I have been suffering from rather large external hemorrhoids for years now.. I even went to the doctor after about a year of suffering only to be given rather expensive suppositories which only aggrivated the problem!! The doctors are useless when you have no health insurance. After coming across this site I decided to give some suggestions a try. First of all diet is very important but it alone is simply not enough to get rid of this problem. I know first hand how much this can control your life and I want to share what I have found so that maybe I can help someone stop suffering as I have finally managed to do on my own. I have taken the most effective treatments and created my own personal program which if you follow my intructions I promise you this will solve this problem and dramatically increase your healing time and potentially rid you of this problem once and for all!!
First I needed things that were common around the house or were inexpensive so here goes... this is what works!
*** In the morning everyday until the problem is gone you need to take a glass of warm water and dissolve 1tsp of cayenne pepper and drink it down.
*Cayenne pepper works from the inside out by relieving swelling and inflammation in veins and is proven to restore vein elasticity to that of a youthful state with continued daily use.
*** For external hemorrhoids I have found that taking equal parts (about 1oz) of witch hazel & apple cider vinegar & crushing one whole clove of garlic into a paste & combining all three together & soaking it into either a cotton ball or gauze pad & leaving this inbetween your butt cheeks all day forces them to shrink & relieves the pain & irritation throughout the day. I tried it without garlic and it wasnt effective. It helped a little bit once garlic was added it made all the difference!! It will burn to begin with but it will be well worth the burn once you wake up on the 3rd day & notice your hemorrhoids almost gone!
*** Also, I take one garlic clove and partially slice it into three sections and lubricate it with aloe vera gel and use it as a suppository nightly. This is patricularly helpful if you have internal hemorrhoids or your hemorrhoids are advanced as mine are and cause a sticky odorless discharge to come out of the anus. This discharge will irritate the hemorrhoids and prolong the healing time. Since garlic kills bacteria it will ensure that most of the discharge that continues to come out is as free of bacteria as possible.
Most of the effective pills you can buy for hemorrhoids contain both cayenne pepper & garlic. Its truly amazing what both of them together can do for your body! They can be quite expensive as well.
*Garlic works because if its antibacterial properties attributed to a chemical it contains called allicin which gives it hemorrhoid fighting antibacterial properties & that distinctive aroma it has. Garlic is even dubbed as the most potent "miracle cures" known to man. It serves as a powerful antibiotic, reduces blood pressure and blood sugar, fortifies the body's immune system and reduces the cancer causing effects in nitrates.
***Another thing that helps is to use baby wipes & squeeze all of the liquid out of them and soak them in witch hazel for use after going to the bathroom. DO NOT USE TOILET PAPER! IT WILL IRRITATE THE INFLAMED TISSUE & LEAVE YOU UNCLEAN! You need this area to be rid of bacteria to promote healing. Since most witch hazel you find comes with 14% alcohol this is great at relieving the pain, swelling & killing the bacteria after bowel movements.
*Witch hazel also promotes healing by shrinking, stopping bleeding hemorrhoids & reducing inflammation in blood vessels. It is the common ingredient in most over the counter pads (such as Tucks) because of its soothing properties associated with this shrub.
So just remember these 4 ingredients and you will be rid of this problem in no time...
Cayenne pepper (orally daily in 8fl oz warm water)
Garlic (externally, internally & orally daily)
Witch Hazel (as a topical & after bowel movements)
Apple cider vinegar (orally, internally & externally)
None of us want this problem to last any longer than it has to so taking a multiple cure approach has been in my experience the most effective treatment in curing my own problem. I hope you will take my advice and together we can all spread the word on what really works!!! Good luck!
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Uk.
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Uk.
Dearest Fellow Hemorrhoid Sufferers,
Over 4 months ago I went to a BEAUTIFUL wedding in Byron Bay, Australia. I got the flu when I came back on the plane. After the flu passed I developed a bacterial infection in my intestines that left me with HORRIBLE diarrhea - I literally would sit down for not even 5 minutes and I'd have to go to the bathroom again. I had to go to Urgent Care because it wouldn't stop and food and liquid was only making it worse. I got a prescription and in about 5 days I was better. The good news: I lost 8 lbs. The bad news: I gained it all back and 4 months later I was still struggling with the single worst side effect of being so sick: massive, painful, bleeding, hemorrhoids.
Since then, I have been to every doctor. I have used every OTC cream, wipe, suppository, pill, and/or vitamin. I wanted to scream at my doctor when she would repeatedly tell me to use Metamucil and Preparation H (neither of which did a damn thing from the beginning). I loathed every bowel movement. Some days it would hurt so bad I had to hold on to the walls (for dear life) and I was left in pain, bleeding, sweating, and crying when it was finally over with. If someone would have walked in and saw me, they probably would have thought I was giving birth on the toilet. And it felt like it, too. There was a lot of crying. A lot of begging the doctors to do something about it. My poop wouldn't soften to save my life, no matter how much Metamucil I would take, or how well I ate, or what I cut out of my diet.
Finally my doctor told me I was going to have to go see a GI. I had just moved to LA and was at a new job, but was waiting for my health insurance to kick in (I had a 30 day waiting period). I couldn't believe it had gotten to this point. Again, there was a lot of crying. After I got off of the phone with my doctors office back home, I made a decision: I REFUSE TO GO ANY FURTHER WITH WHAT THEY ARE TELLING ME WHAT TO DO. I WILL FIX THIS NATURALLY. My boyfriend heard me scream this multiple times. I was certain of it, there had to be a way. I was not going to suffer anymore.So here's what I did. And to my surprise, it all worked:
First and foremost: to relieve pain, bleeding, and some of the swelling you will need SOFT POOP. Not diarrhea, but soft poop that does not irritate the hemorrhoids when you go to the bathroom. To achieve this you will only need 3 things:
1. Aloe Vera Juice (get this at your local co-op - and get the big bottle, you'll need to drink it twice a day).
2. Magnesium supplement (I used the powder because it absorbs better)
3. Flax Seed (ground by yourself, so buy whole seeds, not pre-ground seeds)
MORNING BEFORE BREAKFAST: Powder Magnesium supplement in 2 oz hot water - after the bubbles would go down I would mix a serving of Aloe Vera Juice in it and drink. Gross at first but you'll learn to love it because of the effect it will have when you go to the bathroom.
BEFORE LUNCH & BEFORE DINNER: drink 2TBSP of ground up flax seeds with a cup of water. Yes, it's also gross but just do it. It's worth it.
NIGHT RIGHT BEFORE BED: Repeat Magnesium & Aloe Vera Juice.
* Some wonderful things these supplements do: Magnesium is also a supplement for calming stress. Aloe Vera is a powerful desert plant that cools and calms, reduces inflammation, and helps absorb vitamins and supplements up to 2000% more than just water (I specifically use Lily of the Desert). If you look up Aloe Vera Juice you may find a lot of contradictory statements saying that it's toxic and it's not meant for human consumption, etc. That, my friend, makes me want to ask whoever wrote that if they've ever suffered from hemorrhoids. Chances are probably not, because if they had and had used Aloe Vera Juice for that very reason, they would be praising it.
Secondly: Good 'Ol Chinese Medicine!
Fargelin - Use it. Buy it on Amazon for cheap. I recommend buying 2 or 3 bottles because there's only really 4 days worth of pills in each bottle. Read the directions - it says to take with boiled then cooled water - simply take with distilled water.
Ma Ying Long Hemorrhoids Ointment - Use it. Also buy it on Amazon. It will provide such a cooling relief to burning, itching hemorrhoids. It helps with regeneration of healthy tissue as well.
* You can buy these both together on Amazon.
Thirdly: This is an important one. A hemorrhoid is a swollen balloon of blood that has extended itself beyond the original vein. It is a veracose vein. The BEST WAY to reduce SWELLING is with ICE.
Anuice - buy it on Amazon as well. It's a small plastic device that has WATER in it. You put it in the freezer (a certain way depending on if you are using it internally or externally - if both I recommend buying 2). IT IS PRICEY - $40 per unit but it is SO WORTH IT. It is the only thing you can use to actually take down the swelling (besides waiting).
*You must use this REPEATEDLY. You can not stop after you use it once or twice. You need to use it 3 - 6 times a day - the more you use it the faster you heal. And if you use it how much you should you should be healed in about 4 weeks (completely).
*DO NOT TAKE THE CHEAP ROUTE AND JUST PUT ICE ON YOUR HOLE. YOU WILL GET FROST BITE AND KILL LIVING (although painful) TISSUE. Big no-no. Don't even think about it.
Fourthly: Also a very important one. Bending over while you poo. I've read on here to buy a 6 inch stool to put your feet on. SAVE YOUR MONEY. If you're like me and you live in an apartment where the bathroom is so small you could shower, pee, and brush your teeth all at the same time you won't need a stool. ALSO - what if I have to poo when I'm at work? Do I just carry a poo stool around with me everywhere. NO!
Simply, when you gotta go, just put your chest close to your legs, hands should touch the floor or your feet and then go. This, my friends, RELIEVES THE PRESSURE on the hemorrhoids (can we just start calling them the horrible hemies now?). I read this in a poo book so it's true. I've had MUCH LESS pain during and afterwards with this.
Lastly: Eat healthy (get used to eating salads, at this point it's survival mode with a side effect of it being good for you, too so learn to like it). No greasy, fatty foods. I've also read that chicken and chicken's eggs can upset hemorrhoids but I never experienced that. And drink lots of water. Yes, that means 8 - 10 8oz. Cups of water a day. Or buy 2-3 liters, easier to keep track of that way.
And that is my story. I am now the happiest person in the world to say that I am free of the horrible hemies. I DO CONTINUE to use the Aloe Vera Juice, Magnesium and Flax Seed for house keeping. I will forever to the bend over trick when I poo. And keep the other things around just in case. And I will never, ever forget this pain and horribleness of hemorrhoids. I've healed physically, now it's time to heal emotionally.
Best of all luck to you, my fellow friends and sufferers. This thing can be beat.
I've suffered with external hemorrhoids for around 3 years now, since I was 19. I always thought it was something older people had and was devastated when one appeared!! I had been very unwell and bed-ridden for several months, combine that with a extremely poor diet and hello hemmies. When they first appeared, I left them alone and hoped they would just go away - they did not. I found this site and went to town with the remedies. The only thing that worked was Apple Cider Vinegar applied topically and that helped with the itching and burning pain and shrank them to a more comfortable size. And then I stopped treating and left them again...... You can probably guess what happened! And this time nothing worked. I tried everything I could and all that happened was that the darn things got more swollen and painful. I gave in and went to the doctors but all they would do was give me otc creams and painkillers.
So in my absolute desperation, I bought some numbing cream and a pair of nail scissors and cut them away. I cannot stress enough how stupid and dangerous that was!! Please if you've thought about doing it yourself - DON'T!!! Luckily, VERY luckily, the cuts healed without infection and not much scarring and everything still works down there. I didn't have many problem for several months after that but then they suddenly flared up again.
This time the only thing that worked for me was sitz baths and rutin. They calmed down back to 'normal' after a few weeks and didn't cause too much trouble for a while. Then boom, last week some verrry bad diet choices has lead to a major flare-up. I've taken rutin by the bucket load, sitz bathed my days away - everything that worked before hasn't worked this time.
I had some witch hazel chilling in the fridge for some nasty bruises and thought the chill at least might give some relief from the itching and burning. I soaked a cotton wool pad and put it on the area for about 15 minutes and wouldn't you know it, the blighters have shrunk by half and aren't bothering me at all! I can't believe it. The first time I developed hemmies, witch hazel didn't make a blind bit of difference, yet this time it's been my life saver! So if you're having problems, don't give up! Keep mixing it up with the remedies and hopefully you'll find something that works for you :)
I began to develop an internal hemmoroid about 3 months ago. It started with severe itching to the point that I could barely walk a few steps without having to just freeze where I stood. I am very active and fit so this was starting to stress me out. I went to a doctor who confirmed the hemmoroid and prescribed the regular route for this condition: Suppositories. I got immediate relief for the first couple of days however, the itching sensation returned with a fervor as did my frustration and fear as I did not want to go the surgery/banding route I had researched.
I fortunately found Earth Clinic and browsed through the countless remedies and made notes on the ones that resinated with me: ACV (topically and drank this in a.m. and p.m. for a few weeks with a straw to protect tooth enamel), Rutin, B-vitamins, cold compress for when things seemed "heated or agitated" down there and I couldn't sleep, pure aloe vera gel, peppercorns, accupuncture treatments, chinese herbs specifically for hemmoroids, exercise (once I was able to move more freely), refraining from alcohol, coffee, and spicy foods, eliminating dairy, and eating more fiber. Ya, it's a lot of things.
I did not get immediate results and far from it. Things got progressively better very slowly. I also had a couple of set-backs throughout this process so if you feel great one day and the next you're back where you were... try to be hopeful and keep up the regime you're trying and/or add something else on this site to try.
I've read a lot of posts on here with beneficial results appearing within a day or two which was frustrating for me as my progress was not good at first. I combined all things listed above as much as I could and just tryed to stay calm and patient with the process as hard as that was.
I went from debilitating itching to intense pain to itching throughout the day where actually sitting and laying down were the only relief I could get. Anyway, for me, I feel that stress and diet were a major component to my healing. Of course since I combined a lot of different remedies at one time, I don't know the exact (if there was one) cure but after just over 3 months I am completely cured. I am a little nervous about this condition returning so I continue with accupunture treatments, am continuing to take the chinese herbs, B-complex, and I have ACV on hand in the fridge however I am not using that any longer. I refrain from booze and caffeine and just keep dairy out of my diet in case that had anything to do with it. Yoga also seemed to help for obvious stress benefits.
I suggest trying everything on this site that resonates with you and most of all try to relax and be patient as it can be a process and not an overnight cure. The frustration and stress about it, I feel, made my issue worse. Good luck!
Oil Pulling for me has been a god send for my hemorrhoids. I use only virgin, unrefined, coconut oil and not only have I lost a few kilos in weight in just over one week, My hemorrhoids are virtually gone! I don't even know if they're there now, just can't feel them like I used to.
I was ready a book on weird and wacky cures but using natural stuff to heal everything and I came across using olive oil for hemorroids. As I had suffered with these and had an operation that failed to help, I decided to try it and it works, I started bleeding one day from behind an decided to use the olive oil and it stopped. The way I do it is soak a tissue in it place it on the area then place a polythene bag over that and then some pants that you are not too fond of and leave in place as long as possible. I have not had any trouble since that day.
I must say i am hooked on your site now and they all seem to work. I have been using using many of your skin remedies and i am glowing.ten years younger at least.
I am almost due with my third child and these have been a problem for me since my first - 15 years now. What helps me is to keep clean. No matter what I have to do or where I am, I keep something to stay clean. Even sometimes just a hand papertowel with water will help.
What I have found is that the skin get irritated and broken and when we use the bathroom it gets it dirty and just like dirt in a cut, it will sting and burn. So when I can take a quick shower I do, if not, I will sponge bathe somehow. I never have a problem after this. I never have in 15 years, even now while I am older and two months from having my baby. Hope this helps.
I have long known that my cleaning habits were irritating my hemorrhoids and making them bleed.
After some trial and error, this is what finally worked for me. After each bowel movement I clean myself with a medicated wipe (available at the drugstores) that I've further dampened with water. After gently removing as much residue as I can, I fold a single dry tissue into a manageable little pad and squirt some mild unscented hand lotion on it to finish wiping myself. This not only dries the area, it also lubricates it without tugging on tender irritated skin, therefore promoting healing. Presto! No more bleeding hemorrhoids.
As a side note, medicated wipes are supposed to be flushable, but it might be a good idea to give the toilet an extra flush or two, particularly if you have one of the newer low volume tanks.
Read Carefully: To cut down on the instance of hemorrhoids, clean yourself with diluted antibacterial soap or soap and water every time you move your bowels. Make sure you leave no residue -- ever. The bacteria from not wiping with soap and water invades the smallest cut in the anal area and the hemorrhoids gradually begin to from, often with an anal fissure. Here's an illustration. If a person serving food got feces on his hand, would you prefer that he wipe the spot with plain dry toilet paper, or wash the spot thoroughly with antibacterial soap before preparing your food? It's the same with your rectal area.
To treat the anal fissue, make a poultice SOAKED IN ALCOHOL out of a piece of a paper towel, apply it to the area where the fissure is or is starting to become painful, indicating the emergence of an anal fissure, and sit on the poultice, rewetting it with alcohol when it dries. Do this for as many days (nights, too) as it takes to rid yourself of the fissure. As soon as you feel the fissure forming (when the rectal area hasn't yet formed a tear, but is "telltale" sore), immediately apply the alcohol soaked poultice. The alcohol will eventually dry out the surrounding skin, forming a superfical scabbing or blistering. Just keep the area immaculately clean by often cleansing with diluted antibacterial soap. The soap doesn't have to be full strength; the idea is to get the rectal area immaculately cleansed when dirty.
Clean the area with baby wipes to get rid of irritation, and if hemorrhoids are really bad, stand up to go #2 until they get better. Also eat one orange a day until gone.
Just sharing a suggestion based own experience thought I can't be totally sure about the cause. I've been hemorrhoid free for a month or so, no swelling anymore. Can't be sure whether the hemorrhoid just went inside or really shrank away. At least it hasn't been there causing annoyance although I lived a normal life.
What I did was: squat sitting at toilet, and no toilet paper, just warm water with shower and drying with a towel. Western style toilets are bad for squat sitting but it is still possible. Just be careful. Use some proper consideration before trying in order to avoid any accidents.
The 6" step to allow squatting on the toilet is what seems to work best for me. I'm 19 and my first hemorrhoid appeared two months ago: small protrusion from the anus that retracted within days. The itchiness and minor swelling persisted though. Sitting was uncomfortable and pretty much throughout the whole day my bum was itchy or irritated. I never saw a proper doctor, but from talking to my dad (an ob/gyn) determined it was probably a small internal one. I tried the garlic suppositories (5 days), Candida Cleanse diet (5 days only eating vegetables; didn't do the detox drinks or other supplements), Apple Cider Vinegar, Witch Hazel Wipes, and generic hemorrhoid cream, but nothing seamed to work effectively (though the garlic suppositories did make bowel movements much easier with no straining).
I started using the 6 inch step (two shoeboxes for my tall toilet) and the irritation and itching have declined significantly. Now only a few times per day do I even take notice of any irritation and it is minor and goes away if I don't think about it.
It is more natural for us to squat when defecating. It loosens the muscle in the colon that controls continence and allows an open path for stool with less straining. Non-western countries where squatting is the norm have very low rates of hemorrhoids (compared to America where more than half the population will have them at some point).
Of course a healthy diet and exercise have been shown (more empirically than squatting) to increase ease of bowel movements and prevention of hemorrhoids, but the 6" step is probably the most efficient way of alleviating hemorrhoids.
Google 'squatty potty' or 'slate don't just sit there' for some informational videos/articles on the subject.
to avoid straining that produces hemerrhoids, I lean forward on the toilet with "elbows on knees". Some people raise their feet with a 6" stool but "elbows on knees" works the same and your body will naturally bring the movement forth, with no straining on your part. Try it at any time.
If you are constipated, you may need to wait a little while for it to get working. It is the natural position for a bowl movement, like squatting.
Teach "elbows on knees" to your children. Get off the couch and eat whole grains and other fiber.
I have been plauged for years with hemmroids. I read in an Ayurveda book about propping the legs, so I started keeping a 6" footstool (cheap plantstand purchased in a craft store) by the toilet. I put it in front of the toilet and put my feet on it, and it has given me great relief from hemmroids over the last six months I've been using it.
A 6 inch step in front of my toilet bowl to raise my knees while seated on toilet. Passing a motion. It reduces Hemorrhoids and assists with your bowel motions. Saw this a long time ago. Theory is your system works easier with knees raised, as your bowels inside are less restricted in flow. Like Asian squat type toilets. It works. Made a small wooden raised stand. We move to side when not in use..Wife and I used it for 5 years so far and both recommend it. To try idea, at first get eg 2 house bricks. Whist seated on toilet put both feet on one in front. Your knees raise and your "flow" is easier.