Herbal Hemorrhoid Treatment has become increasingly popular in this day and age, especially with the advent of the Internet. It is a known fact that herbs have been used for medicinal purposes since early man first recognized their importance. At some time in prehistory, early man realized that by applying a certain plant to an affliction or wound, it soothed or healed faster. Somewhere in the chain of events, our ancestors threw some plants into their kettles and figured out they felt better after eating them. Hence, modern day man is still trying to figure out what makes him feel better and heal faster, creating a large and powerful pharmaceutical industry that offers us chemical compounds to improve our health. Yet there has been a renewed interest in medicinal herbs in recent years, a back to basics movement to lead healthier lives. Let’s re-examine what herbal remedies earlier generations relied on to shrink hemorrhoids when they attempted to treat the cause and not the consequences of an illness.
Butcher’s Broom(Ruscus aculeatus) is related to asparagus and is a member of the lily family. It was used in the middle ages by butchers as a broom to clean their blocks of meat scraps. Possessing anti-inflammatory actions, Butcher’s Broom is a circulatory aid, relieving fluid retention, strengthening capillary walls, tightening veins, and enhancing blood flow to the brain, hands and legs. It is rich in antioxidant-containing flavanoids which neutralize free radicals in the body. It is beneficial for those suffering from hemorrhoids, varicose veins, spider veins, arthritis, rheumatism, carpal tunnel syndrome, and constipation.
Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmas rubra) was used to treat an assortment of ailments by the Iroquois Indians, and the early settlers soon took note of this and began to use it medicinally. The slippery elm tree is native to eastern Canada, and the eastern and central United States. Its name derives from the slippery nature of the inner bark when mixed with water. Traditionally, this mucilage has been used to treat inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract such as ulcers, gastritis, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome. The mucilage or gelatinous substance seems to possess soothing properties for the mucus membranes of the gastro-intestinal tract.
Stone Root (Collinsonia canadensis) can reduce the fluid level in the body relieving the pressure on veins such as hemorrhoids. In the eighteenth century an English botanist, Peter Collinson, discovered the plant in America and brought it back to England. The pungent-smelling plant is found in damp woodlands and has flowers that bloom from July to October. Native Americans had used the leaves to heal wounds and bruises, and the root was used as a diuretic to ease the passing of kidney stones from which its name derives.
Marshmallow Root (Althea officinalis) has a mucilage or gelatinous substance when water is added which has excellent healing properties for inflammation and irritation in the digestive system. Also, Marshmallow Root is used to soothe the urinary tract and used in cases of dysentery (diarrhea); it is a remedy for coughs, bronchitis, and sore throats when taken as syrup. The name Althea comes from a Greek word meaning “associated with healing" and the common name Marshmallow refers to the qualities of the Mallows to soften and heal.
Red Root (Creanonthus americanus) in recent studies seems to improve the flow of blood in and out of tissues and assists the lymphatic system. It helps remove wastes from the body and stimulates digestion. Red Root was used as a substitute tea during the Revolutionary War when the colonies no longer could get British tea, and it was referred to as “New Jersey Tea." The Cherokee Tribe used Red Root to treat skin cancer and venereal disease. The name comes from the red color of the roots of this shrub which grows four to five feet in height in North America.
Peppermint (Mentha piperta) is a digestive aid which calms stomach muscles and helps the body digest fats. The herb helps the stomach contents pass through more quickly, but people who suffer from acid reflux disease are advised not to take peppermint. Its therapeutic value was first recognized in the eighteenth century, and a peppermint tea has been used by generations to quiet colicky babies. The herb seems to kill some types of bacteria and viruses, and in one study, people who suffered from irritable bowel syndrome reported a reduction of their symptoms after using peppermint oil capsules. The plant is a hybrid and is cultivated around the world.
Herbs have proven useful through generations to heal and soothe afflictions, and they can be relied upon generally to protect health and give a sense of well-being. However, your doctor should always be consulted before undertaking any herbal hemorrhoid treatment.
Written by Joy Seeman
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