What is a Hemorrhoid and what are the Symptoms?
Hemorrhoids are not a very nice condition to have and can be very painful and uncomfortable for people who suffer with them. A hemorrhoid occurs when a vein in the anus or rectum becomes unusually swollen and irritated. This then causes the surrounding membranes to swell up and itch or burn and bleed. Although these are generally very painful, there are some cases where people have actually had a hemorrhoid for years and never noticed any symptoms.
Types of Hemorrhoid
Internal Hemorrhoids–This type of hemorrhoid occurs inside the rectum and can often go unnoticed. If you should experience any bleeding then it is very important to go and see your doctor as it could be a sign of a more complicated problem.
External Hemorrhoids – These are ones that you will definitely feel and will cause you some level of discomfort. You will often encounter itching, burning and pain from this type of hemorrhoid and you will need to get it looked at by your physician.
Causes of Hemorrhoids
Major causes include:
- Sitting or standing for long periods of time, sitting on the toilet for long periods of time
- A low amount of fiber in your diet
- Anal intercourse
- Frequent bouts of severe coughing or sneezing.
- Straining during bowel movements – usually associated with constipation or hard stools.
- Bouts of Diarrhea
- Heavy lifting and straining
How to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids
When you are trying to get rid of hemorrhoids, you will need to follow two steps. You will need to alleviate the symptoms and gain some comfort from the itching, pain and burning sensations that you may be experiencing. The second step will be to shrink the actual hemorrhoid so that you no longer have any of the symptoms.
Treating Hemorrhoid Symptoms
- Over the Counter Medications – There are various different OTC medications that can offer you some relief from painful hemorrhoids.
- Aleve (naproxen sodium) – an anti-inflammatory which can help to relieve discomfort.
- Topical Creams and Suppositories –There are a few different types of well known creams that are known to work well for relieving the symptoms of itching and burning. Tronolone, Hemorid, Preparation H and Tucks are all available over the counter and can work well to help ease hemorrhoid symptoms.
Treating the Hemorrhoid
- The same topical creams listed above work well to reduce the itching and relax the area, allowing the hemorrhoid to ease and reduce the swelling in the area.
- Sitz Bath – This is a specially designed tub which allows you to soak hemorrhoids without actually having to have a bath. You can soak the rectal area in these baths filled with hot water for about 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times daily. As well as easing the pain and relieving the sensations, this can help to encourage shrinkage and reduce swelling.
Any of the doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) can have imbalances leading to hemorrhoids, but most are associated with vat a and pitta disturbances. Your Ayuredic practitioner may recommend applying an anti-itch, gentle-healing mixture of turmeric and ghee (clarified butter) to tender tissues at bedtime. (Note: Thrmeric will permanently stain whatever fabric it touches; use a soft disposable cloth to apply the mixture.) Alternatively, your practitioner may suggest applying castor oil or tikta ghee, or taking triphala guggulu tablets.
Chinese Herbal Therapy
Aloe vera juice can be applied topically to relieve hemorrhoid pain. Japanese honeysuckle can be used as a decoction or an external wash.
Depending on the root cause of an individual’s hemorrhoids, various herbal formulas may be suggested, including Ginseng and Tang Gui, Apricot Seed and Linum, Cimicifuga, Ginseng and Longan, or Fargelin High Strength (also called Fargelin for Piles).
If the condition is accompanied by bleeding, the first-aid pills Yunnan Pai Yao may be prescribed (they should not be used during pregnancy).
Yoga and Meditation
When executed properly, several yoga ii postures help blood flow away from hemorrhoids, and therefore, ease pain. Try one or more of the following poses daily: Bridge, Half Shoulder Stand, Plow, Shoulder Stand, and Downward Facing Dog.
If none of these treatments work then you should consult your normal physician in order to check if there is an underlying medical condition which is causing the haemorrhoids and needs attention.