Hemorrhoids from the point of view of Ayurveda
Hemorrhoids or piles are dilated or swollen veins (low-pressure blood vessels that return blood to the heart) under the rectum around the anus. Hemorrhoids are classified as internal and external piles, according to their level in relation to the anus.They often go away on their own, with a proper diet and a healthy lifestyle. Hemorrhoids are rarely serious, except for the cases when symptoms don’t go away within a week or if the patient has bleeding.
Hemorrhoids are the result of doshas imbalance. If hemorrhoids are caused by the imbalance of Vata dosha, it is rough and hard, painful and often accompanied by constipation. Hemorrhoids caused by Pitta dosha imbalance are red, inflamed and bleeding, its symptoms may also include fever and diarrhea. In the treatment of hemorrhoids, the main goal of Ayurveda is restoration of the balance of vital energies.
Causes of Hemorrhoids or Piles:
- Sitting for long periods of time
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Heavy smoking
How Ayurvedic doctors treat hemorrhoids
In case of hemorrhoids, the balance of the digestive system should be restored in the first place. Good and proper digestion depends on the digestive fire (Agni). According to Indian traditional beliefs, Agni’s strength varies with the sun position in the sky, so when the sun is at its zenith at noon, the Agni is at its strongest. This is why we should eat the heaviest or largest meal in the middle of the day, not at night.
Ayurvedic treatment of hemorrhoids often includes use of Ayurvedic Kshar – a mixture of different herbs that is applied to the pile with a proctoscope. In more serious cases, Kshara-sutra Ayurvedic therapy can be given – hemorrhoids are tied at their base by specially processed threads.
And here are most common herbal remedies made from medicinal plants, used for prevention and Ayurvedic treatment of hemorrhoids:
Triphalaguggulu is one of the best oral treatments for hemorrhoids
Haritaki is an important Ayurvedic herb for treating piles, as it eases bowel movement and relieves pressure on the excretory system
Avipattikar churna is an Ayurvedic herbal medicine used for piles and other digestive problems
You are welcome to contact our Ayurvedic doctor to determine the most appropriate course of treatment.
More tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment and prevention of hemorrhoids:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Exercise regularly
- Lose weight, if you are overweight
- Don't eat any food that is difficult to digest
- Avoid spicy and oily foods
- Take warm baths
- Don’t sit too much on a hard surface
- Avoid drinking coffee or alcohol
Check the Ayurvedic treatment of other digestive diseases:
Acid reflux (GERD), Anorexia nervosa, Gastritis, Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Hyperacidity, Constipation, Coeliac, Appendicitis, Food poisoning, Colon polyps, Intestinal worms, Diarrhea, Pancreatitis, Peptic ulcer, Anal fistula, Lactose intolerance, Mouth ulcers, herpes.