Topic of the Month
Called 'Arsha' in Ayurveda and
stratified into dry and bleeding categories, it denotes the
condition when veins in the anal region get varicosed.
Piles is a condition in which a fleshy swelling of variable size,
shape and colour appears ( due to varicosity of veins ) in the
anus. For the treatment point of view, piles may be divided into
two groups ie. (1) Piles which do not bleed, (2) Piles in which
patient suddenly passes streaks of bright red blood with the
stool. Obstruction to the passage of gases, pain, burning
particularly on defecation, diminished appetite and constipation
are the general signs of symptoms of piles.
Intense pain at the time of passing stool.
Bleeding. Often leads to anemia due to profuse
Itching in the rectal region.
Wind formation in the stomach.
Sitting becomes problematic.
Herbs that are useful in piles:
Jamikand (Amorphophallus campanulatus)
Jamikand is stomachic and tonic; used in piles and given as a
restorative in dyspepsia, debility, etc. It is a hot carminative
in the form of a pickle. The root is used for boils and ophthalmia
and also as an emmenagogue.
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula )
treats imbalances and diseases of the vata humour. Harada
possesses laxative, astringent, lubricant, antiparasitical,
alterative, antispasmodic and nervine properties. It is therefore
used to treat acute and chronic constipation, Piles, nervousness,
anxiety and feelings of physical heaviness.
Nagkeshar (Messua ferra):
Various parts of these plants mainly including flowers, fruits are
commonly used in the treatment of rheumatism, skin diseases,
dysentery and bleeding piles. For bleeding piles, powder of
Nagkeshar (Messua ferra) and Lodhra (Symplocos recemosa) should be
taken in the dose of 2 gms thrice daily.
Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia):
The juice is given with buttermilk to piles patients. The plant is
used in Ayurvedic rasayanas to improve the immune system and the
body's resistance to infections. The bitter principle present
shows antiperiodic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and
Diet that helps :
Avoid potato, yellow variety of pumpkin,
Go for the following diet:
Seeds: Mango Seeds, Sesame seeds Fresh
Fruits: Jambul Fruit, Dry Figs, Papaya, Amalaki
Vegetables: Radish, Turnip, Bitter Gourd, Onion, Ginger Grains :
Intestine should be thoroughly cleansed
Exercise is a must
Do not indulge in sex in excess
Avoid going for horse rides or sitting on hard
Drink lots of water
Ayurvedic Supplements :