Hemorrhoids occur in the anal canal and can be internal (hidden) or external (these are the ones you can see). They are veins in and around the anus can that begin to stretch and swell abnormally, causing pain, burning, and itchiness.
Q: What conditions do I have that could predispose me to hemorrhoids?
A: Any repetitive increase in abdominal pressure may produce hemorrhoids.
- Repeated straining to have a bowel movement, especially in people who suffer from frequent constipation
- Some forms of exercise
Q: What lifestyle changes do I need to employ to help get rid of hemorrhoids?
In a nutshell, eat right and exercise! But I have more specific recommendations below…
- Improve your constipation by eating more vegetables, and increasing your fiber intake
- Drink plenty of water
- Take a probiotic
- Achieve a healthy weight
- Exercise may help with hemorrhoids. When you are sedentary, everything slows down, including your bowels. Exercise, like yoga or walking helps keep waste moving through your intestinal tract. Weightlifting may increase intra-abdominal pressure, and make them worse.
- Take more magnesium- most people don’t get enough from their diet, and it has a laxative effect at high doses.
- Increase your vitamin C intake. Veins are strengthened by Vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
Q: What kinds of items can I get at the local drugstore to help the discomfort of hemorrhoids?
- Tucks pads
- Witch hazel
- Coconut Oil
- Aloe Vera
- Hemorrhoid creams. (they frequently have parabens, which are chemicals I encourage people to avoid)
Q: I tried all of the stuff at the store, what else is there?
Usually, by the time patients seek my advice, they have already tried the standard drugstore remedies, or they have had surgical procedures to improve them, and they returned!
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Q: Can I use essential oils to soothe the pain?
A: Essential oils are useful for the treatment of hemorrhoids because they immediately address the problem in the following ways:
- Essential oils can reduce inflammation.
- Essential oils can alleviate the pain, itching, and burning associated with hemorrhoids.
- Essential oils can shrink blood vessels back to their normal size.
- Essential oils can improve circulation
- Essential oils can improve collagen strength
Some oils that have been traditionally used:
- Tea Tree
- CBD Oil
- German Chamomile
- One of the ingredients in preparation H is thyme oil, so you could take aloe vera and mix in a drop of thyme oil.
Q: Are there specific non-toxic products that you recommend?
A: I personally, would use some of the above essential oils, and make my own salve, but most people find a ready made product more convenient.
- I like baby wipes and diaper rash cream for that area for many issues, as they are gentle and soothing. Young living happens to have these products in their Seedlings line, that contain lavender, which is one of the oils I suggested above. Their products also don’t contain chemicals that can expose you (or a baby, if you are sharing) to unwanted toxins. They also have a product called KidScents Tender Tush designed to soothe and protect skin.
- DIY a spray that includes lavender, as some people find sprays very convenient to use. ClaraDerm Spray (soothes dry, chapped, itchy skin) and LavaDerm Cooling Mist (also contains aloe) are ready made formulas, that people have found soothing in other areas of the body.
- Rose Ointment was designed as a nourishing blend for dry skin (I use it on my face). It has tea tree oil, which has some astringent properties… and I have suggested it to many folks for itching in various parts of the body… and that is an itchy part of the body.
- CBD Muscle Rub – for the time you need maximum effect, use a small dab of this topically, and do not subsequently touch your eye or your lady parts until you wash that hand. It is strong, but excellent for aches and pains in various parts of the body. https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=13479146&enrollerid=13479146&isocountrycode=US&culture=en-US&type=member
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