The two most effective ways of relieving the pain of hemorrhoids, which give prompt relief and have gratifying results, are the most simple. They are the use of the elevated-pelvis position and the ordinary hot sitz-bath. If you have a comfortable position to start with, there is usually a better outcome in reducing the pain when dealing with hemorrhoids and other rectal diseases.
In the ordinary prone position, the distribution of weight of the organs and the pelvis and abdomen is distributed over the pelvic floor, thereby exerting pressure upon the acutely-inflamed part. If you are lying in bed in the ordinary position with a pillow at your head, you are, theoretically, lying level. Yet, because of the sagging of the bed, you are in a position where your rectal region is still considerably lower than the rest of your body. This adds to or causes an inflamed condition at the anal canal which increases the pain, and creates a sense of “bearing down,” contributing to spasms of the anus or bladder.
If you try the following simple position, you can eliminate much of the discomfort. Remove your head pillow and insert a pillow under your hips and two pillows under your legs. With your body distributed at these levels, you may lie flat on your back, on your abdomen, or else turn gently from your back to either side. A rubber air-ring, semi-inflated, may be placed under your hips for more comfort. Now, it is obvious that the rectal area is no longer in a position to be congested by gravity, nor can your body exert an unwelcome pressure upon the tender area. Furthermore, flatus (gas) escapes with ease. The total result is that you are more comfortable, far more than you might expect to be. On the physical side, the hemorrhoids should heal more rapidly.
The next most useful method in treating hemorrhoids consists of various hydrotherapeutic (using water for medical treatment) measures. Using the hot sitz-bath is the most satisfactory. This is simply a hot bath of water at a temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit, in which you can sit immersed up to your hips in hot water. The therapeutic factor in this treatment exists in the heat and not in the water. The heat tends to relax the spastic sphincter muscle and induce a peripheral distribution of the blood volume which relieves pelvic congestion. Cold fountain baths are recommended also. These consist of a procedure which allows a stream of cold water to strike the anal region, or enter the lower rectum, and is reputed to have a tonic effect upon the muscles of the rectum.
Suppositories in one form or another have been suggested for the relief or cure of hemorrhoids. There are no medical findings that suppositories ever cured even a single case of hemorrhoids. And in fact, they can cause more harm than good and are completely ineffective in healing hemorrhoids. The best benefit is to use an antiseptic cream or even better, comfrey ointment because of its powerful natural healing properties.