Q. My doctor would like to know how you apply blackstrap molasses to hemorrhoids. Does it come in a capsule form or is it an ointment? What strengths or milligrams does the molasses come in?
A. Do NOT apply blackstrap molasses to hemorrhoids. We shudder to think how messy that would be.
We first heard about swallowing a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses for hemorrhoids three years ago. Since then, dozens of readers have reported success with this improbable supermarket remedy. We have no idea how or even if it actually works, but here is a compelling story:
“I was bleeding like crazy from my hemorrhoids. My hemoglobin was 6.4 (minimum is 12 for women) and my iron level was 5 (minimum healthy level is 45). They had been banded twice [a medical treatment for hemorrhoids], which hurt a lot and didn’t last. I had had a blood transfusion and surgery was the next step.
“I read in the People’s Pharmacy column about blackstrap molasses. A bottle of molasses cost about two dollars at the grocery store, so I figured I had nothing to lose.
“I took a teaspoon twice a day, and much to my amazement, the bleeding stopped completely and immediately! My hemoglobin was 9 when it was checked a month later.
“Blackstrap molasses tastes awful, so I drink warm water after taking it. I only take it now when I start bleeding again. Usually one teaspoon stops the bleeding within 12 hours.
“I have no idea how this stuff works, but I am so glad I tried it! This remedy saved me from surgery. ”
If, like the reader above, you don’t care for the strong flavor of blackstrap molasses, some vitamin companies such as Swanson make molasses capsules–to be swallowed, not smeared.