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Posted 12/23/2022 in Ayurveda by Mahadevan Seetharaman

Understanding & treating Piles through Ayurveda


Understanding & treating Piles through Ayurveda

Among the many common conditions that can occur in the anorectal region, piles are one of the most serious conditions. Piles is an ailment characterized by inflammation and swelling of the veins in the anal region, which causes excruciating pain when aggravated.

Piles are otherwise known as Hemorrhoids can be found as swellings found inside and outside the anus. People frequently do not realize they are suffering from piles because symptoms can be either visible or invisible.

What are the causes of Piles/ Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can occur due to multiple reasons. The following can be one of the causes:

  • Hereditary refers to the fact that it is passed down from parents to children.

  • Diet: This is one of the primary causes of hemorrhoids and other painful anal diseases such as fissures and fistulas.

  • Predominantly non-vegetarian diet: Stools become hard because the diet lacks fibrous foods, raw fruits and vegetables, and water. This puts strain on the blood-carrying veins in the anal region, causing them to enlarge.

  • Straining (forcing) stools for an extended period of time because you believe you haven't gotten everything out of your bowels that causes your veins to enlarge and bleed.

What are the symptoms of Piles/ Hemorrhoids

Usually the patient might suffer from one or more symptom from below:

  • One of the most serious aspects of this disease is that it causes bright red blood to leak out of the body without causing pain

  • One or more lumps at the anal opening that you can feel when you wash your hands after using the restroom

  • The sensation that a fleshy mass is emerging from your stools. 

  • Pain, burning and the occasional release of mucus

Why Piles/ Hemorrhoids should not be ignored?

Following are some of our real-time client stories who have been suffering from this condition.

“For about 20 years, I've had internal and external hemorrhoids. They flare up about once a month, and I'm afraid to go out when they do. It's very painful, and there's sometimes blood, so I'd rather stay at home. Because I'm embarrassed about my hemorrhoids, I have to make up excuses when I don't join my friends for a game or a bite to eat.”- says a 46 year old IT professional

“I knew something felt 'off' back there after my daughter was born, but I wasn't sure if it was a common postpartum pain. My nurse informed me that I had hemorrhoids as a result of my pregnancy. I couldn't sit, lay down, or stand when I left the hospital because I was in so much pain. I knew giving birth would be difficult, but I didn't expect resting to be as difficult.”- says a 32 year old new mom.

Piles need not be life-threatening  but surely from the above stories, you can understand how much it affects one’s quality life. Through Ayurveda, one can surely get thoroughly treated for Piles.

Piles/ Hemorrhoids According to Ayurveda…

Ayurveda associates the causes of piles, fissures, and the digestive issues with the imbalance of the three Doshas, namely Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. According to Ayurveda, each individual has a bi-doshic nature, which means that the qualities of two doshas are more dominant than those of the third. Your digestive issues may vary depending on the Dosha dominance in your body.

  • Pittas can have bleeding, soft hemorrhoids that are accompanied by fever followed by diarrhea, as well as excessive thirst

  • Kaphas have digestive issues, and their hemorrhoids can be large and white

  • Constipation can be excruciatingly painful for Vatas, and they may develop black hemorrhoids

So it is important to understand the root cause and to provide the right ayurvedic treatment for piles.

Ayurveda for Piles/ Hemorrhoids -Treatment & Medicines

Ayurvedic treatment for Piles such as Abhyanga, steam, Avagahana (a medicated bath), Lepana (an application), Panchakarmas (such as Virechana and basti), and others are used as part of the Arsha treatment.

Some Ayurvedic medicine for piles helps to stop bleeding, kills bacteria, and makes you pee. It aids in the removal of bacteria that causes hemorrhoids. It can help to stop bleeding and clear the bowels. Chirabilwadi Kashaya, Abhayrista, Kulattadi Kashaya, Avipattikara choorna, Drakshasava, Triphala guggulu, Kankayana vati, Arshogni vati, Laxifit powder, and other Ayurvedic medicines for piles can be taken after consulting and being checked by an Ayurvedic doctor.

Early stages are easily treated with herbal medicines and dietary changes. However, if a patient is in grade 2 or higher, he or she may be required to undergo Ksharasutra treatment.

What is Ksharasutra?

Piles, fistulas, and fissures can be cured using non-surgical piles treatment called "kshara lepa" (alkaline applications) or "kshara sutra" (alkaline Ligation) with few recurrences. Kshara, an Ayurvedic medicine, is primarily composed of alkaline plant parts. Kshara has many applications, but clinical trials and scientific research have shown that it is effective in treating haemorrhoids, fissures, ovarian fistulas, and pilonidal sinus. 

An Ayurvedic specialist will apply kshara paste to the hemorrhoid or tie the kshara sutra to the hemorrhoid's base. This reduces bleeding, prevents blood from flowing through veins, and thins the blood. It also kills the tissue in the bleeding veins, causing the pile mass to disappear.

To conclude, with Ayurvada one can treat and completely cure Piles, non-invasively. At AyurvedaLiving, our team of experienced Ayurvedic Specialists will help you eradicate your Hemorrhoids condition. Book your consultation now!

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