Piles are also known as hemorrhoids and there is a swollen collection of tissues in the anal area. It contains blood vessels, support tissue, muscle, and many elastic fibers which may be internal or external.

Internal piles are located between 2 and 4 centimeters (cm) above the anal opening and it is the most common type. External piles are located on the outside edge of the anus.

What are the causes of piles?

Causes of piles may include:

  • Pregnancy is the common cause which leads to piles
  • Increased pressure in the lower part of the rectum

Other causes that increase the chances of piles are:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Heavy weight lifting
  • Straining when passing a stool
  • Sitting for a longer period on the toilet
  • Obesity
  • Anal intercourse
  • Eating a low-fiber diet

What are the symptoms of piles?

In most cases, the piles and their symptoms normally resolve on their own after a few days. A person may experience symptoms include:

  1. Bright red blood after a bowel movement
  2. Itching, redness, and sores in the anal area
  3. The urgency to pass stool
  4. Mucus discharge
  5. Formation of a painful lump around the anus
  6. Pain during the passing of a stool
  7. In more severe cases there will be:
  8. Excessive anal bleeding which may lead to anemia
  9. Infection
  10. Unable to control bowel movements
  11. Formation of anal fistula, a new channel is formed between the skin surface near the anus and inside the anus
  12. A strangulated hemorrhoid is formed in which there is no blood supply, causing complications including infection or a blood clot

Home remedies for piles:

Chandigarh Ayurved Centre is recommending you various home remedies that will manage the symptoms of piles. It can be prevented easily at home with some simple effective home remedies that are easily available in your kitchen. Different natural ways that treat piles the associated symptoms easily are given below:

1. Turnip

Turnip is rich in high fiber content which keeps the stool soft and is useful in piles as it reduces inflammation, itching, redness, and swelling. Its leaves are also very effective in treating piles.

How to use:

  • Take fresh leaves of turnip and make fresh juice of it. Drink this juice once or twice daily.
  • It can also be eaten in raw form because of its high fiber content.

2. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is the well-known wonderful herbs that have many medicinal properties. It possesses various properties like anti-inflammatory, analgesic, & antioxidant. Therefore, it helps to reduce inflammation, itching, pain, burning sensation, and other symptoms related to piles.

How to use:

  • Prepare juice of fresh pulp of Aloe Vera. Drink this juice regularly early in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • If you are suffering from external piles, then take fresh make a paste of fresh pulp of Aloe Vera and apply it over the affected area for reducing itching.

3. Radish

Radish is a well-known herb that contains high rich dietary fiber. It increases digestive power and keeps the stool soft. It comprises of various metabolites such as raphanin, glucosinolates, and also contains vitamin C that lowers the inflammation and swelling. It is beneficial in relieving pain, itching, & swelling.

How to use:

  • Eat this vegetable in raw form which will remove constipation.
  • You can also drink fresh juice of Radish once daily in the morning on empty stomach.

4. Black Cumin Seeds

Black cumin seeds are very helpful in reducing the formation of piles because it is rich in high fiber content. Being an analgesic, it helps in reducing pain, itching, swelling, & irritation associated with piles.

How to use:

  • Take a tablespoon of unroasted and roasted black cumin each. Make a fine powder of it and store it in an airtight container.
  • Consume half teaspoon it with a glass of water in the morning on an empty stomach. It is considered as one of the best home remedies for piles patients.

5. Buttermilk

Butter is the easiest home remedy that can be used once or twice daily. It also reduces pain, swelling, and redness associated with piles patient.

How to use:

  • Add a pinch of black pepper, 1/4 tsp of roasted cumin seeds powder, and black salt in a glass of buttermilk. Mix it properly and drink it once daily for better results.
  • Make a juice with bitter gourd leaves and add a teaspoonful of it in a glass of buttermilk. Mix it properly and drink this juice once daily.

6. Triphala

Triphala is prepared from Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), & Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica). This herbal remedy has been used in Ayurveda for many ages and you can also prepare it at home. This combination of herbs possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulator, & laxative properties. It shows effective results in piles.

How to use:

  • Take a teaspoonful of Triphala powder with a glass of lukewarm water at night time after food intake.
  • Add a half teaspoon of Triphala powder in a glass of lukewarm water. Drink it once in a day daily for effective results.

7. Figs

Figs are loaded with vitamin A, B, & minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, & phosphorus. It is rich in high fiber content & maintains good digestive health. It maintains the overall health of the body and manages the symptoms of constipation.

How to use:

  • Soaked two to three dried figs in a glass of water and keep it overnight. Consume them early in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Ripe figs are also eatable as it is good for health.

8. Mango

Mango seeds are very effective in managing the symptoms associated with piles as it has an anti-inflammatory action that treats swelling as well as inflammation and thereby reduces irritation, redness, and itching. This wonderful home remedy also treats the painful lump formed in the piles.

How to use:

  • Take dry mango seeds and make a fine powder of it then store it in an airtight container.
  • Consume ½ to 2 grams of this effective powder with honey two times a day daily.