but the skin has peeled, I was horrified after seeing that, thanks for your insight, I feel better knowing that it was the AVC that caused it

Posted by Carla (Omaha, Ne) on 10/02/2009

[YEA]  OMG! acv worked. i was so skeptical cause i tried everything for my hemrroids. prepation h, tucks pads, hydrocortizone cream and suppository they relived the pain but did not shrink them. used a cotton ball soaked in acv twice and it has gone done.. it did sting a tad but not at all like i thought it would. i can sit at my computer and on the toliet to pee without them throbbing or hurting. have not took a poop yet so wish me luck!! thanks for this great website.

Posted by Pj
Sarasota, Fl, United States
09/18/2012
2 Posts
Amy, oddly enough, I posted the following message last night. Please try this, and also see a doctor if it continues. I hope this helps you. I am amazed at the results.

"I have been having trouble with bleeding hemorrhoids for the past two years, with increasing frequency and pain. I have tried everything from steroid cream from the doctor, to drugstore cream, coconut oil, probiotics, etc. Then I realized that orange juice and other fruit juices, vinegar, fish oil pills and other vitamins were all making it worse. I have stopped most of them for months, and it helped a bit but not enough. On a hunch, I started drinking one cup of herbal Peppermint tea (tea bags bought at the supermarket) each night for the past 2 weeks and I haven't had any bleeding since and I have no more pain. I am now starting to slowly add some of the things that I have eliminated from my diet and have not had any problems.

I did find on the internet that Peppermint tea is good for hemorrhoids, but they said you need to be careful if you have acid reflux or blood pressure problems. Some sites said it could lower your blood pressure, others said it could raise it. I haven't found any difference but I don't have blood pressure problems. I am hopeful that the tea has healed my hemorrhoids for good and that the tea continues to help. I also hope this helps others with their problem, because I know how painful this can be. Make sure you get Peppermint tea bags and NOT Peppermint oil which will cause more irritation. It is certainly worth a try."

Posted by Amy
Yucaipa, California
09/18/2012
Hi my name is aimee. im 22 years old and ive been having alot of pain. i need help. everytime i go to the bathroom i have the worst pain to the point where i start crying. im not constipated though. i can have diarreah and still feel very bad pain inclusivly everytime i go to the bathroom. i bleed alot about 2 cups of blood. i was worried it was cancer or something but recently saw some hemorroids and im in soo much pain. please someone help me. im not only scared to go to the bathroom because of the pain but of all the blood i see. its as if i were on my period but coming from behind help!!!!!
Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
09/18/2012
Amy, get to a doctor to diagnose you.
Posted by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
09/18/2012
This is to Amy from Yucaipa, It is a common belief that constipation will cause hemorrhoids at one point of life.

But, even Diarrhea or severe urge to go for bowel movement can cause hemorrhoids. It happens like this, when you get severe urge it increases the pressure in the blood vessels in and around rectum thereby causing it to swell and eventually become piles or hemorrhoids or Fissure.

For immediate treatment, apply mustard oil in the anus and swelled regions after going for a bowel movement. Then Buy Rutin capsules and take it according to the recommended dosage. Rutin capsules will reduce the swelling of veins and can heal the piles.

To reduce the pressure of the rectum, use a japanese toilet or indian squat toilet or at the least raise your feet using a 6 - 12 inch stool for both your legs.

It is a better practice to clean with water after a bowel movement, so it will minimize your infection and promotes personal hygiene.

hope this helps.

Posted by Slim2483
West Sacramento, Ca, Usa
09/20/2012
6 Posts
I had them once, took b-6 for two days, gone. 2 pills 100mg each. Total 4 pills.


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