Herbal Remedies for Hemorrhoids

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Loss of vascular integrity is associated with the development of hemorrhoids. Several herbal extracts can help to improve vascular tone, blood circulation and strengthen connective tissue. Oral supplementation with these herbs can help prevent and manage hemorrhoids.

Here are 3 herbs that have been traditionally used for treatment of hemorrhoids and their therapeutic efficacy is supported by a number of studies.

Horse chestnut
Aescin is the active component in horse chestnut seed extracts that has anti-inflammatory, anti-edematous and venotonic properties. In Europe, horse chestnut seed extract is used for treating chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and post surgical swelling. It can be taken orally or applied topically to the affected area.

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Butcher’s Broom
Butcher’s broom extract has anti-inflammatory, astringent and vasoconstrictive properties. It contains 2 active saponin compounds, ruscogenin and neoruscogenin, that are used in oral and topical formulations for treatment of venous insufficiency such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Butcher’s broom tightens dilated blood vessels that form in hemorrhoids and may help to relieve symptoms such as pain and other discomfort.

The German Commission E has approved Butcher’s broom as supportive treatment of venuous insufficiency and hemorrhoids.

Note: You will often find that dietary supplements for hemorrhoids and varicose veins contain a blend of herbs (eg: Butcher’s broom, horse chestnut seed extract, gotu kola, witch hazel) and vitamins (eg: hesperidin, diosmin, rutin) that  support the normal integrity of the vascular system and connective tissue.

Witch Hazel
Witch hazel extract has long been used for a variety of therapeutic purposes including hemorrhoids. It posseses astringent, antioxidant and hemostatic properties.

Witch hazel is rich in tannins, thus making it higly astringent. It relieves inflammation, swelling, pain, itching, bleeding and irritation associated with hemorrhoids. You can find witch hazel in the forms of pads/wipes and ointment/cream/gel for hemorrhoid relief.

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