So, how good is witch hazel for hemorrhoids and how is it used? If you suffer from piles you might have heard something about the uses of witch hazel for alleviating symptoms. Extracts of the plant are commonly used for anti-inflammatory and healing purposes. Various natural products, like the Venapro spray include the extracts as an active ingredient, along with other natural plants extracts and minerals. So what is witch hazel? And more specifically, is witch hazel good for hemorrhoids?
What Is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel is a remarkable shrub that can (depending on the species) bloom in the cold winters of Canada as well as the warmer climes of Texas and Florida. This herbaceous shrub is known by a variety of names including potted alder and winter bloom. It is popular and recognized for its flowering colors of yellow, orange and red which often add color to barren landscapes.
The Witch Hazel Hemorrhoids Treatment
We all know that plants have been used for centuries for their powerful medicinal properties of one kind or another. Aloe is useful in treating minor burns. Mint can help with digestion. Calendula has uses for treating skin problems.
So what does witch hazel do as a treatment, and exactly how does it help hemorrhoids sufferers who need relief?
How Does It Work for Soothing Hemorrhoids?
Witch hazel has well documented antiseptic and astringent properties which means it can be effective for shrinking hemorrhoids, alleviating the symptoms (especially itching and burning), and (to some extent) can help prevent a further deterioration of the condition.
More specifically it is the tannin content (hamamelitannin) synthesised from the plant that produces these effects. The high tannin content make it an excellent natural astringent that can shrink pores. It basically acts a natural anti-inflammatory and since piles are essentially swollen vessels, the extract is great at providing relief by easing the swelling. This is why witch hazel is regarded as a safe hemorrhoid treatment and is included in treatment kits like Venapro.
How to Use Witch Hazel
Witch hazel products have been designed for the treatment of both internal and external hemorrhoids. You can find it in hemorrhoid creams, pads, suppositories and tinctures. For internal hemorrhoids it is the suppositories that have been specially prepared and you can find these containing a witch hazel formula.
The easiest way to define hemorrhoids is by saying that they are swollen veins that are in the bottom of the rectum and in the anus. This swelling may be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea or constipation, but undoubtedly there may be a variety of other factors that lead to the development of this condition.
Witch hazel is a natural anti-inflammatory which means that when you use the creams, pads or suppositories made with witch hazel for your hemorrhoids, the swelling should go down giving you some much needed relief.
Witch Hazel Confusion & Controversy
However, it should be approached with some degree of caution. Occasionally there have been reported cases where it may have caused some irritation in the area where it was applied, although it seems likely that this only occurs when people buy a “regular” bottle of witch hazel containing harsh alcohols, as opposed to higher quality “extract” products.
Soothing Hemorrhoids Naturally
This site explores some of the best ways to get rid of piles naturally. Additionally, you might try stool softeners if constipation and straining are either causing or aggravating the problem. You may also experiment with warm sitz baths like the ones used after the birth of a child. Dietary changes may also be called for if your diet is the cause for your constipation and/or diarrhea. It is also recommended that you not sit for extended periods of time.
Do You Need to See a Doctor?
There are times when hemorrhoids get to a point where medical intervention is a necessary action. In these cases there are actually a few options. If you have taken important steps to introduce lifestyle changes, followed the self help tips covered in this website, taken either a natural medication like Venapro or an OTC medication, discussed all other options with your physician and nothing seems to work, then surgery might become an option.
There are a few different types of surgery, and your doctor will know which one is right for you. The types of surgery include procedures known as stapled hemorrhoidectomy, regular hemorrhoidectomy, laser therapy, sclerotherapy and rubber band ligation.
It is important that you not be embarrassed to talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about this issue. At some point or another it is estimated that about 75% of people will be in the same situation. Hemorrhoids is a much more common problem than we think.