I would like to comment on the recent article by P.S. in Virginia on the sensitive (pun intended) subject of hemorrhoids. I would suggest the use of arnica montana or just Arnica. It comes in gel, cream, and sublingual tablets and acts as a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Don't use the topicals on open wounds. I am not in the medical field, but my chiropractor/nutritionist recommends it and I have used it for this very purpose and for others. I purchase mine from Puritan.com, but it is available at many local health food stores, amazon.com, etc. I have a good supply of the tablets and they are currently inexpensive. I generally take a couple under the tongue and if it hasn't helped within 30 minutes, I can take more. Obviously one must not take my word for it - do your own research -, but it's an inexpensive and powerful method to reduce many kinds of inflammation. Hope that helps someone else. - Kevin K.