Series 9: Piles (Haemorrhoids)
Piles or haemorrhoids are swellings containing dilated or varicose veins situated in the mucous membranes of the rectum or in the skin around the anus.
Veins, unlike arteries, have insufficient strength in their walls to support much blood pressure. Therefore, veins often become distended. Veins around the rectum do not have much support from any other tissue, so they distend easily.
Constipation (resulting from over-eating and the presence of unassimilated bulk foods) is known to cause haemorrhoids or piles. Intoxicating liquors, artificial flavourings or spices, white bread, cakes, all other white flour products, fried foods, food that can form acid and cause fermentation, sugar and soft drinks also cause piles.
Straining at stool is an important factor in the development of piles, and the straining associated with childbirth is a common cause of haemorrhoids in women. People with haemorrhoids may have pain in the rectum, with itching. In many cases, blood oozes from the haemorrhoids, usually in connection with emptying the bowels. Piles may protrude from the rectum; depending on how high up in the rectum the affected veins are located. When they protrude, the sphincter muscle of the rectum partially strangulates them and prevents their return.
From all these explanations, there is a glaring indication that civilization brings many benefits and beautiful things but at the same time, many things that are harmful and ugly. We have accepted to change our lifestyles to suit the new trend. This includes our traditional & local foods and drinks. Yes, it is civilization that makes us prefer the new spices in the market, with the comment that the native ones smell funny and they are messy. Now, who pays for this “snob” effect? The person who pays the purchasing price pays the bill for the after-effect.
Prevention and Control
In Holistic Lifecare, it is strongly advocated that the best way to control piles or haemorrhoids is to avoid constipation, so that the stools can pass regularly and with least possible irritation. This is accomplished by going back to nature. In that wise, it is necessary to avoid heavy and stimulating foods, tobacco, alcoholic drinks and soft drinks.
Light and simple diets made from grains and vegetables and generous eating of fruits will ensure good digestive system. Soya-bean products and very well ripe bananas are good. High hot enema are soothing and herbs like Nepeta cataria or Myrica cerifera could be used to cleanse the whole length of the colon. Aloe vera gel, generously absorbed in cotton wool and inserted as suppository overnight is also very healing.
The Holistic natural remedy being suggested for piles or haemorrhoids consists of a combination of natural extracts of herbs such as Croton penduliflorus, Ocimmum gratissimum , Securidaca longepedunculata and Aloe Vera.