Natural Treatment for Hemorrhoids

Many over-the-counter products are sold for symptomatic relief of hemorrhoids. Common topical anal preparations include local anaesthetics, steroids and antibiotics. Most successful formulations include all three in various combinations.3 It is recommend to avoid those containing benzocaine.

Topical treatments:

If your hemorrhoids produce only mild discomfort, your doctor may suggest over-the-counter creams, ointments, suppositories or pads. These products contain ingredients such as hydrocortisone that can relieve pain and itching, at least temporarily. You should not use and over-the-counter cream or other product for more than a week unless directed by a doctor. These products can produce side effects such as skin rashes and inflammation.

Suppositories:

Hemorrhoid Suppositories are medications taken through the anus to provide relief from pain, itching and burning. They are solid, waxy medications which melt at body temperature and are meant to be inserted into the anus. They are most effective at treating internal hemorrhoids and are generally more effective than topical creams and ointments. Hemorrhoid suppositories have one key advantage over topical natural treatment for hemorrhoids formulations, they release their active ingredient gradually and over a period of time. This means that suppositories allow active ingredients to act longer while reducing the number of times you need to re-apply hemorrhoid medications. Hemorrhoid suppositories can be made from natural herbs such as witch hazel, horse chestnut or stone root, or synthetic formulations like phenylephrine HCL contain more powerful ingredients. Some may combine both types of remedies.

The 2 most common over-the-counter suppositories are:

preph
Preparation H, which comes as an ointment, a suppository and medicated wipes to soothe irritation.

anusol
Anusol is also available as a cream treatment and a suppository.