Hemorrhoids also referred as piles, are the common anorectal disorders which are characterised by symptomatic enlargement and abnormal downward displacement of anal tissues or lower part of the rectum. Reports have shown that hemorrhoids are very common and reported to occur in one half of the older people mainly after their 50 age.
Symptoms of haemorrhoids
- Rectal bleeding
- Pain during bowel movement
Main causes of haemorrhoids
- Hereditary predisposition
- Malnutrition that leads to constipation
- Strain during bowel movement
- Pregnancy where they exert strong pressure during bowel movement.
- Other factors such as chronic liver disease may also cause excessive venous pressure which can lead to hemorrhoids disorder
Treatment of Haemorrhoids
In most cases hemorrhoids are usually treated by changes in lifestyle, incorporating fibre rich food and supplements, suppository delivered anti-inflammatory drugs or by administration with venotonic drugs (medicines used to alleviate venous related diseases). Several home treatments that promote healthy bowel movement and reduction in pain and swelling are also found to be effective in treatment of this disorder. Example topical application of natural plant oil such as apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, hazel, castor oil etc. are also found very effective in relieving the pain and swelling. And certain oil such as coconut oil can be also effectively used in dietary treatment because of its various health benefits in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with hemorrhoids.
Coconut oil for hemorrhoids
Coconut is a tall palm tree, widely cultivated by man from years ago for its multiple utilities, mainly for its nutritional and medicinal values. The coconut tree is one of the most valuable tree for man where its various products such as tender coconut oil, copra, coconut oil, raw kernel, coconut toddy, coconut cake and its other outer structural parts (coconut shell, leaves, coir pith) and other wood based products are widely used by man from ages. Therefore according to Hindu classic, the coconut palm is eulogised as "kalpavriksha" in Sanskrit which means the tree that provides all necessities for life. In traditional growing areas mainly the coastal regions worldwide, make use of its all natural products for medicinal use in treatment of various ailments and some parts are being used in development of Industrial products also. Example, studies have shown parts like coconut kernel and its tender water possess numerous medicinal properties which include antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, antidermatophytic, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective, and immunostimulant properties. And hence coconut fruit and all its edible parts which contain nutritional micro-minerals and other nutrients which are very essential for proper growth and body development are been consumed by man from ancient times as a part of traditional food. Because of its numerous properties related to its use in health and prevention of various diseases, it is widely studied by scientist all around the world.
As mentioned above, among the wide products of coconut, its oil also exhibit various therapeutic and medicinal properties. Researchers have indicated that coconut oil consumption is found to be associated with number of health benefits such as, reduced risk of heart related problems as compared to other dietary oils, improved cholesterol level, lower body fat accumulation, prevent blood clot formation, act as scavenger for free radicals preventing cell damage, and thus overall promotes healthy life if incorporated in diet.
Scientist have shown coconut oil contains a group of unique fat molecules which are known as medium-chain fatty acid molecules (MCFA), which belongs to saturated fats molecules and are considered "healthy fats".The medium chain fatty acids present in coconut oil is found to offer considerable improvement in patients suffering from irritable bowel movement and other digestive disorders by reducing the inflammation in intestinal tract such as in hemorrhoids. As improper digestion of food which leads to constipation is considered to be one of the major cause of hemorrhoids, incorporating coconut oil in diet is found to be advantages in promoting better bowel movement. This is mainly because coconut oil, especially virgin coconut oil is found to be rich source of lauric acid which possess antimicrobial properties (acting against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast which mainly cause indigestion of food) thus help in proper digestion of food and prevent constipation. Due to its powerful antimicrobial effect, coconut treated wounds and cuts are also found to heal faster thus proving to be an effective topical cream in treatment of hemorrhoids.
How to use coconut oil for hemorrhoids
Coconut oil can be used in two ways in treatment of hemorrhoids disorder.
Applied externally as topical oil
Coconut oil due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties makes a perfect choice for topical application to affected area in hemorrhoids patients. After cleaning the affected part, apply generously coconut oil using dry cotton ball, especially in trouble area for at least 2-3 times a day. Try to maintain proper hygiene while application and is advised to use fresh and clean cotton ball for every use. Do it regularly for many days until you find considerable improvement in pain and selling. You can chose to apply this oil with hazel for better impact. Because of its powerful healing properties and soothing effect, it is proved that regular application of coconut oil helps in reducing pain and inflammation and promote speedy healing of affected area. It is recommended to use pure organic virgin coconut oil for better results.
Used in diet
Secondly when this oil is ingested with food is found to promote better digestion and absorption, metabolism of nutrients thus preventing constipation, inflammation, indigestion and other digestive problems which can lead to hemorrhoids disorder. Therefore it is recommended to incorporate in various cooking dishes such as dals, curries, vegetable sauté and even as dressing in salads for its maximum use, especially patients suffering from constipation and hemorrhoids problems.