Thursday, 11 November 2010

Ayurveda and Piles (Hemorrhoids)

Piles, also known as 'Arsha' in Ayurveda, is a painful health condition that causes formation of small blood vessels in the anal canal. The root causes of piles are constipation, obesity, stress, sitting too long, genetic factors or during pregnancy. Symptoms of piles mainly include bleeding, intense pain during stool passage, and itching in the rectal region

There are many healing options in Ayurveda for piles:

* Haritaki or terminalia chebula (one of the ingredients of 'Triphala') and jimikand or amorphophallus campanulatus are two most significant and natural herbs that are beneficial for treating piles.
* Cut down potato from your diet as eating potato will aggravate the condition.

* Avoid yellow variety of pumpkins.
* Eat more of fruits, vegetables and seeds such as Java Plum (Black berry) fruits, dry figs, Indian gooseberry ('amla' available in Maharishi Amrit Kalesh), papaya, radish, bitter gourd, turnip, onion, rice, wheat, mango seeds and sesame seeds.
* Ensure that your intestine is clean. Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins from the intestine.
* Avoid relaxing on stiff chairs and hard seats.
* Avoid horse riding.
* Physical activity is equally important in treating piles.
* You can also try yoga exercises. Cobra pose and bow pose are the best yoga poses for treating piles.

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