Uses and Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.
In case you are constantly trying new home remedies you must have already heard about Apple Cider Vinegar and its many uses. Organic, raw and unpasteurized ACV has some many benefits and uses that it is even hard to list them all in one article. Some of the best known uses of this vinegar include weight loss, enhance digestion, minimize acne and dandruff, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, treat vaginal infections, relieve symptoms of hemorrhoids and many more. The main reason why this vinegar is beneficial for treating many medical conditions topically is because it has antifungal, astringent and antibacterial properties due to contained acids like lactic, malic and lactic. In addition to that consuming ACV orally is beneficial because it contains pectin, different vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, iron and etc.
Does Apple Cider Vinegar work for Hemorrhoids?
Many people who try ACV for hemorrhoids report on improvement in this condition or lessening of the symptoms like burning sensation and itching. One logical explanation why this vinegar might work effectively for this condition is because it has astringent properties. These properties help to reduce swelling and due to this swollen veins of hemorrhoids start to shrink.
Prior to considering trying Apple Cider Vinegar for hemorrhoids treatment it is important to know that there are no scientific studies that would support effectiveness or safety of this remedy so it should be used with precaution. However since there are many positive testimonials from other people claiming that it helped with this condition and also this vinegar is very cheap you don’t have much to lose either.
Also it is worthwhile to mention that before purchasing a particular brand of ACV make sure that it is both unpasteurized and unfiltered since it will work more effectively for this condition.
Directions on How to Use it for Piles.
Depending on the type of piles you have (internal or external), the usage of ACV should be different. For people who have internal hemorrhoids most sources recommend taking a few teaspoons ACV (orally) daily up to three times per day. Since this vinegar is a bit acidic it might be a good idea to add it to a glass of water and drink it diluted. Also in case you don’t like the taste of Apple Cider Vinegar you can add some honey, which will greatly improve the taste.
In case you have external hemorrhoids there are two main ways how you can use this vinegar. The first way would be to make sitz baths containing Apple Cider Vinegar. To prepare a sitz bath simply add half a cup of this vinegar to water and mix it. The second way to use this vinegar for external piles would be apply it directly on affected area. Use a cotton ball or pad to soak a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar and then press it gently against affected area. Also before application it might be a good idea to clean the area that you will apply ACV. By repeating this home remedy a few times per day you can expect to minimize irritation and itching. In most cases it reduces swelling within 24-48 hours and hemorrhoids start to shrink slowly. However it is worthwhile to mention that in order to completely shrink hemorrhoids you might need to continue using this remedy for a couple of weeks. In case ACV will not work for you there are plenty of other home remedies for piles that you can try at the comfort of your home.
You should also know that Apple Cider Vinegar might be beneficial for preventing recurrences of hemorrhoids even after they are completely shrinked. Since this vinegar is known for its ability to improve digestion, drinking it on daily bases can greatly improve your colon health. As it is quite well-known having a properly working colon system can minimize chances of having hemorrhoids.
Are there any Side Effects?
In general it can be said that usage of Apple Cider Vinegar in moderate dosages is considered to be completely safe and rarely cause side effects. However usage of this vinegar in higher dosages (more than 200-250 ml) and for longer time might cause side effects for a small number of people. There were reported cases when ACV usage resulted in weakened bones and decreased potassium levels in the body.
It is possible that topical application of ACV might cause stinging for some people due to its acidity features; however this is only a short term side effect and it should subside quickly. A good way to avoid this side effect is to dilute it with some water before application. This will reduce the strength of this vinegar and minimize stinging.