Coconut Oil for Hemorrhoids

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coconut_oil_for_hemorrhoid_picWe’ve covered coconut oil’s many uses in other articles, but we’ve had several questions about how coconut oil can help with hemorrhoids. It’s a touchy, painful, itchy subject, but we are ready to tackle it. We’ll try not to get too graphic while still getting the job done.

Hemorrhoids are inflamed veins that can form internally or externally in or around the anus. The external ones are connected to sensitive nerves that are the route of the lumps, discomfort, pain, swelling, burning, itching, bleeding, clots, and irritation people experience while the internal ones tend to go unnoticed unless they bleed.

Hemorrhoids are usually caused by straining during bowel movements. Despite being a general pain in the anus, hemorrhoids aren’t particularly harmful, but anyone who has them may disagree. They are definitely something you want gone fast even if they aren’t damaging to your overall health.

Coconut oil is one answer. This beneficial oil happens to be anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, making it the perfect topical and internal way to soothe away the pain, speed healing, and get your intestines working right at the same time. Apply it to the affected area several times a day to chase away the pain and see the swelling go down as the hemorrhoids heal within days. When ingested, coconut oil kills unfriendly bacteria that can cause indigestion, constipation, and other digestive problems.

(NOTE: Coconut can be the answer to many of life's riddles. Check out our article on the 50 best uses for coconut oil. See it here.

Coconut oil is amazing, but there are other things to try too. Apple cider vinegar is a home remedy favorite. Apply it with a cotton ball or add half a cup to your bath and soak the pain and swelling away. Witch hazel is a natural astringent, meaning it will pull water out of the area and reduce swelling. Apply it with a cotton ball. Aloe vera is very soothing, reduces inflammation, and enhances healing. Smear it on there whenever you need it. Use a squatting stool while you go to make your bowel movements smoother, with less straining. Eating well is also a good idea. Constipation is often caused by not eating enough fresh fruits, vegetables, and plant-based nutrition. 

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  • Hi,

    Is it OK to apply the coconut oil internally for the roids/fissure?

    Is it true people who excercise a lot is cycling/running sometime s suffer with roads?

    Thank you.

  • I've got hemorrhoids and have suffered for over 3 years with them. I just tried coconut oil and I have to say as uncomfortable as it is sitting after a bowel movement the coconut oil almost helps on contact. I hope it continues to work as I've tried tucks and witch hazel and both burned so much countout oil is to notch lol

  • thanks for the information.

  • Doc, I am from Davao City. We have plenty of coconut oils here because of the abundance of coconut tree, or shrub (as other people would say). I have a hemorrhoids now and I bleed when I poop. At dawn after my shift, i applied a liberal amount of coconut oil into my arse. I hope that it works.

  • Freaking out with my hemorhoid. Is it more effective than HemoClin?

  • I sufferring hemorrhoid a year ago, theres a bleeding during bowel movement, please what im going to do.

  • Let's hope coconut oil helps because I just can't take this anymore. I've had rubber band ligation a week ago on two of my roids and I'm still suffering. Between my chronic back and neck pain and now this food pain I'm ready to just hangs myself.

    • Moderator

      I hope it helps you too. There are some natural anti-inflammatory foods that may help too. I'm a fan of adding coconut oil, ginger, and turmeric to more foods. Good luck! You can make it through!

  • hi everyone I treated mine but using coconut oil twice a day. there was some initial bleeding but you just have to persist and you will reap the bebefits.

  • Since the oil is antiflammatory , will it thin ur blood like asprin does? The reason i ask cause my hemroids bleed and that will thin the blood,making the bleeding much worse

    • Moderator

      In reply to Tom D'Marie's comment

      Yes, Tom, coconut oil does have some thinning effect on blood. This would mainly occur if you are using it internally. Externally, it may cause some initial increase of bleeding, but that shouldn't last long. Good luck!

  • If im ingesting it... how much should I take?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Heather's comment

      Most people take between a teaspoon and two tablespoons a day, depending on tolerance, need, and calorie intake. I like to stick close to a tablespoon or so daily as it is a ton of extra calories. Good luck, Heather.