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Hemorrhoids (also called “piles”) are
troublesome varicose veins in the rectal and anal region, which can
lead to protrusion, pain, and bleeding after bowel movements. This
condition can occur at any age, and the symptoms can come and go
overeating, and inadequate exercise may contribute to the problem.
Homeopathic remedies can offer gentle, safe relief. (A
constitutional homeopathic remedy chosen by an experienced
practitioner often helps a person overcome the tendency toward
hemorrhoids.) If hemorrhoids are very sore and congested, ulcerated,
or bleed profusely, medical care should be sought.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Aesculus hippocastanum: When this
remedy is needed, hemorrhoids are sore and aching, with a swollen
feeling. Pain may last for hours after the bowels have moved. People
who need this remedy often have the sensation of a lump, or a
feeling that a lot of small sharp sticks are inside the rectum,
poking them. Sharp and shooting pains may be felt in the rectum and
back. A person who needs this remedy may also have low back
Aloe: Hemorrhoids that are swollen
and protrude “like a bunch of grapes” and are soothed by cold
soaks or compresses may be helped with this remedy. Hemorrhoids may
alternate with diarrhea, and the person may have a lot of
Arnica montana: Sore,
bruised-feeling hemorrhoids may be relieved with this remedy,
especially when straining or over-exertion (for instance, childbirth
or heavy lifting) has brought on the hemorrhoids.
Calcarea fluorica: This remedy may
be indicated for hemorrhoids with bleeding and itching in the anal
region, or internal hemorrhoids causing soreness in the very low
back and sacrum. The person may also have problems with flatulence
Graphites: Burning hemorrhoids with
soreness, cracks, and itching in the anal region suggest a need for
this remedy. A person who needs Graphites is often
overweight, has difficulty concentrating, and tends toward skin
Hamamelis: A raw, sore feeling in
the anus, with bleeding hemorrhoids, indicates a need for this
remedy. Pulsation may be felt in the rectum, and the lower back
often aches. Symptoms may be worse from warmth.
Ignatia: Hemorrhoids accompanied by
spasms and stabbing pain in the rectum suggest a need for this
remedy—especially if the person is sensitive and emotional.
Stitching pains can be felt in the rectal area when coughing.
Bleeding and pain are often worse when the stool is loose, and
rectal prolapse sometimes follows bowel movements.
Nux vomica: Itching, painful
hemorrhoids, a feeling of constriction in the rectum, and chronic
constipation with ineffectual urging are indications for this
remedy. People who need Nux vomica are usually impatient,
tense, and irritable, and often have a tendency toward heavy use of
stimulants, strong foods, and alcohol or drugs.
Pulsatilla: When this remedy is
indicated, hemorrhoids are itchy and uncomfortable, with sticking
pains. They are likely to protrude, with improvement after lying
down. Warmth often aggravates the symptoms. This is a very helpful
remedy for hemorrhoids that appear during pregnancy or around the
Sulphur: Itching, burning, oozing
hemorrhoids accompanied by a feeling of fullness and pressure in the
abdomen suggest a need for this remedy. The anus is inflamed and red
and may protrude significantly. The person may feel worse from
warmth and bathing, and have flatulence with a strong, offensive
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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