The Unexamined Life

Hemorrhoids Cure: Best Natural Remedies To Heal Irritated Anus

Over 20 million people in the United States suffer from hemorrhoids. Over half of those reach the advanced stage that results in serious medical conditions.

Hemorrhoids are basically bumps that form in the anus or at the end of the rectum. Inflammation of the hemorrhoids is accompanied by itching, mucus discharge or bleeding, which could disrupt bowel movement, as per the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The common causes of the condition include obesity, regularly lifting heavy objects, aging, heredity, pregnancy and giving birth, diarrhea, taking too long while defecating or an underlying bowel disorder.

According to WebMD, people who suffer the condition are at higher risk of portal hypertension. This happens when there is high blood pressure in the portal venous system that is connected to the pancreas, spleen and intestines.

While some opt for surgery, there are actually natural ways that can remedy hemorrhoids. Below are some of the best natural remedies you can try if you are struggling with the condition.

High-Fiber Diet

According to Dr. Axe, to prevent the accumulation of hard stool and constipation, one must follow a healthy diet that is rich in high-fiber foods. The daily recommended intake should be 30 to 35 grams of fiber per day. Healthy food choices for this type of diet are avocado, berries, figs, squash, beans, Brussels sprouts, lentils, quinoa and chia seeds. A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine claimed that those who follow this regimen alleviated the symptoms of hemorrhoids such as bleeding by 50 percent.


Drinking sufficient amounts of water also prevents constipation as per a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This allows the required fiber to travel smoothly through the digestive system. The recommended dose is drinking at least one glass per meal and or snack every day.

Avoid Spicy Food and Alcohol

Alcohol dehydrates the body which adversely affects the digestive system. This may worsen the hemorrhoid symptoms. Similarly, eating spicy food also leads to the same problem.

Avoid Straining

Straining when pooping is one of the causes of hemorrhoids. If you are constipated, forcing your feces out may be painful, but it would be more uncomfortable if you develop inflamed hemorrhoids. Therefore, whenever you feel the urge to use the bathroom, do not delay. Otherwise, your stool will harden which results in straining.


According to Healthline, butcher’s broom  supplements reduce swelling and inflammation. A study claimed that this treated chronic venous insufficiency, which causes blood clots similar to inflamed hemorrhoids.