Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed blood vessels inside or outside the anus canal, on the last 5 cm of the colon. Hemorrhoids are a common health problem, which is the dilation and inflammation of the hemorrhoidal veins in the anal area. When the body loses its normal balance and health, these blood vessels become pathological. Amongst the most frequent symptoms of hemorrhoids, there are:
- Pain, itch and a burning sensation in the anal area
- Mild bleedings associated with bowel movements
- Mucus in the stool
- Swollen blood vessels that protrude outside the anal canal, that can be felt at touch
- The sensation of obstruction or blockage when defecating
What causes Hemorrhoids?
The main cause of hemorrhoids is the increased pressure in the veins of the anorectal region. For this, the most common causes are:
- Excessive sitting down without pause
- Pushing or lifting weights
- Sitting on the toilet too much
- Standing up in a fix position for hours on end
Internal vs. External Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are divided into two classes: internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids. Tissues inside the anal canal are heavily irrigated to help the movement and disposal of fecal matter, and for this reason, any pressure or stress caused this area can lead to immediate inflammation or tearing of blood vessels.
These, then swells and in time may break or crack even when using the toilet. This is the main mode of training of internal hemorrhoids, but the reasons may be totally different from one individual to another.
Left untreated, internal hemorrhoids protrude outward and thus form external hemorrhoids. This condition can exist in both forms, at the same time.
What is a Thrombosed Hemorrhoid?
One of the most painful ailments that can withstand a man or a woman is thrombosed external hemorrhoids. In this case, the external anal tissue develops a blood clot in the blood vessels on the outside of the anus. These blood clots can be the source of extraordinary pain because they can block circulation almost permanently, meaning that gas exchange is not done as it should.
The veins in the anus or outside the rectum veins can begin to swell and become external when protruding in these areas. When blood flow is restricted in these veins, vessels tend to break, causing the formation of blood clots under the skin. When that happens, we are dealing with thrombosed hemorrhoids.
Thrombosed hemorrhoids are easily recognizable and felt at touch, because they feel either hard or soft. Thrombosed hemorrhoids feel like small growths on inspection and are blue in color. That’s because the veins are constricted under the skin and there is not a normal blood flow through them. If they become irritated, thrombosed hemorrhoids may turn red in color.
Although not considered dangerous, thrombosed hemorrhoids cause pain and swelling as they affects nerve ends located in the anal skin. Bleeding is not a common symptom but it can occur if blood clots are injured.
Home Remedy for Thrombosed Internal Hemorrhoids
Lychnis coronaria or Silene coronaria, as it is called in the US, is a species of flowering plants native to Asia and Europe. The plant is commonly called rose campion or dusty miller, but it has other folk names as well. It has been successfully used in patients suffering from thrombosed internal hemorrhoids, due to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, cicatrizing and epithelizing as well as capillary protection action.
This is why rose champion is commonly used as an adjuvant in treating skin conditions, including suppurative lesions, furuncles, incised wounds and some forms of cancer. In addition, this miraculous herb is also used with success in circulatory dysfunctions like varicose veins, hemorrhoid thrombophlebitis, anal fissures, tenesmus and anal pruritus that accompany hemorrhoids, anitis and anorectitis, infections of the anorectal region.
Home Remedy Preparation for Internal Hemorrhoids
Here is the home remedy for thrombosed internal hemorrhoids using Lychnis coronaria.
Finely mince 1-2 branches of Lychnis coronaria, about 2-4 tbsp. and add them in a pot with 2 L of boiling water. Leave to scald for 10 minutes and then bring the water to a boil for 5-10 seconds. Repeat twice. When the tea has completely cooled off you can use it for the enema.
The procedure lasts for about 1 hour, while trying to maintain the temperature of the decoction so that it is neither too cold nor too hot for the patient.
Only after 2-3 enemas with the Lychnis coronaria home remedy, the thrombosed internal hemorrhoids will enter in remission. This remedy has been successfully used in many patients suffering from hemorrhoids, especially thrombosed hemorrhoids, with rare situations of recurrence.
However, if in your case, the symptoms of internal hemorrhoids reappear, you need to closely examine the possible causes that trigger and maintain the hemorrhoids.
Spicy foods, excessive coffee consumption, smoking, regular alcohol drinking or even having a sedentary life can be the causes for thrombosed internal hemorrhoids in your case. Suffering from a chronic condition like constipation, enterocolitis or venous hypertension, rectal or genital tumors may also trigger internal thrombosed hemorrhoids.
Eliminating the possible causes of thrombosed internal hemorrhoids may not always solve the problem per se, but knowing the cause will help you prevent relapses and further complications like anal fissures or anorectal prolapse.
Home Remedies for External Hemorrhoids Symptoms
- Stop hemorrhoids bleeding with regular yarrow and shepherd’s purse sitz baths, that have powerful antihemorrhagic effects.
- Soothe the hemorrhoids pain with warm tea baths to reduce the blood vessels dilatation and reduce the inflammation.
- Help blood vessels contract by padding the hemorrhoids with a cotton pad soaked in undistilled hamamelis (Hamamelis virginiana), which is rich in tannins and helps the blood vessels contract
- Heal the hemorrhoids with liquid Vitamin E and wheat germ oils applied a few times per day. You may also use a natural marigolds and common comfery balm to favor healing, or apply a grated potato cataplasm for its soothing effect.
- Improve blood flow by lying down with your feet higher than the rest of your body. This way, you decrease the pressure on the overstressed anal area and improve the blood flow altogether.
Here are a few simple tips for treating thrombosed internal hemorrhoids with home remedies and a few dietary changes.
Diet for Hemorrhoids
Change your diet in terms of enriching it with more fiber, vegetables and fruits or consume additional fiber supplements. A high-fiber diet will significantly reduce hemorrhoid symptoms, including pain and bleeding. When you include more fiber in the diet, you should keep well hydrated to avoid constipation.
In this respect, a healthy breakfast that will greatly help to treat hemorrhoids is the following. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of fiber yogurt with a tablespoon of honey. Optional, you can add raisins or other dried fruit. Another recommendation is to make a habit of drinking a cup of warm water every morning when you wake up and every night before going to bed. Not only is this beneficial in the management of hemorrhoids, but it also help to detoxify and body hydration.
Also, we recommend you to add more Vitamin K (antihemorrhagic) rich vegetables into your diet, such as: green onions, leeks, cabbage, parsley, spinach, lettuce, cauliflower, and avocado.
Give up fried foods, pork, sausages, food from fast foods. Replace them with chicken, fish or beef, boiled, grilled or baked. Replace sugar-loaded cakes and pastries and fat cake fillings with homemade sweets with more fruit content and little to no sugar.
Make sure you drink enough fluids so that urine should be pale yellow. Drink at least 2 L of water every day to prevent constipation and stay hydrated. In the evening, before going to bed drink a cup of tea. It helps regulate digestion, enhance the digestion of fats, regulate bowel movements, and prevent inflammation of the colon and hemorrhoids.
Body hygiene and Hemorrhoids
After the evening shower, a very helpful thing to do is to take a sitz bath. If your schedule allows, do this sitz bath during the day as well. It will relieve the pain in minutes and will contribute to eliminating hemorrhoids. After the bath, shower, do not rub the towel, but pad the area gently with a soft towel. Then apply an antihemorrhoidal moisturizer.
After using the toilet, wash the area with warm water, using a natural soap, herbal. Do not rub the area, a dab dry with a towel very soft. When you’re at work, use wet wipes with aloe (unscented). After using the restroom, and after shower or sitz bath, apply a moisturizer cream with propolis. Use colorless and odorless toilet paper. If you’re using the restroom and are not at home, you can use unscented hygiene wipes to pad clean afterwards.
Do not wear synthetic underwear, or lingerie that is too tight. Improper underwear can increase the pressure on the hemorrhoids area and amplify the pain. When you are at home you can even forget wearing lingerie. Another recommendation is that you wear underwear made of natural materials, and make sure is loose enough so that it doesn’t increase the pressure on the hemorrhoid veins.
Lifestyle Changes for Hemorrhoids
If you sit for long hours every day, you can use a life buoy to relieve pain by decreasing the body weight pressure that exerts on the hemorrhoids.
Go for easy walks, 5-10 minutes every day, but without forcing yourself. If you feel the slightest pain, return home and resume the walk next day. Avoid heavy lifting, squats, don’t delay going to the restroom because it can lead to constipation.
The more consistent you are with the treatment and recommendations, the faster the pain will go away.