Hemorrhoids are an uncomfortable, sometimes even painful, condition which is caused by the swelling and inflammation of blood vessels and veins in your anus and rectum.
There are two primary types of hemorrhoids: Internal and external.
Internal hemorrhoids often cause no pain or discomfort, however they can cause bleeding during bowel movements.
External hemorrhoids however, tend to be uncomfortable at best, and sometimes can be quite painful or itchy.
Hemorrhoids can heal on their own naturally, but they're frequently caused by several factors. One major cause of hemorrhoids is thought to be constipation. If your body is not able to easily pass waste through your anus, you'll end up straining when using the bathroom. This straining action serves to damage the blood vessels in and around your rectum, creating hemorrhoids. Sitting for long periods of time is also a known cause of hemorrhoids, because sitting reduces the flow of blood to the rectum and anus.
There are several ways you can help reduce or eliminate hemorrhoids naturally though. One of which is to drink plenty of water. When your body doesn't have enough water, the stools you pass end up being quite hard. This causes damage to the rectum and anus, which in turn can cause a hemorrhoid flare up.
By the same token, not getting enough fiber in your diet will cause similar problems. Your body should produce a solid, easily expelled bowel movement at least once or twice each day naturally. When you don't get enough fiber however, the stool can harden and get backed up in your system, making it difficult for the colon to expel it properly. This is one of the reason's people strain when using the bathroom, because there isn't enough fiber bulk in the colon to help the stool expel naturally.
Additional fiber can easily be added to your daily regimen by simply eating more fresh fruits vegetables and grains. You can also get additional fiber with certain herbs too though: Chlorophyll is an excellent one which helps regulate your bowel movements, Alfalfa is another, and Slippery Elm is an excellent herb to use for cleansing the bowels, colon and digestive tract.
Getting additional exercise or movement into your day is another natural way to help reduce, eliminate, or prevent hemorrhoids too - especially if you're fairly sedentary, or you have a job which keeps you sitting down all day.
Now, while the above methods are excellent ways to reduce, eliminate and prevent hemorrhoids, many people already have them and are desperately looking for some relief. Particularly relief from the itching, burning sensations that usually occur with external hemorrhoids. So, here's my favorite herbal home remedy for dealing with hemorrhoids fast:
1 Gel cap of Golden Seal
1 Gel cap of White Willow
Open the gel capsules and pour the ground, powdered herb onto a dish. Stir in enough Aloe vera juice to mix everything well. Now, apply this to the hemorrhoids. Within just a few hours the problems will be drastically reduced, if not completely gone. It's a good idea to apply the mixture before going to bed, then you can wake up to complete relief in the morning.
If you have internal hemorrhoids, the same recipe can be used. You'll need to insert a small amount of the mixture into your anus however, so that it can reach the hemorrhoids hiding inside.