In one sense, everyone has hemorrhoids, vascular structures (composed of arterio-venous channels and connective tissue) that lie just beneath the mucous membranes of the anal canal and the lowest part of the rectum. The condition most of us call hemorrhoids (or piles) develops when the hemorrhoidal veins become swollen and inflamed (like varicose veins in the legs). Because the blood in these veins must continually fight gravity to get back up to the heart, some people believe hemorrhoids (like varicosity or spinal column problems) are part of the price we have to pay for being upright creatures. There’s no doubt here: The more we take care of them, the better. So here’s a list with a few remedies that usually don’t get mentioned along with the more famous horse chestnut, aloe vera or witch hazel.
FOR INTERNAL USE
- Bilberry (pellets)
Take up to the equivalent of 20 g fresh fruits a day.
- Black currant
Add 5 g of dried leaves in 1 l of hot boiled water and let steep for 5 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
- Ginkgo biloba (tincture)
15 drops in a glass of water, before a meal, 3 times a day
- Slippery elm (powder of the inner bark)
Mix 1 teaspoon of powder with 1/4 cup of water. Drink throughout the day, before a meal, with plenty of water.
FOR EXTERNAL USE
- Chamomile (flower water)
Apply 2-3 times a day.
- Lesser celandine (creams 3%)
Apply 2 times a day.