Piles, also called ‘Arsha’ in Ayurveda, is a condition where inflamed or swollen veins of the anal canal that cause discomfort, bleeding, pain, or produce discharge. Many people have piles, but they may not have the same symptoms. When it comes to size, it may vary from person to person. Some are found inside or outside the anus. We can refer to them as internal or external piles. Internal piles are generally located two to four centimetres above the opening of the anus and external piles occur outside the anus. Internal piles are more common than external piles. Lots of factors are responsible for it. We’ll see them in further sections.
Types of Hemorrhoids According to Dosha:
In Ayurveda, as we know that the doshas regulate almost every function. Likewise, your dominant dosha determines which kind of hemorrhoid you have. Let’s look at it in terms of the three doshas.
- People having ‘Pitta’ dosha experience inflamed or bleeding hemorrhoids, which are generally soft and red. You may experience fever, diarrhea, and a feeling of thirst.
- People having ‘Vata’ dosha experience severe pain, constipation, and black hemorrhoids, which have a rough and hard texture.
- People having ‘Kapha’ dosha experience indigestion and light hemorrhoids with large size and soft texture.
- A painful lump around the anus part containing blood may be felt.
- Even after passing the stool, a person suffering from piles may experience the fullness of bowels.
- Blood could be visible after a bowel movement.
- You may feel itchiness, redness, and soreness in the area around the anus.
- You may experience pain while passing the stool.
- Diminished appetite
- Obstruction during passing gases
Severe symptoms include
- Excessive bleeding or anemia
- Infection in the area
- Anal fistula
- A blood clot in the hemorrhoid area
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic diarrhea
- Lifting heavyweights
- Straining while passing stool
- Overindulgence in intercourse
- Suppressing urges
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Consuming non-vegetarian food
- Spicy foods
Ayurvedic treatment for Piles:
Ayurveda has always been helpful when it comes to curing any diseases. Piles is no exception. To treat piles in an ayurvedic way, you need to adopt specific lifestyle changes, take herbal medicines, or undergo surgery.
Generally, ayurvedic physicians will diagnose your condition and then determine the dosha responsible for it. Based on that, he can suggest to you which treatment option you should go for.
Specific ayurvedic treatment options include:
It is otherwise known as bhaisajya chikitsa in Ayurveda. This is the most common option for treatment, until and unless hemorrhoids are severe. In critical condition, medication may be added to procedures. Moreover, some dietary changes also can be expected, along with medicines.
- Herbal Application
It is otherwise known as Kshara in Ayurveda. Kshara is a herbal paste made out of certain herbs and is used to cure piles. It is applied to the affected area by using a specialized device called a slit proctoscope. The paste then chemically cauterizes hemorrhoid and stop the bleeding. This method is considered to be the best approach for treating piles in Ayurveda.
- Surgical Treatment
It is otherwise known as Sastra Chikitsa. In this process, ayurvedic physicians recommend a therapy called Kshara Sutra. Here, a medicated thread is being tied to hemorrhoid off at the base. This cuts off the blood supply to the vein, allowing hemorrhoids to shrink over the next 7-10 days. Then it will shrivel and detach on its own. This method is only considered when other options aren’t effective. Though it is a surgery, a little risk is involved. So, always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner.
It is otherwise known as agnikarma. Hemorrhoids, especially external hemorrhoids, are burnt off in this process. It causes some pain. This kind of treatment generally consists of five to six treatments over a couple of weeks. It also contains a specific type of risk, like an infection.
Ayurvedic Medicine For Piles (Recommended):
Home Remedies For Piles
Soak three to four dried figs in water overnight. Consume the figs along with the water they were soaked in, twice a day.
- Radish Juice
A very common remedy is to drink the radish juice twice a day to get relief from piles. First, you can start with one-fourth of a cup, and then you can gradually increase to half a cup, twice a day.
To reduce the pain felt due to piles, you should start drinking buttermilk. Add rock salt, ginger, and peppercorns to it. Drink it twice a day.
- Mustard Seeds
To seek relief from bleeding due to piles, a teaspoon of mustard seeds powder has to be added with half a cup of goat’s milk. Add a pinch of sugar and drink it daily once in the morning in an empty stomach.
- Jambul Fruit
Jambul fruit is very effective in treating piles. Eat a handful of this fruit with a little salt in an empty stomach in the morning.
Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs):
- When should I see a doctor?
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, then you should consult a hemorrhoid specialist for proper diagnosis. Based on the physical assessment, the doctor will prescribe certain treatments.
- Are hemorrhoids serious?
Rarely, they are. Though it can be very painful and irritating, they aren’t usually serious. Mild hemorrhoids symptoms can be cured with over the counter medicines and certain diet and lifestyle changes. Proper medical procedures can cure severe cases.
- Do hemorrhoids increase the risk of colorectal cancer?
No. Hemorrhoids don’t increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Though both conditions show the sam symptom of rectal bleeding, its essential to determine the exact condition. Therefore, it is suggested to see a doctor as soon as you experience any rectal symptoms. Your doctor may recommend further diagnostic procedures like colonoscopy. It is shown that up to 2.3% of patients with bleeding hemorrhoids may also have colorectal cancer.
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