Does the fear of rectal pain or bleeding grips you every morning? Are you challenged with piles? Piles, also known as “Hemorrhoids” in medical terms, are swollen, inflamed blood vessels in rectum (end part of large intestine) and the anus (the opening to pass stools). The bulging vessels and the supportive tissues around the anus form a mass or lump which may ooze blood or mucus, causing itch, pain and discomfort. Majority of people develop symptomatic piles at some point in life. Contributing factors like pregnancy, hereditary, aging, constipation or chronic diarrhea, and anal intercourse result in piles, but in most cases piles is a result of imbalanced lifestyle or diet.
Ayurveda describes piles as a digestive disorder caused by derangement of vata, pitta & kapha doshas. Aggravation or imbalance of these three doshas in the body directly affects the digestive power by resulting in toxin accumulation to cause flatulence, indigestion, constipation leading up to piles. Ayurvedic herbal therapies pacify the three doshas to restore the impaired digestion and help reduce the symptoms and discomfort caused in piles. Ayurvedic herbs and medicines exert laxative, anti-inflammatory, wound healing and hemostyptic (cessation of bleeding) properties to heal and relieve the pain and inflammation associated with piles.
Let us see some of the Ayurvedic herbs useful in healing piles.
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): Terminalia chebula serves as an excellent rejuvenating and cleansing digestive aid. An important component of ayurvedic formulation Triphala, it effectively alleviates constipation and indigestion.
Khadir (Acacia catechu): Acacia catechu arrests bleeding, reduces swelling and tenderness, cures infection and exhibits ant-itching properties.
Kumari (Aloe barbadensis): Aloe barbadensis works as a soothing and cooling agent; it reduces itch, pain and discomfort associated with piles. It is known to accelerate and enhance the wound healing process.
Isabgol (Plantago ovata): Plantago ovata husk is a household remedy for constipation. It is rich source of fiber that helps in softening the stools and facilitates smooth evacuation to prevent constipation and hence piles.
Nagkesar (Mesua Ferrea): Traditionally used in bleeding disorder, Mesua ferrea is highly effective in treating bleeding piles. It arrests bleeding, swelling, pain and shrinks the piles.
Charak Pharma’s Pilief Tablet and Ointment is a twin ayurvedic medicine for Piles formulated with potent herbs like Guar gum (Cyamopsis tetragonolobus) the fiber source, Khadir (Acacia catechu) and Neem (Melia azadirachta) the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agents and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) the digestive herb. Pilief reduces the pile mass and checks bleeding. It prevents the possible infection of pile mass and reduces the associated pain and swelling. It has a mild laxative action, thus prevents constipation, the root cause of piles. It also prevents the recurrence of piles following surgical removal of the mass. Thus proving to be a comprehensive therapy in management of piles.