Hemorrhoids or piles are swollen blood vessels that line the anal region. Close to 40% of human population suffer from this malady. Unhealthy eating, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise coupled with constant lifting of excessive weight, prolonged sitting or standing can lead to this condition.
Some of the symptoms include blood on the surface of stool, or on the toilet paper after a bowel movement. There may be itching, or swelling and sometimes pain. In some cases, there may no be noticeable symptoms at all.
Internal hemorrhoids are located within the anal canal. When they grow large and protrude from the anus they are prolapsed hemorrhoids. They can be extremely painful.
Stool softeners, creams, and surgery are the conventional methods of treatment.
People with careless attitude towards healthy eating and exercise are the easy targets. When there is no moderation in the quantity or quality of food taken, when the urge to defecate is suppressed it leads to constipation. And chronic constipation is the root cause of this painful condition.
How to prevent hemorrhoids
The first step in prevention is to eat more of vegetables and fruits that are rich in fiber. Observing discipline in bowel habits is a must. Regular bowel movement, at least once a day would be fine. For those who sit or stand for a long period, they should either sit or stand and move about every few hours and break the continuity. Some herbs like karisilankanni, kadukkai help in treating piles.
Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids
Juice of Kottaikarandhai leaves 1 litre
Sittamanakku oil (Ricinus communis L.) 1 litre
Cumin seeds 250 gm
Powder cumin seeds coarsely, add a little milk and grind the cumin seeds to a fine paste. Now pour the juice of the above-mentioned leaves and the oil to this paste. Heat the mix and let it simmer. When the mix boils to a waxy state, remove from heat and let it cool. Filter the oil and store in a bottle. Take this oil 75 ml in the mornings only for five days.
This is found to cure hemorrhoids, diarrhea and stomach ulcers.
Some more home remedies for piles
The twigs and buds of banyan tree and ground to a fine paste and added to milk and taken once a day for three days.
White onion is sauté in ghee. Add palm candy to this and make a fine paste. This is taken along with food three times a day.
There are much more time-tested ayurvedic home remedies for hemorrhoids which will be detailed in subsequent posts.
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