Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swollen and inflamed blood vessels in the rectum or anus. They can be internal or external and may cause symptoms such as itching, pain, discomfort and bleeding during bowel movements. Haemorrhoids can result from increased pressure on the veins in the rectal area, often due to straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, obesity or a sedentary lifestyle.
Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that works on the principle of "like cures like." It uses highly diluted substances to stimulate the body's own healing mechanisms. Homeopathic remedies can be effective in addressing anxiety by addressing the underlying causes and promoting overall wellbeing.
Here are seven commonly used homeopathic remedies for haemorrhoids:
1. Aesculus hippocastanum (Aesc.)
A commonly used remedy for haemorrhoids with backache and a feeling of fullness in the rectum. The haemorrhoids may be large, swollen and painful and there may be a sensation of a lump or heaviness in the anus.
2. Hamamelis virginiana (Ham.)
This is indicated for haemorrhoids with bleeding. The bleeding may be dark and profuse and there may be a feeling of soreness or rawness in the rectum. Hamamelis is particularly helpful when the bleeding is passive and not due to straining. Read more...
3. Nux vomica (Nux-v.)
Recommended for haemorrhoids caused by a sedentary lifestyle, irregular eating habits and excessive consumption of stimulants like coffee or alcohol. The haemorrhoids may be painful, itchy and associated with a constant urge to have a bowel movement. Read more...
4. Sulphur (Sulph.)
A remedy suitable for haemorrhoids with itching, burning and a sensation of heat in the anus. The haemorrhoids may be large, painful and bleed easily. The person may experience aggravation of symptoms from heat and may have a tendency towards constipation. Read more...
5. Collinsonia canadensis (Collin.)
Often prescribed for haemorrhoids with constipation. The stools may be dry and hard and there may be a sensation of fullness or constriction in the rectum. The person may experience itching and pain during and after bowel movements.
6. Paeonia officinalis (Paeon.)
Indicated for haemorrhoids with burning pain, especially after passing a stool. There may be a feeling of rawness, itching and stitching pain in the anus. Paeonia is also useful for anal fissures associated with haemorrhoids.
7. Muriaticum acidum (Mur-ac.)
Recommended for haemorrhoids with a sensation of rawness, soreness and a tendency to prolapse. The haemorrhoids may be accompanied by a dragging or heavy sensation in the rectum.
Other natural ways to help haemorrhoids heal:
1. Fibre-rich diet: Consume a diet high in fibre to soften the stools and promote regular bowel movements. Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes in your diet.
2. Hydration: Drink an adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration and maintain soft stools.
3. Sitz baths: Take warm sitz baths for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day to alleviate pain, itching and inflammation. Adding Epsom salt or witch hazel to the bathwater can provide additional relief
4. Topical remedies: Apply natural remedies such as aloe vera gel, witch hazel extract or coconut oil to the affected area to soothe inflammation and reduce discomfort.
5. Exercise: Engage in regular physical activity to improve circulation, prevent constipation and promote overall bowel health.
6. Avoid straining: Avoid straining during bowel movements by not delaying the urge to go to the toilet and using proper posture on the toilet seat.
7. Proper hygiene: Clean the anal area gently with mild, unscented soap and water after bowel movements. Avoid using harsh toilet paper.
Remember, it's important to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and individualised treatment plan for haemorrhoids. They can provide appropriate guidance and advice based on your specific condition.
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