or haemorrhoids is one
of the most common ailments today.
It is a varicose and often inflamed
condition of the veins, inside or
just outside the rectum. In external
piles, there is a lot of pain but
not much bleeding. In the case of
internal piles, there is discharge
of dark blood. In some cases the
veins burst and this results in
what is known as bleeding piles.
or irritation while passing stools, bleeding
Pain at passing stools, slight bleeding
in the case of internal trouble, and feeling
of soreness and irritation after passing
a stool are the usual symptoms of piles.
The patient cannot sit comfortably due
to itching , discomfory, and pain in the
The primary cause of piles is chronic
constipation and other bowel disorders.
The straining in order to evacuate the
constipated bowels, and the pressure thus
caused on the surrounding veins leads
to piles. Piles are more common during
pregnancy and in conditions affecting
the liver and upper bowel.
Other causes are
prolonged periods of standing or sitting
, strenuous work, obesity, general weakness
of the tissues of the body, mental tension,
treatment using Dry Figs
Three of four
figs should be soaked overnight in water
after being cleaned thoroughly in hot
water. They should be taken first thing
in the morning along with the water in
which they were soaked. They should also
be taken in evening in the similar manner.
This treatment should be continued for
three or four weeks. The tiny seeds of
the fruit possess all excellent quality
of stimulating peristaltic movement of
the intestines. This facilitates easy
evacuation of faeces and keeps the alimentary
canal clean. The pressure on the anus
thus being relieved, the hemorrhoids also
treatment using Mango Seeds
Mango seeds are
an effective remedy for bleeding piles.
The seeds should be collected during the
mango season, dried in the shade, powdered,
and kept stored for use as medicine. This
powder should be given in doses of about
one and a half to two grams with or without
honey, twice daily.
treatment using Jambul Fruit
The jambul fruit
is another effective remedy for bleeding
piles. The fruit should be taken with
salt every morning for two or three months
during its season. The use of the fruit
in this manner during every season will
effect a complete cure and save the user
from bleeding piles for his entire life.
treatment using Radish
White radish is
considered highly valuable in piles; 100
mg of grated radish mixed with a teaspoon
of honey may be taken twice daily in treating
this condition. This vegetable can also
be taken in the form of juice mixed with
a pinch of salt. It should be given in
doses of 60 to 90 ml, morning and evening.
White radish, well ground into a paste
in milk. can also be applied over inflamed
pile masses to relieve pain and swelling.
treatment using Turnip
The leaves of
turnip have been found useful in this
disease. The juice of these leaves should
be extracted and 150 ml given to the patient.
It is, however, necessary to take a proper
diet of raw fruits and vegetables while
taking this juice. For better results,
50 ml of the juice should be mixed with
equal quantities of juices of watercress,
spinach, and carrots.
treatment using Bitter Gourd
The juice of the
fresh leaves of bitter gourd is also valuable
in piles. Three teaspoons of the leaf
juice, mixed with a glass of buttermilk,
should be taken every morning for treating
this condition. A paste of the roots of
the bitter gourd plant can also be applied
over piles with beneficial results.
treatment using Ginger
Ginger is also
useful in this disease. Half a teaspoon
of fresh ginger juice, mixed with one
teaspoon each of fresh lime juice and
fresh mint juice, and a tablespoon of
honey, constitutes an effective medicine
treatment using Onion
Onions are valuable
in bleeding piles. About thirty grams
of this vegetable should be finely rubbed
in water and sixty grams of sugar added
to it. It should be taken twice daily
by the Patient. It will bring relief within
a few days. Onion is also useful in the
treatment of dry piles. A crushed onion,
skinned and roasted in aches, may be applied
with beneficial results.
treatment using Rice
Rice has a very
low fibre content and is, therefore, extremely
soothing to the digestive system. A thick
gruel of rice, mixed with a glass of buttermilk
and a ripe banana, given twice a day,
is a very nutritious diet for a patient
treatment using Wheat Grass
Wheat grass juice
used as an enema helps detoxify the walls
of the piles. The general procedure is
to give an enema with lukewarm or neem
water. After waiting for twenty minutes,
90 to 120 ml of the wheat grass juice
enema is given. This should be retained
for fifteen minutes.
treatment using Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds are
also valuable in piles. They can be taken
in the form of a decoction by boiling
twenty grams of seeds in 500 ml of water
till it is reduced by one-third, or as
sweetmeats. Ground to paste with water,
they can be given with butter for bleeding
treatment using Chebulic Myroblan
The herb chebulic
myroblan is a popular remedy for piles.
It is very effective as a laxative and
is highly astringent. The fruit should
be roasted to a brown colour in cluster
oil, and then powdered and stored. Half
a teaspoon of this powder at bedtime will
bring about normal bowel movements in
the morning, and the astringent property
of the fruit will heal masses. A decoction
of the herb prepared by boiling six 10
seven dry fruits in half a litre of water
should be used for washing bleeding piles.
The paste of the fruit mixed in a bland
oil is good as an external application.
of the basic cause, namely, chronic constipation,
is the only way to get rid of the trouble.
To begin with, the entire digestive tract
must be given a complete rest for a few
days and the intestines thoroughly cleansed.
For this purpose, the patient should adopt
an all-fruit diet for, at least, seven
days. Thereafter he may adopt a diet of
natural foods aimed at securing soft stools.
A patient with
piles must make an all-out effort to tone
up the entire system. Exercise plays an
important corrective rule in this condition.
Movements which exercise the abdominal
muscles will improve circulation in the
rectal region and relieve congestion.
to "Gastric Enterology