Hemorrhoids


  Everyone knows that the 'base' use of an enema is for the relief of constipation.  An enema does this without the harsh chemicals associated with laxatives and solves the problem rather immediately. 

A softer stool makes emptying the bowels easier and lessens the pressure on hemorrhoids caused by straining and an enema can accomplish this.  Eliminating straining also helps prevent the hemorrhoids from protruding. The best way to prevent hemorrhoids is to keep stools soft so that matter passes easily, thus decreasing pressure and straining, and to empty bowels as soon as possible after the urge occurs. Exercise, including walking, and increased fiber and more water in the diet help reduce constipation and straining by producing stools that are softer and easier to pass.

The term hemorrhoids refers to a condition in which the veins around the anus or lower rectum are swollen and inflamed.

Hemorrhoids may result from straining to move stool. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea, and anal intercourse.

representation of both internal and external hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are either inside the anus—internal—or under the skin around the anus—external.

Internal hemorrhoids develop inside the anal canal. External hemorrhoids develop near the anal opening. Both types can occur at the same time.   And both kinds can be very painful.
An exact cause is unknown; however, the upright posture of humans alone forces a great deal of pressure on the rectal veins, which sometimes causes them to bulge. Other contributing factors include:
  • Aging
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Faulty bowel function due to overuse of laxatives or enemas; straining during bowel movements
  • Spending long periods of time (e.g., reading) on the toilet

Whatever the cause, the tissues supporting the veins stretch. As a result, the veins dilate; their walls become thin and bleed. If the stretching and pressure continue, the weakened veins protrude.

If you notice any of the following, you could have hemorrhoids:

  • Bleeding during bowel movements
  • Protrusion during bowel movements
  • Itching in the anal area
  • Pain
  • Sensitive lump(s)

Treatment and relief of hemorrhoids:

Aside from being an embarrassment, for most people, surgery for hemorrhoids wouldn't be the first option when there are methods to find relief. 

There are several options for home remedies for hemorrhoids. They range from topical to oral to using an  enema.  Depending upon the severity of your situation, you should be able to find one if not more of these suggested home remedies for hemorrhoids useful.

There are topical treatments such as cypress oil or aloe vera gel. Both of these should provide some relief from the inflammation and pain. A sitz bath will soothe the area. These can be time consuming,  but  also can be very worth it.  It does not sound like fun yet a cayenne and garlic enema should help to relieve the pain in most cases. Lets face it, there are few methods to reach internal hemorrhoids without the use of an enema.

Herbal remedies used topically for external or in an enema for internal hemorrhoids:

Aloe can help when your rectum is sore, bleeding, and hot. Helps with the feeling of a constant bearing down in the rectum.  Aloe vera has certain antibiotic properties that help to clean the impurities and also to soothe the intestinal lining.

Apis Mellifica or (honey bee) 
is useful for external anal skin.

Barberry (Berberis Aristata) is a blood purifier that has also been used for piles. The unique qualities of berberine-rich plants lie in their ability to promote healthy intestinal microbial balance and normal liver and gallbladder function.  Barberry is often used in an enema.

Butcher's Broom (Ruscus Aculeatus)
is used to treat varicose veins and hemorrhoids. The vein-narrowing qualities of butcher's broom have been found to relieve discomfort associated with varicose veins and other circulatory conditions.

Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum)
extract standardized for aescin or escin, seems to increase the strength and tone of the veins in particular. It has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It may be used internally to aid the body in the treatment of phlebitis, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. Externally it may be used to treat the same conditions as well as for leg ulcers.

Neem (Azadirachta Indica, Margosa).
In the Ayurvedic tradition, neem is recommended for the treatment of hemorrhoids. It has been shown to have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Neem helps to prevent hemorrhoids by promoting the elimination of waste, and avoiding constipation. Neem extract applied topically to external hemorrhoids is soothing, and helps control bleeding and itching.

Phylum
is a bulk laxative and demulcent used for the short-term treatment of constipation. It is also used to treat people with irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, and hemorrhoids and to lower cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.

Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva)
softens and soothes internal or external inflamed bodily tissues.

White Oak Bark (Quercus Alba).
Popular for its astringent qualities, White Oak Bark encourages tissue proteins to tighten, thus strengthening vascular walls. The oak tannin binds liquids, absorbs toxins, and soothes inflamed tissues. The inhabitation of intestinal secretions may also help to resolve diarrhea.

Witch Hazel (Hammamelis viriniana)
is a natural astringent used to reduce swelling and inflammation. It is effective in stopping the flow of blood, and in reducing secretions.
 

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The homeopathic medication apis is prepared using the body of the female honey bee, as only it has a stinger. The stingers of the female honey bee and sometimes even the whole body of the bee, are used to prepare this homeopathic medication. Like in the instance of any other homeopathic medicine, the process followed to prepare the medication apis with the body of honey bee is crucial. Once the stings or the whole bees are collected, they are chopped, crushed, mashed and then steeped in alcohol to get the mother tincture known as apis in homeopathy.

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