By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
What is Piles or Haemorrhoids (बवासीर क्या है)
Piles or Hemorrhoids (called Bawasir in Hindi language) is a disease affecting the anal region. The veins in the rectal area swell due to stagnation of blood. The swollen veins cause pain, itching and discomfort while passing stool, sitting, standing or walking. The pain may last for a long time after passing stool.
Types of piles
In some patients, there may be bleeding while passing stool. This is known as bleeding piles. When there is no bleeding, it is often known as blind piles. The piles may be internal or external depending upon the location of the veins. When the problem is severe, they may protrude from the rectum and may have to be pushed back manually.
Symptoms of Piles or Haemorrhoids (बवासीर के लक्षण)
The common symptoms that are seen in the majority of patients happen to be –
- There is pain while passing stool. The character of the pain may vary. While some experience excruciating pain, others have only mild discomfort. Some patients describe the pain as if some splinter or a glass is pricking in the anal canal while others may feel burning pain. Pain may persist for hours after passing stool making it difficult to sit or stand.
- In some patients, there is itching or irritation in the anal canal.
- Bleeding may or may not be present. In those cases, where bleeding occurs, it is mostly while passing stool. The blood is often fresh red blood.
Cause of Piles or reasons for Piles (बवासीर के कारण)
The most important cause is the changing lifestyle. While the food that we eat is becoming rich in fats and carbohydrates, our habits are becoming more and more sedentary. We do not move around, walk enough or cycle. Even other physical activities like household chores have been taken over either by machines or helpers. This leads to obesity. Increased body weight and little physical activity can slow down the digestive system. Spicy food is a big contributor to its occurrence.
Role of diet as a cause for piles or haemorrhoids or bawasir disease (बवासीर में खाने की भूमिका)
Fiber content or roughage is very important to form the bulk of stool and helps in its easy evacuation. When the fiber content is low, it makes it difficult to pass stool. Constipation results and one often has to strain to pass stool. As mentioned earlier, spices can also contribute. Also, there is too much intake of aerated drinks in some parts of the world. These aerated drinks are not healthy and often are at the cost of normal intake of water. This replacing of water with aerated drinks is another contributory factor. Also, non vegetarian food is a little harder on the digestive system and takes more time to digest.
Managing Piles disease or Haemorrhoids-some important tips (बवासीर के रोगियों के लिए कुछ आवश्यक बातें)
Making some changes to one’s routine and lifestyle can go a long way in managing piles or haemorrhoids. Here are some tips to get rid of your haemorrhoids-
- Daily diet should be rich in fiber or roughage which is found in raw fruits and vegetables. Therefore taking raw fruits and salads daily is highly recommended.
- One should be cutting down on the intake of non-vegetarian food. As mentioned earlier, non-vegetarian food is difficult to digest and often contains a lot of spices.
- Drink lots of water. Water hydrates the digestive system and makes it easy for the stool to be passed.
- Walking regularly or any form of exercise is also very helpful. It activates the sluggish digestive system and allows the bowels to be cleared easily.
- Straining while passing stool is also best avoided.
- Abuse of laxatives is another important point here. The regular usage of laxatives can by itself cause piles and is often counterproductive.
- Avoid sitting in one position for long. In fact, one should not sit for long at all. Better to get up and move around after some time.
- Sitz bath or sitting in a tub of hot water helps. It not only relieves the pain and inflammation but also helps in maintaining hygiene.
Treating Piles or Haemorrhoids – why surgery is not advisable (बवासीर के लिए आपरेशन क्यों है अनावश्यक)
When one has been diagnosed with this problem, the next obvious thing that comes into one’s mind is its treatment. The only treatment of hemorrhoids offered by Allopathy is the surgical option. There is no other treatment in allopathy.
Most of the patients are afraid or wary of getting a surgery done. There are some disadvantages of this surgical option. Surgery is cumbersome and expensive. At the same time, the very purpose of surgery is lost when this problem recurs after some time.
At times, people are not aware of the possibility of haemorrhoids being treated in any other way and end up getting surgery done. They do not look around or ask around for other possibilities ie alternative or complementary treatment for piles. It is only later when the problem recurs that they regret their decision of getting surgery done and start looking for some alternatives.
Non surgical treatment or Home treatment for piles – Alternative or Complementary Treatment for Piles or Hemorrhoids (बवासीर का आपरेशन के बिना इलाज)
At times some patients are lucky enough to be given the right guidance by a friend or family member to look for other alternatives to surgery. Some patients are themselves smart enough to look around before taking the surgeon’s word as the gospel truth.
Others are not lucky enough and get a surgery done but look around only when the problem recurs. Having got a surgery done once, they realize that they cannot keep on getting surgeries every now and then. So they start searching the internet or ask friends for some alternative or complementary treatment.
Homeopathy medicine for piles is the best Alternative or Complementary bawasir medicine (बवासीर का सबसे अच्छा उपचार होमियोपैथी है)
When it comes to alternative or complementary treatments for piles or hemorrhoids, Homeopathy offers the best treatment. I say best not only because the cure rate is exceptionally good but also because Homeopathic treatment for piles offers a number of advantages. It is very economical when compared to any other alternative or complementary treatment.
At the same time, the homeopathic medicines do not have any side effects. While you are under treatment of any other system of medicine, you run the risk of getting one or the other side effect while Homeopathic treatment is absolutely safe. That is why I say that Homeopathy is the best when it comes to alternative or complementary treatment for piles or Hemorrhoids.
Homeopathic Piles medicines – the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for Piles treatment (बवासीर के लिए ५ श्रेष्ठतम होम्योपैथिक दवाएँ)
In Homeopathy, there are very effective medicines that can cure Haemorrhoids very easily. By opting for Homeopathy treatment for piles problem, one can avoid surgery, which is the only option that is offered by Allopathy.
In my experience in the last 2 decades of practice in Homeopathy, I have found a few medicines to be very effective. Never ever did any of my patient require any other treatment or surgery. A lot of cases were really bad ones. Some had been suffering for decades and had tried lots of medicines including creams for applications, home remedies or Ayurvedic medicines.
From the vast experience of treating such difficult and chronic cases, I have compiled this list of 5 best Homeopathy medicines for Piles problem.
Here are the 5 best homeopathic medicines for piles problem-
Hamamelis – best piles medicine for bleeding piles problem
Ratanhia- best piles treatment for painful piles problem
Graphites – best homeopathic medicine for piles disease with constipation
Nux Vomica – best homeopathic medicine for haemorrhoids due to sedentary lifestyle
Aesculus – best treatment for piles problem with backache
At the cost of being repetitive, I want to emphasize that this list of medicines is not an exhaustive one. I often have to use other medicines depending upon the symptoms of the patient. Nonetheless, these 5 medicines can be called the 5 best homeopathic remedies for piles problem. A brief description of the symptoms of these medicines is given below-
1. Hamamelis-One of the best Homeopathic piles medicines for Bleeding Piles or Haemorrhoids (हैमामेलिस – खूनी बवासीर के लिए अच्छी पाइल्स मेडिसिन)
The most common reason why patients seek treatment is the presence of blood in their stools. Such patients are usually quite worried and anxious. The best way to ease their anxiety is to stop the bleeding as soon as possible. In such cases, Hamamelis is the best homeopathic piles medicine for bleeding piles and I have rarely required any other medicine to stop the bleeding.
Any form of venous congestion and venous bleeding comes under the purview of this medicine and the rectal region is the most prominent. There is a feeling of soreness and bruised sort of sensation which is another important guiding symptom for the use of this medicine.
2. Ratanhia-One of the best Homeopathy medicine for painful Piles or Haemorrhoids (रतानिया – दर्द के साथ बवासीर का होम्योपैथिक इलाज )
The second most common reason for patients seeking medical help is pain while passing stool. This is usually referred to as painful piles. When it comes to curing this condition, Ratanhia is one of the best homeopathic remedy for painful piles. There is pain while passing stool and the pain persists for hours afterwards.
The character of the pain is such as if there is broken glass inside the rectum. Sometimes there is pain as if a knife is thrust inside. Dry heat or burning may also be felt. This burning may be relieved by cold water. I place Ratanhia as the best homeopathic piles medicine when it comes to the use of Homeopathy for painful piles.
3. Graphites-One of the Best Homeopathic medicines for Piles or Haemorrhoids with Constipation (ग्रेफाइट्स – कब्ज के साथ बवासीर का होम्योपैथिक उत्तम इलाज)
If the patient has accompanying constipation, Graphites is one of the best homeopathic medicines for piles and has shown wonderful results in my practice. The stools are hard, knotty and united by mucous threads. Obesity is another strong indication for this medicine.
Skin eruptions are another common symptom seen in such patient. When one finds such a patient who is obese, has skin eruptions or any history of skin eruptions and is constipated, Graphites is most likely to cure such a patient. In females, there is menstrual disturbance too. Most of the times, menses are scanty and delayed.
4. Nux Vomica- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Piles or Haemorrhoids due to sedentary lifestyle (नक्स वॉमिका – बैठे रहने के कारण होने वाली बवासीर के लिए)
The modern day lifestyle has become more and more sedentary. One tends to work a lot but only on the mental plane while there is little physical activity. At the same time, one tends to take lot of rich food and also non veg. Use of stimulants like liquor or cigarettes is also quite high. This causes a lot of problems, haemorrhoids being one of them. In such cases, Nux Vomica is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for piles.
It not only cures piles but also sets the gastrointestinal system in order again. Such a patient is usually an aggressive person who is a go-getter. He is a chilly patient which means he cannot tolerate cold air or cold weather.
5. Aesculus-Best Homeopathic remedy for Haemorrhoids or Piles problem with pain in the back (एस्क्युलस – पीठ दर्द के साथ बवासीर के लिए श्रेष्ठ पाइल्स मेडिसिन)
If the patient has pain in the back along with haemorrhoids, Aesculus Hippocastanum is the best Homeopathic remedy for piles or haemorrhoids. There is pain in the back along with haemorrhoids and there is no explanation for this backache.
There may be pain in the rectum as if it is full of small sticks. More often, the problem is blind in character, which means that there is no bleeding.
FAQs about Piles and Homeopathic medicines for piles
Which is the best homeopathic medicine for piles?
Homeopathy works on the principle of matching symptoms of the patient with that of the homeopathic medicine. Whichever medicine has similar symptoms will be the best medicine for that particular patient. Therefore, one cannot say that there is one particular medicine which is the best medicine.
Are there any side effects of these homeopathic medicines for piles?
No, there are no side effects of these homeopathic medicines. In fact, homeopathic medicines don’t have any side effects.