People tend to make jokes about hemorrhoids but they are no laughing matter. Hemorrhoids or "piles" are extremely painful. They occur when the veins around the lower rectum or anus become inflamed and swollen. Sometimes hemorrhoids bleed. Hemorrhoids can be situated internally, inside of the anus or externally, under the skin around the anus.
Avoid These Behaviors
You can have a hemorrhoid and it doesn't bleed. However, if it does bleed that can be the result of many factors, including excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine; pregnancy, which causes extra pressure on the lower regions as well as sometimes causing constipation; weak rectal vein valves and walls; hypertension in the portal vein and sitting too long (truck drivers, for example). If you sit for extended periods of time or stand too long, this can cause too much pressure on the rectal veins, particularly if you have poor muscle tone in the rectal area.
Sesame Seeds and Oil
Consider this do-it-at-home approach for your bleeding hemorrhoids: Eat 60 grams of black sesame seeds, remembering to chew well, according to the Online Vitamins Guide. Apply some sesame oil directly to your external hemorrhoids and see if this gives you some relief.
Pour some witch hazel on a cotton ball and dab the cotton ball against your hemorrhoids. This is considered one of the best remedies if you have external hemorrhoids that are bleeding. According to Dr. Marvin Schuster, chief of the Department of Digestive Diseases at Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, witch hazel causes blood vessels to contract and shrink. This technique has been used for years by barbers when they nicked customers while shaving them.
Lemon Juice and Milk
Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a cup of hot milk. Drink it. This is an internal solution for bleeding hemorrhoids. Repeat this every three hours for a day.
Yam, Rice and Tamarind
Eat a yam and rice along with tamarind leaves. This is supposed to stop hemorrhoids from bleeding. Reportedly, the juice from tamarind leaves is also beneficial when it comes to halting bleeding hemorrhoids.
Candy and Coriander
Coat sugar candy with coriander juice and eat it. This is supposed to give prompt relief from hemorrhoids that are bleeding.
Sit in a sitz bath or in a warm tub filled with hot water, according to Dr. J. Byron Gathright, Jr., chairman of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana, and an associate professor of surgery at Tulane University. The warm water will ease your pain although it will increase the flow of blood to the area of the anus but this will help shrink swollen veins.
Tea and Herbs
Drink some chamomile tea, which will help calm down inflamed hemorrhoids, according to Home Remedies for You. An herb called horse chestnut is said to reduce the itching and burning of hemorrhoids and also is said to strengthen blood vessels. Home Remedies for You also advises that you can apply this herb directly to your hemorrhoids.
What Causes Hemorrhoids
You may develop hemorrhoids if you are frequently constipated and strain to have bowel movements. Pregnancy can contribute to hemorrhoids as can age, diarrhea and anal sex, according to the National Institutes of Health. If your hemorrhoids are hurting terribly, lie down and get off of your feet for a while.