Hemorrhoids also known as piles is a condition where the anal canal becomes inflamed or swollen. It happens when the blood vessels present in the lining of the back passage become very wide and inflamed with an excessive blood.

Anal fissures are the cuts or the cracks in the anus as well as in the anal passage. This condition can be acute or chronic. In this condition, there are enlarged blood vessels situated either just inside or outside the anus commonly known as internal piles and external piles. In case of bleeding, they are known as bleeding piles.

It is fairly a common problem and over the counter ointments are often suggested for pain and itching but it can be cured by various home remedies.

What are the causes of Hemorrhoids or Piles?

When too much pressure is applied to the veins around the anus, veins stretch which leads to swelling or inflammation in that area.

Causes are:

  • Excessive pressure exerted during bowel movements.
  • Obesity
  • Severe constipation
  • Consuming low fibre diet
  • Anal intercourse
  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of exercise
  • Persistent constipation due to poor dietary habits

Due to all these factors, strain occurs to pass stools. As a result, stools become hard which causes congestion in the network of blood vessels located inside the anal cushions. Slowly and slowly, these vessels enlarge and form piles. If this condition continues, they become large enough to cause second or third- degree piles.

What are the symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

  • Feeling a hard lump around the anal region. This lump may contain clotted blood and are known as thrombosed external hemorrhoids.
  • Spotting blood in the bowels.
  • Anal region is sore, red or itchy.
  • Experiencing pain during the bowel movement
  • Feeling fullness even after passing stools

Pathogenesis of Hemorrhoids according to Ayurveda:

According to Ayurveda, the disease in which fleshy masses which occur at the opening of anus obstructs the pathway and troubles the person like an enemy is called Arshs or Hemorrhoids.

The vitiated doshas such as Vata, Pitta or Kapha contaminate the fat, muscle and skin tissues and therefore cause skin tag at the anal opening. These masses or tags in Ayurveda are known as Arsh or hemorrhoids. Fortunately, the cure of this problem lies at your own home with simple things available in your kitchen.

How to Prevent & Heal Hemorrhoids Naturally with top 7 Home Remedies?

  1. Terminalia chebula (Haritaki): Take mixture of Terminalia chebula and jaggery before food. Powder of Haritaki and jaggery should be kept mixed with in cow urine and kept overnight and should be consumed in the morning.
  2. Cow’s Ghee and Radish Juice: Take 4 teaspoons of radish juice and 2 teaspoons of cow’s ghee (clarified butter). Both cow’s ghee and radish are cooling in nature and pacify Pitta dosha in the body. Take this remedy for 7-10 days and drink it instantly 2 times a day once in the morning and once in the evening.
  3. Elephant Foot Yam (Zimikand): Elephant Foot Yam is used as a vegetable in India. Peel off the skin and grind it. Take this with curd. Take this remedy twice a day in the morning and evening. This remedy relieves the burning sensation and itching associated with piles.
  4. Milk and Lemon Juice: Take a glass of milk and mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Take this remedy for 3 days consecutively twice a day. This remedy will cure bleeding piles in a very effective way.
  5. Bhaang Leaves: Take some bhaang leaves and add water and crush them to make a paste. Put this paste on the cotton swab and apply on the skin tags for half an hour and then wash the area with lukewarm water. This remedy helps in shrinking the skin tags and also helps in relieving inflammation and pain.
  6. Coconut Oil, Mustard Oil and Neem Leaves: Mix the coconut oil, mustard oil and powdered neem leaves. Mix all these ingredients in warm water and sit in warm water tub. This remedy soothes the bleeding piles and dry skin. This mixture acts as an antiseptic and removes inflammation around the anal region.
  7. Castor Oil: Castor Oil has wide range of properties such as it is rich in anti-oxidants, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature. Hence, this oil has the potential to decrease the size of pile mass and also reduces pain. Take 3 ml of castor oil mixed in warm milk every night. Castor oil can also be applied over the affected area. Its external application as well as regular intake helps in alleviating pain as well as the symptoms of piles.

Diet and Lifestyle:

Diet is such a factor which is often side-lined but it is a predominant aspect of our lifestyle and According to Ayurveda, unhealthy diet is a result of innumerable health issues, piles being just one of them.

  • Include such foods in the diet that help in eliminating constipation as these foods trigger the problem of piles.
  • Deep fried foods must be avoided as these foods slow down the digestive system and cause irregular bowel movement and also increase inflammation which further cause more pain and irritation.
  • Avoid spicy foods as well especially in case of bleeding piles as these foods cause pain and hence must be avoided.
  • Avoid sedentary lifestyle as it is more common in people who are involved in jobs that require sitting for long hours. People who do not indulge in any form of exercise are more vulnerable to piles. Exercise regularly can help in preventing constipation.
  • Obesity is a major factor in causing piles. So, measures should be taken to control weight.
  • Drink plenty of water as water reduces constipation and straining during bowel movement. Drink about 8-10 glasses per day.
  • You can apply aloe vera gel because it contains polysaccharides due to which it possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it can soothe hemorrhoids. Use aloe vera by breaking an aloe vera leaf and scoop out the gel inside. Apply this gel topically to ease discomfort. Moreover, aloe vera juice acts as a mild laxative if constipation bothers you.