What Causes Hemorrhoids?

In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of hemorrhoids we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow hemorrhoids to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind hemorrhoids consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to hemorrhoids.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Copper Deficiency
  • Calc Fluor Need
  • Liver Congestion
  • Constipation
  • Inadequate Fiber Intake

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
undigested fat in stools
cysts in breasts
regular runny nose
high current exposure to solvents
medium-term abdominal pain
high cigarette smoke sensitivity
pain medication use
severe constipation
history of cysts in breasts
very pale stools
negative reaction to coffee
moderate right lumbar pain
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hemorrhoids:
Cause Probability Status
Constipation 99% Confirm
Inadequate Fiber Intake 15% Unlikely
Calc Fluor Need 0% Ruled out
Copper Deficiency 0% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate bowel problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you suffered from Hemorrhoids?
Possible responses:
→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate history of hemorrhoids, hemorrhoids or severe hemorrhoids, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Copper Deficiency

A copper deficiency has been associated with weakening of connective tissue that can be a contributing factor for the development of hemorrhoids.


The hemorrhoidal plexuses drain through veins without valves, so factors that increase the pressure inside these veins – such as straining while on the toilet – can lead to hemorrhoids.

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

If the liver is too congested, blood may not flow easily back to the liver through the hemorrhoidal veins and this might cause swelling of a weakened vein.

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