Fiber, bioflavonoids, witch hazel, butcher’s broom and French maritime pine bark extract are home remedies used to treat hemorrhoids, according to About.com. Zinc oxide cream placed on the anal area, aerobic exercise, sitz baths and reducing stress with meditation and yoga can also treat hemorrhoids.
Fiber softens stools and prevents straining, according to About.com. Eating foods such as vegetables, beans and fruit gradually increases daily fiber intake. Acacia fiber, carob, psyllium, flaxseed and glucomannan are fiber supplements that also relieve hemorrhoid symptoms.
Bioflavonoids reduce hemorrhoid flare-ups by reducing inflammation and strengthening capillaries and veins, explains About.com. Bioflavonoids are naturally found in citrus fruits. To avoid adverse reactions, a doctor should be consulted before increasing bioflavonoid intake if a patient uses CNS depressants, anticoagulants, blood pressure medication or antiplatelets.
Witch hazel in ointment or compress form applied to the anal area relieves the swelling, pain and itching symptoms of hemorrhoids, claims About.com. Butcher’s broom, taken in tea or capsule form, reduces hemorrhoids by stimulating vein constriction. Butcher’s broom may harmfully interact with MAO inhibitors, high blood pressure medications, antidepressants and alpha blockers. French maritime pine bark extract, which contains phenolic acids, flavonoids, proanthocyanidins and catechins, acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory remedy for hemorrhoids.