||Hemorrhoids Treatment Review
There are a variety of treatment options for hemorrhoids, including
temporary reliefs, surgeries, and herbal treatments. Which one is
right for you? Read on:
For some people with mild hemorrhoid symptoms, temporary relief
is enough. These can be achieved by:
||Taking a sitz bath
Sitz bath is a bath of plain warm water, either in the bathtub
or in a special basin that can be placed on top of the toilet.
Soaking in warm water for 10 minutes or so can relieve the
swelling and pain of hemorrhoids, especially for prolapsed
Using soft or moist wipes
Instead of wiping with dry toilet paper, which can irritate
external hemorrhoids, try using moistened wipes or rinsing
with water after bowel movement. Some commercially available
medicated pads also contain witch hazel, a natural astringent
that can help reduce swelling and alleviate the pain.
Using over the counter analgesic
creams or suppositories
Topical hemorrhoids creams (or suppositories) are basically
lubricants to ease friction and irritation. Some have added
ingredients of analgesics that deaden pain nerves, to give
a more potent temporary relief. These analgesics include benzocaine,
lidocaine, or other "-caine" derivatives. Some topical
creams also contain astringents to reduce swelling.
A word of caution, some people are allergic to these analgesics
and astringents, which may make their hemorrhoids condition
Medicated creams, available only with prescriptions through
your doctor, usually contain steroids to control inflammation.
Severe hemorrhoids usually require medical surgeries. Medical treatment
of hemorrhoids encompass many forms, including:
This minor surgery is usually done in an out-patient setting
in your doctor's office. It is usually performed with local
anasthesia on painful thrombosed hemorrhoids, where a blood
clot develops in an external hemorrhoids.
In this procedure, your doctor would apply local anasthetics,
cut the skin, lift out the clot, and then apply dressing to
the wound. Although there may be lingering tenderness while
the wound heals, the main source of pain (the clot) is gone.
Blood clots usually resolve themselves, so the choice of having
them removed is largely a matter of whether or not you want
to suffer the pain. Your doctor may even suggest that you
leave the blood clot alone without surgery.
Rubber Band Ligation
Ligation or binding with rubber band is the medical treatment
of choice for bleeding or prolapsed internal hemorrhoids.
It can usually be done quickly in the doctor's office with
no special preparation.
Here, the hemorrhoid is held with a forcep and rubber bands
are slipped onto it, thus cutting off its blood supply. The
hemorrhoids will shrivel and die in a couple of days to a
week. Afterwards, the dead tissue and the rubber band will
fall off with bowel movement.
For multiple hemorrhoids, the practice is to tie off only
one at a time, with separate hemorrhoids treated about one
Although not usually painful (not many pain nerve endings
in the anal canal), it is recommended that the patient drinks
plenty of water, eat a high-fiber diet, and/or take stool
softeners to ease bowel movement. Nevertheless, some people
experience discomfort after the procedure.
In some rare instances, a small group of people experience
clotting of an external hemorrhoids as the result of rubber
banding an internal one, or have bleeding complications.
A popular method twenty years ago, cryosurgery has fallen
out of favor because of the pain and possible complication
Here, internal and external hemorrhoids are frozen and destroyed
by a cryoprobe, which uses nitrous oxide or liquid nitrogen
as freezing agents. The liquid nitrogen circulates through
a system of tubes and cools the tip of the cryoprobe to freezing
The hemorrhoids can either be directly frozen or be ligated
first. In either case, local anasthesia is usually used to
deaden the pain.
Cryosurgery can be more painful than other medical surgeries.
Furthermore, the open wound can become infected and for as
long as a couple of weeks after surgery, patients can have
abnormal rectal discharge or foul odor which may require the
use of absorbent pads.
Sclerotherapy or Injection
In sclerotherapy, a sclerosing or hardening agent is injected
into the base of a smaller bleeding internal hemorrhoids to
cut blood circulation to the rest of the veins. It is often
the preferred method of treatment for older patients, whose
veins are more fragile.
The sclerosing agent is basically a scar-producing chemical
solution that causes hemorrhoids to shrivel up.
In contrast to rubber banding, sclerotherapy can be applied
to multiple areas at once. However, it is not as effective
as rubber band ligation on larger hemorrhoids. Also, in very
rare situation, sclerosed hemorrhoids can develop abscesses
or other complications.
Infrared and BICAP Coagulations
In these procedures, infrared light and electric current
are used to cauterize or burn off smaller hemorrhoids. However,
because they are new and some patients feel pain due to the
heat involved, these coagulation procedures are not yet popular.
A true surgical procedure, hemorrhoidectomy is usually reserved
for severe cases of hemorrhoids. It is recommended for an
internal hemorrhoid that is unusually large and troublesome,
or for an external one that is large, very painful, or causes
Surgical hemorrhoidectomy can be done by using scalpels or
lasers. It requires anasthetic and hospitalization. Here,
surgeons cut off the hemorrhoids and close the cut with stitches.
Usually, a small anal pad is placed on the anus to absorb
drainage. Post-surgery recovery period usually last three
to ten days in the hospital and one to four weeks at home.
Although rare, complications from hemorrhoidectomy can include
severe pain, inability to defecate, heavy bleeding, narrowing
of the anal canal (called stricture), cleaving of the anal
canal (called fissure formation), and scarring. If improperly
done, surgeries can destroy essential nerve endings, which
leave patients with the inability to tell flatulence apart
from the urge to eliminate.
Because of these considerations and the availability of other
forms of treatments, including the use of traditional herbs
outlined below, only a very small percentage of hemorrhoids
( less than 1%) are actually treated by surgery.
Hemorrhoids Treatment with Natural
For a majority of hemorrhoid sufferers, self treatment can also
include the use of herbal supplements to alleviate the symptoms
Three herbal ingredients have been shown to be beneficial:
Japanese Pagoda Tree (Sophora
extracts of the Japanese pagoda tree has been shown to be
effective in the strengthening of vein walls, normalization
of the permeability of veins and capillaries, and maintenance
of good vein health.
Clinical studies on purified Japanese pagoda tree extracts
have shown that a significant majority of people taking it
experience relief from the pain, itching, and discomfort of
In these studies, 96% of men and women with mild to severe
cases of hemorrhoids had relief from bleeding, 88% had a significant
reduction of remitted discharge, 95% had relief from inflammation,
and 90% had relief from itching. Overall, 94%
of subjects taking Japanese pagoda tree extracts were symptom-free
or had significantly better hemorrhoids condition compared
to ony 23% of those taking placebo.
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus
the 1800s, horse chestnut seed has been used to treat various
vein conditions, including hemorrhoids. It is actually commonly
prescribed in European doctors for hemorrhoid treatment.
Horse chestnut contains the active ingredient aescin, which
reduces inflammation, strengthens and tones vein walls. It is
thought that aescin accomplishes this by plugging up minute
leaks and holes in the veins and capillaries, and by promoting
vein elasticity. Horse chesnut has also been shown to improve
connective tissues and support microvascular circulation.
Grape Seed Extract
in antioxidants, grape seed extract helps protect vein cells
from the damage by free radicals. These damages lead to microtears
in the vein walls, thus contributing the symptoms of hemorrhoids.
In addition to its benefits in fighting free radicals, grape
seed extract also helps boost microcirculation and help maintain
A Note About Hemaron
Hemaron is a natural supplement containing generous amounts of high-grade
Japanese pagoda tree, Horse chestnut, and grape seed extracts. It
is scientifically formulated to alleviate the symptoms of hemorrhoids,
including the pain, itching, burning, and anal discomfort, as well
as reduce the swelling of hemorrhoids.
To learn more about Hemaron, please see:
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