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embarrassing condition for a patient.
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Ayurvedic Treatment for Piles/Hemorrhoids
Piles is a very common problem nowadays and
is a painful and rather embarrassing condition
for a patient.
The most common reason is the changed diet
and lifestyle. It is also very common in
pregnant women. Piles is actually a bunch of
veins which are normally surrounding the
external opening i.e anus but when these start
to protrude out of their normal place because
of over straining due to any reason (
constipation, pregnancy) this becomes a
disease called piles or hemorrhoids. These
tortuous veins start to bleed sometime due to
rubbing of hard stool.
There are two main types of hemorrhoids. These
are classified according to their location –
internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids are
those that are located in the inner lining of
the anal region. These veins, in the rectum, are
concealed and therefore cannot be felt. These
hemorrhoids are usually painless. They are not
visible but can get inflamed and lead to
bleeding. The hemorrhoids located on the
external side of the rectum are both painful,
visible and can be felt as well. When they get
too inflamed, they can burst or begin bleeding.
They are the trouble making type.
Types of Hemorrhoids
Ayurvedic consideration of Piles:
Piles are known as ‘Arsh or Arsha’ as per
ayurveda. The literal meaning of Arsh is
‘enemy’. This disease is really true enemy of
humans. In Sanskirt it is mentioned “Arivat
pranan hanti” i.e. causing discomfort and pain
in life like an enemy.
Ayurveda approaches piles in many ways. This
includes diet, lifestyle, herbal supplements,
medication, exercise and even massage. Since
constipation is one of the main causes of
piles, most of the treatment is focused on
ensuring good digestive health. However, if
you already have painful piles, Ayurvedic
treatment focuses on treating the symptoms and
improving your quality of life.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Piles
- Diet: Ayurvedic texts suggest
moderating your diet permanently for
effective treatment of piles. This would
mean that you would have to avoid very
starchy foods such as potato, yellow pumpkin
and colocasia. Instead, you should add some
more fibre to your diet. Sesame and mango
seeds can be added to your diet to add bulk
to it and prevent constipation. You can eat
fruits such as jambul, dried figs, amalaki
and papaya as these are all natural stool
softeners. Vegetables that have a lot of
roughage, such as radish, turnip,onions,
bitter gourd (karela) and ginger are great
additions to the diet too. Consumption of
dietary staples such as rice and wheat can
- Life Style: You may also have to
incorporate some basic lifestyle
changes.Regular exercise is certainly a
must. In addition to that, you must focus on
having a normal and healthy sex life. Avoid
sitting for long periods of time and use
only soft, cushioned seats when you sit.
Drink lots of water to keep your stools soft
and prevent constipation. An occasional
colon cleanse can be helpful.
- Herbs for Piles: Haritaki
(Terminalia Chebula) and Suran are two of
the herbs usually used for the treatment of
piles.Suran is a vegetable widely found in
India, also known as Yam, Elephant foot yam
(as it resembles elephant foot), Jimikand,
Whitespot giant arum. Both these herbs help
you improve your digestive system.
- Ayurvedic Medicines for Piles:
Ayurveda has promising ayurvedic medicine
for piles. These medicines include Arshohar
Vati, Abhayarishta, Arshhar Gutika,
Arshoghni Vati, Kankayan Vati, etc.
Arshoghni Vati is commonly used for bleeding
piles and Kankayan Vati is used for
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