Insights of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a medicinal practice originated in India and today it’s practiced worldwide. Ayurveda is an alternative or complementary form of therapy. It addresses the conditions of the mind, body, and spirit which is concerned with bringing the body back into balance to alleviate symptoms of illness.
There are three doshas, or body types which relates to a specific element — fire (pitta), air (vata), and water (kapha). A person with one dominant dosha will display physical or emotional characteristics consistent with that element.
The end goal in Ayurveda is to balance each dosha through a combination of diet, lifestyle modifications, and herbal remedies. So, moving on let’s talk about Piles. Also known as haemorrhoids, is the situations in which veins of the anus and rectum gets swollen which causes discomfort or can also cause bleeding.
Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine in India, offers various natural remedies for treating piles (hemorrhoids). However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before starting any treatment to ensure it is suitable for your specific condition. You may also check out more information for Ayurvedic treatment for piles and fissures here.
Symptoms of Piles
- Intense itching around the anus
- painful or itchy swelling near your anus
- painful bowel movements
- bleeding from your anus during or after bowel movements
- irritation and pain around the anus
- leakage of stool
- Release of mucus even after cleaning
- Lumps around the anus
Causes of piles
- Persistent straining during bowel movements
- Irregular bowel habits, whether constipation or diarrhea
- The increased pressure on the pelvic veins during pregnancy, along with hormonal changes, can be the reason for women to develop piles.
- the act of childbirth can contribute to the development or worsening of hemorrhoids.
- Excess body weight and obesity
- Lack of physical activity and prolonged sitting can impede blood circulation in the pelvic area, leading to the development of hemorrhoids.
- Aging can weaken the tissues supporting the veins in the rectum and anus
- Regularly lifting heavy objects, especially without proper technique
- Conditions like cirrhosis can lead to portal hypertension
- Dehydration can result in hard and dry stools
- Consuming a diet high in spicy and irritating foods leads to inflammation in the anal region.
- Inadequate dietary fiber can lead to constipation
- Other medical conditions like cough etc leading to constipation
Types of Piles
- As per ayurveda, there are three types of haemorrhoids
- If pitta is affected one may experience soft and red inflamed and bleeding haemorrhoids with symptoms fever, diarrhoea, and thirst.
- If vata is affected, black haemorrhoids are rough and hard with intense pain and constipation.
- And if kapha is affected, one has poor digestion with slippery haemorrhoids light or white in colour which is soft and large in size.
- Herbal application, or kshara
- considered to be the best approach for treating hemorrhoids.
- caustic, alkaline paste used to manage hemorrhoids
- paste is made of an herbal blend and has a cauterizing action
- applied to the hemorrhoid using a specialized device called a slit proctoscope
- paste then chemically cauterizes the hemorrhoid, which may have been open and bleeding.
- Do test the cream on your arm, and if no reaction occurs in 24 hours, try applying to the rectal area.
- Other ailments
These home remedies help in treating piles but might not work permanent eradication. It may re-occur after following these treatments.
- Herbal teas
- Buttermilk with roasted cumin
- Ayurvedic massage
- Dietary changes like avoiding junk foods, oily foods,
- Psyllium husk commonly known as isabhgol
- Chewing bela leaves
- Using ayurvedic suppositories
- Using pilex ointment
- Ayurvedic medicines
These are the medicines made from herbs available in nature such as triphala which is made from haritakki, bhibhitaki and amla allows smooth movement of bowels out of the body. Another medicine is Arshoghni vati contains ingredients haritaki, neem known for anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. Also, triphala guggulu aids digestion, helps to reduce inflammation, and helps in healing anal tissues affected by piles. Also, visit planmymedical site for other diseases.
- Basti (enema)
In this, herbal decoctions are done for smooth bowel movements which then treats constipation, one of the reason of piles.
Permanent Or Surgical treatments
- Surgical intervention, or sastra chikitsa
- It is performed when dosha is affected
- Special medicated thread to tie a hemorrhoid off at the base.
- Cuts off the blood supply to the vein, allowing the hemorrhoid to shrink over the next 7 to 10 days.
- Need specific herbs to support postoperative healing.
- Some permanent changes in diet, exercise, and other factors also to avoid future hemorrhoids.
- Cauterization, or agnikarma
- External hemorrhoids can be cauterized using infrared heat
- will produce some pain
- require five to six treatments over the same number of weeks
- potential for increased pain or infection during treatment
- Do not go for medicines on your own
- Visit physician if it prolongs
- Intake fluids in your diet
- Take dietary rich food
- Don’t treat on your won as it might lead to increase problem
- Try for ayurvedic treatment first and if not treated well then go for chemical medications
- Change lifestyle to avoid recurrence of piles after treatment