Apple Cider Vinegar Home Remedy for Hemorrhoids
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits
Apple cider has been used for ages as a home remedy for many ailments and health conditions. It’s also a favorite tonic and health drink among the many fans of health food stores and those that follow raw and organic diet plans. In fact, the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates often used vinegar for its many health benefits. That means the use of apple cider vinegar being used as a remedy for health ailments around 400 BC.
Now, the most well-known of all modern-day apple cider vinegar advocates and self-proclaimed “health crusader,” Patricia Bragg makes what most consider the premiere brand of apple cider vinegar available. Bragg apple cider vinegar is organic and contains the “mother.” The mother, or Mycoderma aceti, in apple cider vinegar is a string or protein enzymes that cause alcoholic liquids to turn into vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Hemorrhoids
Apple cider vinegar is used by many hemorrhoid sufferers as a home remedy and treatment for hemorrhoids. Apple cider vinegar can be taken internally, by drinking. Apple cider vinegar can also be applied directly to hemorrhoids to stop itching, pain and reduce swelling.
Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar
Typically it is recommend that those suffering from internal hemorrhoids drink an 8 ounce glass of water with two tablespoons of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed in. The taste can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s recommended that a teaspoon of honey is mixed in with the water of adding the vinegar to a fruity cup of herbal tea. Variations on the recipe suggest it’s possible to get the same healing benefits from using only a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar per 8 ounces of water. Many popular health food chains and stores also carry pre-mixed apple cider drinks in various flavors.
Drinking apple cider vinegar said to help in relieving hemorrhoid symptoms by:
- Improving digestion and acting as an “antibacterial” acid in the gut to destroy harmful bacteria and improve regularity thereby reducing constipation and straining during bowel movements.
- It’s also been claimed that apple cider vinegar helps to clot the blood by having adrenaline-like affects when absorbed by the body.
Applying Apple Cider Vinegar Topically
In addition to drinking apple cider vinegar, it can be applied directly to external hemorrhoids to help lessen bleeding, itching, pain and swelling. However, it is important to note that applying raw apple cider vinegar directly to external hemorrhoids may cause some initial stinging when first applied.
Apple cider vinegar as a topical treatment helps relieve common hemorrhoid irritations by:
- The acidity of the vinegar helps to kill bacteria and cleanse the area to promote healing and lessen chances of infection.
- The astringent quality of apple vinegar helps to shrink swollen tissue and reduce the size of the hemorrhoid.
- It’s said that apple cider vinegar also helps blood clot more efficiently and can reduce the amount of bleeding cause by external hemorrhoids
When applying apple cider vinegar it is recommended to use a brand and type of vinegar that is raw and unfiltered. Many apple cider vinegars of this type are also organic. Be sure to shake the bottle well and dab a small amount on a sterile cotton ball. Then, dab gently on and around the area of the external hemorrhoid.If you find the brand of vinegar used to be a bit too strong for your liking or comfort, dilute it in water before applying. It’s also possible to soak an entire cotton ball in vinegar and place it between your butt cheeks for longer term relief.
It’s recommended that apple cider vinegar be applied 3-4 times per day and re-applied after every bowel movement. Many sufferers claim to see a reduction in size and irritation of external hemorrhoids within 48 hours of using apple cider vinegar.
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