Millions of people all over the world suffer from piles, also known as hemorrhoids. The veins around the anal area are the ones affected because they are either swollen or ruptured. Also, a person will have bloody stools and will experience severe burning sensation and inflammation. Some patients will need surgery in order to remove these hemorrhoids that have made their lives a living hell. Fortunately, there is a natural hemorrhoid treatment that patients can resort to and save themselves the agony of going to the operating table or spending too much money on medications.

There are many causes of hemorrhoids that afflict seventy five million Americans and these are poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, straining of abdominal muscles, constipation, and pregnancy. To treat these painful hemorrhoids, many patients buy an assortment of creams and prescriptions to relieve themselves of the pain, but these only bring temporary relief. It is a good thing that there are alternative methods that can be found in people’s homes and they actually can treat these painful piles. Incidentally, hemorrhoids will last three to seven days and for mild ones, a natural hemorrhoid treatment will suffice. First in the list is a change of lifestyle wherein a person should not be a couch potato and he or she should engage in exercises to strengthen stomach muscles and prevent constipation.

Another natural hemorrhoid treatment is eating foods that are rich in fiber such as apricots, raisins, figs, whole grains, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and a number of root vegetables like onions and turnips. Additionally, dietary supplements will help such as psyllium seeds, flax seeds and bran. Still there are others like a Chinese fruit called Niranjan phal, Jambul fruit, wheat grass, sesame seeds, and ginger can bring one relief from hemorrhoids. The ones to be avoided are foods that have low fiber content and those that will hasten the formation of acids like sugar and caffeine. Moreover, a person should never eat excessively and drink lots of mineral water or fruit juices.

On the other hand, herbs can also be a natural hemorrhoid treatment but one has to consult first with a health professional before consuming any herb. Ones a person gets the go signal, he or she may choose several colon and bowel cleansers like licorice root, Cascara Sagrada, butternut bark, rhubarb and fennel seed. Anti-inflammatory treatments include garlic, comfrey, alfalfa, and aloe Vera. Those that have rich fiber content are psyllium husk, Pau de Arco bark, fenugreek, flax seed, slippery elm, and aloe Vera. Still other healthful herbs are butchers’ broom, grape seed extract, gingko biloba, and Yerba Mate, to name a few.

Vitamins and topical applications will also be useful as a natural hemorrhoid treatment. Ointments like witch hazel, wild yam, and Calendula will relieve a person significantly. If these are not available, one can try the good old fashion ice packs and apply it to the affected parts. Lastly, one can improve his or her circulation by alternating cold and hot water or immersing himself in salt water for fifteen minutes.