The Fundamentals

A mass of dilated, tortuous veins in the anorectum, hemorroids come in two kinds: external, which involves veins distal to the anorectal line; and internal, which involves those veins proximal to the anorectal line. Prolapsed hemorroids are those internal dilated veins protruding through the anus, while strangulated hemorroids are trapped by the anal sphincter, cutting off blood flow to the vein in the hemorrhoid. They are usually caused by straining to have a bowel movement or pushing in childbirth.

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What Are Hemorrhoids?

en million people in the United States alone have hemorrhoids. The peak age range to have an occurrence of hemorrhoids is between 45 and 65. Typical symptoms are rectal pain, burning or itching, and bright red blood on the toilet tissue or on the stool. Rounded swellings or protrusions from the anal area may also be present. Because all of these symptoms can be caused by other, more serious conditions, those who suffer from hemorrhoids should be alert to the possibility of inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease.
Most studies agree that low-fiber diets cause smaller caliber stools, which can result in excessive straining during a bowel movement. Foods rich in fiber, proanthocyanidin and anthocyanidin can help prevent future hemorrhoids and help current ones heal. Ginkgo is an herb that helps strengthen blood vessels. It is anti-inflammatory, as well, which helps alleviate the pain and itching associated with hemorrhoids. Dandelion and Yellow Dock are both known to be gentle, mild laxatives. The roots of these two herbs help soften the stool and thus relieve constipation.
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