Haemorrhoids are swollen veins located around the anus or in the lower rectum. The half of adults have experienced the symptoms of haemorrhoids by the age of 50. Haemorrhoids can either be internal or external. Internal haemorrhoids develop within the anus or rectum. External haemorrhoids develop outside of the anus. Haemorrhoids are also known as piles. External haemorrhoids are the most common and the most troublesome.
Causative factors for Piles:
There are a number of causative factors for Piles:
- Complications from chronic constipation
- Sitting on the toilet for a long time
- Family history of haemorrhoids
- Weak rectal veins and walls
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Chronic cough
- Overuse of laxatives or enemas
- Lifting heavy weights habitually
The symptoms of haemorrhoids include:
- Extreme itching around the anus
- Irritation and pain around the anus
- An itchy or painful lump or swelling near your anus
- Fecal leakage
- Painful bowel movement
- Blood on your tissue after having a bowel movement
Internal piles are divided into four grades:
- Grade 1 Piles are small swellings on the inside lining of the anus. They cannot be seen or felt from outside the anus.
- Grade 2 Piles are partly pushed out (prolapse) from the anus when you go to the toilet, but quickly 'retract back' inside again.
- Grade 3 Piles hang out (prolapse) from the anus and are felt as one or more small, soft lumps that hang from the anus. However, they can be pushed back inside the anus with a finger.
- Grade 4 Piles are permanently hung down from within the anus, and cannot be pushed back inside. They can sometimes become quite large.
How to diagnose Haemorrhoids?
A visual examination of the anus may be enough to diagnose haemorrhoids. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor may wish to do a different examination to check for any abnormalities within the anus. This check is known as a digital rectal exam. During this exam, the doctor inserts a gloved and lubricated finger into your rectum. If they feel anything abnormal, they may order an additional test called a sigmoidoscopy. A sigmoidoscopy involves doctor using a small camera to diagnose internal haemorrhoids. This small fiber-optic camera, called a sigmoidoscope, fits into a small tube and then inserts into the rectum. From this test, the doctor gets a clear view of the inside of rectum so that they can examine the haemorrhoids up close.
How does Homoeopathy help to cure Piles?
Homeopathy offers the best treatment for piles. I say best not only because the cure rate is exceptionally good but also because Homeopathic treatment for piles offers several more advantages. It is very economical when compared to any other alternative or complementary treatment for piles. At the same time, the homoeopathic medicines do not have any side effects. This is one of the biggest advantages of Homeopathy over any other system of medicine. 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 for piles is absolutely safe. That is why I say that Homeopathy is the best when it comes to alternative or complementary treatment for piles or Haemorrhoids.
Haemorrhoid symptoms often settle down after a few days without needing treatment. Haemorrhoids that occur during pregnancy often get better after giving birth. Making lifestyle changes to reduce the strain on the blood vessels in and around your anus is often recommended.
These can include:
- Gradually increasing the amount of fibre in your diet – good sources of fibre include fruit, vegetables, wholegrain rice, wholewheat pasta and bread, pulses and beans, seeds, nuts and oats
- Drinking plenty of fluid – particularly water, but avoiding or cutting down on caffeine and alcohol
- Not delaying going to the toilet – ignoring the urge to empty your bowels can make your stools harder and drier, which can lead to straining when you do go to the toilet
- Avoiding medication that causes constipation – such as painkillers that contain codeine
- Losing weight - if you're overweight
- Exercising regularly – this can help prevent constipation, reduce your blood pressure, and help you lose weight
Commonly indicated Homoeopathic remedies:
- Hamamelis: The most common reason why patients seek treatment is the presence of blood in their stools due to piles. 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 homoeopathic piles medicine for bleeding piles.
- Ratanhia: Ratanhia is the best homoeopathic remedy for piles.This remedy is very useful for pain piles while passing stool. Stitching type of pain while passing stool. This is usually referred to as painful piles. When it comes to curing painful piles.
- Graphites: Graphites is the best homoeopathic medicine for piles with constipation. 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.
- Nux.vomica: 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 a lot of rich food and also non-veg. Use of stimulants like liquor or cigarettes is also quite high. In such cases, Nux.vomica is the best Homoeopathic medicine for piles.