Herbal Butcher's broom may be used as a therapeutic treatment to cure hemorrhoids, some scientists suggested.
Hemorrhoids, also called piles are a common condition characterized by swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum.
The causes of hemorrhoids are unknown.
However, some researchers suggested that straining during bowel movements, a prolonged period of sitting due to the occupation that induces increased pressure on these veins are associated with the early onset of the condition.
In women, a pregnancy that causes pressure on the anus and swollen veins and lower rectum veins may also increase the risk of hemorrhoids.
According to statistic, a quarter of adults population in the US have hemorrhoids developed at some points in their lives.
Most patients with hemorrhoids do not experience any symptoms. But in some infectious cases, hemorrhoids may induce symptoms of itching, discomfort, and bleeding.
Please be aware that some internal hemorrhoids can grow so large that they stick out of the anus. Prolapsed hemorrhoids, most of the time may require surgery to heal.
If you experience some of the above symptoms, please see your doctor to rule out the possibility of digestive problems.
Hemorrhoids that burst may cause a severe bleeding. The loss of a large amount of blood due to rupturing hemorrhoids can be life-threatening.
Some researchers suggested that stool softeners over-the-counter remedies, and conventional anti-inflammatory ointments may be used to provide short-term local discomforts .and eating more fibers, drinking more water and preventing straining may also help to relieve hemorrhoids' symptoms.
Change of diet, lifestyle changes, and use of other transnational treatment such as hydrotherapy that require a high degree of patient compliance may also be helpful.
Conventional medical and surgical treatment may be needed, depending to the severity of the condition, please check with your doctors for more information.
Butcher's broom is a low evergreen shrub, a species of Ruscus aculeatus, belongings to the family Asparagaceae, native to Eurasia.
The herb has been used in herbal medicine to treat inflammation, peripheral vascular disease, hemorrhoids, bronchial asthma, varicose veins,.......and hypotension.
The Phyto ingredients
It contains rutin, sitosterol, sparteine, spirostanol saponins, steroidal sapogenins, sterols, stigmasterol, sulfated steroidal saponins, sweet broom, tetracosanoic acid, triterpenes, triterpines, tyramine, etc.
According to the Thorne Research, in compared to surgery that often is associated to certain risks, after non-surgical approach fails, that can lead a patient to postpone evaluation until aggressive intervention is necessary, oral dietary supplementation of butcher’s broom is an attractive and effective addition to the traditional treatment of hemorrhoids and varicose veins(1).
Dr. MacKay D, after taking to account of co and confounders said, "Several botanical extracts(including those of butcher’s broom have been shown to improve microcirculation, capillary flow, and vascular tone, and to strengthen the connective tissue of the perivascular amorphous substrate"(1).
Etiologically, due to the relation of varicose and hemorrhoids, because both are manifestations of the study of a pelvic venous disease that has been treated effectively by application of Centella asiatica, researchers lead by Dr. Morgan suggested that Centella asiatica increases peripheral circulation, in hemorrhoids patients(2).
Dr. Bharat Gami said, " Ruscus aculeatus is famous for the treatment in internal hemorrhoids and pregnancy-related problem of CVI & hemorrhoids. Extract of these plants is effective in increasing venous tone because of its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, which is attributed to saponin glycoside" and".At the beginning of hemorrhoids, it can be completely cured by botanicals. In addition to that changes in lifestyle, diet habit, and intake of an appropriate dose of proper botanicals gives intervene in the pathogenesis to decrease vascular integrity and help in hemorrhoids cure"(2).
Also, according to the research article in Page 608 Alternative Medicine Review ◆ Volume 6, Number 6, butcher’s broom was tested to have a significant effect on patients with hemorrhoids in an open trial, as 75 percent of participating physicians rated butcher’s broom’s efficacy as good or excellent(3).
Furthermore, application of the herbal medicine also is found to be effective in preventing time-consuming, painful, and expensive complications of hemorrhoids, such as anal discomfort, soiling and bleeding present in the acute phase(3).
The information finding indicated that herbal Butcher's broom may be as effective as conventional medicine and surgery in curing hemorrhoids with no or little side effects.
However, intake of herbal medicine and herbal extracts should only be prescribed by related field specialist in the prevention of acute liver toxicity.
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(1) Hemorrhoids and varicose veins: a review of treatment options by MacKay D.(PubMed)
(2) BOTANICALS AN ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT APPROACH FOR HEMORRHOIDS – A REVIEW by Dr. Bharat Gami
(3) Alternative Medicine Review Ruscus aculeatus (Butcher’s Broom)
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