Piles (Hemorrhoids)

Piles (Hemorrhoids)

Piles otherwise renowned as hemorrhoids are enlarged, sore veins in a person’s rectum. It refers to a condition in which the veins round the anus or smaller rectum are swollen and increased. Piles originate from the high pressure of internal or external veins around the anal canal.

 Types of Piles:

  • Internal Piles – Piles located internally
  • External Piles – Piles located externally

Symptoms of piles:

  • bleeding from your anus
  • a lump on your anus
  • a slimy discharge of mucus
  • a feeling that your bowels haven’t emptied completely
  • itchy skin around your anus
  • swelling around your anus
  • pain and discomfort after a bowel movement (if you have external piles)

Causes of piles:

The exact reasons why you may develop piles aren’t fully understood at present. However, it’s thought that piles may develop because of increased pressure in the blood vessels in your rectum and anus.

You’re more likely to develop piles if you:

  • eat a low-fibre diet
  • strain to empty your bowels (for example, if you have constipation)
  • are pregnant
  • often lift heavy objects
  • are born with a weakness in your rectum or have a family history of piles

As you age you may also be more likely to get piles because the support structures in your rectum weaken.

Prevention of piles:

If you have daily bowel movements that are solid but soft, and you don’t need to strain, faeces will pass easily and won’t put pressure on the blood vessels in your anal area. This can help to prevent piles.

To keep your bowel movements soft try to:

  • eat plenty of fibre-rich foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals (for example, brown rice, wholemeal bread and wholemeal pasta)
  • drink plenty of fluids (about six to eight glasses a day of non-caffeinated drinks)

Homoeopathic Remedies…

  • Collinsonia: Piles due to congestion of pelvic region with pain and profuse bleeding. For obstinate constipation and sensation of stick in rectum.
  • Aesculus: There is dryness of rectum with knife like shooting pain  from anus to rectum. Pain and burning last long after passing stools. Piles  are painful but there is no bleeding.
  • Hammemeles: Used for piles where there is only bleeding  but little or no pain.
  • Nux Vomica: Upset stomach along with nausea. Constant ineffectual urge to pass stools with irritation and anger.
  • Carbo Veg: Bleeding from piles is dark in colour and persistent bloating of upper part of abdomen, better by passing flatus or by eructation.

The other remedies that can be thought of for piles are Ammonium Carb, Arsenic, Sulphur, Hypericum, Nitric Acid  and Muratic Acid