What are haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids commonly known as piles are swollen veins that bulge out of rectum and anus. This condition can happen due to straining during the bowel movement, pregnancy or obesity and causes bleeding, discomfort and itching. Haemorrhoids usually get cured on its own and do not require any medical treatment, but in some cases, it may not be cured on its own and therefore require some medical attention. A medical surgery may be performed to remove the haemorrhoid.
One can himself detect the occurrence or presence of haemorrhoids. There are two types of haemorrhoids- external and internal. In the case of external haemorrhoids, its occurrence can be detected without any medical help, as certain visible symptoms can be experienced like pain, bleeding, swelling, itching. Sometimes, the area around the anus may have a blood clot which can turn the haemorrhoid in a purple or blue shade and can be painful. It has noticeable symptoms like severe pain, itching and bleeding.
Internal haemorrhoids occur inside the rectum and are therefore hard to detect without the doctor’s help, as they do not bulge out of the anus but there are symptoms through which an internal haemorrhoid can be detected:
- Bloodstains on defecation
- A bulging out small project from the anus, which can also be painful in bowel activity.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is extracted from tea tree leaves and was named after the sailors who discovered it in southeast Queensland and the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. Its scientific name is Melaleuca oil. Its colour may vary from a pale yellowish colour to a colourless liquid. Tea tree oil has many benefits and is used to treat acne, fungus, bad breath, dandruff, lice, bacteria infections, insect bites, herpes etc.
Benefits of tea tree oil for haemorrhoids
Tea tree oil has been proven to be beneficial for the treatment of haemorrhoids due to the following properties-
- Anti-inflammatory- tea tree has anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce swelling and inflammation and thus gives relief by shrinking the haemorrhoid. Tea tree oil can also be combined with aloe vera to get a soothing effect.
- Antiseptic- tea tree oil can help get rid of itching, discomfort and pain and helps to reduce discomfort experienced during haemorrhoids.
- Anti-bacterial- tea tree contains antimicrobial properties which help to get rid of bacteria or infections if any caused due to bleeding or irritation in the rectum or anus.
- Tea tree gel- A research was conducted in which tea tree oil was combined with hyaluronic acid and was applied in the infected area, which proved to be effective in the treatment of haemorrhoids.
How to use tea tree oil for haemorrhoids?
There are some ways in which tea tree can treat the problem of haemorrhoids. Tea tree for haemorrhoids is the best home remedy one can opt for, to get some relief. Tea tree oil can prove to be fatal if consumed orally.
Tea tree oil is easily available in the market, and is already in a diluted form and therefore is easier and ready for use. The diluted form of tea tree oil can be applied directly on the skin. If the diluted form is not available, then it can be mixed with some other carrier oil to negate its negative reactions on the skin.
There are certain ways in which one can dilute tea tree oil to make it suitable for use, eg- tea tree oil can be missed with a tablespoon of coconut oil and can be applied on the infected area. Coconut oil helps to nourish and hydrate the infected region giving it a soothing effect. Tea tree oil can also be mixed with castor oil and can be applied on haemorrhoids directly. Aloe- vera mixed with tea tree oil helps to get relief in haemorrhoids.
A few drops of tea tree oil can also be added in the water before taken bath as it will help to kill germs and bacteria due to its anti-bacterial properties.
Tea tree oil- side effects
Tea tree oil can cause skin irritation at times as it comprises strong ingredients and therefore must be diluted before use. It can be applied to the skin by mixing it with other oils to lessen its negative effect on the skin and make it suitable for use. Tea tree oil can even result in swelling due to irritation and itching as it comprises strong components and in such a situation, its use must be aborted.
At times, Tea tree can also cause hormonal imbalance if mixed with certain oil to dilute it. Thorough research must be done on the product with which it is to be diluted. Tea tree can also result in some skin issues such as dryness. Tea tree oil is only for external use and must not be consumed, as it may expose one to serious harm.
Consulting a doctor
At times people neglect haemorrhoids thinking that it will be cured on its own, but a doctor must be consulted at least once as in certain situations, colon cancer has been detected. A haemorrhoid usually lasts for a week.
In case one continues to experience discomfort, a doctor must be consulted. The doctor will conduct a small examination to examine the haemorrhoid and any possibility of colon cancer. When even after regular home remedies, there is no improvement in the condition and one continues to experience pain, irritation, bleeding, etc. a doctor must be consulted for the same.
In case the situation is under control, a small surgery may be required to treat the haemorrhoid. In case one experiences excess bleeding, discomfort, dizziness the doctor must be consulted immediately.
Tea tree oil is good for haemorrhoid as a home remedy. According to research, the tea tree helps to shrink haemorrhoids and reduces any itching or swelling. It can be used for haemorrhoids but short term only and, if the condition does not get better even with the use of tea tree, immediate medical attention is required.