5 Home Remedies for Haemorrhoids
Piles can be a right pain in the backside -which is why people feel desperate enough to resort to unrecommended home remedies to soothe their pain and irritation. However using unrecommended treatments can cause more pain and discomfort to your piles. Essentially, what are the right home remedies to use?
The most effective and popular remedy is the Sitz Bath. This is a shallow bath that cleanses the perineum – the space between the rectum and the vulva or scrotum. After a bowel movement, fill the bath with warm water and sit in it for 15 minutes This is normally the most convenient way to soothe and soak your piles and can also fit over the toilet! They can be found in your local pharmacy.
Another remedy you can try is Witch Hazel. It can be found in your local pharmacy and should be directly applied to your piles. It contains tannins and oils that reduce inflammation and is used as an astringent, which draws tissue together and constricts blood vessels, meaning it can slow down the bleeding. There is no scientific proof that witch hazel heals piles but it may bring some relief to them -there is no harm in giving Witch Hazel a try!
Instead of trying to soothe the piles directly, you can possibly tend to your bowel movement. You can try taking Psyllium Husk which is a supplement that increases your fibre intake and takes water with it. Try to eat more foods with fibre in, such as beans, nuts, dried fruits and jacket potato. It will help make your stools softer, which will give you less pain when you pass stools.
If your haemorrhoids are causing you great discomfort you can use this less known remedy. It is a compound of simple ingredients that you can apply directly to the inflamed area:
– Mix 2 teaspoons of Epsom salts and 2 tablespoons of Glycerin
– Apply the mixture to a gauze pad and place it on the area in pain
– Repeat every 4-6 hours until the pain decreases.
This is not a very developed method and may only help if you have external piles. Tea Tree oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce itching and swelling. However, it is best to dilute the solution as it can cause bad skin reactions. It can be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond but this does not last as long.