Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, is a condition, where the patient’s vascular structures, or veins, present in the anal canal, become swollen and cause bleeding. These vascular veins are delicately thin and very sensitive, bringing-in rigorous discomforts at the time of inflammation and bleeding. The popular denomination is derived from two Greek words ‘Heamour’ and ‘Rhoid’ which mean ‘Blood and Flowing’.
In a recent survey, it was found that about a million people develop hemorrhoids, every year. And the other shocking factor is that almost 75% of all people are very prone to develop this health issue, all over the world. Hence, it has become very important that we must inform ourselves about hemorrhoids, its causes and effective piles treatment.
We can differentiate between two types of hemorrhoids:
Internal Hemorrhoids: In this case the condition is usually not visible, because it’s manifesting itself in the inner side of the anus. There is not much discomfort with this type of piles, and the only symptom is highlighted by bleeding.
External Hemorrhoids: Here, the hemorrhoid is visible outside of the anal canal. This kind, is known to cause heavy pain, discomfort and bleeding, especially during the defecation.
What are the Symptoms?
The most common symptoms of piles, are listed in the common order of unfolding:
• Itching sensations, discomfort, and pain in the areas around anus,
• Irritation and mild to profuse bleeding, during the defecation, and
• Moist pink bumps bulging around the edge of the anus.
What would be the Causes?
The modern and the ancient ayurvedic medical systems propose different causes that lead to piles.
Modern medical system’s understandable reasons for hemorrhoids:
• Inconsistent bowel movements
• Straining during defecation
• Chronic cough
Ayurvedic medical system’s realistic reasons for hemorrhoids:
• Irregular defecation patterns
• Irregular sleeping patterns
• Irregular food timings
• Unhealthy diet
• Incomplete sleep
• Skipping meals
It’s proven that weak intestines and veins in the anal region increase your chances of developing hemorrhoids. Further on I’m presenting you some of the common situations that leads to it:
Constipation: During this condition, we’d put-on much strain during the defecation, which fetches too much pressure to the anal canal. Therefore, prolonged constipation will weaken the intestinal system greatly, which finally leads to piles development.
Sedentary Lifestyle: Our modern lifestyle that we’ve adopted in this tech-driven world, commonly lacks in physical work, adequate sleep, and timely food intake. Thence, these factors are also the driving constituents to develop piles.
Fast/Junk foods: Fast food, reheated foods, and high-sugar foods surely make an impact in our body, when frequently consumed. They lead to fibre deficiency. Junk food is also an important factor for paving the way for developing piles.
Hereditary factors: Weakness in the walls of the veins in the anus region, can sometimes run in the family. This condition can be often inherited.
Pregnancy: The piles is a common disease in the later stages of a pregnancy, because of the pressure that the baby puts-on to the rectum and anus. Moreover, the hormonal changes during the pregnancy can also have adverse effects on the vines.
How to control hemorrhoids?
Building stronger intestines is a tough process in this modern lifestyle, until we adopt the habit of rising early and working-out every day. It is also very much important that we follow a clean and healthy diet, which includes dry fruits, vegetables and high-fiber foods. Apart from these, we also need to excrete our wastes frequently, as suppressing it would definitely lead to constipation.
Out digestion system would work efficiently, only when we get 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sound sleep every day. So, it’s necessary that we need to have a good sleep at night. When the digestion process is in correct pace, piles shouldn’t be a factor. Thus, adequate sleep is an essential one to prevent it.
Consuming foods that are rich in fibre, undoubtedly helps in avoiding piles permanently. Fresh vegetables, fruits, wheat bread, oats, etc. are good source for this nutrient.
Drink sufficient water
Drinking sufficient amount of water is the simple and essential way to avoid constipation. Hydrating the body to adequate level, is a good way for fighting piles. The water has an ability to help us to excrete smoothly and to strengthen our intestines.
Apple Cider Vinegar: is one of the best medicines to cure piles. It works best, when the condition is still in its early stages. Dip a clean cotton cloth in the apple cider vinegar and apply it to the anus. This helps you to reduce the size of the piles and also gives good support to vines and reduce their inflammation.
Aloe vera: is also good natural medicine for hemorrhoids. It has the ability to reduce the swelling in the region of your butt. Here is how to use it: Take the aloe vera gel and apply it directly on the swellings.
Tip: In case you’re diagnosed for piles, don’t panic! There are many allopathic and ayurvedic medicines available, which have proven to be effective in the treatment of hemorrhoids at any stage (like sitz baths, for example which require you to sit in hot water for 15 minutes several time a day). However, it always is very good to adopt appropriate precautionary steps and methods to avoid it.