Hemorroids occur when the veins around the anus become swollen when they are stretched under pressure.
They are the most common cause of blood in the digestive tract. They are not dangerous, but can be very painful.
Hemorrhoid symptoms include pain, itching, burning in the anal area. Blue or purple patches of hard skin are also symptoms, as well as lumpy tissue protruding from the anus.
Bleeding from the anus can range from a small amount when wiping to excessive bleeding showing up in the stool.It can also include incomplete bowel movements.
Causes of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are caused by pressure in the rectal veins. This can come from sitting for long periods, standing upright for too long, diarrhea, constipation and from straining while going to the bathroom.
Pregnancy and childbirth can also be causes of hemorrhoids. Lifting heavy objects, obesity, food allergies, poor anal hygiene or hypothyroidism (insufficient production of thyroid hormones) are examples of other causes.
A high fiber diet is very important for hemorrhoid treatment. Make sure you incorporate the fiber changes very slowly or you will only put extra pressure on your digestive tract. Eat lots of whole grain, raw or lightly cooked fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds.
Add prunes or figs to your breakfast to speed up a sluggish intestine. Drink a glass of water
Flaxseed every day will encourage elimination. Vitamin K will stop or prevent bleeding. Vitamin E promotes circulation and prevents blood clots.
Natural supplements such as Venapro can be quite effective in treating reoccurring hemorrhoids as well as preventing future breakouts.
Collinsonia (stone root) reduces hemorrhoid swelling. Butchers broom contains ruscogenins that are believed to constrict and reduce inflammation of hemorrhoid tissue.
Various flavonoids, such as rutin and hesperidin, have been shown to effective in treating hemorrhoids. They reduce swelling and prevent bleeding.
Always consult your physician when health conditions arise.
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