Hemorrhoids are inflamed veins located in and around the rectum. These inflamed veins are often the result of physical strain and can occur during difficult bowel movements. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, hemorrhoids may be more likely to occur during pregnancy, among the elderly, and during bouts of constipation or diarrhea.
Encourage the hemorrhoids to heal by taking steps to maintain bowel regularity. Keep the bowels clear by eating a fiber rich diet and drinking lots of vegetable juices. Avoid overly proccessed foods such as white flour, sugar and alcoholic beverages as they are difficult to digest. Make an effort to relax while having a bowel movement to prevent strain. Regular exercise in the form of a brisk walk after meals may also help encourage regularity.
Some people believe that papaya contains healing enzymes and may stop the bleeding and irritation caused by hemorrhoids. The book "Healing Remedies" recommends squeezing papaya juice onto a sanitary napkin and attaching it to one's undergarments. This will hold the papaya juice in place on the hemorrhoids and may speed up the healing process.
One folk remedy is to make a suppository out of a raw, peeled potato and insert it into the rectum. Another home remedy claims that using a peeled clove of garlic as suppository may reduce swelling and inflammation. Ice cube suppositories may relieve the painful burn of hemorrhoids temporarily. Some people have claimed to experience pain relief after using cranberry suppositories. These suppositories are created by processing 1/4 cup of cranberries in a blender or food processor. Place 1 tablespoon of the ground cranberries in a piece of cheesecloth and insert it into the rectum allowing a little piece of the cloth to hang out for easy removal. Leave it in for an hour and replace the suppository with a fresh one for another hour. Pain relief should occur within two hours of this treatment.