If you are looking for natural ways how to treat hemorrhoids at home there are many home remedies you can try. However most of these remedies might work well only on mild cases of hemorrhoids and in case you have more severe condition it might be safer to visit your doctor. Bellow you can find a list of some of the most popular home remedies that are used to relieve symptoms as well as treat hemorrhoids.
1. Witch Hazel.
Witch Hazel is one of the most popular home remedies for hemorrhoids. Anti-septic and astringent properties is what makes Witch Hazel beneficial for treating conditions like piles.
There a few options available for those who want to use witch hazel. It can be added to warm bath or applied directly to affected area. In the second case witch hazel should be soaked into cotton ball and put on the anal area for about 10 minutes. Using this remedy can help to lower the size of the piles, which in turn will relief symptoms such as itching, discomfort and burning sensation.
2. Horse Chestnut.
Horse Chestnut is another effective remedy when the primary cause of piles is poor blood circulation. It is thought that aescin, which is one of the components of horse chestnut is able to strengthen the walls of veins and reduce swelling. It is important to mention that certain people might have an allergy to it and in rare cases it can cause side effects.
You can buy horse chestnut in a form of pill (supplement), tea or use it as a compress and apply it directly on affected area.
3. Ice Packs.
Ice Packs are quite commonly used to relieve symptoms such swelling, pain and itching. It is one of the cheapest and quickest remedies that can be found in any kitchen. It can be applied in two ways. First of all, you can apply ice pack directly on the affected area and put a warm compress afterwards. Second of all, it can be used while taking a warm bath. Switching between siting on the pack of ice and in a warm bath can help to reduce soreness, itching and inflammation.
4. Sitz Bath.
Soaking anal area into bath or sitz bath of warm water can also be effective in relieving pain and swelling. It is important that the water would be just a little bit warm since it will help more blood to flow to affected area. For the best results soaking should take from 10-20 minutes and can be repeated a couple of times per day.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most popular natural home remedies that can help with many conditions and hemorrhoids are no exception. Astringent properties of ACV is what makes it particularly beneficial for conditions like piles.
To use apple cider vinegar you should simply soak a cotton ball with ACV and apply it directly on the area affected by hemorrhoids. This remedy should help to ease most of the symptoms of this condition and reduce inflammation. The other way to use apple cider vinegar would be to combine it with bath or sitz bath. So you should simply add half cup or glass of ACV while taking a bath. Apple Cider Vinegar can also be taken orally. Most sources recommend taking a few teaspoons (no more than 3 times per day). Since ACV is slightly acidic, quite a lot of people also dilute it with water prior to consumption.
6. Coconut Oil.
Although there are no studies that would prove Coconut Oil effectiveness for treating hemorrhoids, many people use this remedy for treating this condition. The reason why this is oil might be beneficial for treating hemorrhoids is because it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. So in terms of hemorrhoids symptoms it can help to promote healing, reduce swelling and ease the pain.
When Coconut oil is used orally it might help to avoid constipation and other digestive problems, which might be a cause of hemorrhoids. When you use it directly on affected area it is advised to use this home remedy for two or three times per day until the symptoms disappears.
It is also important to mention that only organic and extra virgin oil should be used. Alternatively Almond, Castor and Olive oils can be used too, since they have features that can help with hemorrhoids condition.
7. Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera is another popular home remedy that can be effectively used to ease the unpleasant symptoms hemorrhoids. Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of Aloe Vera gel is what makes it helpful for treating conditions like piles.
To use this remedy effectively you will need to apply the get of Aloe Vera plant on affected area. This should help to ease the symptoms such as burning sensation and pain. In case you don’t have Aloe Vera plant at home, you should be able to find already prepared gel in almost any local drugstore.
8. Black Tea.
Black Tea is one more remedy that can be used at a comfort of your home to ease the symptoms such as pain and swelling.
To use this home remedy you should add one bag of black tea into hot water so that it would get wet. Then take it out and allow it to cool for some time. Then add this bag on affected area and leave it for about ten minutes. For the best effect it should be repeated two or three times daily, depending on how severe your symptoms are.