mass of dilated, tortuous veins in the anorectum involving the
venous plexuses of that area. There are two kinds: external,
those involving veins distal to the anorectal line (a dilated
vein or veins at the junction of anal mucosa with the anal skin);
and internal, those involving veins proximal to the anorectal
line (dilated veins of the lower rectum at the anal-rectal
junction). Usually related to constipation, pregnancy, improper
diet, lack of exercise, prolonged periods of sitting, heavy
lifting, obesity, liver damage, and allergies.
Approximately half of the population of the United States over
fifty years of age suffer from hemorrhoids.
eating habits may cause the majority of hemorrhoids. Eating a
diet that contains a large amount of refined foods that are low
in bulk (fiber), tends to cause small, hard stools, resulting in
straining and constipation; this causes the pressure inside the
colon to increase.
Taking ordinary commercial laxatives that are on the market
may also be a cause, as many of them irritate the membranous
lining of the colon.
veins are present around the anus or inside the rectum. These
swollen blood vessels frequently become irritated and bleed.
Hemorrhoids may itch, burn (sting), tear, and bleed, causing
discomfort and pain. Severe hemorrhoids should be evaluated and
treated by the doctor.
on the severity of the symptoms, not the extent of the
hemorrhoids. In many instances, the only therapy required is
improvement in anal hygiene and administration of stool softeners
to prevent straining to have a bowel movement. The decision
concerning the necessity of surgery or ligature with rubber bands
should not be made until acute symptoms and inflammation have
subsided. This allows tissues to regain their usual shape.
- Calcium chelate, 1,500 mg. per day, is
essential for blood clotting and helps prevent cancer of
- Magnesium, 750 mg. per day.
- Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, 100 mg.
per day, aids in healing and normal blood clotting.
- Vitamin E, 600 IU per day, promotes
normal blood clotting and healing.
- Vitamin B complex plus vitamin B6, vitamin B12,
choline and inositol, 50 mg. 3 times with meals,
for improved digestion, thus reduced stress on the
- Coenzyme Q10, 100 mg. per day, increases
cellular oxygenation and assists in healing.
- Vitamin A and beta-carotene, 15,000 IU
each per day, aids in healing of mucous membranes and
- Vitamin D, 600 IU per day, aids in
healing of mucous membranes and tissues and is needed for
- Buckthorn bark
- Collinsonis root
- Grape, red vine leaves
- Stone root
- Learn not to strain when moving the bowels. Keep the
bowels clean and avoid constipation. Include foods high
in fiber and cellulose in the diet. Apples, beets, brazil
nuts, broccoli, cabbage family foods, carrots, green
beans, guar gum, oat bran, lima beans, pears, peas, psyllium
seed, and whole grains should be considered for the diet.
- Exercise is important. Drink plenty of liquids. Linseed
oil helps soften stools. Use one or two tbsp. daily.
- Take a sitz bath daily.
- Some recommend a peeled clove of garlic or a raw potato
made into a suppository to help hemorrhoids (3 times per
- Vitamin K is excellent for bleeding hemorrhoids. Food sources
for vitamin K are: alfalfa, kale, and all dark green
- Elderberry poultices can relieve the pain associated with
- A plain warm water enema will relieve pressure and pain
in most cases and is fast acting.
- A healing herb enema for hemorrhoids:
Willow bark (8 parts)
Red oak bark (8 parts)
sage leaves (3 parts)
Pilewort (3 parts)
Horseweed (3 parts)
Boil 1/2 tsp. mixture slowly in 1 pint of water. Let
stand until cold, then strain. Use as a rectal enema
before going to bed.
- Two healing mixtures to relieve hemorrhoids internally:
1. Alder buckthorn bark
Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tbsp. in 1/2 cup boiling-hot
water for 10 minutes. Drink hot.
2. Balm (3 parts)
Blackthorn flowers (3 parts)
Milfoil (3 parts)
Arnica flowers (5 parts)
Alder buckthorn bark (15 parts)
Soak 1 tbsp. of the mixture in 1/2 cup cold water for 6
hours then bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Take 1 cup per day.
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