Witch Hazel for Hemorrhoids
If you have never had hemorrhoids, you don’t know uncomfortable it can be. First you need to understand what a hemorrhoid is; it is primarily a swollen vein located in the rectal area. They can appear for many reasons; but usually they are caused when rectal pressure is increased which causes the veins to dilate. Furthermore, if one has poor circulation it can cause veins that are already weak to enlarge and eventually separate from the rectal tissue. Now this vein swelling is referred to as a hemorrhoid which protrudes from the anal area. The symptoms are burning, itching, pain and sometimes bleeding as well. Although there are over the counter remedies available, Witch Hazel has often been used as a natural remedy for generations.
What is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel is made from a plant called “Hamamelis virginiana.” The entire plant is ground up to make the medicine. Witch hazel is sold in drug stores and it is usually in a clear liquid form. Witch hazel is from astringent family, because it can reduce swelling of the tissues.
It is for this reason that witch hazel is used for hemorrhoids. When you use the witch hazel on hemorrhoids, it shrinks the inflamed veins. To apply, all one needs to do is use a soft gauze pad or a cotton ball. Saturate the cotton or pad with the liquid witch hazel, then apply to hemorrhoids for 1 to 3 minutes. Repeat as needed until the symptoms have subsided. The witch hazel can be applied after bowel movements to freshen up or before bed if desired. There are no side effects, so witch hazel can be used at any time to reduce the pain of hemorrhoids.