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My name is Ann and I am a Senior Editor for the The Health Base Team. I've accumulated a wealth of life experience over the years concerning health and beauty issues. This is why I decided to write for the Health Base - so I can share what I've learnt. I hope you find it helpful :) For a personal conversation, you can get in touch with me here. Take care!

Hemorrhoid Treatment – A Comprehensive Guide

Guide to Piles

Hello and welcome to my comprehensive guide on the issue of hemorrhoids. My name is Ann and I believe that I’m ideally suited to discuss this issue as I suffered from this chronic health problem for many years.

Due to my troubled past, I now possess tonnes of first-hand experience concerning this issue, as well as quite a bit knowledge. This knowledge was gained from the research that I did into this area as I desperately tried to find a cure for my problem.

As such, because of this experience and knowledge, I felt it only right that I pass on all that I know to the community here at the Health Base. I know how hard and devastating this issue can be on a person’s life, so if I can help in some way then I feel obliged to do so.

Let’s begin. 😊

P.S. FYI, in the context of this article, hemorrhoids; haemorrhoids; Piles; and rectal lumps are all the same thing!

The Overall Problem

This is an issue that does and will affect a huge number of people all over the globe. Some research even indicates that as much as 1 in 2 people will be afflicted by this problem to some extent. This is quite an extraordinary statistic if you think about it. There are very few medical or health conditions that can rival this kind of frequency.

Also known as Piles or rectal lumps, this problem is both painful and very uncomfortable. While it can affect anybody, paying little heed to age or gender, it is most common in the 45 – 65 age bracket. Even though it’s so ubiquitous, the hallmark of this ailment is in fact the belief that this problem is a rarity.

Why is this? Why do people incorrectly believe this issue to be uncommon? Well, this is leads us to…

The Stigma

This is something that I know a great deal about – that being the psychological element that is attached to Piles. If I’m being completely honest, then I’d describe it as being world shattering!! This is often how I felt when it came my own sores – that my world was crumbling and I could do nothing about it.

Now, I understand that this might seem a tad bit dramatic and might could even be labelled a “first world problem”. But, if you’ve experienced haemorrhoids yourself, then you can attest to it being a nightmare. The pain and discomfort of severe rectal lumps, which I had, can take a huge toll on a person’s mental health.

I have no problem saying that it brought me to the brink of depression. I really just could not see an end to the torment. 


What made the whole thing even worse was the fact that I was unwilling to tell anyone about what was happening to me. In hindsight, this was a massive mistake on my behalf.

No matter what the health issue is, no matter how personal or embarrassing it is, trying to go it alone is just a terrible idea. Humans are social creatures, this is proven by the way we live. We need to interact with people, and a key element of this interaction is that we have people around us who support us and give us comfort.

By cutting out this support system, it leaves us alone with our fears and doubts. Also, if we try go it alone with this issue, or indeed any medical issue, then we are failing to benefit from the knowledge and experience that health professionals and doctors can provide.

So, even though this particular problem is an embarrassing issue to discuss, I implore you to do just this – talk to friends, family members, and your local doctor. It is an essential part of any haemorrhoids treatment plan….trust me, I know what I’m talking about as I had to learn this lesson the hard way!!

What Exactly Is It?

As with many words in the English language, the term hemorrhoid stems from the ancient civilization of the Greeks. It originates from two separate Greek words – 1) Hamea which translates to blood and 2) rhoos which translates into flowing.

“Blood flowing” is an apt description and name for an issue whose main symptom is rectal bleeding.

But why does this issue affect this specific area of the body? Well, simply, because there a lot of blood vessels located in and around the anus region. When these blood vessels become enlarged or swollen, then haemorrhoids will form.

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So, haemorrhoids are actually naturally occurring elements in the rectum, but they can then become a serious health issue if they swell to a certain point. This swelling could be caused by a severe strain or pressure being exerted onto this area of the body.

The Two Different Types

What a lot of people don’t understand is that there are two unique types of this ailment, with both possessing different characteristics and problems for our health. Below are these two types and some relevant information about them:


These are hemorrhoids that are located within the rectum, making them invisible to the naked eye. In many ways this type is the lesser of the two as they don’t cause as much discomfort as the external variety. For example, sitting down and fabric from clothes won’t aggravate internal hemorrhoids. 

In saying this, internal ones are more susceptible to being irritated and even made worse by the passing of stool. If this happens, you could very well see blood appear in the toilet or on toilet paper after you’ve wiped. Not pleasant, I know.

The key to preventing the irritation of these internal rectal sores is to maintain a healthy diet that will ensure you pass stool in a smooth manner. I’ll delve into the dietary side of things shortly.


This variation can appear by themselves or can actually be internal ones that have moved from the inner rectum to the surface of the outer rectum.

They normally develop underneath the skin in and around the anus. The external ones are far more irritable and painful due to the fact that they come in contact with whatever you sit on or whatever fabric you’re wearing.

Such factors can cause these external sores to become aggravated. This will lead to more pain and further discomfort.

There are ways to limit this happening, as I’ll explain later, but it’s fair to say that this is the most annoying of the two possible eruptions.

This leads us nicely to how this vexing issue actually comes into being….

What Causes Them?

As with any health issue, it’s important to understand the causation if you are to successfully plan out a treatment method. If you don’t understand this factor, then it can be very easy to go about things the wrong way and potentially even exacerbate the issue.

When it comes to rectal sores, both internal and external, there are actually a fair few different potential causes. Below I’ve outlined the most occurring ones and why exactly they can result in a health problem:

1 – Genetics

Ok, this one is a bit unfair. Whenever you are struck down by an illness that’s passed down to you from a hereditary source, it really is one of those things that smacks of unfairness!!

With regards to exact details, it is possible that you could be born with a genetically passed down weakness in the walls of your rectum area. If this area is thin in any way, then it’s very possible rectal lumps will appear at some point.

That’s the bad news with this particular cause; the good news is that this issue very rarely directly leads to rectal sores emerging – it usually takes something else along with this in order for such lumps to form.  Somewhat of a silver lining so. 😊

2 – Undue Strain When Moving Bowels

When I use the term strain, I’m referring to a bowel movement that takes an overly long time or requires excessive force in which to pass it through your body. Either of these factors can cause haemorrhoids to appear.

But what causes this undue strain? Well, there are a few different factors that might causes issues with your attempts to pass stool. Such examples are constipation; diarrhea; stomach cramping; dietary habits; or unhygienic bathroom habits.

Any of these above factors can cause lumps in our anal region to form, both internally and externally. Fortunately, the majority of the above can be staved off by applying common sense to your diet and cleaning habits.

3 – Periods of Pregnancy 


It is quite common for women to experience hemorrhoid problems in some form or another during their pregnancies.

The reason for this lies in the extra pressure that is exerted on rectal veins by the additional weight that is present in the uterus.

This extra pressure can lead to constipation occurring, or indeed to an overly long and painful period of labor.

Both these occurrences can then result in lumps forming.

4 – Chronic Constipation & Diarrhea

As outlined below, constipation can be a leading factor in this health issue emerging. Constipation causes our stool to harden and become more aggressive with regards to it passing through our bodies.

This hardened stool will be more difficult to eject from our bowels due to its consistency. This will then lead to more stress and strain being exerted on our rectal area which could very well lead to negative results.

The same can be said for chronic diarrhoea, though obviously this issue is inherently different with regards to the consistency of the stool. Diarrheal causes quickened bowel movements which occur more regularly and in a, dare I say, explosive manner. This will cause added stress and strain on your body.

5 – Delaying a Bowel Movement

This is something that we all do at some point – stalling the evacuation of our bowels for whatever reason. We’ve all pushed the limits to the point where we wait until we’re about to explode!! Whether it be for work reasons, being lazy, playing sports, or simply not being near a toilet, it can easily happen to us all.

What people do not understand is that repeated stalling of bowel movements can have adverse side effects. You see, when we stall such a movement, the stuff that is on its way to being removed from our bodies becomes harder in texture.

This then leads to the issue that I explained in the constipation paragraph. Furthermore, it can also lead to pressure being exerted on the muscles and vessels in the rectum which is not a healthy thing to have happen.

6 – Being Overweight & Eating Rubbish

Obesity is a key player when it comes to understanding how rectal lumps can emerge in your body. The reason for this is pretty straightforward – the more weight that you’re carrying then the more pressure will be applied to your midsection.

Weight naturally gathers in the middle of your body, and this is exactly where haemorrhoids can form if there is too much pressure present. Weight caused by poor dietary habits will cause excess fat to gather around our pelvic and stomach area.

This will then cause great strain and pressure to be forced upon your rectal area. This is not good, not good at all.

In addition, consuming processed foods and the like, as well as not eating enough fruit and veg, will only elevate the chances of you gaining Piles. 

Healthy Diet

The above habits will cause your stool to become harder and harder to pass in a smooth fashion. This will then lead to extra pressure and strain occurring.

When it comes to avoiding these issues, the majority of advice that I can give you is of a commonsense approach. Possessing a healthy diet is not rocket science, it just takes a little bit of willingness to learn what’s healthy for you and what’s not, and also a tiny bit of commitment to eat well most of the time.

7 – Fiber & Fluids…Get Them In!!!

To carry on from the previous paragraph, there are two areas that are key when it comes to diet and preventing hemorrhoids. The first of these is the intake of fiber. The DRA (daily recommended amount) of fiber for a person varies from person to person, being decided by your physical size.

It’s roughly recommend that we should be aiming for in-between 20 – 35 grams of fiber every day. This will vary slightly from person to person. The important thing to understand is the reason as to why fiber is so vital. In a nutshell, this ingredient is key in ensuring that your stool is at its most malleable. This will decrease the chance of any problems when you are having a bowel movement.

Good examples of fiber sources are the following:

Foods with fiber

8 – Medical Issues

Serious health matters such as rectal cancer, IBS, tumors, heart disease, liver disease, and other such issues can also cause hemorrhoids to appear in the rectum and anal region.

Such issues can again cause stress and strain on sensitive parts of the body which can then have the knock-on effect of causing further health problems.

As always, if you think there is a problem with your body then it’s important that you visit your local doctor or health professional so that you can get the problem diagnosed as quickly as possible.

9 – Lack of Exercise

Forget rectal lumps for a moment, exercising regularly and at a good intensity is so unbelievably important to our efforts of maintaining and improving our overall health. Refraining from exercise does not have any upsides. These are just undeniable facts of life.

When it comes to the issue at hand, if you were to live a sedate lifestyle in which you did as little exercise as possible, then the result would be that your muscles would weaken – including those located in your rectum and its surrounding areas.

As explained before, lacking muscle strength in your rectum has been proven to cause issues such as Piles.

10 – Excessive Sitting

This particular cause is a leading contributor to the emergence of this health issue. In general, sitting down for long periods on a regular basis is terrible for your body.

The reason for this is because when we are in a seated position, the entire weight of your upper body is lying on our middle section.

This causes a great deal of stress on our pelvic region as well as the rectum. It’s also very bad for our lower back, even if we are sitting in an ergonomically correct way.

Humans were not designed to seat for hours on end – this is proven by our bodies becoming stiff and sore when we do exactly this.

Excessive sitting problems

Now, avoiding the practise of sitting down for overly long periods can be tough, especially if you work at desk, or behind wheel, for 40 hours a week. However, there are things that you can do if you stay conscious of this issue.

Simply by getting up from your chair every 30 - 40 minutes for a quick minute or two will greatly alleviate the stress that’s being placed on your middle section. Even better, if you can do a quick torso stretch as well then this will do wonders in avoiding any problems. Like I said, it’s just a case of consciously getting into the habit of doing such things.

The Leading Symptoms

Depending whether the problem is internal or external, there are several common symptoms that go along with this ailment. None of them are particularly pleasant, as you’ll soon see. Below I’ve outlines these nasty biproducts:

Blood Stains – these can appear in a variety of places such as our clothes; the toilet bowel; in excrement; and on toilet paper.

Rectal bleeding is a common element of this problem and occurs when the sores get irritated.

Anal Itching – this is one that I used to have serious problems with and is the most unpleasant of them all in my opinion. Known as Pruritus Ani in medical circles, it occurs when fluid leaks from the anal canal due to the swollen sores.

This leaking irritates the skin in this area and causes a quite intense itching sensation to begin.

The worse part of this symptom is that trying to scratch or clean the itching area will often make it worse. Absolutely no fun whatsoever. 🙂

Painful Bowel Movements – this symptom usually occurs when internal lumps are present.

Stool moving through the rectum can cause friction with any present hemorrhoids and this will lead to an unpleasant feeling.

Rectal Pain – this will occur when you sit down if you have rectal sores present. Sitting down will cause these haemorrhoids to become under severe pressure which will then lead to pain. 

Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done for this other than trying to avoid sitting if at all possible or being gentle if you have to.

This symptom is quite literally a tremendous pain in the ass.

Rectal Lumps – external sores will appear in the form of lumps in and around the anus. These will be painful if touched and some fabrics can cause irritation to occur.

Also, sitting down for long periods or sleeping on your back can, unfortunately, cause these lumps to become irritated and even worsen in condition.

Are They Permanent?

This is something that is commonly believed – that once you experience this issue then it will be with you for the rest of your days. You’ll be happy to know that this rubbish!! I had severe Piles for many years yet managed to banish them to the past.

Haemorrhoids is only a reoccurring issue if you fail to be proactive in treating them. Now, of course, the speed in which you get rid of your own hemorrhoids will depend entirely on the severity of the case. However, what’s key to understand is that this health problem is not a permanent one.

It tends to be the case that internal sores do not stick around for as long the external ones, with it even being possible to get rid of this type within a few days’ time. External ones might take a bit longer.

The Best 4 Prevention Methods

OK, so now let’s get to the most important aspect of all – how to treat existing haemorrhoids. This topic is worth reading even if you do not have Piles as it’s always good to know how to deal with an issue correctly from the very get go. Being proactive trumps being reactive any day of the week.

There are ways that you can treat existing Piles as well as preventing any appearing in the first place. I’ve outline the best methods in the below section.

1 – Fiber Supplements

Fiber in general is greatly effective at softening our stool which then makes it easy to pass through our bodies. This will lessen the chances of any irritation or inflammation occurring. This element can be obtained from such foods that I listed in above section – there are tonnes of different options.

Due to the fact that there are plenty of sources of food from which fiber can be gotten from, it makes it quite easy to ensure that you’re getting enough in your daily diet. In addition, a top quality fiber supplement is another great method of getting your required dose. The great aspect about this method is that you know exactly how much fiber you’re ingesting.

2 – Essential Oils

EOs are one of the best natural remedies for a whole host of different ailments. The uses and benefits of these oils are numerous and incredibly effective. This is very evident when EOs are discussed as being a treatment for rectal sores.

Many EOs have super strong anti-inflammatory abilities which work to shrink the swollen veins in a person’s rectum which is vital in alleviating the itchy sensation and even the pain associated with this problem.

For a complete look at how EOs can bring relief and even cure this issue, please click on the image below for a thorough review:

Essential oils that treat hemorrhoids

3 – Witch Hazel

This is quite a popular treatment method for this ailment as this substance possesses strong antiseptic and astringent properties. These two elements are super effective at reducing the swelling that comes about with a haemorrhoids outbreak.

Witch Hazel also has tannin incorporated into its makeup. This ingredient has strong anti-inflammatory capabilities which can supply relief from this rectal issue.

Click here for an example of a top Witch Hazel option in July 2020.

4 – A Top Rated Cream

(The Health Base Choice)

The reason why I’ve recommended this method above the other is quite simple – because this is what worked for me.

Different methods work for different cases, but I can only back the methods that have worked for me.

I tried several different options before giving one of the top brands a go. I never looked back once I had.


These top creams have been scientifically designed to attack and neutralize the issues associated with rectal lumps, which overall makes them super effective at treating this issue. However, there is a downside – that being deciding on which cream to choose.

This, as is the case with any product, is the hard part of being a consumer. So many options, so much information!! I’ve taken the time to review the cream that I myself used to rid Piles from my life. You can find this review by clicking on the image below.

Venapro Hemorrhoid Cream

The Key Do’s & Do Not’s


…pay attention to your bathroom routine and habits. By this I mean the length of time you spend sitting on the toilet; the type of toilet paper you use; the wipes you use; et cetera et cetera. By ensuring that you have healthy bathroom habits, this will greatly reduce any potential risks.

…exercise regularly with a good intensity level. Exercising has the natural effect of causing our bodies to sweat. Sweating has the massive benefit of excreting harmful toxins from our body as well as maintaining a healthy circulation of blood. This will overall promote smooth and unobstructed bowel movements.

…be conscious of the clothes your wear. If you’re already suffering from hemorrhoids, then clothes can play an important role in not aggravating the issue. I found that the best type of clothes are loose fitting garments, usually of a cotton variation. Try and avoid anything that is tight and restricting.

…try and sleep on your side or stomach. I know that this isn’t always possible as we can only control our movements during sleep to a certain extent. It’s a good idea to try at least to fall asleep on your side or stomach. Sleeping on your back can cause undue pressure on your rectal area.

…take care of what you consume. When it comes to the issue that we’re discussing, fiber and hydration are the two key dietary points that you’ll need to keep in mind. There are plenty of different types of fiber, so you should be able to find something that you like. Drinking plenty of water is a rule of thumb for an overall healthy lifestyle.


…put off nature’s call. If your body is telling you that you need to visit the toilet then it’s in your own best interest to listen to it!! Whether it be a no.1 or no. 2, only negative things can come from waiting so best to not allow this to happen in the first place.

…try force a bowel movement. This can easily occur if you’re in a rush, or if you’re trying to force a movement that perhaps is not actually needed. Either such action can cause great strain and pressure on your rectal region. This will then lead to problems with the veins located in this area.

…use soaps; shower gels; shampoos; and conditioners that contain large amounts of chemicals. Try your best to use products that are as natural as possible. Chemicals and other manufactured ingredients can irritate sensitive areas of the body.

…engage in anal sex if you are suffering from this problem. The reasons for this are pretty obvious, it really is a terrible idea. My best advice on this matter is that visit your local doctor or health professional so they can suggest the best course of action.

…sit or stand for overly long periods of time. I’ve already explained how sitting for hours on length is terrible for your health in general. Well, the same can be said for standing. This too will cause pressure and strain on certain parts of your body that then might lead to health issues. Though, in saying this, standing for hours on length is certainly not as harmful as sitting for the same time period. As with most things in life, variation is what you should be aiming for. 🙂

20 Natural Remedies

As I bring to a close my guide on this issue, I though I’d also mention some home remedies that people often turn to when it comes to this health problem. Before I begin, I must note that these remedies really shouldn’t be seen as long-term solutions.

Instead, it’s more prudent to see them as methods that might bring about some short-term relief. I personally tried most of the methods listed below as I battled with my Piles. While some of them did bring relief, it wasn’t until I started using a professional cream that I started to see real results.

Still, some of them really are worth a go so let’s have a quick look at what they entail and why they’re recommended.

1 – Coconut Oil


This is a method that has been used for generations. Drinking either coconut oil and milk on a daily basis can result in you benefiting from certain properties that are ideal in preventing constipation and diarrhoea. These substances are quite expensive though so be economical when using them.

In addition, coconut oil can be applied in a topical fashion to the rectal sores. This oil contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can bring relief to the pain and itchy sensation associated with this problem.

2 – Ice

This is one of the more simpler methods it has to be said. Ice is used for a variety of injures and ailments as it can bring relief to inflamed areas. Applying ice to such an area will cause a numbing sensation as well as helping to bring down any swelling.

The trick behind using ice is to avoid applying it directly onto the same area of skin for more than a few seconds – prolonged contact will lead to ice burns. Most people wrap ice in a cloth to avoid this problem. Another way is to rub the ice in circular motions on the affected area – this will provide maximum benefits of the ice while negating any risk of the skin becoming further irritated.

3 – Lemon Juice

There have been studies done that have indicated that lemon juice can provide relief from the bleeding that comes with rectal sores. This juice is high in vitamin C and other such beneficial elements that can work to boost your body’s defences.

As with coconut oil, lemon juice can be taken orally or else applied topically. Just be careful with the latter as it can tend to cause a burning sensation if rubbed into open sores.


4 – Petroleum Jelly

This product is used all around the world as a lubricant and thus makes it perfect for applying to the rectal area. This will help to facilitate smooth bowel movements

Jelly has a secondary benefit as well, one that is born from the zinc oxide that is found in its makeup. Zinc oxide can effectively offer relief from the inflammation associated with rectal sores, this lowering the levels of pain that are present.

5 – Potatoes

This one might cause you to raise an eyebrow or two but it’s actually quite effective! Potatoes are a vegetable that possess astringent properties. These properties can provide relief associated with haemorrhoids.

The best way of availing of this method is to extract the juice from raw potatoes, then apply this juice to the affected area. This treatment is best suited for external sores.

6 – Turmeric


Turmeric is world famous for having top quality antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

It’s also relatively cheap to buy. It’s a simple process of mixing the turmeric with a bit of water, or even some lemon juice or coconut oil.

Then simply apply the resulting paste to the affected area.

7 – Oak Bark

Another left-field method for you. I never actually tried this one, but I have read testimonials from people who found it beneficial. The bark of an oak tree is well known for having antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties.

The best method of applying the bark is to first boil a length of it in a container of water for 10-15 minutes. Then, after it has sufficiently cooled down, simply apply it to the affected area. A prime time to attempt this would be if you were sitting down for an hour or so to read at night.

I have heard that this method does not interact well with constipation so keeps this in mind if you are having constipation issues.

8 – Rutin

Rutin is a complex sugar that can be located in such foods as prunes; blackberries; peppers; cherries; lemons; oranges; limes; apricots; buckwheat; and grape fruits amongst other things. When ingested, this ingredient works to add strength to blood vessels and capillaries.

The fact that this ingredient can be found in so many sources means that it’s a readily available treatment method. And cheap too. 😊

9 – Cayenne Pepper

Unbeknownst to most people, this specific type of pepper has high levels of alkaloids and glucosides.

These marvelous elements have several benefits including the following: speeds up the healing process of damaged blood vessels; cleanses blood; and provides flexibility to arteries, veins, and capillaries.

I’d feel remiss if I didn’t add a warning to this method. This pepper can be a bit too much for some people’s indigestion capabilities, so be careful. It might be worth your time doing a bit more research into this method before attempting it.

Cayenne pepper

10 – Pomegranate

This is a well-known remedy for hemorrhoids. Various parts of the Pomegranate tree have high astringent capabilities which are very useful in treating this ailment, especially in reducing any swelling.

There are quite a few ways of actually utilizing this method due to the fact that there’s more than one part of the pomegranate tree that can be used. Again, some research on your end will be needed to pinpoint which is the best technique.

11 – Radish Juice

Possessing strong antioxidant elements, radish juice is ideally suited for this issue. Furthermore, this type of juice is also high in fiber content which I’ve already explained is key in the battle against Piles.

Radish juice can effectively cleanse your system and reduce the symptoms linked with this ailment. Also, it doesn’t taste anywhere near as bad you might think! 😊

12 – Ginger

Ginger root

This natural ingredient is brilliant at cleansing a person’s blood which in turn promotes healthy cell growth as well as boosting the circulation of blood throughout our bodies.

This will result in our stool becoming soft and malleable, something that is vital if our bowel movements are going to be unhindered.

You can also apply ginger directly to the rectal sores for some instant relief.

13 – Cumin Seeds

This is another all-natural ingredient that is high both in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties – two weapons that are ideally suited to combat hemorrhoids.

It’s simple enough to crush some of these seeds into a fine powder. Then simply add a tablespoon or two to a glass of water and down the hatch it goes!

14 – Bitter Gourd

This is an ingredient that is ideally suited for the bleeding element of this problem. This is due to the fact that bitter gourd has been proven to be effective at adding strength to the vein walls that line the rectal area.

In addition to this, bitter gourd is also believed to have the ability to prevent stool residue from sticking in the digestive tract. This is a key thing to happen as blockages can cause a build up of pressure in your anal canal.

15 – Bananas

Bananas have a whole host of health benefits, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most common fruits in the world. This yellow fruit supplies our bodies with such vital minerals and vitamins like potassium; vitamin B; manganese; vitamin C; and magnesium.

In addition to eating the fruit, the peel of the banana can also be used to treat this issue. If you rub the peel on rectal sores, then this can result in them being soothed and even reduced in terms of swelling.

This overall can help ease the itching sensation associated with such an issue.


16 – Garlic

Garlic is super rich in such elements like minerals; amino acids; sulphur; and health boosting enzymes. All of these factors result in it being a very strong anti-inflammatory; antibacterial; astringent; and detoxifying ingredient.

What makes this option so attractive is that garlic can be added to a whole host of meals in order to boost the flavour of the dish. This results in garlic being both super healthy and delicious at the same time! There’s not that many treatment methods that can match this boast. 😊

17 – Psyllium

This is a type of fiber that is a great way of getting that extra kick of this mineral if you think you need it, or perhaps if you believe you’re not getting enough fiber from your diet.

Taken from the Plantago Ovata tree, psyllium is very effective at softening our stool deposits which will greatly diminish the risk of constipation and other digestive issues.

18 – Prunes

Dried prunes

This fruit is a natural laxative and is one that’s rather delish if I don’t say so myself! Prunes also contain quite a bit of fiber in them which overall makes them super health for our digestive functions.

Just be careful how many prunes you eat, or prune juice you drink. If you’re not sure why I say this, perhaps you should google laxative! 🙂

19 – Goat’s Milk

This particular inclusion is a rather specialized one as it’s very effective at helping with Piles that appear due to pregnancy. Though, in saying this, it can help if sores appear for other reasons as well.

With regards to the pregnancy element, haemorrhoids can appear during this period of a woman’s life because of them becoming lactose intolerant. Therefore, by eating low-lactose foods like goat’s milk, this can be really beneficial.

20 – Dry Figs

This is another fruit that I’m a massive fan of! Not only are dry figs full of taste and flavour, they are also super healthy. I personally eat dried figs three or four times a week – probably a bit too often I’m being honest!!

Much like prunes, figs are full of fiber as well as being a natural laxative. As we’ve covered before, these two elements are vital in the battle against Piles. Though, as I said is the case with prunes, it’s probably best not to stuff your face on a regular basis with this fruit type.

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Trial and Error Required

You may be thinking to yourself, how do I know which of these methods are the best? There’s quite a few and, in all truthfulness, I could have easily doubled the twenty that I chose to mention. Also, if you google these methods you’ll find people that say it worked miracles for them…and you’ll also find people who swear they did nothing for their haemorrhoids. Such is the “beauty” of the internet!

A lot of it really does come down trial and error unfortunately – what works for one person might not necessarily work for someone else. Also, you’ve properly noticed that I didn’t give any exact methods or steps on how to apply or perform the above methods.

This, again, is because there are so many varying methods for each treatment type. It really will take a bit of research and testing on your behalf to locate what’s best for you. While there is certainly no harm in trying a few of these out, I feel it prudent to repeat my words from the start of this section.

Those words being…


Don’t Pin All Your Hopes on Natural Remedies

Look, some of these methods might indeed alleviate your condition, but it’s important to note that it’s highly unlikely that any of the above will cure your rectal lumps completely. Unfortunately, when it comes to this health issue, usually something a bit stronger is required.

This is where the methods that I mentioned earlier on come into the equation. These methods – in particular the creams – have science as well as nature imbued in them. This gives you the best of both worlds when it comes to taking the fight to those pesky rectal sores.

My personal recommendation would be to buy a top-level cream as well as perhaps experimenting with a few of the natural treatments that I outlined above. This is the treatment method that ultimately banished my Piles to being nothing more than faint memory.


How do you get hemorrhoids?

There are quite a number of different potential causes, put they usually all stem from either unhealthy habits or excessive strain and stress on your rectal area.

How to do you get rid of Piles?

In my opinion the best course of action is to purchase a top-rated cream as well as trying some natural solutions for short-term relief.

What do hemorrhoids look like?

I describe them as rectal lumps because this is essentially what they look – varying sized lumps that appear underneath the surface of our skin.

What is the best hemorrhoid treatment over the counter?

As I’ve stated already, I think the best over the counter treatment comes in the form of a top-rated cream. These creams have been designed to treat this ailment so it’s no surprise that they’re super effective at doing just this.

What do Piles feel like?

Usually this issue will result in painful and itching sensations in your rectal area. This will mean quite a bit of discomfort will ensue.

How to treat Piles at home?

Any of the home natural remedies are well worth a try, though there will be varying levels of effectiveness. Again, a cream is the way to go if you’re looking for a tried and tested DIY method. Of course, it’s always prudent to visit your local doctor if you have a health issue.

Concluding Thoughts

That brings an end to my comprehensive guide on this health issue. I truly hope that you found it informative but also reassuring. Piles, as I well know, is a nasty affliction to have, but by no means does it have to be permanent or a recurring one.

If you really put your mind to it, take the necessary steps, and apply some common sense, then you can quite easily remove this problem from your life once for all. The reason why I can say this with such certainty is because this is exactly what I managed to do. 😊

Take Care & Be Well,



Hemorrhoid Myths – Part Two

Piles myths


Hello, guys, Ann here with another informational article concerning an issue that we at the Health Base have received many questions about.

Due to the fact that we got so many questions about hemorrhoids and the myths that surround this issue, I decided to write two separate articles. This is Part Two, you can find the first one here.

In this article I will look at 10 common myths that often pop when this issue is being discussed. Some of these myths are actually true; some have bits of truth in them; and others are just straight up nonsense!

It’s important that you are able separate the truth from the lies. Why? For the simple reason that only by possessing the correct information regarding a health issue can you then set about finding the best treatment for it.

This health issue is one that I've had personal experience with and this is the main reason why I took it upon myself to write these articles. OK, so that's the intro taken care of, now let’s get to the myths and see what we have. 😊

Also, for a complete look at this health issue, take some time read our complete hemorrhoid treatment guide. 

​1st Myth: Only Affects Unhealthy People

Haemorrhoids is one of those annoying issues where your overall health doesn’t necessarily play a role in deciding whether or not you are susceptible to being affected. Potentially, you could be super human with regards to your dietary habits and exercise regime…and yet still suffer from this issue.

This is obviously a frustrating aspect of this ailment. I can imagine that it’s tough to be super conscious and active when it comes to your health, only to be then struck down by such a nasty affliction as this one. Unfortunately, this is just a reality of hemorrhoids – they can affect anyone.

Though, in saying this, having a healthy and balanced diet can greatly reduce the chances of getting, and the impact of existing, Piles. In particular, eating plenty of fiber is key in this area. Fiber is essential as it makes your digestive functions work in a smooth, unobstructed manner.

The Truth: this problem can affect pretty much anyone. Though, studies have shown that it tends to be more prominent in people over the age of 50, and that a healthy diet can greatly help.

2nd Myth: Pregnancy Can Be a Factor

This is actually correct. There was a report released recently that indicated that as up to as much of a third of pregnant women will have problems from this issue.

Personally, I think that this incredibly unfair…pregnancy is hard enough without having to worry about this and other such issues like stretch marks!!☹

However, despite the unjustness of it, there is a logical reason why this is the case. During pregnancy, there is a natural increase in the blood vessels located in the pelvic region.

This can very easily lead to lumps forming.


Despite this doom and gloom assessment, there are ways of preventing this happening. This is where your doctor or local health professional comes into the equation. These people have the knowledge and the experience and, as such, will be able to steer you in the right direction.

The Truth: pregnancy can indeed lead to lumps in your rectal area forming, though there are ways to combat and prevent this from happening.

3rd Myth: No Treatment Equals No Cure

This one is debated amongst health professionals. When it comes to issues of health, it’s very rare that a problem of a serious nature will simply disappear all on its own accord. Usually, some sort of treatment is required to solve the problem.

This, in a general way, is the best way to view Piles. There have been documented cases where hemorrhoids have disappeared without treatment, but these cases are not the norm. The majority of the time a treatment is required.

Luckily, when it comes to haemorrhoids, there are quite a few invasive, relatively cheap treatment methods that are popular and effective. These DIY home methods are well worth giving a try if you suffer from this issue.

The Truth: for the majority of cases with this issue, treatment is indeed needed if you are to successfully remove the problem. Very minor cases can possibly dissipate without additional steps being taken, but this is a risky plan – you’re much better off tackling the issue when it is in its infancy rather than waiting. This could result in the problem getting worse.

4th Myth: Excessive Sitting is a Leading Cause

This is absolutely true and something that is very important to understand when it comes to this issue. In general, staying in a seated position is not great for our bodies.

Our ancient ancestors understood this and thus they used to squat in order to rest, something that sounds insane to the modern person!

You see, when we are in a sitting position, our weight is compressed and concentrated onto our midsection – this can then cause issues to our hips and lower back.

This is the reason why you’ll feel stiff and sore after sitting down for too long.

Pain from sitting

With regards to Piles, excessive sitting can actually lead to this ailment forming in the first place. This can happen because of the aforementioned pressure on our midsection that I outlined above. An easy way to prevent this, and to also stave off structural issues with your body, is to try and limit your sitting to 30 or 40 minutes at a time. Simply by getting up for a minute or two, and maybe doing a quick stretch, will help hugely.

The Truth: sitting for long periods is very harmful when it comes to these rectal lumps – both in being a cause of them forming, as well as worsening existing ones.

5th Myth: Bleeding Will Always Occur

While bleeding from the rectum is something that is commonly associated with haemorrhoids, it’s not an ever-present symptom as many people believe. The bleeding occurs when existing external lumps become irritated – this can come in the form of a few drops or even a heavy flow.

However, if the issue you are suffering from is of the internal variety, then bleeding is something that might not ever be present.

It must be noted that there are numerous causes of rectal bleeding with, no surprise here, none of them being a good sign. This is why it’s always important to go to your doctor if you notice bleeding from the rectum. This is solid advice when it comes to unexplained bleeding from any part of the body!!

The Truth: rectal bleeding is often a symptom of external Piles, but it could also mean something else. Also, internal lumps might not result in bleeding occurring.

6th Myth: Medical Examination is Painful


This is a particularly annoying myth surrounding this issue. It can also be a harmful one. For example, if a person chose to believe that a visit to the doctor was going to be a painful experience, then they could very well to decide to delay this visit, or indeed put it off altogether.

This, of course, will only result in their health problem getting more serious. This is doubly significant when it comes to rectal lumps as there is already a shame element linked with this problem which often stops people from visiting their local doctor’s office.

OK let’s be honest here, having a doctor inspect your rectal region will not be a nice experience – it’ll be uncomfortable and embarrassing. But, and this is the important thing, it will not be excessively painful as some sources will have you believe.

Doctors use such things as gloves and lubricant to avoid causing any undue discomfort. So, while it probably won’t be a fun visit, it shouldn’t be one that you’re overly worried about. Therefore, for the sake of your health, it shouldn’t be something that is avoided.

The Truth: the simple answer is no. Visiting a doctor is always recommended when it comes to this issue, or indeed any health concern.

7th Myth: Anal Intercourse Will Exacerbate the Issue

There is both truth and falsehood in the above statement. A lot of people believe that engaging in anal intercourse will cause Piles to appear – this is not true and there is no evidence to suggest that such a thing will happen.

However, it is true that anal intercourse can cause exiting an existing rectal lumps issue to worsen in severity. The reason for this should be quite obvious.

It is therefore important that you visit your doctor if this particular issue could be a problem for you.

The Truth: anal intercourse will not cause haemorrhoids to appear but it can very easily irritate existing ones, so take care.

​8th Myth: Black Pepper Can Be a Cause

Black pepper

This myth ties into the spicy food myth that I discussed in Part One of this topic. There is no food or ingredient that will directly cause Piles – that’s the short answer.

Consuming black pepper in moderation will have absolutely no adverse effect on your health, unless you happen to be allergic to it. The only issue that may occur when it comes to black pepper and haemorrhoids is perhaps other health issues occurring.

One such issue could be constipation – something that is a real possibility if you were to consume very spicy food. This constipation could then cause problems for any existing Piles by irritating them.

The Truth: black pepper won’t cause rectal lumps or irritate ones that are already there, but consuming spicy food might cause other problems that will adversely affect any Piles that may be present.

​9th Myth: This Will Be a Recurring Issue

This is a common myth that revolves around this health problem, and it’s one that is obviously very concerning. There is very little worse in this world than a recurring health condition that could be with you for the rest of your life.

In saying this, Piles will only become a recurring issue if you do not treat it properly and in a prompt fashion. It most certainly will reoccur if you do not initiate an effective treatment plan, or if you start one and then stop when you start to see results.

Using a top cream or essential oil are two such treatments that you can do from the comfort of your home. Include a high fiber diet and plenty of water, and you’ll soon be well on your way to banishing hemorrhoids from your life.

The Truth: it will not be a recurring issue if you deal with it in an effective manner.

10th Myth: Consuming Enough Fiber Will Negate the Risk

It is definitely true that fiber plays a vital role in both preventing haemorrhoids from appearing as well as helping with the treatment of existing ones.

However, fiber and dietary habits is only one of the elements that surround this issue.

Eating plenty of fiber and not worrying about anything else is by no means a sure-fire way of avoiding or getting rid of this health issue.

It’s also worth noting that, when it comes to fiber intake, drinking plenty of water is vital.

Water will help lubricate your food and ensure that it is digested and expelled in a smooth, economical fashion.

Foods with fiber content

The Truth: fiber is certainly helpful when it comes to haemorrhoids, but you shouldn’t think that it’s the only significant factor.

Final Word

Well that’s all I have to say on this issue, I hope that it helped you in some way. Make sure that you also check out the related content that we at the Health Base have constructed – I’ve supplied the necessary links at the bottom of this page.

Of course, if you have questions about the stuff that I’ve covered in this article, or any suggestions for future pieces, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Also, if you are in midst of hemorrhoid problem and are just looking for a quick solution, then take a look at our full guide in which we look at one of the leading creams that is available on the market today.

Take Care & Be Well,



Hemorrhoid Myths – Part One

Myths associated with haemorrhoids

A Short Hello

Welcome to the Health Base, folks. Ann here with an article that will greatly interest you if you’ve ever had the misfortune of suffering from Piles. Unfortunately, I have had that very misfortune.

This is a nasty affliction that's something that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. It’s sore, irritating, distracting, and embarrassing. In short, it’s a real pain in the ass…pun intended. 😊

However, a super annoying factor about this health issue is that there is a lot of false information and half-truths surrounding it. These myths are really unhelpful as they can cause people to treat their own haemorrhoids incorrectly. Or, even worse, put off treating them entirely.

This is never an advisable course of action as health issues rarely just go away by themselves. So, with that said, this is why it’s important to have all the facts. Only then can we set about returning to top form.

In this article, I will look at some of the more common myths and fables that surround the issue of hemorrhoids. Hopefully you’ll find it helpful!

Myth 1: This is Not a Common Affliction

This first belief is completely wrong. This actually is a very common affliction that affect lots of people in every part of the world. In fact, a research study recently done hypothesized that 70-75% of people will suffer from this issue in one form or the other at some point in their lives.

This study alone completely disproves this myth. A potential reason why this myth is a common belief could be because of the stigma that surrounds the issue – the embarrassment and personal nature of this problem understandably means that it’s not talked about in an open manner.

The Reality: they are indeed a common medical issue, something that has been proven time and time again by medical research. This is also the reason why there are so many DIY home remedies for this problem, because of its ubiquitous nature. 

Myth 2: Pain Indicates a Problem

While pain in the rectal area can indeed indicate that you have an issue, this not a fool proof method of diagnosing this health concern.

The reason for this is because haemorrhoids can appear both in an internal and external form.

The external variety usually are quite sore as they are directly affected when we sit down or from the friction caused by clothes. Internal Piles on the other hand might not actually cause any pain whatsoever, though bleeding is a common side effect of this type.

Of course, pain in your rectal area could also indicate another health issue. This is why it’s always important that you visit your local health specialist if you believe that there is an abnormal change with your body.


The Reality: pain can indicate an external problem, but a lack of pain doesn’t mean that you are not suffering from this malady.

Myth 3: It Only Affects Elderly People

This myth is completely wrong. As mentioned before, this health issue is a very common one and is not restricted to a certain age group. However, in saying this, it is most probable that you will suffer from haemorrhoids between the ages of 45 and 65.

This is what the research has proven. Though, it must be noted, it’s still common to see this problem rear its ugly head in younger adults. The reason why it’s more common in people who have passed through their 20s and 30s is due to the fact that, over time, the connective tissue that lies between our anus and rectum weakens – this makes this area more susceptible to certain ailments.

Also, this myth depends on what exactly you think “old age” is!! Some people think 45-65 constitutes being old, other people (myself) scoff at this line of thinking. Life begins at 50, after all. 😊

The Reality: this problem is more common in people over the age of 50, but there are no age groups that are free from this problem occurring.

Myth 4: Spicy Food is the Culprit

This is quite a common myth that actually makes sense if you think about the affect that foods of a spicy nature have on our bodies. However, the truth actually is that spicy food plays no role in the emergence of this problem.

Hems originate from stress and strain that occurs in our anus – mainly due to the veins and blood vessels becoming enlarged. It has absolutely nothing to do with our metabolism. To strengthen this point, there is no research or evidence that proves hot foods cause haemorrhoids.

In saying this, such food can cause issues like constipation and diarrhea which can then put more stress on our rectal area. This can exacerbate the issue of Piles. In addition, and on a related train of thought, a safe bet is to stay away from the following food if you are in the midst of a hemorrhoid problem:

Foods to avoid

The Reality: spicy food won’t bring on this health issue, but it might lead to certain problems that you’d want to avoid.

Myth 5: Your Diet Has No Impact

Healthy Diet

I’ve touched upon this point in the previous paragraph, as there are certain food groups that you should avoid if you’re struggling with this particular health problem.

Basically, anything that you think might cause issues for your digestion and stomach is something that you’ll want to avoid.

Also, you’ll want to ensure that you are consuming a healthy dose of fiber on a daily basis.

Fiber is essential in making sure all foods pass through your body in a smooth fashion – something that is key to in your attempts to avoid irritating any existing hemorrhoids.

A healthy dose of fiber comes in at around 20 – 35 grams per day, depending on your size.  Males will often need to consume more than females as they are usually the larger of the two sexes.

The Reality: a healthy, balanced, fiber filled diet will greatly help any issues.

Myth 6: Do Not Exercise

I’m afraid that if you’ve been telling yourself and others that you don’t exercise because of Piles, then you may want to come up with a better excuse! 🙂 Exercise, of course, is very good for you and you should never skip it due to this problem.

There is only one exercise related issue when it comes to haemorrhoids – that being that incorrect weight lifting technique can cause your rectum to experience undue stress and strain. This can then lead to Piles emerging or, indeed, existing ones’ worsening.

However, if your form is good then you shouldn’t worry about any such issues. If you’re unsure about correct weight lifting form, then a quick search on YouTube will supply you with the right points. This is especially prevalent for exercises such a dead lifting and squatting.

The Reality: only incorrect lifting techniques can negatively this issue. Healthy exercise habits will cause no adverse reactions.

Myth 7: Cold Surfaces Can be a Cause

This a strange one and the only reason that I’m including it in this article is because a lot of people actually seem to believe that sitting on a cold surface can cause problems. I’ll alleviate those concerns by saying that this categorically untrue.

There is no evidence to support this myth. In fact, sitting on a cold surface, or using such tools as ice packs or a cold compresses, can greatly help with reducing the pain and swelling that is associated with haemorrhoids.

Though in saying this, there is a link between sitting and the emergence of this problem. Sitting for long periods can really exacerbate this problem so that’s something to keep in mind.

The Reality: there hasn’t been a tonne of research done on this issue, but the studies that have been done haven’t resulted in a link between cold surfaces and Piles.

Myth 8: Risk of Cancer is Increased

Again, as with most of these myths, there is absolutely no evidence to prove that this is true. Whether it be scientific research, group testing, or individual experiences, there simply isn’t any information out there that backs up this myth.

However, with this said, there are few cancer related points that you should be aware of. Symptoms associated with hemorrhoids are actually very similar to those of rectal cancer.

This is just another undeniable reason why you should always go and see a health professional if you think there’s an issue. Self-diagnosing is never recommended.

colon cancer

Hems cannot lead to cancer, but there is evidence that cancer in the rectum can you make you more vulnerable to Piles appearing – in particular colorectal cancer. This is due to the fact that a tumor in this area of you body will put pressure on the veins there.

The Reality: cancerous tumors are not caused by this issue, but tumors can indeed result in haemorrhoids forming.

Myth 9: Hot Surfaces Can Lead to Breakouts  

This myth is debunked for pretty much the same reasons as the cold surfaces myth. The heat in which your sitting on, or in, will have no effect on this particular health issue.

As with sitting on cold areas, it’s the amount of time that you spend in a seated position that will be the potential problem, rather than the temperature of you seat.

The best way to avoid any such issue is to try and not sit down for more than 40 minutes. Even if you only get up and walk around for a minute or so. This will help greatly, not only for any hemorrhoids issues but also for your spine and overall posture.

The Reality: sitting on a hot surface will not affect this issue in any way.

Myth 10: Surgery is the Only Solution

This is not only a complete fabrication, it’s also quite a harmful lie! If everyone believed that haemorrhoids could only be cured by surgery, then far more people wouldn’t even attempt to cure their problem – rather they’d just try and live with it instead of going under the knife.

This is absurd and unnecessary.

In most circumstances, surgery is the last resort, and it’s usually only used for serious health conditions. When it comes to Piles, it’s actually very rare that surgery would be required. 


The symptoms of this disorder can be alleviated from other, less invasive treatments.

One such treatment is to use a top quality cream – such creams have been proven by science and by consumer testing to bring relief to this issue. Another method is to include the use of essential oils. These natural oils have also been proven to be effective with this problem.

The Reality: not only is it inaccurate to say that surgery is the only solution, it’s not even a rarely used one. A cream is a far better option, and the Health Base’s recommended one.

The Bottom Line

(Intentional pun again 😉 )

As you can see, there is a lot of nonsense and confusion surrounding this issue. The trick, as with everything, is trying to separate the fact from the fiction. Easier said than done, I know. 

However, with the information that I’ve supplied in this article, you should be better placed going forward to know what the truth is. Hopefully this will also ensure that you’ll be able to spot the half-truths and straight up nonsense that surround this topic.

Take Care & Be Well,



Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids – Best 5 Options

Hemorrhoid home treatment


Hello, guys, Ann here with a quick article based on a topic that we get asked about quite a bit. That topic being one once centered around home remedies for haemorrhoids. In particular, I will be focusing on which remedies are most common and which ones are actually effective.

Piles are a particularly nasty affliction, and, unfortunately, it’s also one that is commonplace in the modern world. A serious problem with this issue lies in the psychological impact that it can have on a person.

People who suffer from haemorrhoids are often too ashamed or self-conscious to visit a doctor or health specialist. This is understandable, and thus the reason why home remedies like top rated creams or essential oils are all the rage.

I used to suffer quite badly with this health issue so, unfortunately, what I speak of comes from personal experience.

Below I will outline some of the more popular home remedies for hemorrhoids, so hopefully you will see something that’ll catch your fancy. 😊

How to Treat Hemorrhoids at Home?

I think it’s fair to say that everyone would prefer to treat their health issues in the comfort of their own home.

Visiting doctors and hospitals takes effort and time; it can be quite expensive; and, as is with this particular issue, it can bring about feelings of embarrassment and angst.

Now, we at theHealthBase always advocate that you make use of your local health professional if you indeed have a health issue – that’ what they are there for, after all. 

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However, there’s no harm in also trying some home methods of treatment as well. Below are some proven methods of how to treat haemorrhoids at home. Once you have the correct information then there's no reason why some of the following options couldn't work for you.

1 – Sitz Baths

A Sitz bath is one of the more commonly attempted remedies for haemorrhoids pain as it softens and soothes the effected area. With regards to what this treatment actually entails, it’s basically a small bath that is designed so a person can place their posterior in it.

There are a few different variations, but the most common type of a Sitz bath comes in the form of a small apparatus that fits over your toilet bowl. You then fill this bath apparatus with warm water and add in some essential oils that are specifically designed to treat such issues as Piles (I’ll discuss these oils in more depth in a short while).

Below are the pros and cons of this treatment type:


  • Relaxing and Soothing – will bring relief to the affected area in terms of the pain associated with this issue. 

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    Positive Impact – due to the use of essential oils, this method will result in a positive change in your condition.


  • Time Restrictive – it’s widely advised that you use this treatment after you’ve had a bowel movement, more for practical reasons rather than any health benefits. This means that you’ll have to plan when to avail this treatment in advance. This is something that’s not always going to be feasible. For example, bringing the Sitz bath into work isn’t exactly a great idea!! If you have a bowel movement schedule that rivals Sheldon Cooper’s, then this probably won’t be an issue (😊). However, for most people, it can be a bit tricky to gauge exact bowel movements so it’s something that’s worth noting.                                                                                
  • Time Consuming and Effort – it’s recommended that you stay sitting in your Sitz bath for 15 minutes and then to repeat this treatment twice daily time. This means that this method is more time consuming than some of the other remedies I’ll be looking at.                               
  • Cost – this treatment altogether will cost in and around $30 - $40. This is including the actual Sitz bath device and enough essential oils for a couple of weeks. This isn’t an exorbitant amount of money by any means, but it’s certainly more expensive than other available options.

2 – Apple Cider Vinegar

Using apple cider vinegar to treat any type of skin issue is something that is a highly contentious approach. Yes, this product can potentially remove such skin maladies like skin tags; warts; and even hemrrohoids.

However, this really doesn’t tell the whole story. A main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid…the key word here being acid!

Acid and skin are very rarely a good combination and this is where the problem lies with regards to using this as a treatment method.

Apple cider vinegar can very easily burn and irritate your skin if not used properly, something that will only exacerbate the issue that you’re trying to cure.

Bottle of apple cider vinegar

Verdict: Any possible positives are outweighed by the major con that this substance is potentially harmful to the skin. Therefore, this is a really risky treatment method that should be avoided, especially when there are other options that are completely safe and also more effective.

3 – Psyllium Husk

This is a bit of an out of the box option but one that has been proven to help to a certain degree. It’s not an option that you should solely rely upon, but it’s definitely one that can be helpful when used in conjunction with other treatment methods.

With regards to what this substance is, psyllium husk is a fiber supplement that people often take so as to ensure they consume the recommended amount of fiber on a daily basis. By taking this supplement, and thus boosting your fiber intake, this ensures your stools are nice and soft which will make them easier to pass.


  • Boosts Fibre Intake – this will be advantageous in minimizing the irritation of existing haemorrhoids.


  • Won’t Treat the Existing Issue – this supplement will not actively treat existing Piles but rather will just have an impact on your fibre intake.                                           
  • Additional Treatment Options Required – because of the above reason, you’ll need to use other treatment options in conjunction with this supplement.                                           
  • Too Much Fibre – remember that you can get quite a large amount of fibre from food sources, so you’ll need to be careful about over doing it by also taking psyllium husk. Too much fibre will lead to such stomach issues as cramps and gas building up.                                     
  • More Water – you will need to drink more water than normal if you are taking this supplement. This is so as to ensure that there are no digestive issues brought about from the boost in fibre intake.                                    

4 – A Top Quality Cream*

(*The Health Base’s Recommendation)

This home treatment option is an obvious one and pretty self-explanatory. After all, it should come as no surprise that the best remedy for haemorrhoids is a product that has been specifically created to solve this issue.

A top-quality cream will have been scientifically tested and proven to be effective in dealing with Piles – both the internal and external variety.

But what are the key points to look for when considering a cream?

There are two key elements: 1) the ingredients and 2) the reputation.

Ingredients: when it comes to finding the best cream available, you definitely want to go with an option that uses an all-natural formula. There are certain brands that insist on incorporating different types of non-natural ingredients like preservatives and the like into the formula.

My advice is that you stay clear of these. There are plenty of brands that supply top quality creams that consist of nothing but natural ingredients. These are the creams that will work effectively without resulting in any adverse side effects.

Reputation: as with every product that you’re thinking of purchasing, it’s important to take into account the feedback that the product has received to date. This can be found by looking at reviews and testimonials of people who have tried and tested this product.

By looking at these reviews, you will soon see if the cream in question is worth the money or if you need to keep looking.


  • Designed to Work – a top haemorrhoid cream has been a specifically designed to treat this issue; this obviously makes it very effective at doing just this.

  • Cost Effective – these creams tend to be very affordable, and the price is even more attractive when you take into account the effectiveness and positivity that they can provide.

  • Instant Relief – the big issue with this health problem is the pain and discomfort that goes in hand in hand with it. A top cream will sooth these issues and make this affliction far more manageable. It will also work to provide an overall cure for the issue.

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    100% Natural Ingredients – as mentioned before, availing of a product that comes from natural sources is so beneficial as it dramatically reduces the chances that you will experience any negative side effects. The only thing that you’d have to look out for would be any potential allergic reactions.

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    Easy Application – an attractive element of using creams is the ease in which they can be applied. Simply rubbing the required amount of the cream into the affected area is really all there is to it! Simples. 😊


  • Locating a Top Brand – this is really the only negative aspect that comes with this treatment option. Putting in the necessary time and energy into researching different brands and products can be a bit exhausting. However, doing the leg work is certainly a better plan than simply buying the first cream that you come across only to find out that it's rubbish!!                               

5 – Essential Oils

We all want to know how to cure hemorrhoids at home fast and in an effective manner – this, after all, is the whole reason behind this article. However, another factor that can be added to the criteria of speed and effectiveness is naturalness.

Finding a natural solution is always desirable.

With this in mind, it comes with no surprise that essential oils enter into the conversation. These marvelous slices of nature are world renowned for having a litany of health benefits and uses.

Each one (and there are numerous types) is uniquely different but they all share one similarity – they’re all great for your health!

essential oils

When it comes to treating Piles, there are quite a few different types of oils that can be used to alleviate the immediate problems as well as working to provide a long-term solution for this vexing issue.


  • Variety – the different oil types have varying benefits and uses so it gives you room to experiment until you find the one, or combination, that works best.

  • Cost-Effectiveness – EOs are very affordable when you take into account the massive benefits that they can supply.

  • All Natural – EOs are purely natural in their design, this supplies peace of mind as you’ll know exactly what’s in them.


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    Which Oil to Use – like I've said, there are numerous different types of oils...and then there are multiple different brands for each of these oils! As such, it can be tough deciding where to start.     A good plan of action is to either start with an individual oil or a top quality home kit - it really depends on your wants and needs are. 

 For a more thorough look at exactly how essential oils can benefit you in combatting this issue, please take a look at our relevant article by clicking on the image below:

Essential oils that treat hemorrhoids

Key Piece of Advice

The importance of your dietary habits in helping with this health issue cannot be overstated. It’s vital. The reason for this is because the better that your diet is, and the more conscious that you are about staying hydrated, then the easier and smoother your bowel movements will be.

This will then result in there being far less aggravation and pain. There are two key things to keep in mind with regards to this element of your treatment:

  • Fiber – This is a vital food type when it comes to having healthy digestive capabilities. It’s recommended that men eat 35 – 40 grams of fiber per day, while a women’s RDA is roughly 25 grams.
  • Water – It’s so important that you stay properly hydrated throughout the day. 6-8 glasses/2.5-3.5 liters of water is what you should be aiming for.

Both of these above steps will greatly improve your ability to pass stool in a smooth fashion. This will overall then prevent your haemorrhoid issue from getting worse while you treat the existing problem.

Is the Treatment Worthwhile?

So, this is what it boils down to – is there an effective way of treating this issue from the comfort and privacy of your own home? Well, as I’ve said before, it’s always advisable that you book an appointment with your local doctor if you have a health issue, especially one such as Piles.

However, despite saying this, there are indeed home remedies that have been tried, tested, and proven to work. Theses options are safe and well worth a go if you’re having reservations about visiting a doctor, or perhaps if you’re waiting for an appointment. As stated above, I believe that a top quality cream and/or the use of essential oils are the two top home remedies that I've come across.

I hope you found this article helpful and please check out our relevant articles located below.

Take Care & Be Well,


P.S. Also, if you have the time, you might find it beneficial to take a look at our complete guide on this issue -


Venapro Review – My Personal Experience

My Battle with Hemorrhoids

Hello, guys!

My name is Ann (that's me on the right 🙂 )  and I openly admit that I've suffered from chronic Piles for years. 

I used to suffer daily until  I happened, by chance, across a product that has literally given me my life back. So, if your looking for the best hemorrhoids remedy, then I am extremely happy you found this website and I strongly suggest that you read on.

However, I understand that some people just want the answer and are not interested in how I came across the solution to my own personal problem. This is fine. If this sounds like you then simply click on the link that I've provided below! 🙂


The Curse of Piles

If you’ve ever suffered from haemorrhoids for any period of time, then, as I did, I'm sure you've searched high and low for a solution that can give you the instant relief when you need it most.

The itch alone is enough to make it irritating to a maddening extent. 🙁

This is indeed one terrible condition to have and it's also a very inconvenient one to have - the pain it causes when you move around or sit down impairs your ability to even go through daily routines properly, let alone go out to meet and interact with people.

I should know what I'm talking about - I had had external Piles for years. It wasn't fun. 

This means that I know exactly how you feel…

For that reason, I decided to write a piece of content on this particular topic. 

I remember that when I was looking on the internet for solutions the problem that I encountered was that I just didn’t know what to believe. Even the doctors that I visited couldn’t prescribe me anything that really worked. Some creams gave me instant relief, but it was never permanent.

It was about this time when I was nearly giving up that I came across the Venapro brand. It literally changed my life. And, because of this, I decided I ought to make an honest review so that anyone else in my situation would benefit from my experience. That's my motivation for writing this piece so now let's get to it! 🙂

My Personal Experience

When it comes to haemorrhoids, I feel that I know what I'm talking about considering I suffered with this ailment for so long. I went from product to product, vaguely seeing any results. I'm pretty sure that I tried most of the products out there without seeing much success.

What really became frustrating for me was the fact that no matter what I tried the haemorrhoids wouldn’t go away. By the end of it, I felt as if this problem was never going to go away because there was something wrong with my body. As you can imagine, this line of thinking started to get me very worried.

The pain was detrimental and constantly residing in my body. I was close to getting it surgically removed. What made my situation even worse was that I felt embarrassed, even to the point that I wouldn't discuss it with anyone. I really was at the end of my rope when, thankfully, Venapro entered into my life.

Learn from your mistake

I truly want anyone that is reading this piece to realize just how truly amazing this product is. For example, recently my sister's daughter was pregnant and she too had severe Piles. I suggested that she try this product due to my own experience with it. After 2-3 weeks the pain had eased off and now she is perfectly fine! So, as you can see, it didn’t just work for me. It wasn't just a fluke. It's the real deal!

The great thing about Venapro was the quickness in how it alleviated my condition. We're talking weeks here, not months. These results really shocked me. I was feeling so much better and could go about my day like I used to be able to. People even saw how much happier I was. After years of pain I had finally overcome my health issues once and for all. The relief, well, I can still feel it!! It sill makes me smile. 🙂

It has been roughly six months now that I have been using this brand and all I can say is I'm so happy I did - all the burning sensations and the pain and itching have completely vanished. The results really do speak for themselves.

But don't just take my word for it. On this page  (click here to see actual results) I found multiple customers who have all benefited massively from this treatment method. The positive results seem universal.

Venapro Relief Formula

Venapro is a proprietary formula of natural ingredients that is safe and effective in giving you quick relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids without requiring a prescription from a doctor.

It is actually a two part system of natural herbs sand minerals formulated to help you deal with the short-term irritating symptoms, and also improving your colon health in the long term.

How Does it Work?

In the picture I've given, the one on the left is the Haemorrhoid Formula Spray, and is administered by a couple of sprays each time under the tongue.

The reason for under-the-tongue administration is that it allows for quicker absorption into the blood stream. This allows users to get relief from the itch and pain of Piles much faster. Instant impact 🙂

Venapro Cream

Also, since this is unlike the creams that require you to apply them to the affected areas, you would worry about causing abrasion to the swelling parts when you use the spray.

I tried it with the understanding that it was an anti-inflammatory formula that is safe for use, and I was pleased with the effectiveness of the fast relief it provided.

I must note that this is not some sort of magic pill as it won't cure you of all the pain in an instant. Instead, you can expect it to alleviate a large part of the discomfort caused by the outbreaks when you use it according to the instructions as provided in the manual.

Natural Colon Supplement

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The second component of this solution is the bottle of herbal based pills that improves your overall colon health. Used as a dietary supplement,  it's intended to help users keep away the recurrence of another Piles episode in the long term by targeting the factors that lead to it.

Several different reasons can result in this ailment forming in your body. These include, but are not limited to, irregular bowel habits (constipation or diarrhoea); lack of exercise; and poor nutrition (low-fiber diet).

What the Colon supplement pill does is that it calms the inflamed rectal tissues immediately upon contact. It then works to repair and accelerate the healing of any torn or damaged tissues.

Also by lubricating the sensitive passage ways and acting as a natural aesthetic to make bowel movements more comfortable, it thus works to restore normal blood flow to the rectal area. This overall reduces constipation and is therefore a good preventive measure to further outbreaks.

Again, as effective as this is in keeping Haemorrhoids away in the long term for me and thousands of others who have tried it, I would like to remind you that this is no silver bullet. Persistent treatment is needed if you are going to remove this condition once and for all.

What Are The Benefits?

The benefits of this product are there for everyone to see - the tonnes and tonnes of customer reviews and testimonials online prove this ten fold. Below is a quick summary of the positives that I, and others, have gained from using Venapro:

  • This cream doesn't require a prescription yet still works better than 99.9% of prescribed options

  • 100% natural ingredients means no worries regarding side-effects

  • Effectively promotes the flow of blood to the rectal area

  • Relieves the pain associated with this affliction

  • Treats damaged tissues

  • Lubricates the sensitive areas

  • 90 Day Money Back Guarantee which means this is a risk-free method

  • The Venapro brand possess a top quality customer service & support department

How Natural Are The Ingredients?

Some people prefer to use steroids and anesthetics to alleviate the swelling and pain while others prefer homeopathic formulas such as the product you're reading about now.

In this section I've chosen to outline some of the many ingredients that are found in the natural formula of this product.

One such ingredient is horse chestnut. This helps deal with impaired circulation that is caused by haemorrhoids. It has been used for quite some time by many cultures and has been incorporated into modern medicine with time.

Horse chestnut strengthens veins, therefore alleviating this health issue. It also deals with swellings that accelerate the disorder, therefore providing relief for the user.

Zinc oxide is also contained in this product. It builds a barrier around the anus, which is the area where this affliction usually is concentrated. This barrier is essential in relieving pain and itching being experienced. It also reduces contact between stool and anal skin, therefore reducing the pain experienced when defecating.

Bilberry helps in the development of circulatory processes in the body. It also relieves pain from varicose veins. For these reasons, bilberry is added to deal with some of the symptoms experienced when one has haemorrhoids. It deals with the impaired circulation and it is therefore used to relieve peripheral blood flow deficit. This ingredient also deals with discomforts of piles.

Fluoride and lime are effective tissue remedies for stony, hard glands and varicose veins. They both work towards reducing the size of the Piles and alleviating the inflammation experienced. They are therefore incorporated in order to effectively deal with this issue.

Krameria Mapato is another component of this formula. It is added in order to reduce the pain experienced in the rectal area when passing stool. It is therefore helpful when one is dealing with haemorrhoids, hence its addition to the ingredients.

Cascara Sagrada has active elements that aid the movement of matter across the alimentary canal. These elements are helpful in curing piles and eliminating its chances of return. It also reduces strain that can flare up when solid stool is being passed.

Red sage is a Chinese herb whose role in this formula is to stimulate blood flow and lessen stasis. It also reduces chances of contracting an anal bacterial infection and also reduces inflammation. It has been tested in many clinical studies, which have confirmed its effectiveness and safety.

Are There Any Possible Side Effects?

Users of prescription medicine often suffer from unwanted side effects. This is despite the medication effectively eliminating the infection/disorder that such individuals were hitherto suffering from. However, cases of any side effect with this product are few; users rarely have complaints of secondary symptoms.

There are many products used to counter the negative symptoms of hemorrhoids. These include steroids and anesthetics, which are used to alleviate pain and swelling. Both of these products have negative consequences. This is not the case with this brand.

Ingredients used in this formula are 100% natural. They are also derived from substances that have been used by communities for several centuries to deal with various disorders. Homeopathic components of this drug are also derived from natural minerals and plants.

Worth considering

The site run by the manufacturer issues some usage directions which also have several caveats. These include getting the approval of a qualified physician before commencing use and sticking to the prescribed formula. They also advise people who are allergic to any of the ingredients to steer clear of the product. Apart from this, no possible side issues are listed.

Some people use this product for a couple of months successfully and gotten cleared of any negative reactions. Various organizations have also studied the formula and given it a clean bill of health. This serves to prove claims made by the manufacturer, declaring the product as completely safe to use.

Currently, there are scant documented cases of secondary symptoms resulting from the use of this medication. It is said that symptoms experienced by a number of users result from pharmaceutical drugs used alongside the formula. Such people experience indigestion and allergies.

For instance, one may experience some discomfort if they have a latex allergy. Users are however advised to remain on proper diets and drink lots of fluid when they are on this medication. Strenuous activities should also be avoided to prevent strain on the alimentary canal. To enhance digestion, users are advised to eat foods rich in fiber.

As mentioned earlier, negative symptoms may be experienced if one is on prescription drugs. Possible detrimental interactions may occur. If you happen to be using any prescription medicine, you are advised to first consult a physician before using. People are also cautioned to buy the product from the official site only, and users are directed to stick to the prescribed directions. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are also advised to be cautious when using this product.

The Bottom Line - What Can You Expect?

The spray will be able to drastically relieve the stress, strain, and pain caused to the anal area when you need it, and it relieves your discomfort even better when you have used it for 2 weeks or more.

It is also very simple to use, and works very well in helping you deal with the symptoms in the short term. In addition, when you take the supplement pills regularly with a high in fiber diet and sufficient water and exercise, your condition will definitely see significant improvement over several weeks.

 - Hydration is important as this flushes toxins from your body and keeps your stools soft, so that they pass through easily causing less strain and hence pain.

 - Meeting your daily requirement of fiber helps improve your bowel motions become more regular. Remember that constipation is one of the key causes of hemorrhoids.

As alluded to already, the ingredients that can be found inside this product are excellent in assisting and reducing the amount of inflammation in the rectum and hence reduces the pain and swelling even further. As your colon health improves, it is also a wise move to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle to boost your body’s immune system even further.

In a nutshell, this brand's treatment method was exactly what I was yearning for – an attractive solution and remedy for my haemorrhoid problems without the hassle, high cost, and embarrassment that accompanies surgery, prescription medication, and endless specialist appointments.

What's more, this brand is so confident in its product that if it doesn’t work for you, you get your money back via the incredible 90 Money Back Guarantee. Therefore, if you’re looking to get rid of the itching, bleeding, swelling and pain, and want to do it with any financial risk, the Venapro may just be what you've been  looking for.

Customer Testimonials

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Real Consumer Feedback

“Pain lessened after two weeks of use. Pain and symptoms at almost two months of use are 85% better. Not totally gone, but I do think it will be gone once I have completed the full six months of use. I would recommend this product. It really does work.” – Actual Customer Feedback from

“I also purchased Venapro after reading some other reviews. From my use of two weeks, the irritation has gone away and the external swelling is totally gone.” – Actual Customer Feedback from

“I’m sure the length of time it takes varies from patient to patient but this product absolutely saved me from any surgery and I would recommend this to anyone! Thanks for such a great product.” – Actual Customer Feedback from

“I’ve been using this product for a couple of months and it is working. Pain has noticeably lessened after two weeks of use.” – Actual Customer Feedback from

Buying the Product

From my own personal experiences, I was somewhat reluctant to buy this product in a drugstore. Why? Because buying hemorrhoid cream can be quite embarrassing!!

Ultimately, this was why I chose to buy my cream online. As fortune had it, this was also the cheapest option! 🙂

If you're like me, and you're a bit conscious about your privacy, then buying online may be the ideal mode of purchase for you too.


After doing some thorough research on the web, I soon figured out that the best place to buy this treatment was actually from the official website. This source supplies the best deals and also has the added benefit of cutting out the middle man. What I mean by this is that if you have any order problems you can simply contact Venapro's excellent customer service team and sort the issue in a prompt fashion.

Take a look at the Official Website for yourself:

The benefits of buying this product from the official vendor:

  • Venapro deliver worldwide - no matter where you are worldwide, you can avail of this cream

  • Buy directly from the official website will allow you to avail the brand's top class customer service department

  • Buying through the official Venapro site means you can avail of their latest promotion which currently allowed for 2 FREE creams with certain orders

Also, I must add that when I went to my doctor I never actually received any remedy for my hemorrhoid. Most products that they recommend were nothing more than a temporary solution to the problem. These treatments targeted the outside while the real problem lay unperturbed on the inside. Only by tackling the internal issue can you banish this affliction from your body in a permanent fashion.

Common FAQs

What is Piles?

They are veins located in the rectal region that become enlarged due to excessive stress and strain.

How to Treat External Hemorrhoids?

Using a top-quality cream like the one I've focused on this review is without doubt the most effective treatment type.

How Long do Piles Last?

This will really depend on a whole host of varying factors such as: 1) Is the problem external or internal? 2) How severe are the lumps? 3) What treatment type are your planning to use? 4) The steadfastness of your efforts.

How to Get Rid of Piles Without Seeing a Doctor?

We at the Health Base always recommend that you visit a doctor when it comes to any type of health issue - this is just common sense. However, if you are dead set on trying to solve this issue from the comfort and privacy of your own home, then I highly recommend that you give Venapro a try. It certainly worked for me and I can see no reason why you couldn't gain the same results.

How Long Does it Take for a Hemorrhoid to Shrink?

I found that my own lumps began to noticeable shrink in size within a few days of when I first applied this cream. Again though, this will vary from person to person.

My Final Word & Verdict

Well, there brings an end to my review on this particular product. As I'm sure you're aware of by now, I fully endorse this treatment method - it worked miracles for my and I have no doubts that it will do likewise for you or your loved ones. 

Haemorrhoids are an absolute nightmare, there's no getting away from this. Yes, it's possible to live with them, but it will be a life riddled with pain and discomfort. Nobody wants this! Whether you try this option or not, I wish you all the best with your treatment attempts.

Just remember, these types of afflictions can indeed be removed from your life. Be proactive and you'll soon be back to full health 🙂

Take Care & Be Well,


P.S. - For more of a general look on this topic, please check out our comprehensive Hemorrhoid treatment guide.

The Best Treatment for Hemorrhoids
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If you’ve suffered in silence with the excruciating pain and itch associated with hemorrhoids, then this might be  the solution for you.

Introducing to you Venapro – A uniquely designed formula that has allowed 100,000’s of sufferers worldwide find a solution to their issue.

We’ve rated this on the following criteria:

  1. Ingredients – 100% Natural
  2. Customer Service – We tested response times and how helpful the customer service team were.
  3.  Effectiveness – How well does it work
  4. Packaging – Discreet