The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are varicose veins of the anorectal area.
They are caused by weakness of the vein walls and/or excessive pressure
on the veins from constipation, diarrhea, straining during lifting, prolonged
standing or sitting and pregnancy. The chief symptoms are pain, itching,
burning, swelling and bleeding. They can be located externally or internally
. A low fiber diet is the most important associated factor. Conventional
treatment includes anesthetic and astringent topical medications and surgical
Natural treatment includes high fiber diet and lots of liquids (see
constipation). Supplementation with Vitamin
C and citrus bioflavonoids with help to strengthen vein walls. A supplement
of glycosaminoglycans has shown excellent results with hemorrhoids. Warm
sitz baths can give temporary relief. Some alternative physicians offer
a non-surgical removal of hemorrhoids by using a rubber band around the
hemorrhoid to cut off the blood supply. Note- Most hemorrhoids in pregnant
women resolve after delivery and should not have surgical or non-surgical
removal done during pregnancy.
Bilberry(internal)-Shown in a number of studies to strengthen
Standardized extract (25% anthocyanidin content)- 80-160 mg three times
Witch Hazel (external)-shown to help strengthen vein walls. Astringent
to help relieve itching and pain. Apply topically as witch hazel water
Other herbs-Gotu kola, Butcher's Broom, Bistort, Horsechestnut
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It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.