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Witch Hazel for Hemorrhoids - Does It Really Work?

Discover if witch hazel for hemorrhoids treatment really gives pain relief

So how effective is witch hazel for hemorrhoids problems anyways?

Except for the worst cases of hemorrhoids pain, natural remedies work well to reduce the pain and swelling. Witch hazel would be one of the best external liquid to use. Here are the reasons why.

Witch hazel is a popular and effective astringent. It is shown in clinical studies to naturally reduce swelling and bleeding.

In has been used successfully to treat various types of skin conditions. Research studies show that it can help treat itching, discomfort, irritation and burning sensations in the rectum. It is also shown to cut down on bleeding hemorrhoids as well.

As a matter of fact, the commercially available Tucks wipe uses witch hazel as the active ingredient! Why not make your own version of Tucks pads?

How to use witch hazel

Use witch hazel full strength without dilution. Soak a cosmetic pad or cotton ball and apply to the rectal area after each and every bowel movement. Cosmetic pads are preferred to cotton balls as they are lint-free.

Pat dry the area with a tissue paper and avoid wiping as it can be irritating. That’s all there to it.

If you find that using full strength witch hazel to sting or cause irritation, you can dilute it with equal parts water or mix it with a body lotion. Of course, first test out the body lotion to see first if it stings.

When can I expect results?

For some people, they can expect to see results and get relief in less than 2 days. For others, it may take a week or more. It all really depends on how bad the hemorrhoids. Expect bleeding hemorrhoids to take longer to cure.

In general, internal hemorrhoids are easier to treat than external hemorrhoids. Witch hazel is more effective for small external hemorrhoids.

It is important to continue to use witch hazel even after the hemorrhoids are gone. Why? Proper hygiene will prevent them from coming back once they are gone.

What else can I do?

Avoid using toilet paper to wipe after bowel movement as it can be irritating. Instead using wet baby wipes for cleaning.

Avoid constipation by drinking lots of water and eating fruits and vegetables. Consider adding fiber to your diet to keep the stool soft.

If the hemorrhoids are severe or bleeding excessively, see your doctor for proper treatment.

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