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Are you looking for a safe, natural way to treat haemorrhoids? Do you want to avoid piles remedies that involve invasive medical procedures or the use of strong chemicals? You’re not alone – and thankfully, enemas provide a gentle, effective alternative to more mainstream treatments that can be carried out in the privacy of your own home.
Haemorrhoids – or piles as they are often known – are a common medical problem. The Gale Encyclopaedia of Medicine suggests that at least 75% of adults will experience haemorrhoids, with research for Gastroenterology Clinics of North America showing that people between the ages of 45 and 65 are most susceptible. However, haemorrhoids can affect people of any age.
Haemorrhoids are simply swollen haemorrhoidal veins, found in the lower part of the rectum and anus. They’re caused by abdominal pressure that triggers inflammation. This pressure can be the result of obesity, pregnancy, a sedentary lifestyle or straining on the toilet.
The most common haemorrhoid symptom is bright red bleeding from the anus, either seen in the stools or on toilet paper. However Christian Nordqvist of Medical News Today also suggests that we should look out for other symptoms that include:
- Itching or irritation in the anal area
- Discomfort and pain in the anal region
- Lumps protruding from the anus
- Anal swelling
- Faecal leakage
If you have any of these it’s vital that you seek medical attention, especially if you don’t have a history of haemorrhoids.
Nordqvist notes that whilst external haemorrhoid symptoms include itching and painful inflammation, the only symptom of internal haemorrhoids can be bleeding when passing a stool as they lie in the rectum which has no pain receptors. If left untreated, straining can cause an internal haemorrhoid to protrude or prolapse which can cause significant pain.
There is much that the sufferer can do to alleviate the discomfort of haemorrhoids. Ice packs and cold compresses can address any swelling and bathing in warm water brings significant relief. Dry toilet paper can aggravate the pain and itching of external haemorrhoids and so replacing your usual toilet paper for moist wipes is advised.
It’s also important to eat a diet rich in fibre and drink plenty of water to ensure that your stools will be soft and cause less problems when going to the toilet. Increasing physical activity will help to relieve pressure on the haemorrhoidal veins and it’s advised never to hold the urge to go to the toilet as this will dry and harden your stools.
When changes to lifestyle and self-care don’t sufficiently address the discomfort of piles, there is a range of haemorrhoid treatments available through your healthcare professionals.
Creams and Suppositories.
These contain astringent ingredients such as zinc oxide or bismuth oxide that soothe the area and act as an antiseptic. Corticosteroids can also be used to treat severe inflammation, although general medical advice is that these medicines should not be used for more than seven days. Most creams are available over the counter in pharmacies.
Although creams and suppositories can relieve symptoms, they do not remove the haemorrhoids themselves and so for persistent problems the sufferer may have to undergo minor surgical procedures or a complete haemorrhoidectomy.
Sclerotherapy. Internal haemorrhoids are injected with a solution called a sclerosant. This is an irritant that causes inflammation and subsequent scarring that then closes off the haemorrhoid. The injection will only hurt a little and most procedures are carried out as day cases at your local hospital.
Banding. A small rubber band is used to cut off the blood supply to the haemorrhoid almost instantly. This causes it to shrink and fall off, typically within one or two days and healing usually takes around a week. Prolapsed haemorrhoids are often removed using this technique.
Cauterisation. Using a device such as an electric probe or laser beam, this procedure burns the affected area to seal the haemorrhoid. As with banding, this causes it to close off and shrink. Again, cauterisation is most useful for prolapsed haemorrhoids.
Surgery. For large internal haemorrhoids or extremely uncomfortable external haemorrhoids you may have to undergo a haemorrhoidectomy. Performed under general anaesthetic, this surgery opens the anus so that the haemorrhoids can be cut out.
As a safe, natural alternative, enemas have been successfully used for centuries as a remedy for haemorrhoids and other health complaints.
The Benefits Of Enemas In Treating Haemorrhoids.
Unlike other treatments, the use of enemas approaches the problems caused by haemorrhoids in a holistic way. The warm water soothes the affected area and brings immediate relief. Enemas also come with the benefits of naturally relieving the constipation and faecal impaction that aggravates both internal and external haemorrhoids, thus treating both the symptoms and the cause.
As haemorrhoids are often a sign of an overworked digestion, it’s important to note that enemas boost the overall health of the digestive system by removing the build-up of toxins so that the liver and intestine can work more effectively.
If you want to provide your body with extra healing, the use of coffee enemas gives many additional benefits to people with haemorrhoids. Dr Max Gerson monitored the production of bile in patients after administering a coffee enema and saw that bile production increased within minutes, enabling the body to eliminate more toxins via the liver and reducing acidity in the small intestine.
Coffee enemas also acts to thoroughly cleanse the colon walls, which results in improved digestion – and more efficient elimination of waste means that there is less pressure placed on the haemorrhoids and the rectum in general.
Whether you choose a warm water or coffee enema, the procedure is safe and simple to administer at home. Although you can use distilled water and ground coffee to prepare the coffee enema yourself, ready-to-use coffee enema packs are easily obtained and make the process much simpler.
Using Enemas To Treat Haemorrhoids.
Enemas are most effective when administered after a bowel movement, cleaning out the rectal and anal areas so that the haemorrhoids can heal. Health and wellbeing advocate Amanda Smith knows all about how to safely practice enemas and recommends drinking enough water before treatment to support the effects of such deep internal cleansing.
As haemorrhoids can make the rectum and anal area especially sensitive, it’s particularly important to make sure that the tip of the tubing and rectum are well-lubricated when administering the enema. Use a non-petroleum lubricant to bring additional soothing and reduce any irritation. Also remember to take extra care when inserting the tube to minimise further discomfort.
Some people who use enemas to treat haemorrhoids report some initial tenderness but say that this is greatly outweighed by the benefits of regular enemas on the haemorrhoids and their overall health.
All quality enema kits come with a choice of tips for your comfort and a clamp so that you can easily regulate the amount of fluid entering the rectum and colon. Don’t aim to introduce all the liquid at once, just an amount that you can comfortably hold for at least five minutes. As you become used to having an enema both the quantity and ‘holding time’ will increase.
A Step-by-Step Guide To The Use Of Enemas To Get Rid Of Haemorrhoids.
1. Check your enema kit is clean and put together according to the instructions.
2. Warm the solution until it reaches a comfortable temperature – always check by testing the solution on the inside of your wrist.
3. Close the clamp and fill the bag with your enema solution. Remove any air in the tube by placing one end of the tube in the sink and releasing the clamp so that the solution flows the length of the tube. Hang the bag about waist height.
4. Well lubricate the tip of the enema tube and also your rectum. This is particularly important when working with haemorrhoids. Lie down on your back or to one side of the body and insert the tip into your rectum. Go gently and slowly until the tip has been inserted – never force it.
5. Release the clamp and begin taking your enema. If the solution isn’t flowing, check the clamp and lift the enema bag higher so that gravity can get to work. Close the clamp when you feel that you can’t hold anymore.
6. Hold the solution for 5 to 10 minutes (warm water) and 12 minutes (coffee enema), but work towards this time as you get used to the discomfort that can come with holding an enema. Evacuate your colon along with enema solution.
7. If you have any solution remaining you can repeat the process for even better results.
Diet And Lifestyle Changes To Treat Haemorrhoids.
Regardless of the treatment you choose, haemorrhoids will return if lifestyle changes are not put in place. Remember to eat a diet that’s high in fibre and low on processed foods as this will alleviate existing haemorrhoids and relieve the pressure on the rectum and anus that could cause future haemorrhoids from forming.
The great news with enemas is that they fit into the diet and lifestyle advice that’s advocated for people wanting to stay haemorrhoid-free. Regular cleansing of the rectum and colon, a well-functioning digestive system and a reduction in the number of toxins being processed all lead to better health and a significantly reduced chance of haemorrhoids returning.
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