Herbs for Bleeding Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen, painful veins located in the rectum or anus. Hemorrhoids can cause itching, pain and discomfort, and often the hemorrhoids will bleed. Bleeding hemorrhoids are typically external, meaning that they’re located on the outside opening of the anus. Herbs are very common in hemorrhoid treatments, both traditionally and in present day. Most herbs cannot cure bleeding hemorrhoids, but they are rather effective in relieving the symptoms.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is probably the best-known herbal remedy for hemorrhoids. Witch hazel can be applied topically or used in a “sitz bath” to relieve symptoms and shrink bleeding hemorrhoids, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Witch hazel is the leading astringent herb used topically for treating hemorrhoids and it’s usually applied three or four times daily in an ointment or pad containing the herb extract, says the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS).

Horse Chestnut

Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) extracts can also reduce hemorrhoid symptoms, according to a double-blind clinical trial cited by the UMHS. Patients can take extracts containing 16% to 21% aescin concentration or 90 to 150 mg of aescin per day to relieve hemorrhoids, the UMHS says. Aescin, also called escin, is the active compound in horse chestnuts. Horse chestnuts act as an astringent and anti-inflammatory, says the Herb Growing & Marketing Network. They also help to tone the vein walls, which can treat hemorrhoids.

Psyllium

Psyllium (Plantago psyllium) is an herbal laxative commonly used in traditional medicine, according to the Herb Growing & Marketing Network. Because constipation can make bleeding hemorrhoids much worse, the use of the fiber-containing herb psyllium can be helpful, the UMHS notes. Taking 7 grams of psyllium three times daily can reduce the pain and bleeding from hemorrhoids, according to a double-blind clinical trial cited by the UMHS.

Goldenrod

Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) can be used in topical applications to lessen hemorrhoid inflammation, the UMMC says. Goldenrod has astringent and antioxidant properties and is used both internally and externally, the Network notes. Topical applications of goldenrod are used to treat wounds, ulcers and insect bites.

Yarrow

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) “has traditionally been used to treat wounds and bleeding hemorrhoids,” notes the UMMC. Yarrow flowers contain flavonoids that help to stop bleeding in locations throughout the body and are especially effective in the pelvic area, the Network says.

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