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There are some home remedies that can be used to relieve symptoms and cure external hemorrhoids faster, complementing the treatment indicated by the doctor. Good examples are sitz bath with horse chestnut or witch hazel ointment, but there are other solutions that can also help, such as eating more fiber and taking garlic, echinacea or psyllium capsules.
Garlic and echinacea capsules are also good options to fight internal hemorrhoids, but these home treatments should not replace the treatment indicated by the doctor, which may include the use of painkillers, ointments or balms.
See examples of ointments most recommended by the doctor to treat hemorrhoids.
Remedies for external hemorrhoids
External hemorrhoids are characterized by the presence of small nodules in the anal region and can cause pain, itching and a lot of discomfort. Watch the video below to learn how to prepare 2 great sitz baths and an excellent homemade ointment to relieve this type of hemorrhoids:
1. Sitz bath with horse chestnut
Chestnut is one of the most scientifically proven natural ingredients for the treatment of external hemorrhoids, as it contains properties that improve circulation. In addition, horse chestnut is also rich in escin, a type of saponin, which has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, which quickly relieves pain and discomfort.
- 60 grams of horse chestnut bark;
- 2 liters of boiling water.
Mix the ingredients and let it boil for another 12 minutes. Then let it cool down, strain and place the mixture in a bowl. Finally, you should sit without underwear in the water for 20 minutes. This home treatment should be repeated whenever necessary for at least 5 days.
The horse chestnut can also be taken in the form of capsules. For best results you should take about 300 mg twice a day, but treatment can also be done with 40 mg 3 times a day.
2. Sitz bath with cypress
Cypress has calming and antimicrobial properties that will help control pain and regress hemorrhoids.
- 1.5 liter of boiling water;
- 8 drops of cypress essential oil.
You must place the drops of cypress essential oil in hot water and mix well. When the water temperature is pleasant, you should sit in the basin and remain for at least 20 minutes, letting the remedy act.
Another option to use this essential oil is to apply 2 or 3 drops in another vegetable oil, such as sweet almond oil, for example, and apply directly on the region. The oil should not be applied directly to the skin as it can cause burning.
3. Homemade witch hazel ointment
Witch hazel is another plant with excellent anti-inflammatory and calming properties that help to greatly relieve hemorrhoid symptoms. A good way to use witch hazel is to make a homemade ointment:
- 60 ml of liquid paraffin;
- 4 tablespoons of witch hazel husks;
- 60 ml of glycerin.
Place the paraffin and witch hazel in a pan and let it boil for 5 minutes. Then strain and add 30 ml of glycerin to the mixture. Place in a container with a lid and keep in the fridge. Use daily, as often as needed, for about 1 month.
4. Sitz bath with Epsom s alts
Epsom s alts can also be used to treat hemorrhoids as it is great for reducing inflammation and can be easily added to water. Thus, in addition to the warm water, which stimulates the normal functioning of the intestine, this home treatment also has a strong anti-inflammatory component that is released by the s alts.
- 2 to 3 tablespoons Epsom s alts;
- 2 liters of boiling water.
Mix the s alts in the water until they dissolve. Then, let it cool down and sit in a basin with the mixture, without wearing underwear, for about 15 to 20 minutes. This sitz bath can be repeated 2 to 3 times a day.
See other ways to treat this type of hemorrhoids in Treatment for external hemorrhoids.
Remedies for Internal Hemorrhoids
Internal hemorrhoids can be more difficult to treat as there are few home treatments available. However, some capsules and foods help to improve symptoms by optimizing blood circulation or bowel function:
1. Garlic Capsules
Taking garlic capsules daily helps to strengthen intestinal vascularity and facilitate blood flow, bringing relief from pain and discomfort and decreasing the incidence of new hemorrhoids.
The recommended dose of garlic capsules per day is 600 to 1200 mg per day divided into 2 to 3 doses. However, the dose must always be adapted to each person by a naturopath.
In addition to capsules, increasing garlic consumption also has similar benefits, so another good natural option is to use garlic whenever possible.
2. Foods rich in fiber
Another excellent strategy for relieving the pain caused by internal hemorrhoids is to soften the stool by eating more fiber and drinking more water.
Some foods that loosen the intestines are kiwi, dried black plum, papaya and pumpkin seed, for example. It is recommended to eat about 25 grams of fiber for women and 38 grams for men, in addition to drinking 8 glasses of water a day.
Another way to consume fiber is to add 1 tablespoon of Psyllium to meals. This is a highly soluble fiber that can be purchased at pharmacies and drugstores.
See a more complete list of foods that help loosen the bowels.
3. Taking Echinacea Capsules
In case of very painful inflamed hemorrhoids, echinacea capsules can be a natural solution because it has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and immunostimulating properties, which relieves pain, helps to treat the infection and even strengthens the immune system.