Hemorrhoids (Piles) is a medical condition in which the swollen veins in anal canal block the normal functioning of defecation. The condition causes bleeding, which results in painful discharge. Hemorrhoids can be internal or external. Per a Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences study, India has over 4 lakh people suffering from piles.
What causes Piles?
Obesity, sedentary lifestyle, constipation, consuming non- vegetarian food, excessive intake of alcohol, consuming spicy foods, and emotional stress are some of the well know causes of piles. People across age groups could experience the disease, but it is more common amongst the age group of 45 to 65 years.
What are the types of Hemorrhoids?
Piles are of two types: Bleeding Piles, and Dry Piles.
When someone suffers from Bleeding Piles, their condition becomes so bad at times that the individual could develop anemia from excessive blood loss. Loss of appetite, itching in the anus region are common and could make life very difficult. While Dry Piles, bleeding does not occur, but the pile mass can be felt and lead to discomfort and pain.
Ayurveda science called piles by the name of ‘ARSHA’.
Pile symptoms do not show up easily, so it is possible that a person may not realize about he/she suffers until the disease progresses. Some symptoms associated are:
1. Bleeding while going to the toilet to pass stool. In several cases, piles can’t be pushed back and remain outside only.
2. Itchiness can also feel.
3. Some people develop a blood clot which may be formed within piles and cause intense pain.
Effective ayurvedic medicine for piles:
Piles treatment through Ayurveda is quite effective and has almost zero side-effects. In Ayurveda, Treatment for piles depends on its types i.e. external and internal. Basically, it aims to reduce constipation and pain. Most of the times, the treatment option for piles includes lifestyle changes.
Some of the most popular medicines for piles are Heeng, Funnel, and Cumin. Other than these, Ayurveda prescribes:
1. Carrot, to reduce bleeding from piles.
2. Garlic, also helpful to stop bleeding from piles.
Ayurvedic treatment for Piles also include remedies like:
1. Soak your anal area in a warm bath for about 10 to 15 minutes, two to three times a day.
2. While using wipes, always avoid alcohol-based perfumes wipes. You could also gently dry the anal area with a hairdryer, instead of wipes.
3. Always use moist toilet paper.
4. Apply ice packs, to reduce swelling.
Ayurvedic treatments are effective but could take time and results may vary. Each individual’s body responds differently to home remedies and ayurvedic medicines. Ayurveda does not prescribe pain killers and works at the root cause of the problem, unlike other treatment forms. Belief and mindfulness changes in lifestyle can go a long way in curing piles. If an individual does not find any relief by using the above treatment advises, in three weeks’ time and feels that symptoms have aggravated, consulting a doctor is advised.