Herbal Relief For
Hemorrhoids are an increasingly common condition that
afflicts many people each year. How does hemorrhoids start in
the first place? Many people don’t understand how this
Let us begin with a bit of anatomy. The anal canal is packed
with many small veins. Internal pressures or excessive
irritation from sitting can sometimes cause these little veins
to swell like balloons. This in turn may cause itching,
burning, and sometimes even bleeding. These are the classic
telltale signs of hemorrhoids.
If you find yourself suffering from hemorrhoids, there are
plenty of over-the-counter preparations that can provide you
with immediate relief. However, most of these commercially
available hemorrhoid preparations will soon fizzle out.
If you want to find more long-term relief, you may want to
consider turning to herbal preparations. Herbal ointments will
admittedly not work as quickly as most commercially available
over-the-counter medications. But herbal ointments are free of
side effects, and they often work better in treating more
chronic irritation associated with hemorrhoids.
Moreover, many commercially available hemorrhoid creams are
notorious for causing irritation to the surrounding tissue.
This means that they can even damage vaginal tissue in some
Herbal-based preparations, on the other hand, are generally
free of these harsh side effects. They contain natural and safe
ingredients that can be safely absorbed into the body. Here are
some of the most helpful herbs for dealing with the painful
symptoms of hemorrhoids. Butcher’s Broom:
This traditional herb is thought to help shrink swollen
tissues. It has more or less the same effect as conventional
hemorrhoid creams that you can find at your local drugstore,
but without all the nasty side effects. Butcher’s broom is
often described as an astringent herb, and it works by
shrinking down the swollen tissues that cause hemorrhoids to
flare up in the first place.
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Most traditional herbalists and naturopathic doctors recommend
taking butcher’s broom in tincture form, or to purchase a
powder that can be made into an ointment. As a tincture, take a
spoon to mix 10 to 15 drops of tincture with beeswax.
This will create a soothing ointment that you
can apply generously to the affected area. You can also use
butcher’s broom powder to make a soothing and healing ointment.
To speed up the healing of the area and to help reduce
inflammation, you can also add a few drops of vitamin E and
pure aloe Vera gel to the butcher’s broom ointment.
Many herbalists also recommend also taking
butcher’s broom tea at the same time that you are using the
butcher’s broom ointment. Make the butcher’s broom tea by
pouring one cup of boiling water over half a teaspoon of dried
butcher’s broom herb. Steep the herb for about ten minutes.
Herbs can cure many ailments. If you have a
cold, Echinacea extracts in capsule form can
help. A 5 ml tincture dose every 2-3 hours can
also be beneficial, but check with a
Strain the herb from the liquid and drink up to
four cups of butcher's broom tea each day. You can also take
butcher’s broom in capsule form. The recommended dosage for
butcher’s broom in capsule form is 200 milligrams three times a
day for hemorrhoids.