Using Coconut Oil for Hemorrhoids: A Complete Guide

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From reviews to suppositories, consider this your go-to guide on coconut oil for hemorrhoids.

Does Coconut Oil Work for Hemorrhoids?

As far as natural remedies go, coconut oil is all the rage these days.

From improving one's hair, skin, and nails to improving heart health and promoting weight loss, this oil seems to be the be-all end-all cure for just about anything.

If it can do all that, will coconut oil work for hemorrhoids? Let's get into that below, shall we?


How Coconut Oil Helps Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that cause discomfort and bleeding. They're pretty painful, too.

Coconut oil can help reduce inflammation and swelling of hemorrhoids, because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties. You'll notice a reduction in your discomfort when using coconut oil, because it's also a pain-reliever. It even has antibacterial properties that allow the hemorrhoids to heal faster.

All signs point to using the oil as a means to help bring relief to your hemorrhoids, but how should you actually use it? Is there a right way? Wrong way? We're breaking that all down below!


How to Use Coconut Oil for Hemorrhoids

It's recommended to use organic, virgin coconut oil when using it for medicinal purposes. This is because it's the least processed variety and posses more health benefits.

As far as using coconut oil for hemorrhoids, there are a few ways you can go about it:

Ingest Coconut Oil

Coconut oil works in relieving constipation due to its laxative effects. You can add some to the foods you already eat. As little as a tablespoon will help you relieve constipation and ease your hemorrhoids.

Apply Coconut Oil

You can apply coconut oil to your hemorrhoids to reduce swelling and discomfort. It's recommended to mix in a little witch hazel, another natural remedy for hemorrhoids, to see your symptoms go down quickly.

Use Coconut Oil Suppositories

Many use suppositories to reduce swelling of hemorrhoids. They're typically inserted into the rectum to bring relief to internal hemorrhoids. Once inside, it'll dissolve to release its medication. You can make your own coconut oil suppositories by following the video below.

Something to Keep in Mind

While all signs point to yes for using coconut oil to cure your hemorrhoids, we still strongly suggest talking to your doctor before you follow through with anything. They'll know what's best for you and your body, especially better than us.

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