Herbal teas are known for their ability to calm, relax, and relieve pain. You can take them to relieve pain and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids, just like you do when you are ill, nervous, or simply want some comfort food.
Inflammation caused by hemorrhoids is something you need to treat and relieve immediately. Failure to receive effective therapy at the appropriate time could worsen the problem.
Below, I will be discussing five (5) herbal teas for controlling hemorrhoids and how they can assist in alleviating the pain and discomfort that hemorrhoids cause.
But before that, I will like to discuss some terms before moving to the herbal tea, you can skip the preambles and move straight to the points.
What is a hemorrhoid?
Hemorrhoid, also known as piles, are engorged, swollen veins in your lower rectum and perianal area. It is often accompanied by itching, pain, discomfort when you sit, and sometimes, bleeding.
Hemorrhoids occur mostly in adults. They have different causes. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases states that, approximately half of the population will develop hemorrhoids, by the age of 50.
This graph shows the percentage of the senior population in Spain in 2020 who have hemorrhoids, broken down by age group. Hemorrhoids affected about 5.5 percent of Spain’s senior population aged 75 to 84 in that year.
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1. External hemorrhoid
which lies in the perianal area (the anus or the skin around it). External hemorrhoid gives symptoms such as itching around the anus, pain, discomfort, visible swelling around the anus and bleeding.
External hemorrhoid do prolapse, but in cases where there is no prolapse, it is not advisable to push it back in.
2. Internal hemorrhoid
This lies in the rectum. They are painless but in rare cases, they can be extremely painful due to the dilation or bulging of the vein around the anal area. If an internal hemorrhoid pushes down from the rectum and anus, it is said to be prolapsed. Most people push hemorrhoids back in as soon as it protrudes (i.e. a rectal prolapse).
Causes of hemorrhoid
During pregnancy, the baby grows in the uterus which is located between the bladder and the rectum. As the baby grows, the uterus gets enlarged pressing on the veins around the anus and rectum and as a result, the vein becomes inflamed.
Hemorrhoid can occur due to chronic cases of constipation due to straining of abdominal walls in order to pass stool.
This is a condition of frequent passing of watery stool. Hemorrhoid can also occur due to chronic cases of diarrhea.
4. Sitting for too long on the toilet
Sitting for too long, especially on the toilet or seat with no cushion. If you are the type that spends a long time sitting at a desk, you might be at a risk of having hemorrhoid.
People with low fiber intake and also people who doesn’t include much of fruits and vegetables in their diet might be at a high risk of having hemorrhoid.
6. Heavy lifting
7. Anal intercourse
8. Weight gain.
5 homemade teas that can relieve hemorrhoid symptoms
1. Pomegranate Tea
Pomegranate tea is made from pomegranate seeds which contain a lot of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
It aids in the reduction of inflammation in the digestive tract, as well as the removal of toxins that may aid in hemorrhoid.
- ½ cup of pomegranate seeds.
- 4 cups of water.
- Mint (optional).
Cooking time: 10 minutes.
- Crush the pomegranate seeds in a blender.
- Add the crushed pomegranate and water in a pot.
- Bring to a boil for 6 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and strain the tea.
- Garnish with mint leaves, if available.
2. Licorice Tea
Licorice is an anti-inflammatory agent that can aid with hemorrhoid inflammation and irritation.
- 1 cup of licorice root
- 1&1/2 inch of ginger, peeled and crushed
- Fennel seeds
- 5 cups of water
Cooking time: 20 minutes.
- Add all ingredients in a big pot.
- Bring to boil on low heat for 20 minutes.
- Drain and serve.
3. Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. In other words, they aid in the management of disorders that damage the blood vessels.
It aids in the control of bleeding in the case of hemorrhoids.
- 3 leaves of dried hibiscus flower
- ½ inch of ginger
- 2 Cloves
- 4 cups of water
- Honey (optional)
- Ice (optional)
Cooking time: 12-15 minutes.
- Add all ingredients into a big pot
- Bring to boil for about 15 minutes
- Drain and serve
- Drizzle a little bit of honey at a warm temperature
- You can also enjoy it as a cold tea, by adding ice cubes
4. Apple cider vinegar Tea
Apple cider vinegar is well known for its healing properties and a home remedy for all ailment.
It has an antibacterial properties which helps in the treatment of some skin disorders and also, helps to reduce inflammation.
- 3 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- Half lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves
- Cinnamon (optional)
Cooking time:12 minutes.
- Add green tea leaves, lemon juice and cinnamon to the water and bring to boil
- Drain and add apple cider vinegar and honey to taste
5. Aloe vera Tea
Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory property aids in the relief of hemorrhoids inflammation.
The gel can also be added directly to hemorrhoids.
Aloe vera is also known to relieve constipation which is one of the main causing factors of hemorrhoid.
- Aloe vera gel ( 2 table spoons)
- Half lemon, juiced
- 2 cups of water
- 1 inch ginger, sliced and crushed
- Honey (optional)
Cooking time:12 minutes.
- Add water to a pot and boil for 1 minute
- Add 2 table spoons of aloe vera gel, let it boil for 2 minutes on a low heat
- Add the crushed ginger and let it boil for 2 more minutes
- Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice
- Strain and serve
- You can choose to add honey but it is best enjoyed without any sweetener.
These herbal teas would not only aid with hemorrhoid symptoms, but they would also help with constipation and weight reduction, both of which are factors that contribute to hemorrhoids.
Get incredible results by combining these herbal recipes with a high fiber diet.
Foods that trigger hemorrhoids
If you are suffering from hemorrhoid, you need to switch to a high fiber diet and avoid foods that could worsen or trigger hemorrhoid. The foods include:
- Processed foods such as canned foods
- Fast foods
- Low fiber foods
What to eat to prevent hemorrhoid?
- Take lots of fruits and vegetables and high-fiber foods in order to soften your stool, which prevents straining when moving your stool.
- Take lots of water and fruit juices.
- Yoghurt is a healthy, well-balanced diet that can help relieve hemorrhoid symptoms, speed up healing, and help avoid recurrence.
- Take anti-inflammatory herbal teas; they would help in alleviating the pain and discomfort and also help in shrinking the swollen veins.
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Diagnosis for hemorrhoid
A visible examination of the anus is usually enough to diagnose hemorrhoid because, in most cases, there is a visible swelling around the anus. Other diagnosis include;
- Digital rectal exam.
“This page offers home remedies for hemorrhoids. However, these are only ideas and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice. Before attempting anything new, you must always consult your doctor. ”Home and Edibles
FAQs about Hemorrhoid
Can hemorrhoids get infected?
In rare cases, hemorrhoids get infected. Internal hemorrhoids are quite unlikely to get infected. A prolapsed internal hemorrhoid, on the other hand, is more likely to get infected.
If you experience an infected hemorrhoid, you are advice to seek medical attention.
Can there be a lot of bloods in hemorrhoids?
Bleeding is a common symptom of hemorrhoid, this is usually noticed when passing a particularly hard stool or when you wipe on a piece of toilet paper.
It is recommended to use moist wipe in the case of bleeding hemorrhoids.
Can hemorrhoid burst?
Yes. There is a thing called thrombosed hemorrhoid which is as a result of both external and internal hemorrhoid.
A blood clot inside the vein causes a thrombosed hemorrhoid. When this blood becomes too full, it may burst, causing significant irritation and pain.
When do I see a doctor?
If your symptoms last more than a week, you should consult a doctor. Aside from that, using a home remedy and over-the-counter treatments, hemorrhoids symptoms are naturally resolved in a week.
Is hemorrhoid hereditary?
Yes, hemorrhoid can be passed down in generations, which manifests at a young age or develops as they grow older.
If hemorrhoid runs in your family, you must act quickly to avoid it or alleviate the symptoms.
What stage of hemorrhoid do I have?
There are 4 stages of hemorrhoid, which I will review below:
- Stage 1: There might be bleeding, but no prolapse.
- Stage 2: There might be prolapse due to constipation and straining while passing stool, but they heal up in no time.
- Stage 3: There is a prolapse but it can be pushed back in. Swelling can also be reduced by cold compression.
- Stage 4: There is constant prolapse and it is too painful to push back in. Thrombotic hemorrhage is also a symptom of stage 4 hemorrhoid.
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