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Hemorrhoid Relief: Top Home Remedies and Causes Explained


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Posted by Don (Charleston, Wv) on 05/14/2012

Hemorrhoids will sometimes disappear literally ovenight, when SSKI Iodine (20 drops) mixed with Castor Oil or flaxseed oil (one ounce) is rubbed in them at bedtime. It was also found that SSKI alone will do the same job, although it really stings when applied to a hemorrhoid by itself it's better to dilute it.


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Posted by Sara (Miami, Florida) on 08/07/2008

I read in a book that lecithin 1200 helps with hemorrhoids. I was desperate and depress so I gave it a shot. I worked wonderfully. After two days it shrunk 90% and no pain whatsoever. You can buy Lecithin 1200 in any Walgreens or CVS. I have to say, though, that the doses in the package says 1 capsula per day (you know as a dietary supplement) but I had 2 capsulas every four hours. Everytime I noticed that I was going to have an episode I had Lecithin 1200 for a day and It was gone.


Posted by Jim (Gary, Indiana) on 10/29/2007

I suffered with hemmorrhoids for years till I tried lecithin in liquid form. Just apply a little when ever they are sore and hurting,and soon they will quit hurting and quit being sore. I have used it for years, and everyone I have shared this with has been helped by it. I give thanks to the Lord for showing it to me many years ago

Listerine Gold

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Posted by Lyra (New York, New York) on 01/23/2009

I have hemorrhoids for years, on and off. Been using all kinds of natural remedies which helped- olive oil, Rosemary oil, butcher's broom pills, calendula and hamamelis paste. tonight I had such pain I couldn't sleep, got up and found this wonderful site. Thought about buying ACV tomorrow, but eventually tried Listerine (cause I have it at home...) and the relief was almost immediate.Thank you so much for the advice and for this site!

Listerine Gold
Posted by C (PD, FL) on 01/18/2007

The golden Listerine or the equate brand, i have used for 10 years to shrink hemorrhoids.

Magnesium Chloride

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Posted by Self (Ny) on 11/08/2010

I bought some nigari at the health food store. Nigari is used as a tofu coagulant and is mainly magnesium chloride. I diluted it with an equal portion of boiling water and store it in a glass spray bottle. When my friend had a hemorrhoid, when there was a time he'd be resting, we sprayed and saturated a small square of paper towel and he applied it to his droid and repeated the next day. One droid was old and raw and it stung a lot Another was new and small. After two days they seemed gone, no longer bothered him.

Now he'll have to change his lifestyle, particular diet and exercise to stop the cause of the droids in the first place. Besides a processed food diet, he sits for long times in his work van and then a long time surfing the net and doing computer art in the evening. So he's going to adopt a more vegetable diet and take breaks to move and circulate his blood better. After all, the body was made to move so move it!

Magnet Therapy

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Posted by Timh (KY) on 02/18/2015 2063 posts

Hemorrhoids: This is an occasional problem for me and I have one remedy that works every time usually in 2 or 3 days and it is Magnet Therapy. For starters I would recommend sleeping atop a Magnet Bed Pad and sitting on it while watching TV on the sofa or recliner. You may need to graduate to a stronger part-time M therapy in a severe case like you reporting while continue using the pad as much as possible. This removes all the bad energy and inflammation so the body can do it's natural healing actions.

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

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Posted by Psoas Major (North Port, Florida) on 11/13/2014

Try manual lymph drainage to reduce size of external and internal hemorrhoids. I could believe how well it worked for me when every other home remedy did not.


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Posted by Hisjewel (Usa) on 01/09/2018

Hello Maribelacuna,

for hemorrhoids, if you don't mind a few hours of good sleep at night, give Melatonin a try. Do not take melatonin if you have to drive. Melatonin was a game changer for me and I only took it a week or two. I have to be alert at any moment to pray.

In case you have not heard of Melantonin before, it is a supplement you can purchase at the Vitamin store, on even on line. I used 3mg and extra some days, but extra meant extra sleep also, so keep that in mind.

I do not recall if it helped what I originally took it for, because I did not take it long enough. But I do know that it healed my hemorrhoids.



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Posted by 2q&learn (Southern California) on 10/04/2020

Once, when I had constipation, I developed a tiny outside hemorrhoid. MY ND said to drink more water & eat more roughage & it would go away in several days. I researched & read that hemorrhoids are caused by swelling, which is caused by injury. So, I took a single dose of MSM (known for reducing swelling), and the next day my hemorrhoid was gone.

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Posted by Bubba_man (Vancouver, Bc Canada) on 02/23/2017

After suffering from hemorrhoids virtually every day for over a year, I was referred to a specialist and then recommended to have hemorrhoid surgery (hemorrhoidectomy) to control the hemorrhoids. In the time between the referral and the surgery (which would have been six months), I took some steps to try to naturally cure my hemorrhoids. Basically, I went from having painful hemorrhoids every day to being completely cured of hemorrhoids within three months (and no surgery! ) ... by following the list below:

1: Take Supplements to strengthen veins and prevent hemorrhoids:

  • Horse Chestnut & Butcher's Broom
  • Diosmin & Hesperidin
  • Rutin (1 x 250 mg per day)
  • Gotu Kola (1 x 475 mg per day)
  • Hemorrhoid Control
  • Vitamin C (1 x 500 mg Vitamin C per day)
  • Vitamin D (1 D3 1000 per day)
  • Multi Vitamin (1 x per day)

2: Practice a Better Overall Diet:

  • Drink 8 glasses of water per day
  • Veggie smoothie for breakfast … with cruciferous vegetables as the base
  • Eat Vegetarian meals (when possible)

3: Take Supplements that support softer stool (something similar to organic psyllium)

4: Eat foods that have a slight laxative effect:

  • Green Veggies: Spinach, Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, etc
  • Beans & Legumes: Beans, Peas, Split Peas, Lentils, etc
  • Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Blackberries, Prunes, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Raspberries, Strawberries, etc
  • Other: Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, etc

5: Practice good Toilet habits:

  • Elevate feet when going to the bathroom (Squatty Potty)
  • Don't strain
  • Don't stay on the toilet too long (2 to 5 minutes is enough)
  • Wear cotton underwear

Replied by Brandon
(Healdsburg, CA)

Hi Bubba_man,

I noticed you posted this message a few years back and was wondering (A) if you're still using the supplements listed above, and (B) if they are still working for you. Thanks!

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Posted by RM (Usa) on 02/05/2015

Cured bleeding hemorrhoids in 3 days. Eat as little as possible, water fast completely if able or only eat one meal a day. Take Ionic Copper (colloidal probably okay), took 4 tablespoons daily. Watch the Joel Wallach video Dead Doctors Don't Lie on Youtube. Took 1000mg Rutin per day, 400mg Horsechestnut per day. Take 1 teaspoon magnesium per day to keep movements soft. Use depends or depends pads in your underwear to keep blood from ruining your pants. Use flushable baby wipes to wipe your backside, this is key. When at home keep cotton ball soaked with hexane free castor oil inserted in your backside to relieve pain and help healing. Couldn't do ACV, burned too much and may have been irritating and making worse. Do all these things and you should heal. Good luck.

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Posted by Thomas (Colorado, US) on 01/15/2015

Hello! I am a 26 year old male in Colorado and recently got my first hemorrhoid. At first I didn't know what to do, I didn't know what it was, all I knew was that something was wrong.

So, after a lot of research I found out that I had a hemorrhoid, which originally started as an internal hemorrhoid, but became external after a few days. From what I learned, most external hemorrhoids are actually called thrombosed hemorrhoids, which are basically a blood clot. The important thing to know is that there are two parts to a hemorrhoid, the actual blood clot (usually at the root of discomfort, essentially it's the clotted blood vessel in your rectum), and the swollen hemorrhoid tissue around it. I will explain what I mean a little further down.

So, here is what I did:

1) I started with Preparation H hemorrhoid cream that you can find at Walgreens, along with medicated wipes that contained aloe vero & with hazel. NOTE: In my experience, the Preparation H did NOTHING, literally nothing, and I felt like it actually inflamed the hemorrhoid and made it worse.

2) I read a lot about Apple Cider Vinegar, so I gave it a shot. I got cotton balls, pretty much soaked them in the ACV, and tucked them right up again the hemorrhoid so there was constant contact, as well as enough ACV to consistently soak in. THIS WAS HUGE! Within about 30 minutes I felt relief, and I kept using it for about a week.

Here is what I learned about ACV, that it works wonders with a normal external hemorrhoid because it greatly reduces swelling of the hemorrhoid, and in many cases if the hemorrhoid is not thrombosed, it will go away with just ACV. However, in my case, I was able to assess every day what was different. Before I started using the ACV, the hemorrhoid was about the size of a dime, soft, and just straight up uncomfortable. What I learned after a week of ACV is that it heavily reduces the swollen hemorrhoid tissue, but did not completely take care of it because I had a thrombosed, or blood clot hemorrhoid.

So, how do you know if you have a thrombosed hemorrhoid? In my experience the blood clot hemorrhoid was small, about the size of a black bean, it was hard, still, somewhat purple in color, and I could tell there was a lot of pressure just in that tiny bean-like hemorrhoid.

From there, I switched my focus to figure out how to remedy the blood clot, because technically the swollen hemorrhoid tissue was pretty much gone. So I did a lot of research and found something called Horse Chestnut, which comes in a cream or pill form. Basically this is a super old school, natural herb that has been used for hundreds of years to treat varicose veins, which are a form of blood clot.

If you were like me, you read Horse Chestnut and were like "what the hell? where do I get that", and I was able to find it at a Vitamin Shoppe, and I was told they sell it at pretty much every pharmacy except Walgreens or the big Walmart like chains.

So I started using the Horse Chestnut extract, which I took two 200mg pills every day, and started to see some difference. I also used Castor Oil and applied it directly to the area, it didn't do much for swelling/getting rid of the hemorrhoid, but it did sooth it and make it feel less noticeable.

About that same time, I found a product online called Hem-Relief. I am and will never be a salesman, but I strongly advise getting a bottle just to have, because it knocks out hemorrhoids so quick! I picked up a bottle of Hem-Relief 7 days before I left for a cruise in Honduras, and started taking 2 pills 3 times a day. By the time I got on the cruise, I didn't even notice my hemorrhoid, didn't feel it, and when I did think about it, checked it out, it was 100% gone.

Hem-Relief combines many different natural herbs, along with the Horse Chestnut I talked about above, and I really gave me results in less than a week. I assume that if you just stuck with Horse Chestnut you'd be ok, but I know all of you reading this want hemorrhoids to go away ASAP, and realistically $40 for Hem-Relief to make them go away is wayyyy worth it.

So here are my bullet points for getting rid of hemorrhoids:

- Put your feet up on a 6" tall box or stool when you poop. Squatting is the natural was to defecate, it just puts less strain and pushing on your muscles.

-Use Apple Cider Vinegar to relieve external hemorrhoid swelling. Soak a cotton ball and stick it up there, go about your business for about an hour, take it out.

-Use Caster Oil to each and sooth discomfort during normal daily activities.

-Keep using the medicated wipes and keep that area clean. Hemorrhoids can flare up very quickly if not constantly addressed.

-Invest in some Hem-Relief, or Horse Chestnut. This will immensely help the blood clot involved with hemorrhoids.

-Be patient and know that you're not the only one. I've heard some 75% of people get at least 1 hemorrhoid in their life, and trust me, they suck.

Hope my experience and wisdom helps. Cheers.

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Posted by Val (Selma) on 01/17/2014

I've been treating this big ol hemi for almost 2 weeks now. First I did the witch hazel followed by castor oil, then 5 days ago started the Apple Cider Vinegar followed by virgin coconut oil. Now it's bleeding, kind of a seeping kind of thing seen on my underpants. What should I do? I'm hesitant to try cayenne becuase I have a squishy stomach. Also, this is not due to constipation--I have ibs-d and am never solid.

Replied by Liz
(Boston, Massachusetts)

Have you tried a sitz bath with very warm water and witch hazel? If not, I highly recommend it. It's amazing how well it works. A sitz bath cost less than $20 at any of the drugstore chains and you'll find that it's the best 'less than $20' you ever spent. Try to soak for 15 minutes at a time and keep the water warm by adding more water to it every 5 minutes or so. Soak as often as you like - the more, the better. Adding a cup or so of Witch Hazel to the water will help soothe and heal.

Replied by KT

You could also pick up some Vitamin A&D ointment (I get a generic brand with the same ingredients) at a drug store that is very soothing. Push the H back in. To eliminate a possible yeast problem, you could get a 3-day generic miconazole pack.

Since I changed the way I eat, I rarely have that problem anymore, unless I cheat, but when I had that same painful inflammation I would swallow some unsalted, canned spinach with turmeric, ginger and sea salt added. Practically on ingestion I would feel incredible relief. Turmeric and ginger reduce inflammation. Spinach, turmeric and ginger are reported cancer fighters.

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Posted by April (Seattle, Wa) on 04/25/2013

The posts of other peoples successes have helped me remedy the internal/external hemorroids and fissures I have been plagued with for the last 10 months. So I thought I would pass on the things that worked in my trials and errors. I went to the doctor and a surgeon who each prescribed things that helped, but only temporarily. Surgery is not a viable option for me at this time, not to mention scarey. I've tried a couple of different products my boyfriend found online without noticeable improvement. It's been a long arduous process, I hope my experiences can offer assistance as I wouldn't wish this problem on anyone!

The following are things that worked for me:

Pure Psyllium powder once a day for regularity.

Coconut oil healed the fissures within a few days (used as a suppository) and has a wonderfully cooling sensation. It was an immediate relief! It soothes irritated skin surrounding the area as well. I find it wise to use a tiny bit externally since that area needs to stay dry. No problems with fissures since!

Bending over while on the stool. This is wonderful and highly recommended. Thank you person who posted that. This is the way to go! :) Makes so much sense. I still insert vaseline with a q-tip prior to going for good measure.

Using witch hazel to clean the area. Witch hazel wipes. Corn starch powder to stay dry.

My naturalpath gave me a food allergy test. Relatively inexpensive. By cutting the foods out of my diet that I'm allergic to my body seems to process foods better. A good digestive enzyme to help with the things it doesn't.

The surgeon prescribed a stool softener (I just saw it as an over the counter product in the drug store). I use this if my normal bowel movement doesn't happen to prevent tears. This has eased my mind when I'm worried about something I ate tearing me up. Like the other day when I had a burger that was like a brick in my stomach.

Cayenne Pepper with honey and lemon for swelling have had immediate impact on the stubborn external hemorroids that seemed like they would never go away despite everything I did. I love this drink and just wish I wasn't so afraid to try it before. I thought the cayenne pepper would burn, but only my throat if I add too much. About 1/8th of a teaspoon in a large mug of warm water. It is wonderful! I take it morning and night.

I have used an incredible amount of Ibuprofen over the last several months for the pain and to ease the discomfort. Recently I found that Antihistamine used for allergies makes the itching go away! Common over the counter allergy product. Oh my goodness what a wonderful thing!

Kegels helped get the external ones back where they belong. Sitz baths when I needed them. Glycerin suppositories when things get stuck and over the counter ointments.

It's been a long arduous process to completely remedy my problem. I sit all day at work (on a rolled up towel) and am just now starting to feel normal with the Benadryl and cayenne tea for those stubborn external ones. I'd like to be able to wear jeans without setbacks which hopefully will happen soon. All the best!