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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.

Replied by Kendra
Richland, Wa
[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

Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
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!!!

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
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.
Replied by Kmc
Regina, Sk, Canad
[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!!!

Replied by Kay
In The Valley, Ca
How did you use the ACV? Did you drink it or apply it directly to the affected area? Thanks
Replied by Wendee
Shingle Springs, Ca, Usa
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.
Replied by Tom
Ransomville, New York
[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!
Replied by Bothered In Nyc
New York
[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.

Replied by Alana22
Portland, Maine
[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!

Replied by Matt
Tallahassee, Fl
[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 =)!
Replied by Jan
Brooklyn, Ny
[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...
Replied by Cindy
West Palm Beach, Florida
[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.

Replied by Richard
Canandaigua, Ny
[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!
Replied by Clela
Columbia, Tn
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.
Replied by C
Waterford, Mi
[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.


Replied by Gabrielle
Brighton, Ontario, Canada
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...

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
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.
Replied by Mike
Miami, Fl
[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.

Replied by Liz
Boston, Ma
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.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
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.

Replied by Dsjacobscat
Taylor, Mi
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!

Replied by Rjni
Portland, Or
[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.

Replied by Amy
Yucaipa, California
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!!!!!
Replied by Pj
Sarasota, Fl, United States
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."

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Amy, get to a doctor to diagnose you.
Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
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.

Replied by Slim2483
West Sacramento, Ca, Usa
I had them once, took b-6 for two days, gone. 2 pills 100mg each. Total 4 pills.

Posted by Mehru (Portland, Or) on 09/05/2009

[YEA]  I did get a pretty painful hemorrhoid again and read here that apple cider vinegar applied on a cottonball helps. I kind of doubted it but tried it out and it calmed it down immediately. The swelling and the pain is gone after the first application!

Replied by Jake
New York
[YEA]   I've suffered from hemorroids for over a year now. I have found that making ice cubes with apple cider vinger and water and placing them in the anus have helped greatly in the past week. They are still present but slowly feel like they are going away. I've all so been taking diosmin/hesperidin supplement which also seems to help.
Replied by Amy
Hamiltion, Canada
Ice cubes work great for reliving pain from hemorrhoids. Make ice cubes wtih 1/2 water 1/4 apple cider vinegar 1/4 witch hazel. Before placeing them in the anus apply a few drops of lavender oil on the ice cube. The oil will help with the pain and also kill some of the smell from the vinegar. Make sure to eat plenty of fiber in your diet daily for the rest of your life. Constipation is most likely the cause of your hemorrhoids. also try taking any leg vein support supplement to help strengthen the veins down there.
Replied by Sandra
Holdrege, Ne, Usa
[SIDE EFFECTS]   I tried this ACV ice cube method yesterday and fainted a minute or two after I inserted it; I fell and injured my shoulder. I don't know yet whether or not it did anything for the hemorroid.

Posted by Caroline (Leeds, England, Uk) on 08/27/2009

[YEA]  My boyfriend is an avid reader of this site and has long been waving the flag for the qualities and health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. Having read the section on Hemorrhoids and the amounts of Yea re: ACV. I cynically gave it a try. Dosing a piece of cotton wool and holding on the affected area for about 30 seconds morning and night, it did the trick. I cannot believe it! After a week and a half of applying the ACV it dramatically reduced the size of the protruding offender (which I may add was the size of a very large grape :-(. To the point it has disappeared! I am very impressed and would definitely recommend anyone to do the same, it certainly had a greater impact than the prescribed cream from my doctor. Thank you for your advice

Replied by Aron
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Hiya all, Thank you for advice on ACV, trying it as I am typing and already feels better. Thanks to Army man about anal fisures. Had terrible pain from that and took 2 months to clear up. Next time will definately try his advise. Keep cottonballing!

Posted by Lee (A Nice Place, Florida ) on 06/15/2009

[NAY]  I read on this site that apple cider vinager was helpful for Hemorrhoids so I tried it. It only made my situation worse it burned and swelled. I will never try that again!!

Replied by Emilu
Oh my god, she was saying to help with digestion by drinking apple cider vinegar, NOT APPLYING IT TO YOUR HEMROIDS!!!
Replied by Eva
Op, Ks
Emily - they are talking about applying to hemorrhoids. Works for some people.
Replied by Bluemoon
Chicago, Il, Usa
The pain everyone is having is when there is an open cut on your roid. I was in so much pain a few years back I thought I was going to pass out. Luckily I found Aloe Gel with Lidocaine. It works instantly to relieve the pain and also helps reduce the roid. I am not sure what will eliminate them but I think I am going to try a few things like the raw garlic and ACV.
Replied by Sith
Coimbatore, India
I have external hem, I saw this website with information on how Apple Cider Vinegar cures, I have started using it today few minutes ago, two days to come I will let know the progress. I will thank God and all of you, and I am also praying that it will work.
Replied by Guls
Uk, London
I recently noticed that I have internal hemorrhoids and I was pretty worried about my future after seeing disturbing external hemorrhoids images on the internet. After doing a lot of search on alternative remedy I found one solution that made big progress in a week time. The remedy is garlic cloves with olive oil. Basically peel 10-15 middle size garlic cloves and baked them in 120 degrees oven for 10 mins. They will get softer. I tried the garlic cloves raw first but they weren't as effective as the baked ones. After baking the garlic cloves put some olive oil in a jar and soak the baked cloves in oil. Leave them there at least 1 day and use them as a suppository from your anus every night. Don't push them too far, just till pass the entry. Leave them there over night. Don't worry, they will come out with your first bowel movement. Do this at least for a week every night. If you think you need it more than once a day apply the cloves in the morning as well. I also advise you to have olive leaf tea one in the morning and one in the evening. Olive/ olive leaf and garlic are great anticeptic, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory.
Replied by Jen
Sydney, Nsw Australia
I just tried the Apple Cider Vinegar hot bath and also applyed directly to the hem, I really hope it works coz I'm in real pain. After the bath I put some aloe Vera gel straight from the plant and that has sooth the pain a bit, I'll write an update tomorrow and to let ppl know how I go, this is an amazing site with so much info thanks!
Replied by Gabby
[NAY]   I tried ACV too after reading all the testimonies here but after two days applying ACV it gets worse and more swollen. It didn't work miracles on me. The lump swelled up it almost cover my bottom hole. It makes me worried more. :-(
Replied by Liz
Boston, Ma
Gabby, have you tried sitz baths?

I never, in my wildest imagination, thought that something as simple as soaking in warm water a few times a day would heal hemorrhoids, but somehow, it does!

You can pick up a sitz bath at any pharmacy store for under $15.00. You put it on the toilet (after lifting the lid) then fill it with nice, warm water and sit/soak for 15-20 minutes a few times a day. You can do it as often as you like--the more, the better. You'll find that you want to do it often because the warm water itself is very soothing.

You could also put about 1/4 cup of Witch Hazel in the water for additional benefits, but you'll be pleasantly surprised at how just the warm water soaks alone will help you.

Hope you'll give it a try. Feel better!

Posted by Olivia (Brooklyn, New York) on 06/11/2009

[YEA]  ACV Shrunk My Hemorrhoid:

I have been trying the apple cider vinegar for my very large protruding, bleeding hemorrhoid. Thank God it has shrunk considerably in two days. I have placed raw acv on a cotton square and hold the protrusion within the folded cotton pad (the protrusion is long in size). I did this three times already and the bleeding stopped with the first application. It was a bruise, (from the protrusion rubbing against my underwear) not pouring blood as in some cases I read. I then inserted some coconut oil and pushed it back with my finger. It was out again this morning but I repeated the same procedure. The hemorrhoid was definitely smaller and no blood came off on the cotton bud. I just did it again and am very pleased with the progress. I think if it keeps shrinking in this manner it will be very tiny within a week. I have had this hemorrhoid since I was fifteen and I am now fifty four. I was thinking of surgery but was fearful because I have been told recovery is extremely painful. I am so thankful for those of you who take the time to let us know what works and what does not work for you.

Replied by Linda
Erlanger, Ky
[NAY]   Hello, I would like to tell you that I once read on this site that ACV would help ease the pain and swelling of hemmorhoids, so I tried it. Well boy was I sorry I did! It burned and stung like nothing else! It made my condition worse! So this may work for some, but it sure didnt work for me.
Replied by Mountaingirl
Asheville, Nc
[WARNING!]   I agree. I take ACV orally and tried it topically for hemmorhoid type problem. It was the worst thing I could ever have done. Intense burning and swelling caused a normally 3 day issue into an extreme 1 week issue in which sitting was almost impossible. If anyone tries this, I would be very careful and wash the ACV off with any sign of uncomfortable burn.
Replied by Cherie
Toledo, Wa
Some people's skin are more sensitive than others and the area could be more irritated than others. Perhaps if you diluted the ACV with water and then applied this solution to a small part of the irritated area, you would have a better experience. For me, I just started using clear distilled vinegar because I didn't have any ACV at home and I noticed it took the burning/itching/pain away. It did sting a little but a little stinging is far better than the burning/itching/pain that I was receiving prior to using this vinegar. I'm also using this vinegar on my eczema and it has also taken the itching/burning/bleeding/pain away. I will try using the ACV tomorrow to see if it is better than the distilled vinegar. Wish me luck!
Replied by Carina
B., Germany
[YEA]   ... This might be a type of hemorrhoids which is caused by too much acid --- which was my case too. Researched about Ayurvedic treatments and found this recommendation which worked wonder for me - within 24 hours the heat/acidity of the hems went away - simply by eating 1 raw carrot in the evening which I spiralised as raw pasta. After an entire week of this uncomfortable ordeal - this was the solution for me:

1. Carrot (Daucus carota)
Carrots are effective in reducing the bleeding of the piles. They can be eaten in either raw or in cooked form.

2. Garlic (Allium sativum)
Garlic can stop the growth of bleeding piles. When it is kept in contact with the piles, I. E. In the rectum, then there is relief from the bleeding of the piles. Ideally it must be inserted high up in the rectum so that it stays there overnight.

There were more recommendations on this website but these were the two which worked form me. They explained that there are different types of hems caused by different underlying conditions that might explain why some of us do not react on the ACV in this particular case.

1. Vata type - These piles are hard and darker in color; almost black. The pain is acute. Constipation is present.

2. Pitta type - These piles are soft and reddish in color. Bleeding is present. Other symptoms are excessive thirst, fever and diarrhea.

3. Kapha type - These piles are slimy to the touch. They are large and soft and whitish in color. The person has digestive problems.

source: ezinearticle.com under: health and fitness | hemorrhoids

Replied by Ajeeth
Toronto, Canada
I have been suffering from frequent hemorrhoids for more than 20 years and controlling with good diet without chicken and ACV. Recently the best remedy I came across is adding 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper to a glass of water with 2tsp ACV. Also sticking good Chinese capsicum plaster over the hemorrhoids at bed time or during the day shrinks the swelling fast. Initially for the first two days you may feel uncomfortable with the cayenne pepper as it cleanses the system. So start with 1/4 tsp and increase to 1/2 tsp after every meal. Cayenne pepper and Apple Cider Vinegar also helps to reduce BP, Cholesterol, blood sugar and many other health benefits - http://www.cayennepepper.info/health-benefits-of-cayenne-pepper.html

Also adding 1/2 tsp pure turmeric powder helps in maintaining good health.

Posted by Driton (Prishtina, Kosovo) on 04/30/2009

[YEA]  Hi to all patients that are suffering from hemorroids. I am writing from Kosovo and I would like to comment on this issue as I have tried ACV and I feel like I was born second time. I used ACV while having my meal sallats and you just cannot believe how fast and good it removed my hemorroids.

I recomend to all of you that suffer from hemoroids to use ACV as much as possible while eating lunch or dinner.



Posted by Mike Smith (Christchurch, New Zealand) on 04/10/2009

[YEA]  I had one enlarged haemorrhoid so I tried Apple Cider Vinegar - I applied it both topically and orally. In the morning I put a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass with a teaspoon of honey as it can taste a bit tarty - I then stirred until the honey had mixed in well and then added water and drank with my breakfast. Afterwards I put some Apple Cider Vinegar on some cotton wool and swabbed my haemorrhoid. I did this process both in the morning & at night.

After about 4 weeks now my haemorrhoid has slowly shrunk - before I tried this it didn't seem to want to go away however after using Apple Cider Vinegar it has slowly shrunk and now its no more - it also seems to help me with my digestion so I will probably have a glass each day now with my meal at night.

One thing to remember with haemorrhoids is to make sure you DO NOT strain in the toilet as this can cause haemorrhoids and make them worse. Best to eat some fibre including fruit & veges in your diet to as this will help against constipation. Just remember that when you are in the toilet to let it pass easily, lean over a little with ya elbows on top of your knees if need be.

Posted by Marie (Portland, Maine) on 04/03/2009

[YEA]  I was contemplating surgery for the past few days. I have had hemmorrhoids for over 20 years and they were always a nuisance, but over the past year they have been getting very bad. This week was agony. I have plowed through a box of Preparation H and it wasn't helping in the least. I found this site and happened to have ACV in the pantry and thought I'd give it a shot.

I have applied it 3x so far today...and it's like a miracle. For days I was near tears with pain and absolute discomfort and suddenly, I am OK! I can sit, I can stand I can walk around without feeling like there is a knife inside me. Thank GOD for the internet!

I will continue to apply this (I just wet a cotton ball with regular old ACV...not organic or anything special) and left it in place for a couple minutes. It did sting a little...but heck, that was nothing compared to the stabbing pain I was having. The sting actually felt good in a strange way...

After the second application (which was about 90- minutes after the first) I felt some relief. I then applied it a third time and now here I can sit, at my computer to tell you how wonderful I feel.

And to think I was about to allow myself to have SURGERY! Why don't doctors ever give you any homeopathic remedies to try????? I urge anyone who is suffering to try this. How wonderful that something so simple could work so well. Thank you all for posting your experiences and helping out so many people!

Replied by In Pain
Trinidad, Trinidad And Tobago
[YEA]   i have been getting hemmorhoids just after my last child and the pain is the worst. i tried amost everything. i cant take the pain anymore. sometimes it bleeds i tried the apple cider vinger, i also sat over a bowl of hot water withe the acv in it and i felt good for now. thank you for posting your thoughts, it really helped.
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
Hello in Pain from Trinidad and Tabago,

Have you tried an ice application (can be done with ice in freezer bag)? This works better than heat applications.

There used to be a A&D suppository on the market which was very effective, but when I started having the problem again I found that they had been removed from the market. You could probably get the same relief from a tube of A&D ointment (This is an ointment containing Vitamins A & D which is the same vitamins in the suppository).

Something else found helpful in shrinking them & stopping the itching is to dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. of epsom salts in 2-3 ounces of warm water and inject it slightly inside the anus and maintain as long as possible. Injection can be achieved with small ear syringe, your turkey baster or anything similar you might find in your home.

Another thing you will probably find helpful is to increase fiber in your diet (easily done with switching to whole grain cereals & breads & eating more good old dark leafy greens like turnip greens, collards, kale,etc) to get rid of the constipation problem which causes a lot of hemorrhoids to begin with.

If the above doesn't do the trick, type "potassium iodide" in a search window and pull up Tahoma Clinic reference for article on SSKI written by alternative physician Jonathan Wright. You can print it out for handy reference for future use. For hemorrhoids he says to use 20 drops/1 ounce of flaxseed oil & apply nightly to make them disappear almost overnight. I didn't have any flaxseed oil, so those drops went into l ounce of castor oil, which worked fine.

For those of you who are still troubled with HOT FLASHES, flaxseed oil is said to be a good replacement for female hormones, and if you buy them whole, you can grind them (coffee grinders, anyone?) as you need them and put them in your whole grain cookie or muffin recipes. Flaxseed oil goes rancid quickly even when refrigerated, and it then is called linseed oil and great for polishing and protecting your wood furniture.

Replied by Sahd
Gwent, Uk

re below I have bad prolapsed non bleeding piles after childbirth and want to try your recommended remedy below. You indicated that you tried it - was it for prolapsed pile and how long for recovery?

Many thanks

If the above doesn't do the trick, type "potassium iodide" in a search window and pull up Tahoma Clinic reference for article on SSKI written by alternative physician Jonathan Wright. You can print it out for handy reference for future use. For hemorrhoids he says to use 20 drops/1 ounce of flaxseed oil & apply nightly to make them disappear almost overnight. I didn't have any flaxseed oil, so those drops went into l ounce of castor oil, which worked fine.

Posted by Luke (Springville, UT, U.S. ) on 01/07/2009

[YEA]  Apple cider vinegar works, how much I'm not sure. I've used alcohol and Hydrogen peroxide and the alcohol only helped a little, while the ACV works pretty good. I've only used it for a few days, and the itching is almost completely gone. The bleeding has slowed a little, and the hemorrhoids are still there. I would rate the ACV at 8-9 compared to what I have already tried. Thanks for your help.

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