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Piles are either dry or bleeding and often caused by chronic constipation, hard and knotty slots, intake of spices, wines, meats and also by poor or absent physical activity. Dry piles is more painful, while bleeding piles render a person weaker. Pregnant ladies, elderly persons, sedentary persons who eat enormously and quite often but do no exercise, or the person taking above-mentioned dietary items, are more prone to piles. Persistant complaint may cause other complications also, such as fissures, cancerous growths, pain, swelling, smarting etc.
Types of Piles
Dry piles - In dry piles there is inflammation of the external piles, continuous pain and become unbearable while voiding the bowels.
Bleeding piles - In bleeding piles, the internal piles start bleeding and there may be excessive bleeding which lead to anaemia and consequent emaciation.
A person suffers from piles when the anal region veins become varicosed. The prime causes of piles are -
Sedentary way of life
Lack of exercise
Some morbid conditions of the liver.
Ayurvedic Home Remedies
Use oil of Cypress or Juniper in the bath or using some drops of either to a bowl of cold water for improving circulation. Abdomen should be massaged with a 2% oil dilution, to any vegetable oil used as a base oil of Rosemary or Marjoram.
Apply locally commercial creams processed from the extracts of -
(i) Morse chestmt (Aescutus hippocastanum)
(ii) Pilecort (Ranunculus ficaria) or Marigold (Calendula officinalis).
Tincture of distilled witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) is astringent and can be safely used as a compress. It will also provide relief in prolonged bleeding which can also be prevented by using tea prepared from Nettle (Urtica Deocca).
All the ointments or cream are available from homeopath pharmacists retailers. Remember, frequent and profuse bleeding is liable to cause general weakness and anaemia also, hence don't let it prolong.
Use of caster oil with milk or 1 TSP with a warm cup of tea or, still better, Isabghole Husk (1 TSP) with warm milk will help in softening stool and thus, cause easy and almost painless passage thereof.
Alternative being to take a TSP of Triphala with water at bed-time. It show its effects.
The patient should be advised not to use a hard seat or ride horses during the course of treatment. He should not indulge in too much sex, nor suppress the urge to void the stools for fear of pain which accompanies dry piles.
Sitting for a long duration on hard surface. Eating dry food. Smoking. Putting pressure during defecation. Eating Non-Vegetarian food. Consumption of canned food. Afternoon nap (diseased, aged and children are exempted). Eating stale food. Anal coitus. Usage of Sesame and Mustard.
Do the following things...
Drink lot of water (avg 5 lts /day).
Consume green leafy vegetables and fruits which add roughage.
Sleep well in nights.
Maintain Oral and Anal hygiene.
Ayur remedies for piles
Sitz bath :-
Boil "thriphala choorna" or grated radish in water and pour this water in a tub. Take sitz bath when water is tolerably hot.
Medicinal liquids :-
Add dry ginger powder and jaggery to pomegranate juice and drink twice daily.
Mix 1/2 glass of sour pomegranate juice,2 tsp of ginger juice,2tsp jaggery and 1/2 cup of buttermilk.
This has to be consumed twice daily.
Buttermilk should be used at least twice daily.
In Ayurveda, there are three types of prescriptions. These are Kasisadi taila, Abhayarishta and Nagakesara.
The main ingredient of Kasisadi taila is iron sulphate (Kasisa). Kasisadi taila checks bleeding and relieves pain. It first shrinks Piles and simultaneously cures the itching sensation in the anal portion. It is used externally.
While preparing Abhayarishta, the main ingredient utilised is Haritaki.
The dose: 30 ml. of the medication needs to be mixed with an equal quantity of water. The patient should consume it twice daily.
Nagakesara is recommended for stopping the bleeding from the anal region. The flower of the Nagakesara plant is used to prepare the medication. The flower is dried and changed into a powdery form. It is beneficial for patients suffering from both the dry and bleeding forms of Piles.
The dose: One teaspoonful thrice daily. The patient should follow it up with a cup of warm milk.
The poultice made of sesame (til) seeds can be applied over bleeding piles as an external measure, and internally also ½ teaspoonful of sesame seeds can be taken orally with some butter.
A mixture can be made of:
Ripe bael fruit pulp = loz
Sugar = 180gms
Powder of black peppers = 7 in number
Cardamom powder = 7gms
This can be taken twice a day as a good remedy.
Radish (Muli) is a useful home remedy for piles.
* The hot poultice of dry radish (Muli) is a good application in non-bleeding piles.
* The juice is also useful in piles. 60 to 100 ml of radish juice well mixed with little bit of salt, should be taken twice a day, daily for 40 days.
Butter Milk: It is the home remedy of choice in piles. l00ml well mixed with a little bit of black pepper powder, and salt should be taken daily for a few months at least. Ayurveda stresses upon daily intake of butter milk by the piles patients.
Hareetaki, popularly known as harad is a good remedy for constipation. The decoction of the fruit peel of harad (Terminal a Chebula) is taken 1 cupful with jaggery at bed-time.
Rose petals, 11 in number crushed with 50 ml of water should be taken for 3 days on empty stomach. This is a very good remedy for bleeding piles. Banana fruit should not be taken for 1 year along with this treatment.
The decoction of sonth (dried ginger) is very useful in piles. It should be taken in the quantity of 30 to 50ml daily.
Triphalachurna: This should be taken regularly to remove the constipation. 2 tsf of powder well mixed in a glass of lukewarm water should be taken orally before retiring to bed. Externally also it is widely used in different methods. One popular method is to take a plastic tub, fill it with warm water to a level where one can sit comfortably. Add 10 teaspoonfuls of Triphalachurna to the water and mix well for some time. Then the patient should sit in the tub, duly immersing the anus in the lukewarm water for 30 minutes. This should be carried out daily. This practice brings in enormous benefits to the piles patient.
Abhayarista: As an oral liquid preparation, it is also useful in constipation. 30 ml of the medicine dissolved in equal quantity of lukewarm water should be taken before going to bed.
Arsha Harivati is a common herbo-mineral compound prescribed by Ayurveda. 2 pills twice a day with some butter milk or warm water should be taken for 40 days. This gives great relief from piles.
Arshony tablet/ointment (Charak) 1-2 tablets thrice daily along with application of ointment before and after defecation.
Pilex tablet/ointment (Himalaya Drugs) are equally useful. Dosages are as above.
Arshoghnivati tablet (Baidyanath) 1 to 2 tablets with water or butter milk can be taken thrice or four times daily.
Kankayan Vati (Baidyanath) is equally good in both types of piles.
Pileen, Arshon and Rasanjan Vati tablets (Bhaat Ayurvedic Pharmacy) can cure both types of piles if taken in the dose of 1 to 2 tablets daily for 2 to 3 months.
Kasisadi Tailam when applied externally treats external piles completely.