What are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are protruding veins in the rectum that cause swelling, inflammation, itching, bleeding, and pain during and after bowel movements. Hemorrhoids prevent the sufferer from sitting in comfort, and the most severe cases may cause the problematic veins to protrude through the rectum and become infected. While hemorrhoids are most commonly caused by a weakness of the rectal muscles, it may also be caused by an improper diet, a sedentary lifestyle, pregnancy, or obesity.
How can I treat Hemorrhoids?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers hemorrhoids to be a result of heat in the large intestine, which leads to constipation, swelling, and inflammation of the rectum. Treatment of hemorrhoids includes eliminating poor dietary habits and eating high-fiber foods, such as bran, whole-grains, fruits, and leafy vegetables. Other foods to consume include cucumbers, winter melon, tofu, fish, black sesame seeds, and almonds. Other remedies include eating a yam or sweet potato each day, applying fresh aloe gel to the affected area, and maintaining regular bowel habits by walking, swimming, or cycling for 30 minutes each day.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Hemorrhoids?
Diet is very important for preventing and treating hemorrhoids, and one should avoid foods that are deep-fried, greasy, spicy, and high in additives and preservatives. Other things to avoid include coffee, alcohol, smoking, and MSG.
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