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I have been dealing with painful hemorrhoids for several years now.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have been dealing with painful hemorrhoids for several years now. I have tried several options my doctor has suggested, but they only helped for a short while. The next step is surgery, which I don’t want to do. Are there natural ways to get rid of hemorrhoids?” — Lana A., Roswell, NM

A. Dear Lana, Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins that occur in the anal or rectal area. When they become irritated or inflamed, they can also bleed. I do have some natural options that I can share with you. However, I strongly recommend that if you have any kind of rectal bleeding you should consult your healthcare practitioner to make sure it is not something more serious.

Keeping your bowel movements soft and hydrated can greatly reduce hemorrhoid irritation. You can do this by drinking plenty of water, and making sure you have good sources of fiber in your diet – especially raw fruits and vegetables every day.

I believe you would also benefit greatly by adding red vine leaf and butcher’s broom to your daily regimen. Together, these two botanicals have the ability to reduce the swelling, pain, and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids. Butcher’s broom helps to constrict swollen veins, while red vine leaf extract helps to strengthen the blood vessels. I would take red vine leaf and butcher’s broom twice daily.

Another great addition to add to your daily routine is mesoglycan. Mesoglycan provides glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – the building blocks of blood vessels – which are crucial to the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. When choosing a product, look for mesoglycan that comes from a porcine (or pig) source – this ensures it’s bioidentical to the same building blocks found in our own bodies. I would take mesoglycan once or twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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