Best Natural Home Remedies for Piles To Keep You Healthy And Worry-Free

Have you ever experienced bleeding during bowel movements? Does the skin around your anus feel itchy and painful? Is there a lump in and around that part of your body? If one or more are true, then you are probably suffering from piles. It is an extremely common condition, which affects almost 75% of Americans at some point during their lifetime. However, piles is very much treatable and home remedies can help you shrink it down even naturally. Let us tell you everything that you should know about home remedies for piles.

What Is Piles?

Piles, or ‘Hemorrhoids‘ (as medically termed), is a condition where the veins in and around the lower rectum swell up and get inflamed. It turns the passage of stool into a painful process and any pressure on the rectum ends up aggravating the situation. The most common symptom of piles is painless rectal bleeding. But when the condition is severe, the lump moves to the outside of the anal canal and gets enlarged. At that time, it can also be accompanied by pain, itching, and difficulty sitting. Sometimes, piles may also become thrombosed (develops blood clots), which hurts a lot.

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Causes Of Piles

As stated above, piles or hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels present in the smooth walls of the rectum and the anus, which leads to inflammation and pain. Find below the causes of this swelling:

  • Consuming food with very little fiber content can cause a lot of strain on the blood vessels while passing the stool.
  • Excess weight developed in obesity and pregnancy can increase pressure on the rectum.
  • Any injury in the spinal cord, which prevents it from being straight, leads to pressure on your rectal muscles.

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Best Home Remedies For Piles

Certain home treatments are highly effective in shrinking down painful hemorrhoids. Here is what you can practice at home to keep discomfort away:

Sitz Bath

A sitz bath is a warm bath, which is recommended by doctors as a great natural treatment for piles. It is usually available at local pharmacies as a small plastic, which can be placed over the toilet seat for sitting nearly 15-20 minutes or taking a full-body bath. Doing it right after every bowel movement or several times a day will help the troubled area soak and soothe in a convenient way. Adding epsom salt to your warm bath will give you even more relief from pain.

Psyllium Husk

Made from the husks of the seeds of the medicinal plant ‘Plantago Ovata’ (popularly known as ‘ispaghul’), psyllium is a form of fiber and is commonly used as a laxative. Though it does not cure piles at a local level, the increased amount of fiber helps in reducing constipation, thereby easing the passage of stool. Use it once to thrice a day in order to regulate your bowel movements, which will make the procedure quick and painless.

Radish Juice

Being full of fibers, radish juice is considered as a great remedy for piles. Start with about a quarter cup of juice per day to diminish the problem. Just grate a fresh radish and squeeze the juice out of it. Once you are accustomed to the taste, increase the quantity and drink up a glass of it.

Radish juice for piles

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Pomegranate Peel

Pomegranate peel infusion is another surefire remedy for piles. Boil a handful of fresh pomegranate peels in a cup of water. Strain the concoction and cool it down. Now, drink this twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. When consumed over a few weeks, this reduces swelling and inflammation to a large extent.

Mustard Powder And Goat Milk

Take a teaspoon of black mustard seeds and powder it to a coarse texture. Mix this in with a glass of goat milk and drink the mixture on an empty stomach. Practicing this is known to relieve us from the pain and discomfort of piles and also cure the inflammation associated with it. 

Banana Milkshake

Drinking sugarless banana milkshake also helps in getting respite from the irritation of piles. Whip up a milkshake with ripe bananas and milk and drink two to three glasses every day. This will make the bowel movement easy and relieve pain efficiently. 


Figs are very much helpful in reducing the inflammation resulted from hemorrhoids. Eat a few fresh figs or soak a handful of dried figs overnight in water. This is to be consumed the first thing in the morning to enjoy the best results. 

figs for treating piles

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Wood Apple

Wood apple, commonly called ‘Bael’ in India, contains the flavonoid ‘rutin’ that helps the blood capillaries relax, promotes a healthy circulation of blood, and ensures an easy passage of stool. The fruit works as a gentle laxative too. You can consume half a wood apple daily or try the wood apple syrup, which is widely available in herbal stores. 

Coconut Oil And Neem Leaves

Applying a paste of neem leaves mixed with coconut oil to external hemorrhoids will give you instant relief from inflammation and pain. Neem leaves are both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, which help cure infection as well as control soreness. 

Aloe Vera Gel

Applying aloe vera gel to external hemorrhoids is known to soothe the burning sensation and give a temporary relief. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that is also effective in treating a number of other skin conditions. However, make sure that you are always using pure aloe vera gel only for this purpose.

Green Tea

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of green tea are not only good for reducing irritation caused by piles but also useful in curing the swollen veins. All you need to do is place a green tea bag in the refrigerator for half an hour and apply that chilled bag to the hemorrhoids externally.

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Witch Hazel

Witch hazel comprises tannins and certain other oils that play significant roles in slowing down bleeding and bringing down inflammation. When used directly on the piles, this natural anti-inflammatory agent can decrease pain and itching until the lumps fade out completely.

Epsom Salt And Glycerin

Take 2 tablespoons of epsom salt and mix it with 2 tablespoons of glycerin to prepare a thick mixture. Apply it to a gauze pad and place it on the affected part of the skin for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Also, you need to repeat the procedure every 4-6 hours to experience the most promising results.

Experts’ Tip:

Apart from trying these home remedies, you should increase your daily dietary fiber and water intake to prevent the problem of piles form getting recurring.

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.

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