Honey – The Natural Hemorrhoid Treatment
Typically surgical correction, hemorrhoid creams and other topical medicines were hemorrhoid sufferers only means of relief from flare ups. But, a powerful new ingredient has emerged as a possible natural cure for hemorrhoids: honey.
Healing Properties of Honey
Used by Egyptians and other ancient civilizations before their histories were recorded, honey has been exposed as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial medicine. As it applies to hemorrhoids, honey has been shown to soothe the swelling and even repair damaged skin when applied directly to hemorrhoids.
According to an article by the US National Library of Medicine entitled “Medical Honey for Wound Care—Still the Latest Resort?”, Leptospermum honey is hygroscopic. This means that this type of honey “draws more moisture out of the environment and thus dehydrates bacteria.” Then, the honey’s natural anti-inflammatory properties alleviate the swelling of tissue and reduce pain by taking pressure off of surrounding nerves. That’s a pretty sweet way to relieve many symptoms associated with piles.
Proper Dosage and Application
As honey is just now gaining mainstream acceptance as a piles treatment in the United States, the many available documented accounts or honey as a hemorrhoid remedy have yet to unanimously agree on the proper dosage, application, and kind of honey that should be used.
Some experimenters have reported a full recovery after orally ingesting it, others argue that it should be applied topically. Another government article about the validity of honey as a hemorrhoid treatment confirmed that topical application is the most effective.
If you don’t have access to a medically optimized version of Leptospermum honey, the same active ingredient exists in its raw form. As a general rule, the more natural the form of honey (raw or organic), the more effective it will be in treating and even curing hemorrhoid symptoms.
When using organic or raw honey to treat hemorrhoids, we recommend using a honey that has been certified free of harmful or added ingredients. Further depending on your needs and tastes – honey can be applied topically or eaten with meals. Of the documented accounts that exist – it is suggested that four ounces a day is ideal for maximum healing benefits.
If you choose oral ingestion, honey can be taken with each meal. You may also apply honey to your affected area throughout the day as needed.
It will most likely be a minimum of one to two years before the American public can purchase medicinal honey at brick-and-mortar locations. Researchers and clinicians in New Zealand, however, have developed Medihoney, a topical remedy made with Leptospermum honey, for use by hemorrhoid sufferers. As more researchers recognize the benefit of honey for treating medical conditions and it gains acceptance with the American public medicinal honey will be sure to land a spot on American specialty store shelves.
Until the efficacy of honey for curing piles is measured less subjectively and more clinically, first-time experimenters will have to experiment and determine which honey type works best for them and how much honey is needed for maximum benefit. Either way, it is much safer and more affordable to try natural cures before trying more drastic measures like surgery, especially if the natural option renders surgery unnecessary. The worse you could end up with is a sticky butt.