Alternative Treatment vs Traditional Treatment
The 3 traditional health management goals of hemorrhoid treatment include alleviating the symptoms, arresting the worsening of the condition and preventing the recurrence of the condition. To these goals, we would add preemptive prevention of the onset of hemorrhoids based on the old adage that prevention is better than cure.
In traditional medical circles, there are 4 stages of assessment; immediate admittance to hospital where malignancy is suspected, possible admittance where there is acute pain (e.g. thrombosed external hemorrhoids and internal but thrombosed and prolapsed hemorrhoids), outpatient treatment (e.g. grade 1 or 2 hemorrhoids); intensive investigation (e.g. where more than the typical symptoms of hemorrhoids are evident).
The majority of people are comfortable going along this conventional path of hemorrhoid treatment. Well and good, if it has been of help to them. As big pharmaceutical companies and hospitals generally do provide good medical solutions, we are not total skeptics of the traditional route. Having said that, many conventional medicines do have side effects, some of which are not made known to us on the basis that they are statistically acceptable.
Correspondingly, our approach has always been to examine alternative treatment together with conventional medicine. This is especially so if the alternative treatment has these characteristics; is natural, has been tried and tested by fellow sufferers and is effective even for those who have undergone conventional healthcare treatment. One such alternative to hemorrhoid treatment is the H Miracle.
Apart from conventional and alternative treatment, there are many things that you can do for yourself to avoid becoming a piles sufferer or if you are already one, to ease your distress and counteract deterioration of the condition.
Healthy Living as a Lifestyle
Cultivate this simple lifestyle habit – the balanced diet! Clichéd but nevertheless, an irrefutable truth.
A major cause of hemorrhoids is excessive straining due to constant bouts of constipation. Accordingly, a major lifestyle objective should then be to ensure regular bowel movements comprising soft but bulky stools. This is easily achieved. Just include in our daily diet at least 30 gm of insoluble fiber found in fruits and leafy vegetables and by drinking 8 glasses of fluid. Fluids, unfortunately, do not include those with alcohol and caffeine content!
Should the balanced diet not produce quick results, you may try out plant-based fiber supplements. Sold under trade names like Citrucel or WillPowder, methyl cellulose is very effective. They pass through the intestines undigested and absorbs large amounts of water to produce a bulkier but softer stool. Psyllium (sold under the brand Metamucil) is another suitable vegetable-based supplement which acts similarly to smoothen bowel motion.
Regardless of whether you are already afflicted with hemorrhoids or is recovering from hemorrhoids after prevailing medical procedures, the daily requirement of a balanced diet is an important step in your hemorrhoid treatment and recovery.
Self-Treatment at Home
For the hemorrhoid sufferer, the next major routine that should become a personal habit is perianal hygiene. Perianal refers to the tissues surrounding the anus. After passing motion, these are essential steps to note:
• Avoid soaps with perfumes or dyes
• Do not rub the anal region
– clean with the shower or bidet
– pat dry gently with a towel
• Blot dry the anus with
– damp toilet tissue
– baby wipes
– pre-moistened mini-towels e.g. TUCKS Medicated Pads
– cleansing agents e.g. Balneol Hygienic Cleansing Lotion.
For itch and pain relief in hemorrhoid treatment, try one or all of the following:
• Apply ice (10-minute duration) several times a day
• Alternately apply a warm compress (10-20 minute duration)
• Apply moist heat (using warm towels – tip: use a microwave) a few times a day
• Sit the anal area in warm water (15 minute duration) several times a day
• Take a sitz bath (i.e. warm salted water)
• Apply hemorrhoidal creams or petroleum jelly (e.g. Preparation H)
Other relief methods:
• Rest in bed – alleviates pressure on the inflamed hemorrhoids
• Minimise standing or sitting for prolonged periods
• Minimise lifting heavy things
• Wear loose cotton undergarments to minimise moisture formation
• Do NOT use the famed doughnut tire cushion – by restricting blood flow, it magnifies swelling!
• Exercise regularly – just brisk walking is fine too
• However busy you are, empty your bowels as soon as the urge occurs.
Self-help is an essential part of hemorrhoid treatment. However, this is an IMPORTANT NOTE. Whenever any of the medicinal products mentioned above are used for piles relief, you should seek the advice of the pharmacist at the pharmacy where you make your purchase or your personal doctor. This is especially if you have a history of cardiovascular problems, hypertension, thyroid disease, diabetes, urination difficulties caused by prostate gland enlargement or you are currently taking any prescription medicine.