Hemorrhoids afflict lots of people, especially older adults and pregnant women. And as anyone who’s ever suffered from them knows, they can be very painful. We have now heard from several readers who have told us that eating a teaspoon or two of blackstrap molasses daily helps alleviate their suffering. We have no idea why this might be, and we haven’t been able to find any scientific research to support this unconventional use for molasses. But we are delighted to hear that it has helped some folks get relief.
Recently a reader wrote you touting blackstrap molasses as a treatment or cure for hemorrhoids. I am a hemorrhoid sufferer. I’ve used over-the-counter medications and the prescription ointment Proctosol-HC without much success. My problem seems to flare up when I eat certain foods, especially spicy dishes, and when I engage in vigorous exercise such as running or bike riding. I decided to try taking blackstrap molasses, one teaspoon twice a day. Remarkably, in less than a month I have found relief! The condition has improved at least 75 percent, with only occasional minor irritation. The burning, itching, and even blood spotting have all but disappeared. Believe me, I was skeptical about this remedy, so even after some initial relief, I purposely ate foods that normally cause a flare-up. Much to my surprise, there was no outbreak. Has anyone else reported success?
Your testimonial is the first we have received. We too would be interested to learn of others’ experience.
I read your column about blackstrap molasses for hemorrhoids about three weeks ago. I too had huge, painful, bleeding hemorrhoids that weren’t responding to Proctosol-HC, sitz baths, or ice. Even though I was somewhat skeptical, I bought some blackstrap molasses and started taking a teaspoon twice a day. Lo and behold, within a week the hemorrhoids and pain diminished, and within two weeks my hemorrhoids had all but disappeared. I am amazed and thrilled. I continue to take the blackstrap molasses every day, but I have reduced the amount to one teaspoon a day. I will stop taking the molasses, but I am not sure when. Thanks so much for writing about it. I never would have known about this treatment and would have ended up with surgery. A miraculous cure, and the timing was phenomenal.
We continue to be astonished that people find blackstrap molasses eases hemorrhoids. It might be coincidence, but if it works, it’s a low-cost, low-risk remedy. Those who must avoid sugar should be cautious since molasses is a by-product of sugar manufacturing.
Joe Graedon & Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy: Quick & Handy Home Remedies, published by National Geographic