Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids/ Piles


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Hemorrhoids also known as Piles are the engorged blood vessels in the anus. Piles are so common that about 50% of adults have had some symptoms of Piles before the age of 50 years. Painless bleeding which later on leads to protrusion of some mass during defecation which goes inside by itself or need to push back is the main symptom of Piles. In starting stage; you may try some home remedies which are really very beneficial to manage them. Some of these are just to relieve constipation as constipation is one of the main causative factor for Piles and some are for giving relief in Piles:

  • Increase Fiber intake: Your diet should be rich in fibers like fruits, green leafy vegetables, salads etc. Fibers make the bulk of the stools and bulky stool is necessary for comfortable bowel movement. It is a fact that small quantity of stool also leads to constipation.
  • Increase liquid intake: one should take adequate quantity of liquids. It might be plain water, fruit juice, coconut water, buttermilk etc. It is only when your body is properly hydrated that there will be some water in the feces which will make it soft and easy to pass.
  • Take warm milk before going to bed: Taking warm milk added with some sugar before going to bed helps in relieving constipation.
  • Take warm water after leaving bed: Taking 1-2 glasses of warm water should be the first thing you do after leaving bed. It activates intestines and helps in easy bowel movement.
  • Use of Haritaki: Haritaki is one of the best Ayurvedic herb not only for the digestive system but for the whole body. It is said to be the mother of human being. Like a mother never does bad for her child in the same way Haritaki also never does wrong to a person who consumes it.
    • Haritaki with jaggeryTo get rid of Piles; you may take Haritaki powder with jaggery. It not corrects the digestion but also helps stop bleeding by its astringent taste. Haritaki with Jaggery should be taken before meals.
    • Haritaki/ Triphala with buttermilk: In the same way Haritaki/ Triphala powder could be taken with buttermilk also with similar efficacy in treating Piles.
  • Takra or Buttermilk: Takra is said to be nectar for a person suffering from Piles. It is said that a disease cured by intake of Takra never comes back. One analogy is given specially in context of Piles i.e. if you regularly pour Takra on grass; it will destroy the gras by roots within a short time in the same way Piles can also be completely cured by intake of Takra only within a month. During this time period you should not take anything except buttermilk.
  • Shunthi with jaggery: Similar to the Haritaki powder Shunthi powder taken with jaggery is also effective in treating Piles.
  • Isabgol/ Psyllium husk: At many times; lack of fibers in the food is the reason for constipation. In those cases taking Isabgol/ Psyllium husk should be taken with warm water.
  • Go to toilet only when you are having urge for defecation: Going to toilet without proper urge for defecation will lead to sitting on toilet seat for long time and straining for defecation both of which may lead to development of hemorrhoids. So you should go to toilet only when you have an urge for defecation.
  • Don’t delay: delaying defecation even after having an urge for defecation leads to absorption of fluid from stool which hardens the stool. So never delay/ suppress an urge of defecation.
  • Don’t sit for long on toilet sit: sitting on toilet seat for long time period facilitates accumulation of blood in hemorrhoidal blood vessels. You should leave toilet seat as soon as possible. Habits like browsing phone or reading newspaper while sitting on toilet seat should be discarded.
  • Don’t strain while defecation: Straining while defecation may result in accumulation of blood in hemorrhoidal blood vessels or their spontaneous rupture so one should not strain while defecation.
  • No heavy weight lifting: Heavy weight lifting or all other exercises which are done holding breath cause increased abdominal pressure which is further transmitted to the hemorrhoidal blood vessels. So you should avoid heavy weight lifting and do not do any exercise holding your breath.
  • Active lifestyle: sedentary lifestyle is another causative factor for constipation so you should try to be active as much possible for the whole day.
  • Physical exercise: Do regular exercise like walking, running, yoga etc. Know more about Yoga for Piles
  • Ashwini Mudra: Practicing Ashwini Mudra after bowel movement and 4-5 times daily help in lowering congestion of blood in hemorrhoidal blood vessels.
    • How to do Ashwini Mudra: you should squeeze or pull your anus upwards and hold it for up to 10 seconds. This squeezing is the same activity you do while suppressing the urge for defecation. It can be done in sitting/ standing/ lying down position. You should do it for 50-100 times in one time and should do it 4-5 times a day.

If these remedies do not work then you should consult at Piles To Smiles for management of your Piles problem.

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