Piles care in Ayurveda – an easy guide

Are you having difficulty in passing your stools? Maybe you are thinking you are having simple constipation. But what if you are having a little bit of blood after defecation? You may think it is because of the strain you are taking while defecating. But what if it is painless bleeding? 

This condition often known as piles is medically termed hemorrhoids.  Piles or hemorrhoids primarily occur due to your change in diet and lifestyle. Say you are consuming more hot spicy food and junk food with a lot of masalas, don’t you feel more heat energy in your body and a lot of sweating? 

Why does this heat energy increase occur? 

Ayurvedic Piles Treatment

As per Ayurveda, the Pitta,  the heat energy in your body gets increased due to this type of food consumption and if it is summer, the season also becomes favorable to this. This again increases the wind energy in your body, Vata. Increased Vata is the causative factor for constipation you are experiencing now. 

More reasons on the way

As per Ayurvedic principles,   if you are exhausting your body too much by lifting heavy weights and traveling in jerky vehicles, uneven roads, etc. this again increases the wind energy in your body and even the pain will be manifested in certain cases of piles. Genetic factors can also cause piles in some people. 

What are piles/Hemorrhoids?

Piles-Hemorrhoids

Piles occur when the veins around your anal region are getting varicosity and bulging just like that is happening in varicose veins in the leg. This varicosity hampers the effective blood circulation and the swollen pile mass sometimes remains inside the anal canal in the cases of grade one piles and in further stages, it proceeds to such an extent that the pile mass comes out and it is very difficult to put it back to the anal canal again. 

Symptoms of piles

Simply you may suffer even from difficulty sitting and doing your day-to-day activities. Consider the point that you have to take care of yourself from increasing the severity of the condition by refraining from the aggravating type of diet and lifestyle so that it becomes manageable. 

Usually, symptoms of piles can range from itching in the anal region,  swelling, burning sensation, and sometimes pain, bleeding also when it is progressing to higher levels.  Discomfort is the main thing that drives you to the doctor’s room in case of piles. 

Piles are seen commonly bother males and females together and it is said that more than half of the adults aged above 50 are suffering from piles.1

Who can get piles?

You can more likely get piles if you

  1. strain to clear your stool
  2. sit on the toilet for longer time.
  3. have chronic constipation
  4. have chronic diarrhoea
  5. are consuming low fiber in diet
  6. arepPregnent
  7. are above 50 years of age
  8. lifting heavy weight frequently
  9. obese

Ayurvedic view of piles 

Ayurveda, the centuries-old medicinal wisdom concludes that three bodily humors Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are collectively involved in the formation of piles. 

 When these doshas are deranged due to the causative factors Nidanas, the symptoms (Lakshana) appear, and Arshas the condition which harms like the enemy is manifested in the body. 

Types of Piles (Arshas) according to ayurveda

Arshas is classified based on its dosha predominance. The colour and nature of the pile mass will change as per the involved dosha.

If your body has deranged Vata dosha, the pile mass may be blackish, dry, and rough. If Pitta is predominant, you may experience a burning sensation and a more reddish nature of pile mass. In Kapha predominant condition of piles, you may have more itching and the colour of the pile mass also will be pale or whitish. 

Never panic in any situation, just consider it as types meant to inform you about the nature of your piles. This will help your doctor to easily assess your situation, diagnose accordingly and treat you properly as soon as possible. 

Ayurvedic Piles Treatment

Ayurveda has mentioned four ways to manage piles, they are

  1. Medicines – Piles can be curable through the use of medicines when they are newly formed, with less provoked doshas, milder symptoms with minimal or without any complications.
  2. Kshara karma (treating using alkiali substances) – When the piles are soft, spreaded, deep rooted and with more height is to be treated using kashra treatment.
  3. Agni karma (cauterization) – When the piles are uneven, stable, bigger and hard is to be treated with using agni karma or cauterization method.
  4. Shashtra ( surgical method) – is used when the piles have narrow root, longer with oozing.

Ayurvedic medicine for piles

Before proceeding to treatment,  what are the medicines used in Ayurvedic piles treatment? First of all, you have to consider reducing your constipation to promote the evacuation of metabolic wastes and to reduce the pressure on your anal region. For achieving this, laxative medicines are used like Gandharva hastadi Kashaya, Triphala choorna, etc.  For reducing symptoms like bleeding,  the bleeding arresting property medicines ( Sthambhana medicines ) are administered. For managing the pain if any, Shoolahara property – analgesic medicines are used in Ayurveda.  Chiruvilvadi kashayam is one of the famous medicines used to treat piles. 

Nowadays there are many syrups and tablets that are also available to control this menace, thanks to the revolutionary progress in Ayurvedic pharmaceutical research!

Ayurvedic para surgical procedures like Ksharakarma and Ksharasutra are also famous for effectively curbing the difficulties caused by piles. Proper diagnosis and treatment by highly skilled and trained Ayurvedic doctors are necessary to perform this as there are other anorectal diseases like anal fistula and anal fissure also associated with this condition sometimes. 

In an anal fissure, there will be pain and marked fissure present in your anal region whereas, in an anal fistula, a tract may be present with pus-like discharge inside. An experienced doctor can help you find the root cause of your condition and diagnose properly and reduce your symptoms effortlessly. 

How to Manage Piles?

Once you are determined to control your piles you have to change your diet and lifestyle for the better. This is because this condition first occurs from your diet changes. You have to make your mind ready to change for getting a natural and long-lasting cure through Ayurveda. 

Diet and lifestyle for Piles management

 Therefore, you can try incorporating buttermilk, green gram soup, etc in your diet,  add wild yam (soorana), and other easy-to-digest food items in your diet. 

Do you know? 

Ayurvedic medicines like Takrarishta are specially formulated considering constipation reducing, easy digestion promoting as well as healing properties of buttermilk. 

Practicing wind energy correcting Yoga postures like Pavana muktasana and relaxing the body with a combination of meditation, pranayama, and Shavasana will be of immense help. 

Ayurveda – a ray of hope

Ayurveda considers three basic pillars of life to be proper food, sleep, and celibacy. If you can maintain yourself healthy by adopting daily and seasonal regimens, you will be able to prevent lifestyle disorders of the present era to a greater extent. Be good in speech, deeds, and thoughts and remain healthy forever. 

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Reference:

  1. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/hemorrhoids/definition-facts

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