What is Piles?
Piles, also known as haemorrhoids, are when the veins located in the lower rectum and the anal canal become swollen and dilated.These dilated veins (varicose veins) become convoluted beneath the tissue layers and appear similar to a ball of hair covered by a cloth. Such a protrusion is known as a pile mass.
What are the causes?
Piles may occur due to straining during bowel movement. It often occurs in the case of chronic constipation where increased pressure is required in order to make the bowels move out of the rectum and anal canal.Hard stools may also contribute to worsening the condition by exerting added pressure to the dilated veins.Piles may also develop during pregnancy due to the additional weight in the pelvic region or as a trauma during child birth. Cirrhosis of the liver may cause pooling of blood in the anal vessel also resulting in piles.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Piles
Additionally, Ayurveda designates the occurrence of piles due to habitual consumption of constipating foods such as potatoes, cabbage, channa (chick peas), split peas, spicy foods and excessively dry foods.Similarly suppression of the urge to pass flatulence and stools can lead to chronic constipation and eventually haemorrhoids. Constant use of hard seats and continuous pressure exerted on the anal sphincter may also cause piles to develop.
Symptoms of piles include
- Pain and pressure inside the anal canal
- Small, round lump either on the anus or inside the anal canal
- Itching and soreness around the anus
- Blood stained stools or bleeding during passing stools
- In certain conditions, a pile mass may come out while passing stools and then retract back into the anal canal
Can piles be prevented?
Yes, you can prevent the occurrence of piles. Avoiding all the causative factors as mentioned above will reduce the chances of developing piles.
What is Kshara Sutra?
Kshara Sutra is a seton thread medicated with organic alkalis, such as Apamargakshara (Achyranthesaspera), Arkakshara (Caltropisgigantea) or Snuhikshara (Euphorbia lingularia).The alkali is repeatedly coated on the seton thread 15 – 21 times. Apart from this, natural antibiotic like haridra powder, guggulu, etc are also used to make Ksharasutra.The mechanical action of the threads and the chemical action of the drugs coated , collectively do the work of cutting, curetting, draining, and cleaning thus promoting healing of the tissues.This also acts both as the antiseptic and fibrotic agent to induce healing. This can be applied and changed periodically till the thread cuts the pile mass.
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