Home remedies for hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are nodular extensions of the veins in the rectum or anus. They can be caused by a low-fiber diet, constipation, lack of exercise or sedentary occupations and lead to unpleasant itching, burning and pain.

Ask a doctor for help if your symptoms have not resolved after two weeks, the stool is mixed with blood, or the knots have come out through pressing.

What’s helpful?

• Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, salads and whole grains to prevent hemorrhoids.

• If you have a lot of work to do, you should take time off for regular exercise.

• Go to the toilet when your bowels call and take your time.

• Careful hygiene is important: clean the anus after every defecation with warm water and a little soap and dab it gently dry.

• For painful hemorrhoids, make yourself a warm sitz bath to which you can add ready-made additives from chamomile, witch hazel, bran, horsetail or oak bark.

• Also useful is a hip bath with a soap solution made of pure curd soap. The hemorrhoids are softened and the pain subsides.

Herb remedies

• Brew one teaspoon of Bärlapp with a quarter of a liter of boiling water, let soak for five minutes and strain. Drink a cup in small sips daily before breakfast until the symptoms ease.

• Mix 20 grams of buckthorn bark and cumin with ten grams of fennel. Brew one tablespoon of it with a quarter of a liter of boiling water, infuse for ten minutes, strain and drink a cup three times a day.