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How To Treat Piles Naturally
Having piles can be like sitting on a Cactus, and despite being a common health problem, piles is probably the least likely to be talked about, because of its embarrassing nature.
Piles or haemorrhoids are among the most common of all ailments with over
half the population developing them, usually after the age of 30 years. The condition becomes more widespread as people age but is also associated with pregnancy and childbirth, chronic constipation, and chronic diarrhoea.
We are going to give you some great tips on how to treat piles naturally at home, along with some alternative natural remedies for piles to help get rid of the pain and discomfort.
But first... it’s good to know what piles is and what causes it so you know how to control piles naturally.
What Is Piles and What Causes It?
Piles are anal varicose veins. The anal canal is packed with tiny veins and because of pressures they swell up like small balloons. Piles are swollen veins in or around the anus and are most often caused by poor diet, constipation or straining during going to the toilet. Dietary changes can relieve the constipation and herbal remedies can provide natural pain relief.
Whatever the cause of piles is, the tissues supporting the veins stretch. The veins then dilate causing their walls to become thin and bleed. If the stretching and pressure continues to build, then the weakened veins will eventually bulge.
What Are The Symptoms of Piles?
If you notice any of these symptoms, you could have piles:
• Anal pain• Burning or itching in or around the anal area• Bleeding during bowel movements. Bright red blood on the toilet tissue, in the toilet bowl, or, on the surface of the stool after a bowel movement• Round swellings or protrusions in the anal area
Most piles can be treated naturally and improved dramatically with some simple steps.
The Do’s and Don’ts of How To Treat Piles Naturally
Exercise: with moderate aerobic exercise, brisk walking of 20 to 30 minutes each day, can keep your bowels functioning normallyToilet habits: when you need to go to the toilet then go. Don’t wait for a more convenient time as you will increase pressure and straining on your bowelsLimit your toilet time: you should also limit the time spent on the toilet if you have piles, as lengthy sitting on the loo can cause your veins to become more swollen from blood flowClean yourself gently: when you clean yourself do it gently, either with soft toilet paper dampened with water, or use alcohol-free pre-moistened wipes
No scratching: piles can itch and scratching can help relieve it but you can damage the delicate walls of theses veinsDon’t lift heavy objects: heavy lifting and strenuous exercise is like straining on the toilet and puts pressure on the pilesGive it a little shove: sometimes the word “haemorrhoid” doesn’t just refer to a swollen vein but also to the lining displacement of the anal canal. If you have protruding piles, try gently pushing them back into the anal canal. Piles left hanging are likely to develop into clots that become painful
Buy a special bottom pillow: sitting on hard surfaces can worsen piles. Sitting on a doughnut-shaped cushion can help take the pressure off of painful haemorrhoidsLie on your left side if you’re pregnant: pregnant women are especially prone to getting piles, partly because of the uterus that sits directly on the blood vessels that drain the veins of the haemorrhoids.A natural treatment for piles if you’re pregnant is to lie on your left side every 4 to 6 hours for about 20 minutes. This helps drain the lower half of the body by reducing pressure on the main veins.Hydrotherapy: sitting in a sitz bath, or tub of warm water, for 10 minutes several times a day, can help relieve the discomfort of piles. This will give you temporary relief from piles by soothing inflamed tissues and stimulating circulation.
The Dietary Treatment of Piles
One of the most common causes of piles is a low-fibre diet that produces small, hard stools, that are difficult to pass. The result is damaged anal veins from the straining.
Foods rich in fibre and in anthocyanidin and proanthocyanidin, which are two compounds that improve the health of the blood vessels, can help prevent getting piles in the future, and also help as a current natural treatment to heal piles.
Among the foods that contain these ingredients are blueberries, blackberries and cherries.
Dairy products, fatty foods and meat tend to be constipating factors, so it’s good to cut back on these foods.
Add fibre to your diet: increased fibre in your diet can cause stools to soften and makes them easier to pass, reducing the pressure on your piles. Boost fibre either by eating high-fibre foods or by taking a fibre supplement. High-fibre foods include, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, asparagus, corn, carrots, cauliflower, peas, kale, parsnips, broccoli, beans, wheat, oat bran, whole grains and fruit.Add It Slowly. Fibre can cause bloating, so increase your daily amount slowly. Aim for 25 to 30 grams each day. As you increase your fibre, be sure to drink more water. It is recommended you drink ½ ounce of water for each pound you weigh.
Use Psyllium seeds to soften the stools: psyllium seeds help make stools softer and easier to pass. This not only prevents piles but also makes bowel movements less painful.For the first week, take a teaspoon of psyllium seeds at breakfast time, by adding them to an 8 ounce glass of water. For the second week , take the seeds at breakfast and lunch times. For the third week, take them at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, then keep at that level.Adding psyllium to your diet gradually will help to control the gas that sometimes accompanies a sudden increase in fibre.
What Natural Piles Treatments Are There?
Herbs and other natural treatments for haemorrhoids can help strengthen and tone the blood vessels, stop bleeding and reduce inflammation. They can also help with constipation that often causes haemorrhoids.
Herbs applied directly to the piles can naturally treat the symptoms, stop the bleeding and speed the healing of piles. Using suppositories, creams, or salves that contain a combination of herbs that soothe, reduce inflammation and have an astringent affect such as St John’s Wort , lavender, calendula, camomile, comfrey and plantain, is the best natural piles treatment.
Herbal Treatments For Piles
Horse Chestnut: is a traditional treatment for strengthening and toning the veins. Horse Chestnut is an anti-inflammatory and therefore decreases swelling. It is also astringent and tends to reduce bleeding. This herb for piles can be used both internally and topically.
Take 1 cup of tea three times per day. Simmer 1 teaspoon of dried seeds in ¼ litre of water for 10 to 15 minutes; or 1/8 to 1 teaspoon of tincture three times per day.
To use horse chestnut externally, allow the tea to cool. Soak a clean flannel in the tea and wring it out. Apply it to the swollen tissues as often as needed.
Ginkgo Biloba: extracts of ginkgo leaf help strengthen the blood vessels. Ginkgo is also an anti-inflammatory to help treat the pain and swelling of piles.
Take 40 to 60 milligrams of capsules 2 or 3 times per day (standard 24% flavone glycosides and 6% ginkgolides). Or ¼ to 1 teaspoon of tincture two to three times per day.
Butcher’s Broom: this herb decreases inflammation and strengthens blood vessels.
Take 1 cup of tea 3 times per day on an empty stomach. Steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried leaf in ¼ litre of hot water for 10 minutes; or ½ to 1 teaspoon of tincture.
Witch Hazel: distilled Witch Hazel, shrinks swollen piles and controls the bleeding (but do not take internally). Witch Hazel has both cooling and astringent properties and causes the blood vessels to shrink and contract.
To help treat the discomfort and shrink the piles, apply cotton pads soaked with Witch Hazel extract several times a day. Leave it in place for 10 minutes whenever possible.
Calendula Salve: Calendula promotes healing and soothes irritation caused by piles. Apply the Calendula salve to the swollen veins twice a day, every day until they subside.
Special Natural Treatment Combination for Piles
This blend combines soothing herbs that promote wound healing and cooling of piles.
1. 4 tablespoons of distilled witch hazel2. ½ tablespoon comfrey tincture3. ½ tablespoon horse chestnut4. 50 drops lavender essential oil5. 50 drops cypress essential oil (optional)
Combine all of these ingredients in an airtight glass bottle with a tight lid. Label the bottle and store it away from heat and light.
To use this piles treatment, shake the ingredients well and apply gently two times a day with a cotton-wool ball, after every bowel movement.
If the haemorrhoids are internal, insert the soaked cotton-wool ball briefly into the anal opening to allow the herbs to soak into this area.
Treating The Constipation Caused By Piles
Dandelion and Yellow Dock: These two herbs share some characteristics in that they’re both thought of as weeds, you can eat the young greens of both and the roots of these plants are mild gentle laxatives.
It’s the roots you want for treating the constipation sometimes caused by piles.
Take 1 to 3 cups of tea per day. Steep 2 teaspoons of dried, chopped root in ¼ litre of water for 15 minutes; or ½ to 3 teaspoons of tincture per day.
Use Natural Health Products to Treat Piles
If your diet is less than a healthy one, use a good multivitamin to ensure that you’re getting all of the important nutrients to heal the blood-vessels.
Using natural health products is one of the best ways to treat piles naturally, with the benefit of no side-effects sometimes caused by over-the-counter drugs.
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