The Wellness Column
by Martin Sanford, DC

     The term hemorrhoids refers to a condition in which the veins around the anus or lower rectum are swollen and inflamed. Common causes of hemorrhoids include chronic constipation or diarrhea, pregnancy, heredity, faulty bowel movement due to the overuse of laxatives or enemas, habitual straining with bowel movements, spending long periods of time on the toilet (e.g. reading), prolonged sitting, sedentary lifestyle, eating a low-fiber diet, chronic dehydration, anal/rectal infection, or excessive weight.
     Hemorrhoids are very common in both men and women. About half of the population have hemorrhoids by age 50. Hemorrhoids are also common among pregnant women.
     Below is a list of items that may be useful (usually easily obtained from a health food store).
     Fiber (especially fruits and vegetables), bioflavonoids, witch hazel compress or cream, horse chestnut, butcher’s broom (before taking horse chestnut or butcher’s broom you should consult a doctor).
Use of chiropractic can sometimes be useful for relieving constipation.
My list of suggestions here is not exhaustive and there are times when further medial treatment should be sought.
     If you have questions about any of this, want more information, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, call my office at 530-832-4442.