In Ayurveda, hemorrhoids are called as Arsha Shoola, which literally means ‘pain from pricking like needles’. This is indeed how the pain from the hemorrhoids is felt! It is caused due to vitiation of any of the three doshas. It is classified as a digestive disorder; accumulation of waste materials in the rectal area can give rise to piles. The chances of piles are increased by other factors such as sitting on hard seats, chronic constipation and pregnancy……
What are Haemorriods?
Haemorrhoids consist of two words: Haem= Blood, Rhoes=Flow which is commonly known as Piles. Piles word originates from Latin term ‘Pila’ which means a ball or a pillar. Arshas (piles) or hemorrhoids are the varicosity of the veins around the anus.
The perfect definition of haemorrhoids does not exist, but they can be narrated as clumps or masses, which are nothing but cushions of tissue within the anal canal containing blood vessels. Their supporting tissues and surroundings are made up of elastic fibers and muscles.
It is defined as: अरिवत प्राणान् श्रुणान् हिनस्ति इति
A disease which tortures patient’s vital force (prana) as enemy is called as Arshas in Ayurvedic parlance. Arshas is described as one of the eight Maha gada (most dreadful diseases).
In modern day-to-day life of urgency and stress, people neglect proper diet and lifestyle habits. It ends in reduced digestive fire (Agni) or making it abnormal (mandagni).
Mandagni is a condition where a person is not able to digest food materials at a proper time. It results in accumulation or stagnation of half-digested food material (Ama) in the form of stool inside or expelling it before time in watery or semisolid form which disturbs doshas at ano-rectal region.
The varicosity may be in the external area of the sphincter of the anus or in the internal area of the anus i.e. inside the anal sphincter covered with mucus membrane. In Ayurvedic text these sphincters are called as “vali’(bahya vali and abhyantara vali)
Ayurveda has classified it under two types:
- Sahaja (Congenital)
- Manifested after birth (janmottara kalaja)
This kalaja has been again classified as shuska (dry or blind) and sravi (bleeding).
Causes of Piles
- Common cause is straining during defecation when constipated for a prolonged period.
- Family history of piles.
- In pregnancy, due to increased blood flow.
- People having varicose veins.
- Any growth or cancer in the bowel or pelvis.
- People having chronic diarrhea.
The varicosity may resemble so many shapes such as mustard like, pea-like, barley like, plum, fig, and like so many ankuras (buds). These shapes and size are indicative of the doshas involved in the manifestation of these various types of growth or varicosities.
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids, at least 10 glasses a day. Eat foods, which are good sources of fibre, such as whole grain or bran, cereals breads, fresh vegetables and fruits, and, if necessary, add bran to your foods (about 3-4 tablespoonful per day). This will make the passing of stools easy.
- Pass the bowel as soon as you feel the urge. Do not strain yourself to have a bowel movement.
- Try to lose weight if you are overweight.
- Keep the anal canal clean.
- Take warm baths.
- Do not sit on hard surfaces; it can restrict blood flow around the anal area.
Get rid of Piles without Surgery at I-AIM
We at I-AIM Healthcare understand that Piles may not be a problem you feel comfortable talking about, but there is “No need to suffer in silence“.
At I-AIM, we make use of ‘Kshara Sutra Therapy’, an Ayurvedic Parasurgical Technique, which is used to cure ano-rectal diseases like Piles, Fissures, Fistula and Pilonidal Sinus. This is the most comfortable, non-surgical and convenient technique and in most of the cases, it can be carried out on the same day as of the examination.
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