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Posted by Young (Los Angeles, CA USA) on 11/23/2008

I have had hemmorhoids ( for most of us, a byproduct of constipational IBS) for quite some time. To the point where blood was streaming from my rectum like a cow being milked. I had banding surgery, two years later, a new one came back.

The funny thing is that I only bleed every now and then (once every 1 to 3 weeks - in 1 to 3 day periods), but when i do bleed, the blood streams out, or drips heavily like crazy. ( I would guesstimate about 2-3 cups of blood at a time )

I went back to the same surgeon who recommended stapling or a hemarrhoidectomy. The banding was very painful, and I was told these next options would be no better if not worse. Also, a big chance of incontinence in the future ( for me...this would be more of a nightmare than IBS )

I thought, " Man...i do not want to risk being incontinent because of surgery...hell no...forget that"
I began desperately scouring the Net in search of help...an alternative. Thats how I found this site and the ACV / Hemmorhoid topic. Today is my first day, one application of ACV so far...wish me luck...

**On a side note however, I wanted to share how I actually feel very blessed to have this hemmarhoid, because the only time I ever bleed is when I am experiencing Deep Fear or Stress. Its like I have this barometer that lets me know that I am not Thinking right, Living right, or my Spirit and Faith is not in alignment with God, my higher power. And as soon as I shift my perspective, or as soon as the adversity goes away...I immediately stop bleeding. Right away. Just like that!

Can anybody else look back and see if this applies to them?? Did some stressful event occur in your life and all of a sudden a Hemarrhoid started bleeding or caused you severe pain?? but once you handled the stressful problem,... the Hemmorhoid went away?

Good luck everyone! and Dont worry...be Happy : )

Replied by Frank
Spain, Valencia
Thank you, I've started using the apple cider vinegar today. I felt related to what you mentioned, for me also stress events, deep anguish or tension also create a lot of problems. It seems that is deep and hence hard to control, so yes, It reminds me of God, is like my own body seems that i made somewhere a commitement to remember a higher power. For me it's been a year but a few months of weird constipation, itching and pain and my stools are somehow flat sometimes, this worries me lately, i'm going to get myself checked, but I agree that is a very emotional related issue. Thank you for your words and yes, don't worry be happy, worry would make it worse.
thank you
Replied by Anna
Philadelphia, PA
Bleeding (any kind, but mostly menstrual which comes with stress even after a week or when I'm nursing) in my case is also very much correlated with stress! Great to know that I'm not alone in that!
Replied by Kenx
I think Young from Los Angeles above has pointed out an important connection between hemorrhoid bleeding and fear. In my case lately this seems to be true. They said fear is not all connected with the bleeding during defecation, just a nameless fear, a state of depression that enters into me throughout the day. I feel that it comes into me from the environment and it able to enter into me because I have not mastered the art of total positiveness. Hence I am now correcting my worldview, to look at things positively at all times, to not get agitated by issues however problematic they may appear and to accept situations and people as they are. I have come to realize that it is fundamentally more important to BE (spirit dimension) rather than be a problem-solver (intellectual dimension).

Posted by Ann (Austin, Texas) on 11/10/2008

[YEA]  Painful Hemorrhoids - apply to a cotton ball Apple Cider Vinegar and then after use honey or better yet raw local honey before going to bed. You might want to put on a pad between you and your underwear or kleenex - tissue paper over night. It really helps with the swelling and the pain.

Posted by Jerry (Albany, New York) on 10/23/2008

Hello, My name is Jerry 62yrs. old and have had my hemorrhoids for probably 15yrs and I think I got them by eating hot chicken wings and lots of horseradish on everything.. Hemorrhoids come out when going to the bathroom or running and or walking.. My father had the same and had them corrected back in 1955 with a frozen type of injection.. My Dr. tells me that procedure is no longer available. Instead. go buy witchazel wipes and to start applying after every movement..However, reading your successful remedy of applying Apple cider vinegar gives me even more hope that it will cure them.. My hemorrhoids do not bleed, itch or burn....They just protrude when I am active, playing basketball, golf, tennis or walking long distances..

Should I use both remedies of : ACV and Witchazel or just one..Please advise me of your thoughts..
(ps) is the acv a white or red vinegar..??? thank you for your time and consideration..
Jerry/Albany NY...

Replied by Alain
Ottawa, Canada
Hi Jerry:

Look at this post for info about ACV

Apple Cider Vinegar is neither the red or white vinegar. These are filtered vinegar. ACV should be pale yellow/orange. You should try to get if possible the kind that says raw, unfiltered, organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother.

Good Luck

Posted by Ola (Oslo, Norway) on 10/18/2008

[YEA]  Suddenly, two large hemorrhoids appeared, probably from straining on the toilet. I'm in my mid twenties and this is my first time with this problem. Needless to say it was pretty painful. Sitting, standing, working, sleeping, everything was hard and painful. After two days the problem was only getting worse, so I started researching my problem on the Internet. I stumbled upon this great site and your tip of using apple cider vinegar as a remedy.

I bought a bottle of the stuff at the local super market and started applying it 2-3 times a day (every morning and before going to bed). For application I used cotton pads, soaking it well just short of dripping. I cleansed the area using perfume free baby vipes, especially if I was applying ACV after going to the toilet.

Applying it was somewhat painful at first, but it dulled down the pain of the hemorrhoids about 30 minutes after application, making it well worth the inital added discomfort. After just 2-3 days the pain was pretty much gone during the day. The size of the hemorrhoids decreased gradually. Now, only a little over two weeks since I started applying ACV, one of them is completely gone. The other one is just a sore spot (not a blob like it used to be). I have no pains at all, even when applying ACV. I'll probably stop using ACV now, to see whether the last remnants will disappear easier on its own.

Thanks to all who submitted their experiences, and thanks to Earth Clinic for making this great site! This has saved me and many others from an embarrassing, potentially expensive, painful and less effective visit to the doctor!

Replied by Desperate Mom!
Fontana, California
[YEA]   Hi all! Well let me tell you I have had this problem for years!! Now my daughter had her first baby and from pushing during labor, .. Well you all guessed right. She now has the same issue. I went on line last night because the itching and then the pain and then the burning was just unbearable. I had dealt with it by icyng the area. But I never had complete relief. So I went to Trader Jo's and bought an organic bottle of AVC. I Just tried the AVC!!! And OH MY Gosh!!!! It worked! Almost imediately! After like 30 seconds of sting though. I will pass this on to as many sufferers out there. Thank you all.

Posted by Julie (Clementon, New Jersey) on 06/27/2008

[YEA]  I researched your website and gave the cotton ball dipped in apple cider vinegar a try. I felt some instant relief. I did not experience any burning. Within three days I felt 80% better and by the fifth day my hemorrhoid was much smaller in size and I had no pain whatsoever (or itching). I am very happy to report that it works! I used the cotton ball technique 2-3 times a day for five days. I hope this will help others.

Posted by D. Blickman (San Diego, California) on 02/02/2008

[YEA]  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the incredibly simple apple cider vinegar for hemmeroids.

I could barely bring myself to try it for fear of extreme pain on a huge (and I do mean huge) long hemmeroid.

Trying Prep H and others for small hemmeroids I thought it would work...not this time. The pain was all the way up in my spine and there was some bleeding. I was hoping it would break and be done with it, but no such luck.

I finally got up the nerve to try the vinegar. First I put it on some scratches that I got from cutting trees in my yard. It didn't burn. I tried putting it on my face a few hours after shaving....still no pain. I said to myself, what the heck...the worst thing I will have to do is go into the shower and get it off quickly.

I took some of the advice and put petroleum jelly on both sides of the hemmeroid. Then with a piece of cotton I soaked it in the ACV. Held my breath and then I put it on. NO PAIN whatsoever!!!!! Just cooling type of feeling.
Within a few minutes, I noticed the pain totally disappear. I was able to work on my house for the past two hours with no problem.

It is still swollen, but not to have the horrible, horrible pain I feel like a new person.
I will continue to use it for the next day or even week. If it all shrinks down and there are no side or after effects, you will not hear from me again.

If anything occurs that is out of the ordinary I promise to help others as you have helped me and let you know everything.

By the way, there is no bleeding either.

God bless you all and for this site. I thought I was going to have to get pain killers or go to the hospital. Whew! Thanks so much again. I am so happy.

Posted by Shane (Las Vegas, NV) on 07/04/2007

[YEA]  I've tried everything and couldn't believe how quickly the pain and discomfort was relieved after applying full strength apple cider vinegar! I was a little hesitant because I was afraid it would burn, but it didn't at all and the discomfort was gone immediately.

Posted by Dawn (Lebanon, INDIANA) on 05/12/2007

[YEA]  I have been suffering from partial bowel obstruction from adhesions due to a liposuction that went bad back in the 90's. I have suffered from severe pain, nausea and hemerroids due to the inability to fully cleanse myself out because of the blockage. This has been on going for the past 5 years. I would have an "episode" at least once a week, sometimes 2 and 3 times a week. The pain was unbearable and would literally take my breath away. Since I started taking one shot of ACV daily I have yet to have an "episode". I now have the best movements in years! I am completely amazed! Also, I suffer or should I say used to suffer from arthritis in my hips. I have absolutely no pain at all now and I know it is from the ACV because I haven't done anything else to remedy. I wish someone would have told me about this a long time ago. It is the simpliest thing in the world to do and it is all natural! God Bless Apple Cider Vinegar! If you haven't tried it, YOU SHOULD! Also, my complexion is glowing!

Replied by Carol
Clairmont, AB, Canada
I wish to know if you were drinking the acv, Everyone else seems to be applying it to the infected areas.
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
Hi Carol from Clairmont, ACVinegar is safe and works both internal & external application. My answer would definitely be: If you have one impetigo lesion (sore) use only on that one lesion; however, if it's accompanied by a sore throat, I would still use it externally on the one lesion, but I would also be drinking it for the sore throat.
Replied by Dezi
San Jose, Ca
As an alternative to ACV, I have always used witch hazel distillate water. It's very gentle, and you can't use too much of it. I actually use witch hazel as a toner on my face! Put a portion of witch hazel in the refrigerator. Soak a cotton ball or pad with the cold witch hazel and apply to the hemorrhoids. It shrinks them immediately. I'm a holistic health educator, and so I'm always looking for great remedies. This one is so simple, gentle, effective. Beware: witch hazels in the drug store may have alcohol in them. Be sure to buy one that does NOT contain alcohol. Witch hazel distillate water is best.

Posted by Missy (Fredericton, Canada) on 05/03/2007

[YEA]  Apple cider vinegar has pretty much cured my hemorrhoids! I started last Thurs and it is now Wed and they are almost gone. The itching and burning has subsided and they just aren't there anymore! This remedy will burn like crazy the first few days, but stick with it and you will have amazing results. I have tried everything and have been suffering for the last 4 months with severe pain and itching. I am so happy I found this site and this suggestion because I was spending lots of $$ on anything and everything that claimed it could cure or help hemorrhoids. The apple cider vinegar was 99 cents...and really worked!!!

Posted by Joan (TX) on 09/22/2006

[YEA]  The Apple Cider Vinegar worked for me. After having my baby, I could barely sit! I put all-natural ACV on a cotton ball and applied it 2-3 times a day and, although it burned, it shrunk the tissues and made life bearable in 2 days. I will continue to use it until they are almost gone. Thanks to all who offered this advice - ACV really works! I also used Vicks Vapo-Rub for pain after applying the ACV. The combo of the 2 worked well. Good luck!

Posted by Mark (Charlotte) on 08/22/2006

[YEA]  I would not say that the acv has cured my hemorrhoids but has greatly diminished my discomfort. *** I do have a question though. Does ACV in pill format deliver the same health benefit as ACV in the Liquid unpasteruized format. Thx

Replied by Tinkerbell773
Austin, Texas, Us
I would not trust any suppliments since they are not inspected by the FDA and you never know what you are buying. A study showed that over 80% of supplements have very little or NONE of what it claimed to have! At least when you take it straight from the bottle you KNOW exzactly how much you are getting and what you are getting.

Posted by Linda (Erlanger KY) on 06/14/2006

[NAY]  After reading several statements on your website regarding ACV & hemorrhoids, I tried it. After all, I drink the stuff and I truly believe in it's healing properties. However, I applied the ACV using a q-tip to the area where I had the hemorrhoids and I developed a very painful rash on the inner part of my buttocks, both sides! I wouldn't recommend it for hemorrhoid treatment, but it is good stuff otherwise!

Posted by Sandra (Birmingham, Alabama) on 05/04/2006

[YEA]  As a secretary I sit all day. Today my hemorrhoids started acting up. They weren't really enlarged. Just stinging and itching. Came to this site to see what I could find and it suggested ACV. I have a bottle of ACV, honey, and water on my desk that I drink throughout the day. I took it to the restroom, soaked a napkin, and applied it to the sore area holding it there for a minute. The relief was instant. It felt so good I wished I could just leave it on it. Now that I'm back at my desk, there is still no burning or itching.

Posted by Kimberly (Bowling Green, Kentucky) on 04/11/2006

[YEA]  I can't believe it, I had never suffered with a bad case of hemorrhoids before (I had them after my children were born but they quickly went away) and of course they came at a time when we have no medical insurance. I have suffered with a bad case for over a month now and I was finally desperate for some relief. I found your web site and although I was skeptical I was willing to try just about anything for the pain. I dabbed the area with apple cider vinegar and the pain and itch have already subsided immensely. Thank You Thank You Thank You!

Replied by Leeandmel
Loyall, Ky
[YEA]   I couldn't believe it. My wife was in tears today over her hemorrhoid. The last time hers flared up she had to go the ER and they cut it. Well I read the your comments on the ACV, and WOW, and I mean WOW it really works. There was an immediate relief, and the size went down. This is amazing, Thanks for the info...

Posted by Judy (Seattle, WA)

[YEA]  I have had itching hemorrhoids on two separate occasions (years in between). Each time, I put some ACV on a cotton ball and dabbed the affected area. Boy, did it burn. But the itching went away and never came back. Awesome!

Replied by Hemorroid Cure
Toronto, Ontario
Foods to avoid if you want to cure your hemorroids. No Pepper of any kind. No walnuts. No chocolate. No Meats, fish, chicken. No eggs. I believe that hemoroids might be some kind of parrasite that lives in your boby and enjoys eating those kinds of foods. I don't think much research has been done on it...I mean common, would you volunteer to push on the toilet to see if that is how you get hemorroids? Or would you volunteer to sit on cold cement. The truth is that these experiments have never been done and therefore we can conclude that those reasons are just theories.

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