Garlic Against Hemorrhoids: How to Heal Yourself

Bowl of peeled garlic cloves in bowl with more cloves and garlic heads on wooden surface

Natural remedies can be used to relieve pain, but they should not be considered a substitute for treatment.

Hemorrhoids are painful blood vessels in the anus that have become inflamed due to constipation, pregnancy, or straining during bowel movements. Garlic can be used to reduce the itching and inflammation associated with hemorrhoids.

Natural remedies can be used to relieve pain, but they should not be considered a substitute for treatment. Consult your doctor before using garlic or any other substance for hemorrhoids.

Step 1

Peel one clove of garlic, completely removing the paper skin that surrounds it.

Step 2

Insert the garlic clove into the rectum as a suppository. Adding a lubricant will make the process easier. Just use your index finger and insert the clove inside the rectum about 5 cm. Leave the garlic suppository overnight.

Step 3

Repeat the procedure three times a week to reduce hemorrhoid symptoms. The clove of garlic will be expelled naturally during the next bowel movement.

Step 4

Chop three to four cloves of garlic and boil in one glass of water for 10 minutes.

Step 5

Strain the garlic from the water and let the water cool completely.

Step 6

Moisten gauze wipes with water and apply the gauze to the anus to soothe external hemorrhoids. Soak the gauze wipes again when they are dry. You can also put the water and garlic in the freezer until it gets cold for additional relief.


If your hemorrhoids are bleeding or causing severe pain that is not relieved by any means, consult your doctor for advice and treatment recommendations. Using garlic to treat hemorrhoids should not be a substitute for treatment.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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