Hemorrhoids also known as piles is among the most common diseases of the world. For some people, hemorroides are basically a vascular structure in the anal passage, but when these veins get swollen or inflamed, it becomes a disease called hemorrhoid or piles. There are two types of hemorrhoid: internal hemorrhoid that are generally painless accompanied by red rectal bleeding and external hemorrhoid which are painful or the area around anus gets swollen. External hemorrhoid are accompanied by painful darker bleeding that usually occurs during bowel movements.
There is no major difference between piles and hemorrhoid, both are same almost. Anyone can suffer from piles, there is no age bar for the bar for this to happen, however, studies shows that people above 45 years are more likely to suffer especially people having a lazy lifestyle (the lifestyle of wealthy) with no exercise physical activities or workout.
What Are Hemorrhoids Signs And Symptoms
- Pain or discomfort during a bowel movement.
- Itching or irritation around the affected region.
- Uneasy or pain, when you are sitting.
- Swelling or lump formation.
- Bleeding frequently during the bowel movement (occurs mostly in case of external hemorrhoids).
- More chronic form if blood gets mixed with stool.
- Formation of blood clots
- Constipation (the major factor)
- Straining during bowel movements
- Sitting for longer periods of time (at office or on toilet)
- Anal sex
- Low fiber diet
- Poor lazy lifestyle
- Lack of exercise and yoga
- Aging and weakness.
How Prevalent Is Hemorrhoids Among People?
People between 40 to 75 years old more likely to suffer from hemorrhoids, researchers shows that more than 3 million people visit hospitals for piles surgery, while Apollo Hospitals report that 10 million cases of piles and hemorrhoids come from India alone. So lots of people are going through this dirty painful disease. The worst thing about piles and hemorrhoids is that it can not be cured permanently but can be prevented by taking precautions and adapting a healthy lifestyle.
Types of Hemorrhoids: Internal And External Hemorrhoid
It is completely normal to have vascular structure around the anal area because these veins area or vascular structure acts like a cushion that facilitates smoother bowel movements. The problem, however, starts when these veins extend or form a lump which in turn obstructs passing out of stools. Swollen, inflamed or lumped veins in the anal cavity or rectal cavity is called Hemorroides.
1. Internal Hemorrhoid
2. External Hemorrhoid
External hemorrhoids are more painful accompanied by all major symptoms like itching discomfort while sitting and even rectal bleeding. These hemorrhoids are found under the skin around the anus, where there are many more pain-sensing nerves, therefore they prone to hurt as well as bleed. These hemorrhoids are the most common and most troublesome but treatment is available
Grades Of Hemorrhoids
Prevention is the cure
However, We classify the Hemorrhoids Treatment like:
There are some easy steps which can help in curing the Hemorrhoids by yourselves.
How to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids Fast At Home
Include these good habits in your daily routine and follow them regularly.
1. Avoid Late Night Workouts/Wake up early
The presence and emergence of hemorrhoids, are directly linked to your digestive system. Improper sleep patterns may hamper your entire metabolism. Once it is hampered, it may affect your intestines the most and hence the bowel movement.
Observe yourself for a week. See how many hours you need to sleep at night to feel fresh. Make a chart and manage your sleep accordingly.
Also remember, working out at night increases your heart rate and so does the adrenaline. An increase in both reduces your mind’s ability to relax and then go off to sleep. So, it is better to avoid these habits.
2. Drink More Water
Water really helps in keeping your colon area clammy and soft. More water intake helps in improving the digestion by moving the food and the waste products through the system faster. It will also help in getting rid of constipation.
You should take minimum eight glasses of water daily. This practice will help in keeping the stools softer so there shouldn’t be caused any more hemorrhoids to fulminate and this will also help in relieving the pressure on the present hemorrhoids. In this way, the hemorrhoids will heal quicker if they are not irritated constantly.
3. Walk Briskly Before Going to the Toilet
Exercise helps your body to get better with time. It keeps you in shape and healthy overall. Walk briskly (quickly) for at least 35-40 minutes for better bowel movements. It is indeed a low impact exercise and good for all ages. If you have constipation or suffering from hemorrhoids, then this exercise shall work like magic for you. Do this daily for the better you.
4. Perform Surya Namaskar
Yoga is a known source to cure many health hazards. Surya Namaskar is one such aasaan.
How to do it?
- Stand straight on the floor
- Now slowly touch the floor with hands
- Rest your palms on the floor
- Make an inverted V-shape
This form helps in proper blood circulation and later it betters the bowel movements.
5. Do Kapalbhati For 20 minutes
This is another form of yoga known for keeping blood circulation working and smooth. Rather this enhances it. This helps in keeping hemorrhoids at bay.
How to do it?
Sit on the floor and put your mind at ease. Relax and start taking short breathes with short intervals. Almost like taking a brisk walk. Go easy and relax.
6. Do Sarvangasana Regularly
Sarvangasana is a tough pose to do but results are awesome to the core. For patients of constipation and hemorrhoids, it is indeed a good choice.
How to do it?
- Lie down straight on the floor
- Lift your legs straight up making a 90 degree angle
- Now lift your tail bone and a bit of spine, almost resting your weight on your head
7. Sit in Vajrasana Pose
Vajrasana is the easiest asana. It takes care of the digestion and the problems related to it such as acidity and gas. If you do this asana for five to fifteen minutes, then you may become able to get rid of acidity related problems and constipation.
How to do it?
All you have to do is, sit on your heels. Rest your hands on your knees with straightened back and there you are, all good and finely settled.
8. Take Ayurvedic Medicines
Ayurveda has provided us with non-surgical treatment to cure hemorrhoids. This includes natural ayurvedic medicines that help to shrink the pile mass. They are good option to try as they do not have any side effects. You may consume them without having any doubt. They will better your blood circulation, which in turn will better your bowel movements and then immunity. If the bowel movements are good, hemorrhoids will be taken care of.
9. Drink Lemon and Milk
Mix half a lemon juice in a glass of hot milk and drink it immediately. Do this 3 to 4 times a day. This will help in relieving constipation and preventing hemorrhoids.
If you don’t want to mix milk and lemon together, then you can have them separately. There are ways to consume them.
How to take them?
- Lemon – One teaspoon of lemon and ginger juice along with honey and mint leaves, thrice in a day.
- Milk- Boil a cup of milk along with a banana and have it two or three times in a day.
10. Be Friend with Warm Water
The base temperature of human body is 37 degree centigrade. Drinking colder water creates fight inside your body’s metabolism. Being friends with warm water, keep the intestines and your bowel movements working well and in a proper way. Rather try and drink warm water only.
11. Drink Papaya Juice
Papaya has an enzyme known as papain. This enzyme is present in abundance in the raw papaya more than in ripe papaya. This fruit is very good to cure constipation and other digestion related issues.
Ways to take it:
Option 1 – Cut medium size pieces of raw papaya and take the juice out of it in juicer and consume it.
Option 2- Cut small size pieces and mix them in the blender with a little bit of water and consume.
12. Radish Juice
Having radish juice is considered as one of the best cures for treating hemorrhoids. Half glass of this juice consumed two times a day helps in curing the problem. You may add a pinch of salt in it.
White radishes, specifically, are helpful in relieving the symptoms of hemorrhoids. They not only improve the digestion but also help in reducing the inflammation caused by hemorrhoids and also intensify the healing process. Along with this, the high fiber content in them help in the softening of stools, and as a result, getting relief from this problem.
13. Amla Juice
Amla juice is rich in vitamin C and a well known remedy for treating hemorrhoids . It has anti-inflammatory properties and is very good and effective to treat piles.
There is readymade Amla juice available in the market. Drink it either directly or mix some water in it. The only thing to be cautious about it is not to drink tea/coffee for the next 45 minutes. Else, the results may hamper.
14. Eat More Salad
Include salad in your diet to prevent the occurrence of piles. Eat beets and carrots for creating a strong weapon to prevent constipation and piles. Both of them are fiber-rich food that helps in keeping the waste materials moving via the intestines at a good speed. Include radishes as compulsory in your food or as salad. These are really effective in curing the problem. Onions are also useful to fight with the problem. It is recommended to eat raw onion with some sugar to keep the problem at bay.
15. Consume Legumes
Legumes are the products of leguminous plants. They are rich in protein and high in fiber content. Protein maintains the strength of the body and fiber keeps the digestive system working well.
Way to have them:
Boil the legumes as they are not supposed to be eaten raw. Add the seasoning you like and then go ahead. If you have arthritis then you better be cautious as they may help in curing your hemorrhoids but will increase you uric acid. So, it is better to be careful.
16. Brown Rice
Rice is usually very mild on your stomach. Brown rice is rich in fiber and supports the process of digestion. Good digestive system means good bowel movements. It would be nice for you to shift to brown rice as this will do go to you. Otherwise also, it is better to consume brown rice than white rice.
17. Use Sitz Bath
Your doctor will definitely recommend you to have sitz bath to clean the infected area if you are suffering from piles. This method is really effective for getting rid of the pain caused by hemorrhoids and feeling relieved. You can buy the sitz bath kit which includes a bath basin that is generally placed over the toilet seat or you can have the bath using your bath tub.
18. Use Ointments
There are some over the counter ointments that can be applied to cure hemorrhoids. There is 1% hydrocortisone cream, which can be put on the outside area to cure piles. This gives relief from itching to a real great extent. It is best not to used this for long without letting you doctor know about it.
How to do it?
There some special applicators that you can use to apply the ointment on the hemorrhoids. The thing to be cautious about is -do clean it well before and after using it.
19. Apply Aloe Vera Gel
First of all, cut the Aloe Vera stripes for taking the gel out from them. Do freeze it for about one or two hours before applying. Apply this on the infected area and you will feel a soothing sensation. It helps to resolve the problem instantly and gives you a quicker relief. This will help to soothe the irritation, stop the bleeding and reduce the swelling. This will also help in shrinking of the internal hemorrhoids and stop them from bleeding.
20. Avoid Garlic In Food
A patient suffering from hemorrhoids must prevent garlic in food due to the chemical composition of it. It has got 33 compounds of sulphur like – alin, allylipropl, diallyl and many more. The odor is due to an enzyme known as allinase.
It is best to seek your doctor’s advice before using garlic in food. But when it comes to external application, you may take help of garlic to feel relieved from hemorrhoids.
21. Do Not Eat Boiled Eggs
This is one food that must be avoided by the patients of hemorrhoids and pregnant women. The logic is simple, it triggers digestion problem. One of the common reasons for hemorrhoids, is improper bowel movement and boiled eggs create issues for the same. That is why it is best to avoid them.
22. Avoid Red Meat
Red meat is really harmful food that you need to avoid especially if you are having problem of hemorrhoids. Red meat is any meat that looks red in color when raw. It could be meat of cow, pork or lamb. The colour itself is self-explanatory. You should avoid the processed meat in this situation. It is highly advised by doctors to keep the patients having hemorrhoids, healthy. So, it is best to give this food some break.
23. Say No to Too Much Spicy Food
Spicy food is one such food item that is a big no for patients having hemorrhoids. Too much spicy food creates trouble not only during bowel movement but also while passing urine. If you are a patient of piles, then it is best to be cautious beforehand. This is simply because it will irritate you and cause inflammation, making you totally uncomfortable and uneasy.
24. Avoid Sitting Too Long
Piles may be caused by many reasons, yet the most common reason of having them is due to excess stress from sitting too long and also having bad diet which results in longer period sitting in toilet. Sitting for long hours will trigger and increase the intensity of piles. These factors put pressure on veins around anus. Both the reasons hamper the proper blood circulation in that area and it become the reason of the formation of piles.
25. No Anal Sex
Yes, you read it right! It is must to be prevented. Though they are not communicable, yet it is better to avoid it. The logic is simple, the sufferer is already in pain and this will only increase the pain.
You being the patient of hemorrhoids, it is better to make your partner understand. This should be followed as the same will increase the time period to cure the problem.
26. Do Ashwini Mudra In Leisure Time
You shall observe and feel yourself that ashwini mudra puts your rectum and anus like one on one. This vertical positioning makes the blood circulation in your pubic area better and hence supports effective bowel movement.
Proper blood circulation means proper functioning of bowel movements. These two are the main factors that help in curing hemorrhoids. Try it to believe it.
27. Be Mentally Strong
Suffering from piles is not a pleasant feeling of course and we know it! But also remember the fact that no one can help you better than you yourself. Though you are going through a tough time, yet try to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.
A balanced and nutritious diet should only be consumed when you are yourself level headed. Stress, anxiety and fear of surgery, are all understandable. Stay strong to fight the battle yourself.
28. Have an Adequate Sleep
Digestion gets completed when you have an undisturbed and uninterrupted sleep for some good six to eight hours. If you are not having adequate sleep, digestion won’t be completed and you may suffer from constipation and when you will wake up in the next morning your bowel movements may not be regular, as compared to that after an adequate night sleep.
An effective treatment for recovery from piles is staying in bed for some days. Here, the advantage is that the hemorrhoids won’t get irritated while you are taking rest and this will allow a faster recovery.