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Hemorrhoids


About
Swollen blood vessels in and around the anus that cause itching, pain, and sometimes bleeding.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Certain foods can cause a red stool and is mistaken for blood.
  • The following treatments are used for hemorrhoids Bipolar electro coagulation, Conservative measures, infrared photocoagulation, injection sclerotherapy, Laser treatment, legations, and surgery.
  • The main cause for anal itching is tissue trauma from harsh toilet paper.


Advice
  • A peeled garlic clove or a cone-shaped piece of peeled, raw potato can work as a suppository. They promote healing and help alleviate pain.
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen may cause bleeding, and should be avoided. Acetaminophen is a good alternative.
  • Change positions often. Too much sitting or standing for long periods of time can cause undue stress on the body.
  • Cleanse the bowels with cayenne (capsicum) and garlic enemas. Warm water enemas are also helpful.
  • Consume plenty of steam-distilled water in order to keep stools soft and to inhibit constipation.
  • Daily doses of flaxseed oil (1 or 2 tablespoons) are beneficial for stool softening.
  • Fiber is important. Good sources of fiber are fresh fruit, wheat bran, beets, cabbage and similar vegetables, oat bran, lima beans, guar gum, carrots, pears, psyllium seeds, peas, green beans, Brazil nuts, apples, broccoli, and whole grains.
  • Fiber supplements can be used as long as they are slowly incorporated into the diet. If too much is allowed too fast, bloating, diarrhea, and gas could result. Supplemental fiber should be taken at a different time than other supplements and medications.
  • Lift heavy objects properly so you do not strain hemorrhoidal vessels. Only lift heavy objects when absolutely necessary.
  • Moistened toilet paper or baby wipes should be used for wiping, instead of rough toilet paper.
  • Refrain from straining during bowel movements. Limit your time on the toilet to 10 minutes to prevent blood from collecting in hemorrhoidal veins.
  • Regular moderate exercise is beneficial.
  • Sit on soft surfaces like cushions (not the donut kind).
  • Some cases require a doctor's care. The following problems should be brought to a physician's attention: dark red blood, recurring hemorrhoids, and bleeding that lasts longer that 3 days. A more serious condition may be present.
  • Stay away from red meat, fats, animal products, alcohol, coffee, hot spices, and too much protein.
  • Strong laxatives are not recommended as they can actually complicate the condition (diarrhea, dependency, etc.) For constipation, use only natural alternatives like prune juice and aloe vera as these provide needed nutrients as well as relief of constipation.
  • Those who continually bleed should supplement with vitamins and minerals to keep from getting anemia. Iron, vitamin B complex (sublingual), and vitamin C are recommended.
  • Vitamin K is good for bleeding hemorrhoids. Obtain this vitamin through alfalfa, dark leafy green vegetables, and blackstrap molasses.
  • Warm mineral sitz baths are recommended.
  • Warm water can help alleviate pain and swelling. Sitting in a warm bath without extra oil, bath beads, or bubbles for 15 minutes daily is best. Soap is not recommended for the anal area.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Calcium
Importance: High
Comments: Helps with blood clotting. Protects against colon cancer. Chelate and asporotate forms are recommended.


Magnesium
Importance: High
Comments: Balances calcium.


Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healing. Helps with blood clotting.


Bioflavonoids
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healing. Helps with blood clotting.


Vitamin E
Importance: High
Comments: Helps with healing and normal blood clotting.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances digestive process. Alleviates rectal stress.


Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances digestive process. Alleviates rectal stress.


Vitamin B20
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances digestive process. Alleviates rectal stress. Lozenge and sublingual forms are recommended.


Choline and Inositol
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Lozenge and sublingual forms are recommended.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Aloe vera
Type: External
Purposes: Aloe Vera contains enzymes that relieve pain, and has mild anesthetic properties that alleviate itching and swelling. Apply the fresh pulp aloe vera gel on the anus.

Bayberry, Goldenseal Root, Myrrh, and white Oak
Type: External
Purposes: These four herbs made into a salve make a soothing hemorrhoid preparation that rivals conventional preparations. Some say it even works better than some of the conventional preparations.

Comfrey Root
Type: External
Purposes: This herb can be made into a paste and is beneficial in treating bleeding hemorrhoids.
Cautions: Comfrey is to be used externally.

Elderberry, Mullein
Type: External
Purposes: Elderberry and Mullein can be made into poultices that are thought to alleviate pain from hemorrhoids.

Lady's Mantle (Yarrow)
Type: External
Purposes: Make a strong tea using Lady's Mantle, dip a cotton ball into the warm tea and pat the affected area. Repeat this procedure several times during the day as needed. Do not reuse the cotton ball, use a clean one each time.

Witch Hazel
Type: External
Purposes: Witch hazel has astringent qualities that can shrink the swollen vein of a hemorrhoid when patted on affected area with a sterile cotton ball. Repeat this procedure three times daily or as needed.

Buckthorn Bark, Collinsonia Root, Parsley, Red Grape Vine leaves, and Stone Root
Type: External
Purposes: These five herbs are believed to have astringent and antispasmodic properties and have been beneficial in treating hemorrhoids.