Are hemorrhoids making your life miserable? A friend of mine once asked me how to cope with this condition. If you have this condition, you may be wondering the same thing.
There are various ways on how you can treat this condition. In fact, one of the most effective and natural ways to treat this condition is through the use of coconut oil. Read on if you want to learn more about coconut oil for hemorrhoids.
Learning More about Hemorrhoids
A hemorrhoid is an anorectal condition that is characterized by the enlargement and the abnormal displacement of anal tissue.
According to scientific reports, this condition is common and affects about one-half of the adult population. In most cases, this disorder manifests as painful and bothersome.
Straining during bowel movement and constipation causes the inflammation of the veins in the anus and lower rectum, resulting in the appearance of hemorrhoids. Even though this condition is considered painful, it is still harmless in nature.
The symptoms of this disorder include painful bowel movement and rectal bleeding.
The common causes of this condition included hereditary predisposition, straining during bowel movement, malnutrition that leads to constipation, pregnancy, and chronic liver disease.
Treating Hemorrhoids with Coconut Oil
In most cases, this condition can be treated by changing one’s lifestyle. For instance, incorporating fiber rich foods in your diet can significantly reduce the appearance of hemorrhoids.
Another effective way in treating this condition involves the use of coconut oil.
Coconut oil has various health benefits. In fact, this oil has anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal topical and internal remedy for this condition. The oil will soothe the inflamed veins and promote faster healing and recovery.
Also, coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), which are healthy fats that can help relieve indigestion that often leads to the inflammation of the intestinal tract and irritable bowel syndrome.
In addition, this oil also promotes better bowel movement, as it can effectively lubricate the rectum and relieve constipation.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Treating Hemorrhoids
Coconut oil can be used in various ways for the treatment of hemorrhoids.
• External Application as Topical Oil
- 1. Clean the Affected Area. Before applying the oil, you have to make sure that the affected area is clean.
- 2. Use Dry Cotton Ball. Once the affected area is clean, you can apply a generous amount of the oil using a dry cotton ball.
- 3. Apply for About 5 to 10 Minutes. In applying the oil, you can place the oil-soaked cotton balls on the affected area and hold for about five to ten minutes.
- 4. Apply 2 to 3 Times a Day. You can repeat the process at least two to three times per day.
Another important thing to consider when applying this oil is that proper hygiene must be observed during application. Also, you have to use fresh and clean cotton ball for every application.
In some cases, you need to apply the oil on a regular basis before you will notice a significant improvement in pain and swelling.
Incorporating Coconut Oil in Your Diet
Another effective way for coconut oil to be used as a treatment for hemorrhoids is through incorporating it into your diet.
When digested, this oil will promote better digestion and absorption. Also, the oil is known to improve metabolism of nutrients which will ultimately prevent inflammation, indigestion, constipation and other digestive problems.
You can incorporate this oil into the meals you prepare. In fact, this can be used in curries, vegetable sautés and as a dressing for salads.
You can oil make your own coconut oil drink at home. To make one, you can mix one tablespoon of the oil with a cup of lukewarm green tea. Mix them thoroughly and drink it up slowly.
You can consume up to three tablespoons of the oil in a day to relieve constipation and hemorrhoids.