By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 9 Comments
    What Will Ease Painful Hemorrhoids After Giving …

    Women have to make a lot of adjustments right after giving birth. Their bodies change dramatically in that process. While many of the alterations are nature's way of helping a mother nurture the infa…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2014 25 Comments
    Old-Fashioned Face Cream Soothes Itchy Bottom

    Q. I've been plagued with external hemorrhoids for years. They weren't particularly painful, but the itch was unbelievable and kept me awake at night. I tried every hemorrhoid cream on the market, si…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2014 82 Comments
    Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

    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. Bu…

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2014 13 Comments
    Are You Pooping the Wrong Way?

    For roughly a million years our ancestors performed natural bodily functions in a squatting position. It is only in recent times that toilets have become commonplace. The first patent for a flush toil…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2014 5 Comments
    Horse Chestnut Extract Helped Heal Hemorrhoids

    Q. 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 relief. When I Googled for an herb remedy, I found a suggest…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2013 0 Comments
    Help for Hemorrhoids

    Hemorrhoids, while rarely serious, are very common and can be quite unpleasant. We asked gastroenterologist Nicholas Shaheen, MD, Director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing and pro…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2012 98 Comments
    Is Vicks Dangerous Against Hemorrhoids?

    Q. I read a message on your website about someone who put Vicks VapoRub on his hemorrhoids. He complained that "Vicks on his hemorrhoids felt like napalm" and described the sensation as "spontaneous c…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2012 11 Comments
    Don’t Smear Molasses on Hemorrhoids!

    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…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2011 37 Comments
    Blackstrap Molasses Helps Hemorrhoids

    Q. I tried numerous OTC remedies to ease my inflamed hemorrhoids, to no avail. I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that surgery was the only answer left. I was in absolute misery until I fou…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2011 10 Comments
    Blackstrap Molasses Eased Hemorrhoids

    Q. I'm an avid reader of your column but I am skeptical about some of the suggested remedies such as a bar of soap for leg cramps. I see no rhyme or reason for it. One article intrigued me, though: us…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2010 16 Comments
    Blackstrap Molasses to Fight Hemorrhoids

    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 Proc…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2009 8 Comments
    Blackstrap Molasses Heals Hemorrhoids

    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 …

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2008 1 Comments
    Zinc Oxide for Hemorrhoid Relief

    Q. A reader recently reported using zinc oxide to treat hemorrhoid symptoms. I just wanted you to know that I have been using zinc oxide for this purpose for years. I thought no one else knew about it…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2008 6 Comments
    Zinc Oxide Cream for Hemorrhoids

    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 hel…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2008 36 Comments
    Banana Peel and Cabbage for Hemorrhoids

    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 food…

    By: Joe Graedon September 26, 2005 0 Comments
    Baby Wipes Do Double Duty For Hemorrhoids

    Q. From my first pregnancy until about ten years ago, I had two or three very painful attacks of hemorrhoids a year. I would have to go to bed for up to a week at a time. I haven't had a single attack…