Many herbs are helpful in curing and treating hemorrhoids. You don’t need to use all of the herbal remedies at the same time and you don’t have to continue using them after you have alleviated the pain and swelling of hemorrhoids.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel reduces pain almost immediately once you apply it topically to your hemorrhoids.
Aloe vera is noted as an anti-inflammatory and internally it can relieve constipation if taken internally as a juice.
Among its healing ingredients are amino acids, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E.
2. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) can alleviate hemorrhoidal itching if applied topically.
Usually it is dabbed on hemorrhoids with a cotton ball but you can also buy witch hazel sprays.
It also contains proanthocyanidins such as hamamelitannnin which are known to strengthen vein walls.
Witch hazel is known to be good for healing varicose veins. So witch hazel works externally as an itch-relieving astringent and internally as a vein strengthening agent.
3. Horse Chestnut
Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) has been used for centuries to treat vascular problems such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
The active ingredient, good for hemorrhoids, not only reduces inflammation, but also strengthens the vessel walls, makes the vessels more elastic and repairs leaks in the vessels.
This is not just a myth. There are scientific studies on horse chestnut to treat vascular diseases. It can easily be found to treat vascular diseases in Germany and Japan.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study in people with symptoms of hemorrhoids showed that horse chestnut helped reduce hemorrhoids pain, bleeding and swelling for a week and two weeks.
Barberry is a good blood purifier and it also helps with your digestive processes.
This means that barberry can help your hemorrhoids by improving your blood flow and by keeping your stools in an easier state to pass through your system.
Because of its ability to also stimulate the immune system and tone body tissues, it can help with cutting back on the bleeding that hemorrhoids can cause.
This is particularly true of internal hemorrhoids.
5. Psyllium Seed
Psyllium seed is commonly used in laxatives that rely on the bulk-forming approach to moving bowels.
This remedy has a centuries old history of helping with bowel related problems including hemorrhoids.
The primary factor is the dietary fiber in psyllium seeds and this comes as both insoluble and soluble fiber.
The soluble part is in the mucilage part of the seed. This is the part of the seed that really works with hemorrhoids.
It is important to drink plenty of water with psyllium because it bulks up so much when ingested.
The mucilage softens your stools and the bulk sweeps through your intestines. So the end result is a large soft stool.
It coats your bowel and reduces the swelling of hemorrhoids partly from the soothing ingredients and partly by helping you avoid straining your constipated stools against the delicate tissues of your anus.
6. Butcher’s Broom
Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) can be applied topically and internally.
It has been used for centuries as a cure for hemorrhoids and this works because butcher’s broom has anti-inflammatory and vein-contricting qualities in its ingredient ruscogen which is a steroidal saponin.
Studies have indicated that ruscogen does help in the treatment of hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
The only warning is that butcher’s broom is not good for people with high blood pressure, pregnant women, or people MAO inhibitor drugs.
7. St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) has a long history as a medicinal herb.
As an oil, it can sooth the inflammation and burning of hemorrhoids due to its its anti-inflammatory properties.
While St. John’s Wort is one of the most common herbal products in use, it is usually used for depression but it also has a great healing properties.
8. Comfrey Root Powder
Comfrey root powder is made from the roots and rootstalks of the Comfrey plant (symphytum officinale).
Comfrey contains potassium, calcium and vitamins A, B12, and C.
The healing properties of comfrey root powder come from allantoin which helps heal injuries and this includes the swelling and pain of hemorrhoids.
It has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is best used topically although traditionally comfrey tea was considered restorative. It can stir up liver toxins and this can be hard on your system
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) has numerous medicinal benefits from being a diuretic to removing toxins from your liver and kidneys to relieve constipation and therefore hemorrhoids.
It is quite easy to make dandelion tea – you can pick several dandelion flowers and steep them in a couple of cups hot water for 20 minutes.
One cup twice a day will help clean out your system. If you don’t live in an area where dandelions are plentiful, you can buy the herb in pill form.
10. Tea Tree
Tea tree oil is considered an amazing healing herb essence. It has a good reputation as a treatment for hemorrhoids.
You can apply the oil directly on your hemorrhoids a couple of times a day and you can also put 10-12 drops of tea tree oil in your warm bath and soak in it for 20 minutes.
Another soothing thing to do is mix two ounces of witch hazel with a tablespoon of tea tree oil and make a cold compress which you apply to your hemorrhoids for 10 minutes.
These herbal treatments have long histories and while they might have been in the shadow of prescription medicine for some time, especially during the 20th century, there is a renewed interest in herbal medicines and traditional healing methods. When modern science is applied to the old herbal remedies, often the results are extremely supportive of the value of these herbs.