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Alternative Medicine, Nutrition, and HemorrhoidsHemorrhoids are the result of varicosities, or swelling and inflammation of the veins of the rectum or anus. Hemorrhoids will affect anywhere from fifty to eighty percent of all individuals at least once in their lifetime. In fact, about half the adults fifty and older either have or have had hemorrhoids.
Although hemorrhoids are a very common problem, only about five hundred thousand hemorrhoid cases are treated each year. Since hemorrhoids share common symptoms with rectal cancer, anal fissures, anal abscesses, and anal fistulas, it is a good idea to consult your physician if you think you have hemorrhoids.
Studies suggest that many individuals who suffer from hemorrhoids may have a genetic predisposition due to weak rectal vein walls and vales, however other factors may contribute to the occurrence of hemorrhoids such as obesity, constipation, sedentary lifestyle, excessive consumption of caffeine or alcohol, and diarrhea.
Treatment options for hemorrhoids rage from various creams and suppositories to surgical procedures.
A variety of sources indicate that the following micronutrients, supplements, and/or herbs may potentially be helpful for this condition. However, it may be wise to consult with your physician prior to taking nutritional supplements and this is certainly recommended for individuals with a diagnosed condition, particularly those who take prescribed medication.
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