Piles and hemorrhoids (aka haemorrhoids) are a more common problem than you’d think, with about half of the American population having experienced them by the time they are 50, and many people find that over the counter creams don’t work or are too expensive. Here I’ll tell you a little bit more about what they are and how to prevent them, what the symptoms are and the best natural and home remedies for piles and hemorrhoids.
What are Hemorrhoids and Piles?
Briefly, they are enlarged or swollen veins that can be inside or outside the anus. They can range in size from a small swelling to large and sagging. It is not a dangerous condition, but can be a very painful one. Piles and Hemorrhoids are the same thing, although people often use the term piles to refer to a particularly bad case of hemorrhoids.
Symptoms of Piles and Hemorrhoids
Common symptoms include:
- Bleeding or spots of bright red blood when doing bowel movements
- Throbbing pain
- A lump of soft tissue sticking out of your anus
If you do see blood when you go to the toilet, make sure to visit your doctor to check that it is not from another more serious condition. For some, these go away quickly, for others they can be very painful, but don’t worry as there are some great home treatments for piles that you may not know about
Causes of Piles
Common causes include straining when going to the toilet and pregnancy. If you are constipated you are more likely to strain, so drinking plenty and eating a good diet with fibre is important in helping to treat, prevent and cure hemorrhoids.
Home Remedies For Piles – Apple Cider Vinegar and Sitz Bath
This home remedy is excellent for pain relief of hemorrhoids and also to quickly reduce swelling.
- Get a Sitz Bath
- Fill with warm water
- Mix half a cup to a cup of apple cider vinegar (experiment to see what is best for you)
- Sit in the bath for about 15-20 minutes
- Alternatively you can try soaking some toilet paper with ACV and putting it directly on the affected area, this works for many people I’ve spoken to, but it stings!
Home Treatment for Piles and Hemorrhoids – Chinese Medicine
This one isn’t free, but has proved very popular and has had lots of good feedback, it is an ebook that that tells you of a natural treatment using Chinese herbs which are readily available from most health food shops, and also gives you more details on exactly what can do to avoid getting piles in future. Find out more here.
Home Remedies For Piles – Rutin
Rutin tablets have been another effective cure for those who don’t want to sit in a bath or use apple cider vinegar. Many people have found even the worst of piles greatly reduced and no longer hurting after just a couple of days. It’s important to get good quality supplements and so I recommend iherb, who sell good stuff and are well priced too. They deliver worldwide cheaply which is handy too.
Note of Caution: This remedy is NOT suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Home Treatment for Hemorrhoids – Ayurvedic Remedy
Get a six inch step and put it by your toilet, this will open up your bowels and rectal passage meaning that you are more easily able to poo!
Home remedies for piles involving dietary changes
- Eat plenty of fiber, e.g. fruit vegetables and whole grains
- You could try cutting out white flour, processed foods and sugary food, as many nutritionalists believe that piles are actually linked to candida, aka thrush
- Make sure you have bioflavinoids in your diet (found in fruits and rose hips)
I hope you’ve found success with these natural cures, please do let us know below which home remedies for piles have been most successful!