What can he take to help prevent the hemorrhoids from getting worse?

Q. Dear Terry, “My husband had hemorrhoid surgery a few years ago. A few months ago, he noticed that he was having hemorrhoid symptoms again. Luckily, his symptoms are very mild, but he’s afraid he’ll have to get surgery again. What can he take to help prevent the hemorrhoids from getting worse?”– Gloria M., Lansing, MI

A. Dear Gloria, Surgery to remove hemorrhoids, called hemorrhoidectomy, is one way to address the issue, but recurrence can happen. While there are many factors that can play a role in the development and progression of hemorrhoids, being overweight, constipation, and blood vessel issues can be major contributors.

Keeping bowel movements soft and hydrated can greatly reduce hemorrhoid irritation. Your husband can do this by drinking plenty of water and making sure he has good sources of fiber in his diet – especially consuming fruits and vegetables every day.

Additionally, I recommend a combination of Ayurvedic herbs that has been used for thousands of years to support healthy digestion and prevent constipation – a major cause of hemorrhoids. These herbs help to fight inflammation, stop stomach and digestive disorders, soothe and relax intestinal tissues, bolster the ability of the liver to detoxify, and much more. I recommend 800 mg of a combination of turmeric, greater galangal, andrographis, boerhavia, Indian laburnum, gotu kola, cyperus, licorice, East Indian sarsaparilla, long pepper, chebulic myrobalan, Indian tinospora, ginger, and curry tree each night before bed. This combination of herbs can be found in a very old Ayurvedic remedy that dates back 2000 years and is most likely available in Indian food stores or maybe even in health food stores.

For topical support, I think a comfrey cream made with a special cultivar called Symphytum x uplandicum NYMAN (also known as “Trauma Comfrey”) would be an excellent choice. Comfrey has pain relieving and wound healing properties. This specific form of comfrey has been clinically studied and is free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, so it can be used on all types of wounds, including hemorrhoids. I would apply this topical comfrey two or three times per day.

I believe he would also benefit greatly by adding grape seed extract to his daily regimen. French grape seed extract is incredibly beneficial for supporting and strengthening blood vessels. Compounds within French grape seed extract, called oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), are helpful for vascular conditions like chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins (hemorrhoids are a type of varicose vein). In scientific studies, grape seed extract has been shown to shield blood vessels and arteries from oxidative stress and free radical damage, which can contribute to poor circulation and blood pooling in the vessels. I recommend taking a grape seed extract that is tannin-free and standardized to contain only OPCs small enough to be absorbed. I would take 400 mg of French grape seed extract two or three times per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally