There are some home remedies that can be used to relieve symptoms and heal external hemorrhoids faster, complementing the treatment indicated by the doctor. Good examples are a sitting bath with Indian chestnut or witch hazel ointment, but there are other solutions that can also help, such as eating more fiber and taking garlic, echinacea or Psyllium capsules.
Garlic and echinacea capsules are also good options for fighting internal hemorrhoids, but these home treatments should not replace the treatment prescribed by your doctor, which may include the use of painkillers, ointments or balms.
See examples of the best ointments indicated by your doctor to treat hemorrhoids.
Homemade treatment for external hemorrhoids
Below are 2 great seat baths and an excellent ointment you can do at home on the more difficult days:
1. Seat bath with Horse chestnut
Indian chestnut is one of the most scientifically proven natural ingredients for treating external hemorrhoids because it contains properties that improve circulation. In addition, Indian chestnut is also rich in escin, a type of saponin, which has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, quickly relieving pain and discomfort.
- 60 g horse chestnut bark;
- 2 liters of boiling water.
Mix the ingredients and boil for another 12 minutes. Then let it melt, strain and place the mixture inside a bowl. Finally, you should sit without underwear in the water for 20 minutes. This home treatment should be repeated whenever necessary for at least 5 days.
Indian nuts can also be ingested in the form of capsules. For the best results one should take about 300 mg twice daily, but the treatment can also be done at 40 mg, 3 times a day.
2. Seat Bath with Cypress
Cypress has calming and antimicrobial properties that will help control pain and regress hemorrhoids.
- 1.5 liter of boiling water;
- 8 drops of cypress essential oil.
You should place the drops of the cypress essential oil in the hot water and mix well. When the water temperature is pleasant, you should sit in the basin for at least 20 minutes, letting the medicine work.
Another option to use this essential oil is to apply 2 or 3 drops in another vegetable oil, such as sweet almond oil, for example, and apply directly on the region. The oil should not be applied directly to the skin as it may burn the skin.
3. Homemade witch hazel ointment
Witch hazel is another plant with excellent anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that help to greatly relieve the symptoms of hemorrhoids. A good way to use witch hazel is to make a homemade ointment:
- 60 ml of liquid paraffin;
- 4 tablespoons of witch hazel bark;
- 60 ml of glycerin.
Place the paraffin and witch hazel in a saucepan and boil for 5 minutes. Then strain and add to the mixture 30 ml of glycerin. Put in a container with lid and store in the refrigerator. Use daily, as needed, for about 1 month.
4. Seat bath with Epsom salts
Epsom salts can also be used in the treatment of hemorrhoids as it is great for reducing inflammation and can be easily added into the water. In addition to the warm water, which stimulates the normal functioning of the intestine, this home treatment also has a strong anti-inflammatory component that is released by the salts.
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of Epsom salts;
- 2 liters of boiling water.
Mix the salts in the water until they dissolve. Then let harmonize and sit in a bowl with the mixture without wearing underwear for about 15 to 20 minutes. This seat bath can be repeated 2 to 3 times a day.
See other ways to treat this type of hemorrhoids in 4 Treatment options for external hemorrhoids.
Homemade treatment for internal hemorrhoids
Internal hemorrhoids can be more difficult to treat as there are few home treatments available. However, some capsules and foods can help improve symptoms by optimizing blood flow or bowel function:
1. Garlic capsules
Taking garlic capsules daily help to strengthen the intestinal vascularization and facilitate blood flow, bringing relief from pain and discomfort and decreasing the incidence of new hemorrhoids.
The recommended dose of garlic capsules is 600 to 1200 mg a day divided into 2 to 3 doses. However, the dose should always be adapted to each person by a naturopath.
In addition to capsules, increased consumption of garlic also has similar benefits, so another good natural option is to use garlic whenever possible.
2. Foods rich in fiber
Another excellent strategy for relieving the pain caused by internal hemorrhoids is to soften the stools by eating more fiber and ingesting more water.
Some foods that loosen the intestine are kiwi, dried black plum, papaya and pumpkin seed, for example. It is recommended women have an intake of about 25 grams of fiber and men 38 grams, in addition to drinking 8 glasses of water a day.
Another way to consume fiber is to add 1 tablespoon of Psyllium to meals. This is a highly soluble fiber that can be purchased in pharmacies and drugstores.
3. Take echinacea capsules
In case of very painful swollen hemorrhoids the echinacea capsules can be a natural solution because it has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and immunostimulant properties, which may relieve pain, help to treat the infection and even strengthens your immune system.