Pain caused by venous swelling at or inside the anal sphincter may be due to hemorrhoid or piles. It is a common problem and by the age of 50, around half the adult population has to deal with irritation, itching, and bleeding in the anal region, which indicates the presence of hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids may form inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or may develop under the skin in the area around the anus (external hemorrhoids).
Causes of Hemorrhoids or Piles
The commonest causes of hemorrhoids are:
As the body gets older, the tissues that support the veins in the rectum and anus weaken and get stretched. Thus, hemorrhoids are more likely to occur in older age.
In ayurveda, hemorrhoids or piles are known as Arsh. Bleeding piles occur due to the involvement of pitta and vata dosha and non-bleeding piles occur due to the kapha and vata humor. Generally, hemorrhoids or venous swelling occurs due to kapha and vata vitiation.
The treatment is based on the type of the piles. According to ayurveda, hemorrhoids are also caused by vitiation Apana vata and low digestive fire. Vitiation of Apana vata may lead to veins varicosity in the anal region. Pregnancy, Constipation, Constant traveling and sitting on hard seat are predisposing factors for piles.
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
Various symptoms of hemorrhoids or piles are:
Ayurvedic treatment targets the root cause of the disease. In hemorrhoids, ayurveda treats low digestive fire, corrects the function of vata and treats the other three humors' vitiation.
The following herbs work best in the hemorrhoids or piles. They helps patient to decrease symptoms, remove constipation, decrease the size of hemorrhoids and reduce venous swelling. These herbs can be easily purchased( offerd in veggie capsules) from one of the best Ayurvedic Clinic in Melbourne, Australia “Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic”.
Hareetki (terminalia chebula)
Hareetki has rejuvenative, laxative, purgative and astringent properties. It is effective remedy for hemorrhoids. It reduces venous swelling and thus, reduces the size of hemorrhoids. It is also beneficial in conjunctivitis, sore throat, ulcers, wounds, loose gums, bleeding gums, pyorrhea, tumors, ascites, colitis, enlargement of liver-spleen and anemia. It promotes longevity and boosts energy level in the body.
Piplamool (Long Pepper)
Piplamool is the roots of the long pepper plant. It is highly beneficial for the treatment of hemorrhoid. It helps reducing the swelling, size of the hemorrhoids. It also improving blood circulation in the body and improves digestive health by boosting a proper digestion of the food. It helps to cure the root cause of the hemorrhoid development by correcting liver and digestive functions.
Jimikand (Yam Plant)
Jimikand is also known as suran and yam plant. It is also used as vegetable in India in addition to its medicinal uses. It improves digestive health by maintaining the proper functions of digestive system. Thus, it reduces bloating and irregular bowel movements. In piles, it removes the constipation and improves the health of stomach, intestines, liver and rectum. It is also beneficial in bleeding piles.
Chitrak (Plumbato zeylanica)
Chitrak is a powerful carminative and digestive stimulant, according to ayurveda. It is added in most of ayurvedic digestive supplements and used for the treatment of indigestion, liver disorders, hemorrhoids, jaundice, loss of appetite, common cold, productive cough and asthma.
Chavya (Piper Retrofractum)
Chavya is pungent in taste and digestive stimulant. It generates heat in the body and improves the cold conditions and kapha vata diseases such as common cold, asthma, body ache etc. It also reduces the venous swelling and improves digestion, benefits in indigestion and loss of appetite.
Kachnaar (Bauhinia Variegate)
Kachnaar is a potent medicine for decreasing the size of swollen veins in the rectum. It reduces the size of hemorrhoids. It is also used in thyroid disorders, goiter, obesity, excess fat accumulation, fatty liver, loss of appetite, generalized body swelling, hernia, tumors etc.
Trikatu (black pepper, long pepper and dry ginger)
Trikatu is ayurvedic powder containing three spices (black pepper, long pepper and dry ginger). This powder increases appetite, reduces swelling and pacifies vata and kapha humor. It is also beneficial for lowering elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, fatty liver, obesity, heart block, allergies, intestinal worms, indigestion, abdominal distension, bloating and flatulence.
This formulation is not recommended in bleeding piles; please consult Dr. Gurnam Saini of “Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic” if bleeding is also present with hemorrhoids.
Following Ayurvedic herbal recipes are used successfully all over the globe to cure any types of piles; bleeding or non- bleeding.
Performing certain yogasanas can provide relief to people suffering from hemorrhoids. Sarvanga asana, or the candle pose, can help reduce stress and other symptoms of hemorrhoids. The legs up the wall stand helps improve blood circulation to the anus and decrease the symptoms of exercise. The squatting pose may help reverse constipation that is a common cause of hemorrhoids. In addition, the child’s pose can alleviate constipation and improve circulation to the anus.
Lifestyle and Hemorrhoids
Certain changes in your lifestyle can prevent the recurrence of hemorrhoids.
Dr Gurnam Singh Saini
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