What Are Piles?
Piles or Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that may appear inside or around your anus. They’re usually small, round, discolored lumps. You might be able to feel them on your anus or hanging down from your anal canal. This condition can be painful and greatly affect your daily life. Anyone can get piles, but they are more common as you get older. They are also more common if you often get constipated, or find you are spending long periods of time in the toilet, straining to open your bowels. Piles are also common during and after pregnancy. They may develop due to hormonal changes and increased abdominal pressure during pregnancy.
Symptoms of Piles
Some of the most common symptoms of piles include:
bleeding when you have a bowel movement
painful bowel movement
a lump in or around your anus
a slimy discharge of mucus from your anus
a feeling that your bowels haven’t completely emptied after going to the toilet
itchy or sore skin around your anus
Types of hemorrhoids according to Ayurveda
In Ayurvedic belief, your dominant dosha determines the type of hemorrhoids you may be experiencing:
People who are pitta might tend to experience inflamed, bleeding hemorrhoids that are soft and red. Other symptoms include fever, diarrhea, and a feeling of thirst.
People who are vata may experience a high level of pain, constipation, and black hemorrhoids with a rough, hard texture.
People who are kapha may have poor digestion and hemorrhoids that are slippery, light or white in color, soft, and large in size.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Piles
Ayurvedic approach to piles treatment includes herbal medication, lifestyle changes, and possibly minimally invasive procedures as part of the treatment plan.
Your Ayurvedic practitioner will evaluate your overall health to determine your dominant dosha before making treatment suggestions. It’s recommended that you speak to your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment approach.
Do Ayurvedic treatments for piles work?
Absolutely! Piles are completely curable through traditional ayurvedic treatments. Our own experience at SKK Ayurveda & Panchakarma is that of successful management and treatment of piles in many patients who otherwise had no respite. If you suffer from this condition, do reach out to us for consultation.