Free Shipping on Orders Above $25
× SuperSmart Learn by health topic New articles Popular articles Visit our shop My account Smart Prescription Blog Loyalty program Language: English
Heart and circulation Lists

Hemorrhoids: 5 natural remedies to try

Pain, burning, rectal bleeding: many people suffer from hemorrhoids (up to 75% of those over 45). The good news is that natural remedies can help. Discover which of them are most effective .....
Man suffering from hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoid flare-ups can really impair everyday life.
Rédaction Supersmart.
2021-11-10Commentaires (0)

Hemorrhoids: a particularly uncomfortable complaint

Like the rest of the body, the rectum has a network of blood vessels. These are called rectal veins , though in the past, they were referred to as hemorrhoidal veins. These crucial blood vessels play a role in continence - the ability to control when you empty your bowels (1).

When we refer to ‘hemorrhoids’ nowadays, we’re actually talking about a problem of the hemorrhoidal veins in which they become inflamed and over-dilated – a kind of anal varicose veins.

Once they are swollen and inflamed, hemorrhoids may itch, burn and even bleed, and above all, become painful. Even if flare-ups generally only last a few days, hemorrhoids can thus cause considerable discomfort.

Those most at risk of hemorrhoids are pregnant women (due to excessive pressure by the uterus which prevents venous return) (2), new mothers who have had vaginal deliveries, and those who suffer from constipation (3).

In fact constipation is the leading cause of hemorrhoids (4): difficulty in passing stools leads to excessive straining, which in turn results in too much pressure in the hemorrhoidal veins which then become swollen. Blockages which may be caused by constipation exacerbate the problem by impeding venous return. It’s a vicious circle.

That’s why the first step in treating hemorrhoids is to prevent constipation, primarily by adopting the right diet (see our article on dietary fibre).

Sitz baths: grandma’s anti-hemorrhoid remedy

It’s probably the best-known natural remedy for hemorrhoids (5), the one used by our grandmothers – and theirs before them: the sitz bath. There are different schools of thought on this option:

Whichever you choose, the sitz bath should be used at least once a day for 10-15 minutes. Bicarbonate of soda can also be added to the water to help disinfect inflamed veins.

Patchouli: an effective decongestant

With decongestant and anti-inflammatory effects (6),essential oil of patchouli can be gently massaged for a minute or two into the area affected by hemorrhoids. A few drops (4-6) is enough, once or twice a day.

Take care though: essential oil of patchouli has a similar effect to estrogens which means it should not be used by pregnant women, children and those suffering from hormone-dependent cancers.

Horse chestnut supplement: a recognized venotonic

Horse chestnut is known to be one of the most powerful natural venotonics (7). In other words, it promotes venous return: it enables the flow of blood back from lower to upper parts of the body, thus helping to ‘disgorge’ hemorrhoids. It is its high content of aescin, a mixture of saponins, which is responsible for this effect.

In this case, it works from the inside out so choose the oral option, with a supplement rich in horse chestnut extract. There are actually synergistic formulations (such as Hemo Comfort, which in addition to horse chestnut, also contains diosmin, a flavone extracted from the fruit of Citrus aurantium, hesperidin, an exceptional citrus flavonoid, and troxerutin, extracted from the flowers of Sophora japonica).

A witch hazel compress to soothe the anus

An attractive shrub popular for its winter blossom, witch hazel is also widely used in phytotherapy for treating a number of circulation-related problems. Its bark and leaves contain tannins and flavonoids which are thought to protect blood vessels (8).

You can either:

Cider vinegar: perfect for hemorrhoid flare-ups

Containing less acetic acid but more minerals, essential acids and enzymes than other vinegars, cider vinegar is thought to protect against inflammation. As such, it can be applied to hemorrhoids, two or three times a day. It can also be added to the water in a sitz bath (9).

Note: if you find that applying cider vinegar to your hemorrhoids produces an adverse reaction (the acidity may cause a burning sensation), stop and use an alternative natural method.

Bonus: green clay poultice

Green clay is recognized for cleansing, disinfecting and helping to heal skin tissue. With remineralising properties, it may also be a powerful anti-bacterial. With all these benefits, it makes another excellent traditional hemorrhoid home remedy, in the form of a a green clay poultice (10).

Simply mix powdered green clay with water to obtain a toothpaste-like consistency, and apply this to your hemorrhoids, covering them with a compress for a good 30 minutes. Repeat two to three times a day until you obtain relief.


  1. HAAS, Peter A., FOX, Thomas A., et HAAS, Gabriel P. The pathogenesis of hemorrhoids. Diseases of the colon & rectum, 1984, vol. 27, no 7, p. 442-450.
  2. STAROSELSKY, Arthur, NAVA-OCAMPO, Alejandro A., VOHRA, Sabina, et al.Hemorrhoids in pregnancy. Canadian Family Physician, 2008, vol. 54, no 2, p. 189-190.
  3. RISS, Stefan, WEISER, Friedrich Anton, SCHWAMEIS, Katrin, et al.The prevalence of hemorrhoids in adults. International journal of colorectal disease, 2012, vol. 27, no 2, p. 215-220.
  4. JOHANSON, John F. et SONNENBERG, Amnon. The prevalence of hemorrhoids and chronic constipation: an epidemiologic study. Gastroenterology, 1990, vol. 98, no 2, p. 380-386.
  5. SHIRAH, Bader Hamza, SHIRAH, Hamza Asaad, FALLATA, Abdelelah Hussein, et al.Hemorrhoids during pregnancy: Sitz bath vs. ano-rectal cream: A comparative prospective study of two conservative treatment protocols. Women and Birth, 2018, vol. 31, no 4, p. e272-e277.
  6. PULLAGUMMI, Chakrapani, RAO, Nirmala Babu, SINGH, B. Chandra Sekhar, et al.Comparitive studies on antibacterial activity of Patchouli [Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth] and Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) aromatic medicinal. African Journal of Biotechnology, 2014, vol. 13, no 23.
  7. GUILLAUME, M. et PADIOLEAU, F. Veinotonic effect, vascular protection, antiinflammatory and free radical scavenging properties of horse chestnut extract. Arzneimittel-forschung, 1994, vol. 44, no 1, p. 25-35.
  8. KORTING, H. C., SCHÄFER-KORTING, M., HART, H., et al.Anti-inflammatory activity of hamamelis distillate applied topically to the skin. European journal of clinical pharmacology, 1993, vol. 44, no 4, p. 315-318.
  9. LEE, Kun W. et JACOB, Sharon E. Apple cider vinegar baths. Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, 2018, vol. 10, no 1, p. 59.
  10. LEO, Cosimo Alex, CHANDRASINGHE, Pramodh, HODGKINSON, Jonathan D., et al.Technical Tips and Tricks of Outpatient Treatments for Hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids, 2018, p. 151.


You must be connected to your account to leave a comment
Be the first to review this article
Our selection of articles
PhD expert in omega-3 supplements
Interview: Why is Super Omega 3 the best omega-3 supplement?

What is it that makes the supplement Super Omega 3 so pure, stable and effective? Iren Stoknes, doctor of biotechnology and R&D Manager at Epax® for 13 years, shares the secrets behind its manufacture.

Heart shape on a plant
The 6 best medicinal plants for the heart

Since ancient times, humans have used the image of a heart to depict the concept of life. They quickly learned how to identify those plants which support a healthy cardiovascular system. Discover the 6 most effective such plants.

Heavy legs symbolised by elephant feet
Heavy legs: 7 natural and effective remedies

If your day-to-day activities are constrained by the discomfort of heavy legs, here are some simple, natural tips that can help you rediscover the feeling that you’re ‘walking on air’!

The anti-hypertension DASH diet rich in fruit and vegetables
Anti-hypertension DASH diet: principles and sample menus

Do you suffer from hypertension but want to avoid taking long term medication? Did you know you can lower your blood pressure by changing your dietary habits? That’s what DASH is all about. Read on for analysis and sample menus.

Woman taking her blood pressure
8 tips for reducing your blood pressure naturally

Discover some simple measures for reducing your blood pressure (and therefore your risk of developing cardiovascular problems).

Shoal of krill rich in omega-3
Krill oil: definition and benefits of this excellent source of omega-3

The oil obtained from this small shrimp-like crustacean has swept the globe since the development of a particular oil extraction technique in the 2000s. Let’s take a close look at krill and its benefits.

Products which must be of interest

Super Omega 3Super Omega 3

EPA and DHA: one of the most natural, pure, powerful and stable product on the market

Arctic Plankton OilArctic Plankton Oil

Calanus oil, the nutritional gem from the Arctic for boosting heart health and fighting inflammation

Lactobacillus ReuteriLactobacillus Reuteri

A new-generation probiotic that supports cardiovascular health

Coenzyme Q10Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme is an oil based supplement,with three times the bioavailability, that helps: the cardiovascular system the immune system has powerful antioxidant properties

Celery3nb™ Celery3nb™

A natural and effective aid for controlling high blood pressure.

Triple ProtectTriple Protect

Preventing the unpredictable in cardiovascular health

Cardio BoosterCardio Booster

Multifaceted protection and support for cardiovascular health


More active and bioavailable form of CoQ10

© 1997-2022 Fondation pour le Libre Choix. All rights reserved
© 1997-2022 Fondation pour le Libre Choix. All rights reserved