Potato Poultices

In my Maternal and Newborn Care class, we learned about using potatoes to help postpartum and pregnant mothers who suffer from hemorrhoids  However, this potato poultice can be used by anyone with hemorrhoids. Here's how it works: 

Step One: grate a peeled potato.
Step Two: place the potato shreds onto the base of a pair of tight fitting underwear or onto a menstrual pad (ideal method for women). Note: wear old underwear because the potato may stain. 
Step Three: go to sleep with potato in your pants. 

*Note: I have not tried this poultice (I don't have hemorrhoids myself, thankfully), I'm just passing on what was taught. Consult your healthcare provider if you have hemorrhoids to determine the best course of action for your own case. 


  1. What is the thought = what are the elements of a shredded potatoe that would shrink a hemorrhoid....starches?

    Curious Mama

  2. Unfortunately our professor didn't get into the mechanism of action. But there must be some constituent in the potato plant that causes vasoconstriction, shrinking the hemorrhoid. Or maybe just that it soothes the surrounding skin? Not too sure.


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