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Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

There are many home remedies for hemorrhoids from banana peel and blackstrap molasses to rutabaga and witch hazel. We also share the pros and cons of Vicks!
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Over the last few decades we have collected an amazing array of remedies for hemorrhoids, from blackstrap molasses and rutabaga to banana peel and green tea. More about these solutions in a moment. You will also learn the straight and skinny about what are hemorrhoids. But first, we wanted to share a recent comment about an old and very controversial home remedy for hemorrhoids: Vicks VapoRub! 

Vicks For Hemorrhoids? Opposing viewpoints! 

Roughly 19 years ago we published this comment in our syndicated newspaper column:

Q. A while back I ran out of Preparation H for my hemorrhoids, but Vicks VapoRub was handy. I tried it, and found it burned a few seconds, but then gave continuous relief from the itching for several hours. Now I prefer to use Vicks. I thought you would like to add this to your collection of uses for Vicks.

Some time later John Welter, another newspaper columnist, published this semi-humorous response:

“…In a clinical setting where no one could see me, I scientifically applied a sufficient amount of VapoRub to the inflamed area and waited for results…the active ingredients in VapoRub–which I think are menthol, camphor and napalm–instantly engulfed my hemorrhoidal locality in spontaneous combustion. The warmth of VapoRub on a congested chest might be comforting; applying it to the most sensitive escape route in the human abdomen made me imagine I was a jet fighter with afterburners. I moved distractedly through the house like an F-15 pilot saying: ‘Mayday! Mayday! I took a direct hit to my tail section! Eject! Eject!’

“The use of VapoRub for hemorrhoids was supposed to be a home remedy, although obviously it has military applications…I must politely report to Joe Graedon that while it’s possible that a few people might benefit from VapoRub on their hemorrhoids, I think most people will respond with such well-known expressions as, ‘Shots fired! Officer down! We have casualties!’” (Durham Herald-Sun, March 24, 2001).

A New Vicks Voice is Heard:

Needless to say, we have been reluctant to recommend Vicks VapoRub for hemorrhoids since John’s semi-humorous reaction. But here is a different perspective we recently received from Y.H. on March 6, 2019:

“This is more a comment than a question. I was reading one of your articles in which you discuss the effectiveness or ‘not’ of Vicks VapoRub on hemorrhoids.

“May I say to you that the man who claimed it felt like napalm…it was probably because he applied the rub to a not-so-dry surface. We all know that Vicks contains petroleum jelly as a carrier and eucalyptus oil. May I also say as one who uses Vicks VapoRub for a number of skin conditions, as well as the obvious chest congestion remedy, that Vicks VapoRub is great as a hemorrhoidal shrinkage and soothing treatment, and it does work amazingly well. It is both cooling, shrinking, and soothing, but again, apply on dry skin.

“Another thing it does is minimize bruises and causes them to heal much faster. Vicks works miracles on foot callouses, corns, and bunions.

“(My disclaimer is that I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with the production, manufacturing, or selling of Vicks VapoRub. The stuff simply works. Yes, it’s a bit greasy and some don’t like the smell, but those are small tradeoffs for the relief and the many healing properties of this amazing ointment.)”

People’s Pharmacy Disclaimer!

First, the FDA has NOT approved Vicks VapoRub for the topical treatment of hemorrhoids. Anyone who contemplates this approach does so at his or her own risk. We take no responsibility for this experiment!

We suggest being extremely cautious about applying Vicks VapoRub to the nether regions. A tiny dab as a test would be preferable to a full bore application. And never apply Vicks internally! It is for external use only!

Read on for more home remedies for hemorrhoids.

What are hemorrhoids in the first place?

This is a really sore subject with a lot of our readers. And no wonder. Hemorrhoids are anal varicose veins. They come in two basic types: internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids are veins that have come loose from their moorings up in the anal canal. They may descend far enough to actually protrude through the anus, where their highly sensitive mucosal covering is subject to physical abuse from sitting, wiping, etc.

External hemorrhoids occur below the anorectal line, that point in the anal canal where the lining turns to mucous membrane. The veins become swollen and inflamed and the skin over them becomes extremely tender. Blood clots can form in these pillow-like outcroppings and when that happens the pain can be excruciating.

The severity and thus the symptoms of hemorrhoids varies considerably. Some people have minor problems but aren’t really bothered too much. Others suffer endlessly, until finally put out of their misery by surgery, or one of the non-surgical methods which can work if the condition isn’t too far advanced.

Hemorrhoids tend to get progressively worse, and the condition is greatly aggravated by constipation and straining while defecating, which puts tremendous pressure on the veins. Some people have a predisposition to weak anal veins, and pregnancy often produces hemorrhoids because of the pressure it puts on the veins.

Cold vs. Heat

We try never to turn a cold shoulder to our readers’ suffering, but in this case we gave a reader the cold probe in the hopes it would help.

Q. After a particularly strenuous workout, my hemorrhoids become quite swollen and painful. This situation also occurs when I have to sit for long periods of time. I have tried lots of over-the-counter products, but nothing works very well. Are there any home remedies or other techniques worth considering? I am not ready to consider surgery.

A. You might want to look into something called Anurex. It is an unusual treatment, but some folks have told us it works wonders.

Anurex is like an ice pack for your bottom. It is a small cylinder that contains a cold-retaining gel inside. It is stored in the freezer and can be inserted like a suppository for six to eight minutes. The cooling action theoretically relieves inflammation and pain.

If you don’t want to go to the trouble or expense of buying cold-in-a-tube, there is relief to be had by simply sitting on an icebag for a while. Break up the ice into small pieces, increasing the amount of surface area and making it easier for the ice to shape itself to the problem spot. Then, sit on it! A bag of frozen peas might work the same way.

Cooling works in two ways. First, it numbs the region for at least a little while. Second, it tends to reduce blood flow, which helps lessen the discomfort of the distended veins and give them a shot at returning to where they came from.

The opposite technique — a warm sitz bath — is also a frequent recommendation. We have long wondered where this term came from. As far as we can tell, this originates from the German word SitzbadBad is German for bath and sitzen mean to sit. So, a sitz bath means sit in warm water up to about hip level.

This offers temporary relief, at best, and eventually most people go looking for stronger medicine.

Home Remedies

Banana Peel, Rutin and Cabbage Leaves

Q. When I first developed hemorrhoids I could hardly believe this was happening to me. I called my doctor and she suggested surgery, but I didn’t want to go under the knife.

A favorite book about foods that heal suggested applying the inside of a banana peel to the affected area. It also recommended a pill, biorutin. I tried both approaches and within three days I had no sign of hemorrhoids. This may help someone else.

A. We were fascinated by your use of rutin, since this flavonoid is a constituent in many herbs, including chamomile, elderberry and hawthorn. Getting the banana peel to stay in position might be a challenge, but no more so than a cabbage leaf. We heard from another person:

“When I was in Italy, my mother-in-law used cabbage as a hemorrhoid relief. I guess cabbage has been used for years for relief from soreness, pain and swelling.”


Q. I was just at a routine prenatal visit and complained about a very painful external hemorrhoid. My nurse practitioner suggested scraping the inside of a banana peel and mixing it with a little petroleum jelly to make the mixture stick to the site. I tried it last night and got far more relief than the witch hazel pads I had been using.

A. Other readers sing the praises of banana peels for hemorrhoids. One man offered this formula:

“Cut the stem off a bunch of bananas (the part where all the bananas in the bunch are attached). Remove the outside skin so you have a cube of stem. Pulse the peeled banana stem cube in a mini food processor along with 1 tablespoon of witch hazel.

“Pour the mixture in a dish and dip a gauze strip into the mixture. Apply to the area of the hemorrhoids. Repeat 30 minutes later with a fresh dipped gauze strip. This is a powerful natural astringent and pain reliever. I do this twice a day if I have an outbreak. If hemorrhoids persist, see your doctor!”

If that sounds too complicated, here’s another reader’s suggestion: “Ready-made banana cream is much easier and more convenient to use than actual banana peels. Just Google ‘banana peel extract cream’ to find sellers.”


Q. I would like to give you my family cure for hemorrhoids. Take rutabaga, peel, boil and then drain it well to make a poultice in gauze. Put it on the hemorrhoids while it is still warm.

Do this at night and they will be gone by morning. If they are not, you can do a second application the next night.

I am from Scotland. When my mother came to the States to visit back in the 40s she told this cure to a lady from Ohio. My husband used it too, and his hemorrhoids never came back.

A. Rutabaga is a root vegetable related to turnip. It has long been cooked, mashed and used in poultices, but this is the first time we’ve heard of using such a poultice on hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels, much like varicose veins. If a blood clot forms in one, it can become very sore. Warm baths can help the clot resolve and ease the discomfort, so perhaps that is how the rutabaga poultice works.

Witch Hazel

Q. For many years I have made a wad of toilet paper, saturated it with witch hazel and washed myself after going to the bathroom. I have hemorrhoids and find that I suffer from itching and discomfort if I neglect this practice.

What is witch hazel? I think sometimes the label also says something like “hamamelis water.”

A. Witch hazel is a woody shrub that’s been used in folk medicine for years. The hamamelis water you are using is steam distilled from twigs and bark of this plant. In addition, commercial witch hazel found in pharmacies contains 14% pure ethyl alcohol. This combination is popular as an astringent, which makes it helpful in treating hemorrhoids and skin inflammation. Commercial witch hazel has both antibacterial and anti-oxidant activity which may explain why it is so helpful for cleanliness in that delicate area.

Zinc Oxide

Q. Someone wrote to you about using zinc oxide as a deodorant. I tried it but it didn’t work for me.

At the same time my hemorrhoids were burning and itching, and even Preparation H didn’t seem to help. Since zinc oxide is used in diaper cream, I thought why not give it a try?

From the first time I used it I have not had any recurrence of the symptoms. At first I applied it every night but now I only use it once a week or less.

A. The person who wrote to us found that zinc oxide cream (commonly used for diaper rash or sunburn protection) was effective as an underarm deodorant. Your experience shows that it may not work for everyone to control body odor.

We could find only one reference to the use of zinc oxide for the itching and burning of hemorrhoids. A German salve (Mirfulan) that contains zinc oxide plus witch hazel, urea and vitamins A and D was reported helpful (ZFA Stuttgart, Oct. 20, 1979).

Blackstrap Molasses

Q. Several years ago I had hemorrhoids so bad that I couldn’t even go to work. The only comfort I could find was sitting in a tub of warm water.

A friend who was into old folk remedies told me to get some BLACKSTRAP molasses. I was to swallow a couple of tablespoons every few hours.

Since I was desperate, I felt I had nothing to lose, even though it seemed like a silly remedy. To make a long story short, I went back to work the next day.

Regular molasses does not work for this problem, only blackstrap. Even blackstrap molasses will not work if the pain is caused by a fissure and not by hemorrhoids.

My elderly father took the test one step further: he took a couple of tablespoons of blackstrap molasses daily for several months. His varicose veins disappeared!

A. Blackstrap molasses is a byproduct of the sugar refining process. This thick dark liquid sweetener is rich in minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, calcium and potassium.

Although there are reports on the Web of blackstrap molasses helping hemorrhoids and varicose veins, we could find no scientific studies to support these claims. Two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses have 32 calories, just like sugar, so people with diabetes should avoid using it.

We have heard from a number of people who agree with you that blackstrap molasses saved the day. Others, however, have been disappointed. Here is one more story.

“Okay, I couldn’t stop the bleeding and I tried zinc oxide, witch hazel, OTC’s, you name it. Those things helped with the itching, but I had the bleeding for a good week and a half.

“Finally, I bought blackstrap molasses. I took a couple teaspoons (it tastes ok to me, tho most people mix it with water.) The bleeding stopped later that day and has not returned in these last 5 days! I took about 2 teaspoons to a tablespoon a day, twice a day, just to be sure. I haven’t taken it today, and the bleeding hasn’t come back. I swear by it now, but have no idea why it works-but it DOES!”

Persistent bleeding requires medical oversight. It is essential to rule out other causes for bleeding, just to be on the safe side.

Horse Chestnut

Herbal teas containing horse chestnut have been used in folk medicine to treat both hemorrhoids and diarrhea for centuries. This reader discovered the remedy on her own:

Carolyn shared this fascinating story:

“I have been suffering for six months with hemorrhoids. I was buying a tube of Preparation H at least once a week and getting very little in relief.

 “I searched for an herbal remedy to relieve hemorrhoids and discovered a suggestion of Horse Chestnut. I already had a box of Venastat (horse chestnut) on hand (I was meaning to try it for spider veins).

“The results have been fantastic, more than I could have possibly hoped for! I do have to take it every day, however, or the symptoms return. It’s certainly worth a try for anyone who is suffering.”

Learn more about horse chestnut at this link. There is actual research (Advances in Therapy, Jan-Feb., 2006) to support horse chestnut extract against venous insufficiency and varicose veins. Since hemorrhoids are a lot like varicose veins, this approach might make sense.

What About Preparation H?

Once upon a time Preparation H virtually owned the marketplace when it came to hemorrhoid remedies. That might have been in part due to heavy doses of advertising. We also suspect it had something to do with the formula. In the good old days, Prep H contained two natural ingredients: live yeast cell derivative (LYCD) and shark liver oil. We feel bad about the sharks that were sacrificed for this product, but we suspect this combination of ingredients actually did ease discomfort and speed healing.

Sadly, the FDA forced the manufacturer of Preparation H to revise its formula. After reviewing the scientific evidence the agency determined that there were not enough data to support the benefits of LYCD.

We disagree. We have discovered research that suggests live yeast cell derivative accelerates wound healing. Readers have insisted that the original Prep H formula relieved their hemorrhoids better than anything. They also maintained that it eased dry, cracked skin, soothed itching from surgical scars and even worked against wrinkles and bags under the eyes.

There are lots of Preparation H formulas in the U.S. these days. Preparation H Hemorrhoidal Ointment contains:

Active Ingredients: Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) (Protectant), Petrolatum (71.9%) (Protectant), Phenylephrine HCl (0.25%) (Vasoconstrictor), Shark Liver Oil 3.0% (Protectant)

Inactive Ingredients: Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Benzoic Acid, BHA, Corn Oil, Glycerin, Lanolin, Lanolin Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Water.

We are not thrilled with the idea of putting a vasoconstrictor (phenylephrine)  on sensitive tissue. Our concern is that it might raise blood pressure for some people (see this link). We wish the FDA had not meddled with a perfectly fine product.

What is your solution to Hemorrhoids?

We love hearing from visitors to this website about their favorite home remedies? The People’s Pharmacy is a community where people share their experiences.  Others have told us that blackstrap molasses works for hemorrhoids, while many say it is worthless. What is your story? Tell us your successes and disappointments in the comment section below.

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    Puncture a vitamin e capsule, and apply the contents to the clean area.
    if the ‘roid is external push it back in.

    Please keep in mind that some people react to vitamin E on the skin by developing a rash. Test elsewhere first.

    As a colon hydrotherapist and sufferer with hemorrhoids, I’ve learned that toxicity in the body will cause them to bleed and/or itch ferociously. A short enema can relieve it quickly as well as a good detoxifier from the health food store. Keeping the body chemically alkaline also helps keep the itching at bay.

    I tried milk thistle and found it got rid of my hemorrhoids as well as improving my leg varicose veins

    Like one of your readers already mentioned, a bidet solved the problem for me. Rather than wiping, just a steady stream of water for 30 seconds from the bidet, and then a gentle blotting with TP, gradually eliminated the itching and pain. There are attachable bidets that can be purchased online and attached to your toilet. When away from home, I use hemorrhoidal medicated wipes.

    This is a humorous story that I in no way recommend. I didn’t read all the comments but I’m sure this one isn’t one of them. When I was a teenager (in the 1960’s) we lived out the country on a farm and had lots of home remedies for various ailments. I had developed a bad case of hemorrhoids (my first case actually), and it was bothering me something awful. My Grandfather took a shotgun shell, cut it open, and dumped out all the gunpowder. He then mixed it with lard (grease from pig fat that they put into practically everything they cooked) and told me to apply it as needed. I can’t say that his cure worked but the hemorrhoids did go away.

    I’ve had stage 4 hemorrhoids for many years. Even doctors have gasped when they examined me. During a particularly bad bout a few years ago, I used OTC pain relieving antibiotic cream (not ointment), along with my regular OTC cortisone cream. I use a finger cot to apply this. (I push it up inside just a bit.) Then I get off my feet for a little while. Voila!!! The pain starts to subside, and within a couple of hours the bleeding has stopped. I’ve used this ever since, with a lot of success. I’ve learned to live with the darn things by using this combination. Hope it can help someone else.

    After a trip to Thailand, and Laos, i discovered the benefit of using a bidet. So there are 3 suggestions I have. 1. Be sure you are taking enough magnesium, to keep your stools from being hard. 2. Be sure to get your body into a squatting position when you defecate, which allows your anatomy to help you. 3. Use a stream of water after every bowel movement to keep that area clean.

    Mild to moderate hemorrhoids were a periodic problem. As a trial, I would wipe a light layer of Vaseline Intensive Care cream (with Aloe) on the external anus area, when they were a problem. Applied several times a day when very sore. Usually would reduce the problem to nothing in relatively short time (couple of days +/-).
    If the area could use some re-softening, I would again apply some cream (usually at weeks or months intervals. This has worked well for me for several years and bicycling 20 mile or more rides does not cause any problems. Hope it works for someone else!

    After trying many different products for hemorrhoids and accompanying itching, this is what works for me: Preparation H ointment, and suppositories, with Biodyne, (which I order from Canada), and Preparation H witch Hazel wipes,(wipes available in the USA). The PH with Biodyne, is no longer available in the USA, and the version available in the USA does not work for me.

    After trying a wide range of products, and being driven to distraction by my symptoms, I had nearly immediate relief with the PH products with Biodyne I ordered from CanOutlet in Canada, and now have nearly 100% relief, which I can live with! They ship quickly and I have re-ordered. I strongly recommend you locate a Canadian seller if you are in the USA, and try these products.

    I have been experiencing throbbing hemorrhoids lately and am so happy that I found your site. I had just bought a new bottle of honey, so decided to give that a try. Within an hour the pulsating feeling subsided to almost nothing. I put a little bit of honey onto a piece of tissue and dipped a q tip 2/3 times and applied to the area. I haven’t visited the bathroom since, so it’s hard to say what the aftermath would feel like. But so far so good. I plan to reapply in a few hours.

    Thanks for all your good advice here. Some I agree with and some I don’t. It was great to learn that Prep H changed its regular cream formula, which maybe is why it doesn’t work for me at all! Although I think their Cooling Gel ointment is a godsend. Anyway, after 25 years of battling hemorrhoids, I’ve figured out a few things, too, and now I get a flare up maybe once a year, if that. Which is so much better than every other month like it used to be. So awful. Here’s my write up with all the things I’ve learned:

    Just want thank God for using this website provide a solution to the embarrassing condition of harm hemorrhoids which I was suffering. My solution came through Elene Steward Victoria’s contribution of June 3rd 2016 where she recommended Honey. Of all the others recommended, This was the easy item I could afford and besides, I was motivated by the fact that she received the idea after prayers. Today is around the 7th day I am applying the honey on the haemorhoids and the healing is tremendous. Please your contribution is saving a life some where. Thanks.

    I used proctosedyl made by sanofi. It greatly helps in the remedy of my hemorrhoids! I don’t know if they are selling this in the states.
    I use preparation H too..although I prefer using proctosedyl.

    After my oldest Girl I thought I had an entire grape tree trying to grow out my butt, to me it was much worse than childbirth. The Dr office had me send hubby to the pharmacy for a SitZ bath(gadget to putunder of the seat toilet and turn warm water with a little rolly thing like and IV to gently clean and almost “massage that area’ , I was wonderful.

    Then he got extra strength Lidocaine, He would help me out put me dry, but it on to make sure they were all covered, and also GET a Hemorrhoid Circle to sit on, or lots of super soft pillows and move your position at least every 2 hrs. Before you know it you will notice the swelling is going down and also take stool softners, I took 2 morning and night till all this craziness passed. Hope this helped.

    I Know it sounds off the wall but hey it was My But and it is a “exit only ” and she was in trama after all of that pushing and such to et Our little one to get her to make her way into the world to us,

    What works for me, with immediate effect is, a generous application of anti-bacteria mouthwash, any that contain chlorhexidine gluconate,are suitable, applied to the effected area, relieves pain instantly!!

    I have no insurance (and no money), so seeing a doctor was not an option for me. Through months of torture with external hemorrhoids, I finally came up with my own cure. It really works and you need to try this.

    First, take a laxative if constipation is the reason, then mix extra strength preparation H with 3 parts witch hazel and store in a small sealed container. (I used a fast food ketchup cup with lid). Clean the area well (especially after a bowel movement), and apply, and within 24 (48 max) hours relief is 100%.

    However, I still had problems with constipation no matter how much water, fruit etc. I ate, which reactivated the hemorrhoids. I FINALLY found through research that the lack of magnesium causes constipation, so I continued with laxatives, but took 250 mg of magnesium every day. Within 3 to 4 weeks the constipation completely left and I am now free of constipation.

    I still use the preparation H remedy every so often because they get slightly irritated, but now all is well. So buy some laxatives, preation H, Witch hazel, and magnesium and if constipation caused you hemorrhoids, they will be cured.

    seems like anything works for some people, ice is the only thing that seem to do anything for me, all the creams etc are pretty much the same, might as well use anything. I would not recommend banding, agony and had to return to have one cut off the next day.

    Hi my mum had terrible hemorrhoids over 20 years ago, she was due to have surgery to remove them, but being a strong Christian she prayed. She heard avoice tell her to apply honey to them. She was totally healed! When she went back to her doctor he laughted at her, but upon examining her admitted thatbthe honey had worked. She has told everyone she knows who has them and many have been spared surgery. You have to apply it and then wait before showering. Do this a couple of times a day, they will shrink within 24-48 hours with relief from the first application.

    Does anyone know the name of a company where I can buy banana peel extract cream?

    Hello, I’m adding another tip, in addition to those in my earlier post, in which I recommended the Squatty Potty, horse chestnut cream, probiotics, Lactaid, digestive enzymes, petroleum jelly, and a low-carb diet. My additional tip is this: witch hazel is available in an alcohol-free form. I think this is much gentler than the witch hazel products which contain alcohol.

    Hello, I wanted to add some thoughts on the subjects of constipation and hemorrhoids. I’ve had both of these conditions. First, the Squatty Potty is a wonderful invention that helps a great deal with bowel movements. This device allows you to be in a squatting position. I’ve been using one for a few weeks now. Also, taking a good probiotic and a good digestive enzyme along with Lactaid when I eat dairy, has helped me a lot with constipation issues. Another thing to try is to apply a little petroleum jelly before having a bowel movement. This provides lubrication and can be very helpful. Also, horse chestnut cream applied to hemorrhoids can ease the pain and help shrink them. Finally I’m on a low-carb diet, and I think this helps keep things moving! Good luck, and I hope some of these ideas help you.

    I simply reach for a jar of Vaseline and use the gel. I get instant relief and usually only one or two applications is necessary.

    Watch out for serious drug interactions with Preparation H!!! In January 2012, I was taking Metoprolol for PSVT. During that time I developed hemorrhoids and used Preparation H as directed.

    I had used Prep H in the past with no problems, so I didn’t think to read the warning about interactions with beta blockers. About 2:00 a.m. the second day I got up to use the bathroom and fainted. (I don’t think I’d ever fainted before in my life.) My face hit the counter top as I fell and I suffered severe damage to my face and teeth.

    After I regained consciousness and went back to bed I convulsed and shivered for an hour. I have low blood pressure to start with and that, with the combination of the beta blocker and the phenylephrine in Preparation H, caused a life threatening reaction. The cautionary statement is obscure and people who have used the product without problems are unlikely to look for them.

    Phenylephrine does interact with beta blockers, although what is usually reported is higher blood pressure. It sounds like yours might have dropped.

    Acupunture takes pain away and shrinks hemmoroids after one visit. gone after two visits. Amazing

    I don’t use toilet paper. I sit on the edge of the tub and use the shower sprayer to clean myself. This helps a lot. Of course, the cord on the shower sprayer must be long enough to do this.

    I’ve used a bidet for nearly 10 years and have absolutely no more problem with hemorrhoids. My husband was suspicious of it at first, but after he tried it he ordered another one for our second bathroom. How can you expect hemorrhoids to heal if you don’t keep the area clean? As we’ve got older our bidets have been a godsend. Some even have a “strong” jet setting for an enema which is wonderful when you need a laxative.

    In 1974 I had internal hemorrhoids that were so painful I could not get out of bed except to go to the doctor. He said there was nothing he could do as they were deep inside and to stay in bed laying down to keep the pain at a minimum. After 2 weeks I decided to use my parents DMSO (Dimethyl sulfoxide) which we used on our race horses to reduce inflammation in their legs. I figured that the hemorrhoids were inflamed, so I applied the liquid to the outside of my anus twice. The DMSO caused some itching, but my hemorrhoids were gone in 2 days. Completely gone in 2 days. I also used the DMSO on a severely sprained ankle and it reduced the inflammation so much that I could walk without pain after applying it twice a day for two days. I have read that DMSO is much stronger than cortisone in reducing inflammation. I am a believer.

    Aloa Vera Gel has worked for me.

    We use an OTC product called Calmoseptine Ointment recommended by the surgeon after colon surgery. It has Menthol and 21% Zinc Oxide. Very soothing. It is very thick. Available in drugstores usually near the adult diaper section but can be hard to find. May have to ask pharmacist to order it.

    I suffered with hemorrhoids for years, on three separate occasions needing to have them lanced. They would go and come, but they were a constant problem. One product changed everything. Vicks Vapor Rub ointment. I apply Vicks Vapor Rub to the anal area twice daily and this has completely taken care of all my hemorrhoid problems. I realize that the ointment is not recommended for mucous membrane areas, but it worked for me.

    A health show I watch suggested resveratrol for hemorrhoids and varicose veins. I started taking 250mg a day with no effect. While watching the show a few months later they said if you have bad varicose veins or hemorrhoids to take 500mg a day. After seven weeks, at the higher dose, my hemorrhoids were gone!!!!

    One of the ways to avoid strain while defecating is to elevate the feet. I place my feet on a bench about 8″ high. While it won’t eliminate the hemorrhoids, the practice keeps you from exacerbating the condition. Note that parents life a baby’s feet when the child needs to poop. What’s good for baby is also good for adults.

    I’ve been dealing with hemorrhoids for many decades. The best remedy is to keep the area clean using which hazel wipes and prep H cream. This works all the time.

    I have found that applying a good skin creme like Lubriderm to my hemorrhoids right after every movement has provided very good relief. This has worked for me for years.

    The Homeopathic remedy Calendula Gel (or ointment or cream, but I prefer the gel) is excellent for shrinking hemorrhoids – it is topical, cool, absorbs quickly and I think it does the job better than Witch Hazel pads or Preparation H.

    My bout with hemorrhoids was caused by impaction in the large intestine, with severe constipation. Should have gotten help at that time and did not. After that passed, I chose to have a hemorrhoidectomy and leaned my lesson about diet: an adequate fiber and water. Having an overly dry bowel movement tells me I’m not maintaining that healthy diet and to do something about it.

    I have painful hemorrhoids once in a while. When I feel the pain I take a Tablespoon full of Molasses (don’t have a source of Blackstrap so I take
    “Grandma’s”). I get relief within a day but I take the Molasses for a second day after the pain goes away. Maybe the pain “cure” is all in my head but it relieves the pain in my butt.

    For years I suffered with piles. On holiday once they were that bad l had to just walk around with a skirt on. I did not know what to do so I got some toilet paper and covered the piles. I have never looked back and every time I go to the toilet l do the same thing for about an hour. That was about the 40 years ago. It’s free try it.

    I had dreadful pain with haemorrhoids and my uncle came up with the solution, raw potatoes! You peel, chop and blitz the potatoe till it forms a paste. You put this on at night and need to use a panti towel to contain the mess. Try it for a week and say goodbye to your haemhorroids

    I tried everything … garlic, banana extract, witch hazel, Anusol, Vicks vapor rub. Nothing worked. Blackstrap Molasses was the biggest disappointment. The witch hazel was soothing at times, but
    It wasn’t until I started taking fibre supplements (6 times a day as instructed) and applying ice regularly to the area (5 times a day) that I started seeing an improvement.

    Vicks Vapour Rub works great to relieve the pain.
    It has a cooling effect and it works!

    I had a bad case a few years ago. I read online to try menthalatum rub. It worked like a charm!! Now everytime I get the slightest outbreak, I just rub a little on and no problems!!

    I’m cured! I have had problems back there all my life. Once every couple months I’d flare up. Not one flare up in 3 years. The answer is a Bidet. Got my first one from Lowes, the go bidet $99 attaches to any toilet. Real easy to install. Now I power wash my ass and paper towel dry. No toilet paper no wiping. that last one I got for my spare bathroom was 30 dollars from d I didnot care for the Squatty potty but they also sold bidets online.
    So why am I here if I have no problems. This worked so well for me I want to help other people in pain out. Check it out it really works

    Yes u a right, this method works very nice. I have had serious problem of painful piles. Even I was afraid of passing stool. Then I used different methods to reduce pain. But failed. Then I made a nozzle myself. And used it. It is just like flushing your ass before and after passing stool. It is very easy and very effective. Try this and remember me in your prayers.

    I was travelling g recently and had access to a bidet for a few weeks. It made a huge difference. I have a removable shower nozzle at home now that I use twice a day to ‘power wash’. Amazing improvement.

    i have found almond oil to be useful in case of inflammation. if it really burns down there due to piles apply some almond oil….. i have used it myself quite a few times after going to the loo and it helps to some extent. but i have internal piles. dun know if it will work out for external or not.

    Did the banana peel thing…it worked. ..

    My doc prescribes Anusol suppositories. I think they are more effective than Prep H,
    but you need a prescription. In any case, if anyone has suffered with this embarrassing
    problem, and the discomfort, bring on the banana peel. Anything that will help this quite literally, pain, is worth a try. Carol R.

    How long do you boil the rutabaga? and how do you make a poultice using rutabaga?

    I got my first one when I was 35. It was so uncomfortable and painful I could barely get in and out of my car. After trying every otc remedy I could find ( and wasting several vacation days ) I went online. I’ll admit some home remedies sounded ridiculous but at this point I had nothing to lose. The most immediate and effective treatment for me was this combination … take a Tuck’s pad and coat it with Vick’s vapor rub and then dip it in a jar of minced garlic and apply to area. This was the only thing to bring relief for me!

    I read about using moist wipes (with no alcohol and no scent added) instead of dry toilet paper, after defecating to reduce the pain and burning of hemorrhoids. I also used preparation H after each bowel movement. After about 3 days my symptoms were almost completely gone.

    My husband was considering surgery. We started taking about 2 Tablespoons of raw ground flax seed a day in juice or cereal daily. He no longer has problems unless he has not been taking the flax seed.

    My hemorrhoids had mostly cleared up, but would occasionally become very painful, enough to wake me up in the middle of the night. After reading about the Squatty Potty, I started keeping a small stool in the bathroom to raise my feet. Even with soft stools, this natural position puts less anorectal strain on our bodies.

    I don’t have a “cure”, but if my hemorrhoids flare up, I find sitting on a heating pad on the lowest setting for a few minutes relieves all the pain. It doesn’t make sense to me, but it works and is less “messy” than other treatments I’ve tried.

    After a burst hemorrhoid I didn’t want that pain again, i read a sliver of garlic used as a suppository shrunk the swelling & it did work. I then used soft gel garlic capsules which are great , the relief when they melt is awesome . I hope this helps someone. Garlic is a great healer .

    I heard about Black Strap Molasses and suggested my husband try it. It’s a miracle for him, as long as he takes it twice a day. He’s now used it for years with great success.

    I used Preparation H prior to a doctor’s exam and had a high blood pressure reading. I read your earlier article about the effect of Preparation H on blood pressure and switched to Witch Hazel with good success.

    After years of hemorrhoid suffering, I have found 2 things helpful. I routinely clean with witch hazel after wiping with TP. A big enough square of a quality paper towel works much better than TP with witch hazel. This is followed by applying a dab of desitin( or any generic containing zinc oxide) mixed with Vit D ointment. Desitin ointment alone is too pasty. This takes care of the inevitable irritation or itch which will come when I don’t do this. I have also learned, with great predictability, a flare up will follow as soon as I let up on sufficient roughage in my diet.
    Two more thoughts. Prep H did not work for me. It brought on itch. Sitsbaths have been effective in giving me relief and the start of healing when I have had my worst flareups, and when nothing seemed to give lasting relief. Thankfully, I rarely need them anymore.

    I have been using a good hand creme/moisturizer on my hemerhoids(hr) for several years after each movement. This has been a great solution for me. The hand creme seems to keep the hr from getting dry and aggravated. This has worked much better for me than any of the drug store products like PrepH.

    Tried witch hazel, Prep H, and decided to try organic raw honey – don’t need much, apply it directly to the affected area, place a piece of gauze over it and replenish as needed; it does take away the itch , pain, and swelling.

    Just go plant based whole foods, you will live to a 100 with no hemorrhoids or any other ailment

    Please trust me when I say that I have struggled with hemmis since childbirth. I have tried tons of things but Vicks Vaporub is my new best friend. It works better in my opinion than suppositories but I occasionally use anucort prescription suppositories with Vicks. When all else fails roll up about 10 witch hazel wipes one at a time then put them in freezer. Put up against butt for about 10 min. Do Vicks at night. Works wonders!!!

    I stumbled on a cure. I put mycatracin on everything my mom was a nurse. The pain! Omg. So after every movement for maybe 5 to 7 days I showered and put a bit on my finger and on the bung. I think it changes the strength or makeup of the skin there because maybe 5 to a week later I was dreading the ordeal when bam a toilet full of blood and guts. No pain, no problems since. I continued the application but withoutany pressure eeverything healed. I never thought about this till recently 3 years later. Will it work for you? The pressure on the skin must be tremendous and if something broke open it healed. I sstopped the micatracyn after the second week. It wasa miracle aandiI hope it works for ypu!!! Thanks god.

    Where do you get Micatracyn?

    I had terrible pain, i have found the easy an best cure, it is VItamin C and Aloe Vera gel.
    Take vitamin C everyday (1000mg) and eat a bit of aloe vera gel (inner gel) it tastes nasty but so much worth as it cure almost immediately.

    What do you think about THD Surgery?
    I’m taking into consideration this option in order to solve my problem with hemorrhoids

    I want help, I have my hemorrhoids and I thought it’s gone but every time I have a bm it really hurts… and I don’t know what to do. So what should I do to make it stop hurting cause I tried everything like warm bath and I even use the witch hazel wiipe and the gel ointment and it still hurts what shouild I do please help me.

    My son had a hemorrhoidectomy. I don’t know all the details as far as internal, or external…he’s somewhat embarrassed to talk to me about it in detail. I’m assuming external. It has been 2 years and he still has not healed. He is still in a lot of pain. His doctor kept telling him to give it more time. He has now had 2nd & 3rd opinions, and has seen a couple of very good plastic surgeons. They tried doing skin grafts I believe, and that did not work. They are now saying they cannot help him any further, I believe he said that they cut him too deep. He had a pain management doctor, who kept refusing to give him anything strong enough to help. The idiot PM doctor finally gave him oxycodone, but refuses to increase his dose even though he has been on it for 1 1/2 yrs.
    So, needless to say, my son has been through hell and doesn’t know what to do. His career has gone down the drain (special education teacher), and he can’t just live on pain pills for the rest of his life (he’s only 29). He is looking for a malpractice attorney, but most of them turned him down because of how long ago this happened. They all tell him Good Luck, and hurry up because you are close to the deadline to sue the doctor. The doctor is who kept telling him to wait it out!
    Anyhow, does anyone have any suggestions??? Ideas as to how to get this to heal? Holistic solutions for healing or Pain relief suggestions? Referrals for malpractice attorneys in Michigan that will take a tough case? Help!

    You said eat grains. I want to know if I eat sunflowers seeds can it give fibers.

    Okay, I couldn’t stop the bleeding and I tried zinc oxide, witch hazel, OTC’s. Those things helped with the itching, but I had the bleeding for a good week and a half. SO I bought blackstrap molasses. I took a couple teaspoons (it tastes ok to me, tho most people mix it with water.) It stopped later that day and has not returned in these last 5 days! I took about 2 teaspoons to a tablespoon a day, twice a day just to be sure. I haven’t taken it today, and it hasn’t come back. I swear by it now, but have no idea why it works–but it DOES!!

    I started to feel my hemorrhoids when I was 21 and until now still here on my anus. I have external hemorrhoids and I’m afraid of having surgery so I keep searching if there is an option for me to cure my hemorrhoids without doing any surgical thing. I’m scared of cutting. It’s been 12 years now I’m with my hemorrhoids. Sometimes it hurts sometimes not. I tried many things the one read here in this site but still hemorrhoids won’t remove. What’s the best thing to do with it? Any answer from here.

    They won’t go away, but making sure that your stool is soft (a high-fiber diet and plenty of liquids) and that you clean yourself with soap and water or an astringent like witch hazel after each bowel movement can reduce the likelihood that they will trouble you. If they continue to cause trouble, ask a doctor about a rubber-band procedure, a nonsurgical technique for removing them.

    I was looking forward too,to be pregnant one day.but I’m wondering if I can be pregnant if I have my external hemorrhoids?

    help me I can’t stop the itch

    easy solution is

    VItamin C and Aloe Vera gel.
    Take vitamin C everyday (1000mg) and eat a bit of aloe vera gel (inner gel) it tastes nasty but so much worth as it cure almost immediately.

    B 6. For some reason people lacking this have hemorrhoids. I found out online, started taking it and have relief. I should take it every day, but I’m not consistent with that. But if I have an exacerbation, vitamin B 6. Make sure you buy 6 by itself to get a higher concentration than a B complex. You’ll see when you compare the amount on the back of the bottle. I know people already said Vicks. I like that too…

    I believe the vitamin B6 theory, because that is what is in black strap molasses, and apparently why it works. And it really does.

    Do not eat any types of pepper or ginger or chilly , anything that is spicy may cause hemorrhoids after bowel movement…

    The best home remedy to heal, you may choose to drink apple cider vinegar ( organic ) with the mother, take 2-3 tbsp on a glass of water with/without honey, do it twice in the morning and in the evening…

    Other remedy to avoid hemorrhoids from coming back is to eat fruit cocktail, because fruit cocktail is a combinations of many fruits and it has lots of fibers that help you not to comeback the hemorrhoids and the pain after bowel movement…

    It also helps eating raisins, drink green barley juice. As a tip of advice, as you experiencing farting and feel itchiness on your anal part, that means your hemorrhoids is about to heal…

    For heaven’s sake: eat whole grains, drink plenty of fluid and eat a handful of raisins or other dried fruit every day and you won’t have hemorrhoids!
    Poultices, ice and cold, salves and ointments merely address the painful result of poor eating habits. Eat to get plenty of roughage, dried fruits for the nutritive and laxative effect, and good hydration is what the human digestive system need to work properly.

    I’m pretty sure your argument is pretty thin. On my part, I don’t have them due to constipation. I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and loose stools are what cause my hemorrhoids. Too much fiber messes up my whole system. So thanks for your comments, but they definitely are short-sighted and obviously apply to you, but not everyone suffering from this condition.

    Yor response is insensitive. For some people it is just not that easy. I eat as you suggest every day, plus prunes and prune juice and molasses. I’ve also had the surgery. Still have hemorrhoids.

    I suffered from dreadful piles after childbirth and potatoes worked wonders for me. You peel and chop up raw potatoes very finely and hold them in place over the piles by an old fashioned sanitary towel at night. My piles cleared up in a week even though I was scheduled for full surgical removal they were so bad.

    I could not agree more…I have had all the treatments…nothing worked…banding, suppositories store bought kind, fibre drinks, everything….. then I heard about potatos… and the thing is I make a suppository the size of baby finger… it stopped my bleeding piles in their tracks… shrunk them… made me have delightful poos and I suffer no more… if I even feel them… the treatment solves it right away.

    Well I use a combination of RX first (hydrocortisone suppositories-) Insert 1 twice a day for 3 to 7 days-depending on how long the inflammation lasts-baking soda sits baths are soothing-lukewarm water-3 tbsp baking soda) THEN AFTER Petersons ointment which is an old fashioned NO RX needed remedy-usually you have to ask for it at the RX counter even though no RX is needed-works for me.

    Peterson’s Ointment, like Vicks VapoRub, contains camphor, so it is only appropriate for external use.

    Vicks VapoRub is my family’s best remedy for hemorrhoids. You simply put some Vicks on the hemorrhoid (for internal hemorrhoids, insert a little with your finger tip) after each bowel movement, or whenever you need it. The hemorrhoid disappears in 1 to 2 days.

    We’ve heard of this remedy before, but it may not be for everyone

    when I was pregnant with my daughter and suffering from hemorrhoids, I made a poultice of crushed onion. I used a small square of nylon pantyhose to hold the onion, with the sides pulled together with a small rubberband. It gave me the relief I was needing!

    I developed inside & outside hemorrhoids while attending a Catholic girls’ high school.
    The nuns allowed only 3 minutes between classes. About 10 years later, I began
    drinking at least 8 glasses of water most days. Plus I take one 500-mg. tablet
    of Rutin each night before bed. Tronolane ointment works the best for me,
    no aroma, helps the swelling. Wet baby wipes after using the toilet as needed soothes the area.
    I do not lift anything heavy for long periods of time.

    Gently rub coconut oil over entire anal area. Use whenever you wish. It is harmless
    and soothing

    My husband has had internal and external hemorrhoids for years. The external one gave him the most trouble. We bought a bidet for use after a bowel movement and that has really helped. He no longer is considering surgery to remove it.

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