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 four possibilities:
  • Constipation
  • Copper Deficiency
  • Liver Congestion
  • 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:
pain medication use
history of elevated liver enzymes
liver/gallbladder cleanses help
fatty food intolerance
medium-term abdominal pain
allergy to chemicals
itchy skin
no desire to recover from alcoholism
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
tetracycline use
high cigarette smoke sensitivity
history of gallbladder attacks
... 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
Liver Congestion 91% Confirm
Copper Deficiency 30% Unlikely
Inadequate Fiber Intake 1% Ruled out
Constipation 1% 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:

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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