Haemorrhoids (or piles) are a painful and irritating condition which, regardless of age, can affect 3 out of 4 people at some point during their lifetime. Sufferers include people who are overweight, pregnant women, people who suffer constipation or loose stools and anyone with a family history of haemorrhoids. Though this is a common ailment, we tend to be embarrassed about seeking treatment. Fortunately, home remedies are both cost-effective and organic as well as discreet.
Haemorrhoids occur when the blood vessels surrounding the anus begin to get inflamed. Symptoms include itching, bleeding and swelling. They may develop both inside the rectum and outside the body. Haemorrhoids are an embarrassing condition but one which can be treated at home.
In most cases, haemorrhoids are caused by a lack of fibre in the diet, dehydration or using medication which causes constipation. Increasing your intake of water, boosting the amount of natural fibre in your diet and avoiding medicines which induce constipation can all help. However, there are some proven home remedies which alleviate the pain and discomfort of this annoying condition.
In the battle against constipation, figs are a great source of fibre and have an immediate effect on the digestive system. Whether you eat them whole, dried, fresh, with seeds or without seeds, this fruit is a nutritional powerhouse which also naturally stimulates the digestive process.
Try adding four dried figs to a glass of water, leaving them overnight and eating them in the morning; drink the juice the figs dissolved in for maximum effect. Continue this regimen for two to three weeks for best results.
Mango seeds are an extremely effective cure for haemorrhoids, particular for those that bleed. Firstly, dry the seeds in the sun before grinding them into a powder. Mix this powder with a teaspoon of honey, then drink take a tablespoon of this paste three times per day for up to six months.
White radish is a great home remedy for easing the symptoms caused by internal or external hemorrhoids. This root is a natural anti-inflammatory that can be eaten with your regular meals, as a juice, or eaten raw with sugar. When using it externally, blend a few radishes into a paste and apply it to the anus like a cream to ease swelling and itching.
Ginger is easy to prepare and can help prevent your symptoms from getting worse. It is a great anti-inflammatory and will reduce swelling. Blend some ginger root and add equal amounts of lemon juice. Take this remedy 2-3 times a day. Continue with this treatment until symptoms subside.
A great anti-inflammatory, ginger can help reduce swelling.