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Piles: causes, symptoms, natural remedies

Piles symptoms are generally swelling and irritation in the rectal area, bleeding, pain or itching after passing stools. There may be discharge, feeling of fullness in the rectum or even protrusion of the piles mass.

Piles also known as hemorrhoids are dilated blood vessels in the rectum which form a mass in the anal canal. Piles can be internal or external and can affect both men and women. It is estimated that over 40% of the worldwide population suffers from this condition and 40% of people have experienced it sometime in their life.

Factors that can cause Piles

  • Chronic constipation and consequent straining
  • Obesity
  • Dietary habits
  • Liver disease
  • Genetics
  • Climate
  • Pregnancy
  • Suppression of hemorrhage in other areas
  • Age and gender
  • Irritation of the anal canal
  • Lack of normal tone in rectal sphincters
  • Frequent use of pessaries and suppositories
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Cancer of the rectum

Herbal and natural remedies for preventing and healing piles

  • If piles is relatively minor, application of a suitable ointment can help relieve swelling, pain and bleeding.

  • Include fiber in your diet in the form of vegetables, whole grains etc. Fiber can also be supplemented with psyllium husk and ground flaxseed taken with adequate water. Fiber and roughage in diet help to make bowel movements smooth. This causes less irritation of the rectal area.

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks.

  • Add apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to warm water and drink in the morning and before going to bed. This will allow loosening of stools

  • Triphala which is a herbal blend of 3 laxative fruits (Amalaki, Haritaki, Vibhitaki) is very useful in helping digestion and smooth bowel movements. Triphala can be taken the traditional way by soaking the 3 fruits in equal proportion in water overnight or by taking Triphala capsules.

  • Aloe vera and Witch hazel gels are soothing and help reduce inflammation when applied to the affected area.

  • Aloe vera juice and Prune juice are also effective natural laxatives.

  • Taking warm showers and warm sitz baths will help soothe the affected area.

  • Use moist toilet paper to wipe after passing stools. This will prevent drying and irritation of the affected area.

  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time

  • Pilex tablets - a herbal formulation contains herbs such as Guggul, Neem, Tree Turmeric, Triphala, Indian laburnum, Orchid tree, Messua Ferrea and Shilajit a rich mineral pitch. These herbs help to relieve pain, bleeding and inflammation while reducing the pile mass. It also enables smooth bowel movements and is anti-bacterial and soothing.

    Pilex gel is a herbal ointment that is formulated with Mimosa pudica, Eclipta alba, Vitex negundo, Calendula, Camphor, Borax and Zinc calx is soothing and analgesic. It relieves pain, itching and irritation in the affected area.

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