Q. Recently a reader wrote you touting blackstrap molasses as a treatment or cure for hemorrhoids. I am a hemorrhoid sufferer. I’ve used over-the-counter medications and the prescription ointment Proctosol without much success.
My problem seems to flare up when I eat certain foods, especially spicy dishes, and engage in vigorous exercise such as running or bike riding.
I decided to try blackstrap molasses, taking one teaspoon twice a day. Remarkably, in less than a month I have found relief!
The condition has improved at least 75 percent, with only occasional minor irritation. The burning, itching and even blood spotting has all but disappeared.
Believe me, I was skeptical about this remedy, so even after some initial relief, I purposely ate foods that normally cause a flare-up. Much to my surprise, there was no outbreak. Has anyone else reported success?
A. Your testimonial is the first we have received. We too would be interested to learn of others’ experience.