Hemorrhoids are abnormally swollen veins in the rectum and anus. They are much like varicose veins you might see on a person’s legs. When bulging hemorrhoid veins are irritated, they cause surrounding membranes to swell, burn, itch, become very painful, and bleed. Hemorrhoids are caused by too much pressure in the rectum, forcing blood to stretch and bulge the walls of the veins, sometimes rupturing them.

There are 2 sets of veins that drain the blood from the lower rectum and anus.

The internal veins can become swollen to form internal hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids, unless they are severe, cannot be seen or felt, unlike external hemorrhoids.

Likewise, the external veins can swell to form external hemorrhoids. External hemorrhoids can be seen around the outside of the anus and, many times, can be felt.

Hemorrhoids may result from straining to move stool. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea, and anal intercourse.

Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

There are several things a person can do at home to treat hemorrhoids, though most treatments are meant to relieve the symptoms and do not necessarily get rid of the problem.

Mango seeds are also effective remedy for bleeding piles. The seeds should be dried and powdered and should be taken in the doses of about one and a half gram to two grams with or without honey.

One of the best treatments a person can use to get relief from hemorrhoids is to soak in a tub of warm water for approximately ten minutes. Nothing should be added to the water while soaking.

It has been suggested that squatting is a more natural position than sitting for moving one’s bowels; unfortunately, Western toilets are not designed to make this possible for most people. Some people find that propping their feet up on a small footstool and pulling their knees in the direction of their chest helps.

Maintaining a diet that is high in fiber – which can be found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grain foods – and includes plenty of fluids can prevent hemorrhoids from forming and can help relieve them when they occur.

Take some slices of yam and dry them. Grind this into a powder. Then take 160 grams of this powder and add white leadwort (Plumbago zeylanica, chitraka) into it in the measure of 80 grams. Then add 10 grams of black pepper and 500 grams of jaggery. Add these thoroughly and make pellets of them about the size of cherries. Eat one of these pellets in the morning and one in the evening.

Make a mixture of half-teaspoon fresh ginger juice, half-teaspoon fresh limejuice, a tablespoon honey, and a half-teaspoon mint leaves and take this mixture once a day.

Add some black mustard in a bowlful of yogurt. It is better if you grind the mustard to a powder beforehand. Then blend this mixture thoroughly. Eat this yogurt by chewing the mustard in it very carefully. Drink a glassful of buttermilk after this. This is a good remedy to treat the piles in a very short time. This is one of the best home remedies for piles or hemorrhoids.

Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep the digestive process moving right along. A minimum of eight large glasses of water or other noncaffeinated fluid a day is recommended. Fruits and vegetables, which are important sources of dietary fiber, are naturally packed with water and can also help keep you hydrated.