You know you’ve got a lump up your, er, anus, that’s why you’re sitting at an awkward angle, reading people’s expressions through the corner of your eye! Honestly, it’s an embarrassing predicament to be in, but what to do, hemorrhoids are difficult to hide! And they don’t even have a gender bias and afflict both men and women equally, especially in their fifties. However, you needn?t despair; this condition is completely curable, especially through natural cures. But before that, let’s learn something about them.
Causes of hemorrhoids
The veins around the anus or lower rectum get swollen and inflamed, if too much pressure is put on them, forcing their walls to stretch and bulge, sometimes rupturing them. This condition is known as hemorrhoids. The lumps inside the anus are called internal hemorrhoids and those under the skin around the anus, external hemorrhoids.
There can be a variety of reasons for this ailment. You can have a genetic predisposition to hemorrhoids. You may have weak walls of the veins in the anal area. However, chronic constipation remains one of the most common causes for hemorrhoids. They occur when you strain to pass the stool. Other causes can be pregnancy, aging, obesity, overeating, lifting heavy weights, sitting or standing in one position for long periods, lack of exercise, acid-alkaline imbalance, fatigued liver, diarrhea, vitamin B6 deficiency and even anal intercourse.
In pregnancy, the pressure of the fetus on the abdomen may cause the hemorrhoid vessels to enlarge. Even severe pressure during childbirth can result in it. Hemorrhoids, whichever way they originate, hurt like mad, but the good news is they are not dangerous or life threatening.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids
If you find blood on the toilet paper or covering your stools, you’ve got hemorrhoids. An internal hemorrhoid may even protrude through the anus outside the body. Yuck! This irritating and painful condition is aptly called a protruding hemorrhoid. External hemorrhoids give rise to a painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus, the result of a blood clot. This is known as a thrombosed external hemorrhoid.
It is important to approach your physician, if you find blood in your stool or can feel a lump or lumps in your anus. The doctor will examine the anus and rectum to look for swollen blood vessels and may also perform a digital rectal examination with a gloved, lubricated finger to feel for abnormalities. This way other diseases, like colon cancer are ruled out.
Treating hemorrhoids the natural way
There are a number of natural cures available. Some of them are:
a. Taking tub baths several times a day in plain, warm water for about ten minutes will help reduce the lumps and ease pain.
b. Eating the right amounts of fiber and drinking six to eight glasses of water a day will make the stools softer and bulkier. Softer stools are easier to pass and also lessen the pressure on hemorrhoids, caused by straining. Good sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
c. Applying Rue Care Oil, a proven natural remedy for treating hemorrhoids derived from Common Rue [Ruta graveolns L.], brings immediate relief from intense pain and eases the suffering.
d. Essential oils, used in certain anti-hemorrhoids formulas, counteract hemorrhoids gently and effectively. Only a few drops of this concentrated extract may cure hemorrhoids, ease pain and stop bleeding from anal fissures.
e. Using bioflavonoids, like citrus bioflavonoids, oxerutins and bilberry.
f. Other natural treatments include the use of butcher’s broom, calendula, collinsonia, gotu kola, horse chestnut, slippery elm and the like.
Hemorrhoids can be painful, but its medical cure can be even more so. So, if you want to avoid the painful alternative of going under the knife, use natural cures and home remedies for hemorrhoids.