Piles (Bawasir) or Hemorrhoids:
Piles (Bawasir) or Hemorrhoids is one of the most common diseases today, especially in western countries. Hemorrhoids are vascular structures in the anal canal. In other words, they are cushions that help with stool control. When these veins became swollen, they become a disease.
In simple words, Hemorrhoids (bawasir in Hindi) is the varicose and inflamed condition of the veins inside or just outside the rectum. It is mainly of two types- internal and external. In internal hemorrhoids, there is a discharge of dark blood whereas in external hemorrhoids, there is not much bleeding but a lot of pain.
Main symptoms of piles or Hemorrhoids are pain during passing the stools, slight bleeding (in internal hemorrhoids), irritation and itching after passing the stool. The patient feel discomfort, itching and pain while sitting. Symptoms may vary according to severity of disease. In advanced stage of Hemorrhoids, ulceration may develop that cause bleeding, tissue death and many more complications.
Causes & Treatment of Piles:
While the exact cause of the Hemorrhoids (bawasir) remains unknown, it is believed to be occurred due to the pressure on abdomen. Therefore, all the factors that increase pressure on the abdomen, such as constipation, diarrhea, or any other bowel disorders- are responsible for this disease. Obesity, continuous sitting or standing job, often eating most chilly and unhealthy food, strenuous work and general weakness are some other causes of Hemorrhoids. It is also very common among pregnant ladies and elderly persons.
As far as treatment of piles is concerned, it is, generally, not so serious and cures on their own. By the treatment of basic root cause like- constipation or other bowel disorders- you can get rid of piles. In simple words, by increasing fiber intake, sufficient drinking of water and fluid and rest, it can be treated effectively in most of the cases. Only in rare cases, where the piles is in chronic stage, it needs surgery.
However, some simple and effective home remedies are also there that are in use from the time of ancient era. These are found to be more helpful in curing piles without medicines.
Home Remedies for Piles (Bawasir):
1. Mango Seeds for Piles:
Mango (aam) fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and much more. Its all parts are useful for health. Seeds of mango are good for curing bleeding piles.
You can collect the seeds during summer (mango- season) and dry them in shade till they get fully dried. Then remove the outer layer and grind the inner part of the seed to make fine powder. Now, eat half tsp of this powder with honey twice a day. You can also take it with butter milk or chhachh. Follow this remedy regularly for 2-3 weeks or till required.
2. Dry Figs or Anjeer :
Dry figs are rich in fiber that makes it an amazing home remedy to cure hemorrhoids- both internal and external. In case of piles, use figs regularly for 3-4 weeks.
Firstly, soak 3-4 dry figs into water overnight after cleaning thoroughly with water. Then, ingest the soaked figs in the morning with empty stomach along with water. Similarly, soak 3-4 dry figs into water again in the morning and eat them at evening in the same manner.
3. Aloe Vera (Ghritkumari):
Aloe vera is a type of herb which is famous for its anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties. You can use it for both- external and internal hemorrhoids. To cure hemorrhoids, drink fresh aloe vera juice daily; it will help in shrinking of the swollen tissues of piles and get rid of the disease completely.
In case of external hemorrhoids, apply a little amount of aloe vera gel to your rectum and gently rub the area. For better results, use of a fresh aloe vera leaf is recommended. At first, remove the outer layer of the leaf after cleaning with water. Then use the fresh aloe vera pulp to your rectum. It gives an instant relief since it will help to calm and soothe tissues that are inflamed. You can apply aloe vera pulp as often as required.
Moreover, you can also use aloe vera gel after keeping in fridge for some time and then use as cold compress.
4. Bitter Gourd Leaves for Piles:
Bitter gourd leaves are good to treat piles naturally.
Simply, grind some bitter gourd leaves (karela ki pattiyan) after cleaning with water and strain its juice with the help of a thin cotton cloth. Now, mix 3 tsp of this juice with a glass of buttermilk (chhachh) and drink it in the morning on an empty stomach. For treating external hemorrhoids, apply the paste of leaves on rectum.
5. Jambolan (Jamun) Fruit:
Jambolan or jambul (jamun in Hindi) is a seasonal fruit that helps in stimulating the bowel movement.
You have to eat some jambolan fruits with rock salt in the morning on regular basis for 2-3 months during the season. For permanent cure, repeat it every year in the same manner during the season. Jambolan (also called Indian blackberry) remains available during the month of June, July and August. It will cure the bleeding hemorrhoids (khooni bawasir) completely.
For better results, drink juice of jambolan in the morning, if possible on an empty stomach.
However, you can collect the jambolan fruit seeds (guthali) during the season and dry them completely. Then remove the inner part of the jambolan seeds and grind them to make fine powder. Store this powder into a airtight jar and use 1 tsp of this powder with lukewarm water or buttermilk regularly for 2-3 months.
6. Flax seed (Alsi) for Piles:
Flax seed or ‘alsi’ is a rich source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. It is most helpful to cure hemorrhoids. Consume 10-15 gm crushed flax seed daily to control the basic cause of hemorrhoids i.e. constipation. Flax seed is a natural supplement which has no harmful effects; you can consume it daily.
7. Radish (Mooli) for Piles:
To treat piles, drink 1/4th to half cup of radish juice twice a day with a pinch of rock salt (sendha namak). You can also apply its paste locally with honey (shahad) on rectum. You will get relief from pain and swelling of hemorrhoids (bawasir) certainly.
8. Raisin to cure Piles:
Raisin (kishmish) helps to fight with the root cause of the piles i.e. constipation. Raisins after soaking into water become a laxative that improves bowel movement. Therefore, soak 1 tbsp raisin in a cup of water at night; mash the raisins (kishmish) with fingertips in the water thoroughly and drink on an empty stomach. Keep it continue for some days; it will give you complete relief.
9. Cinnamon (Dalchini):
Cinnamon (dalchini) is good to treat both internal and external hemorrhoids (bawasir). By ingesting cinnamon powder (1/4th tsp) daily with honey, you will get relief in piles or hemorrhoids.
Another remedial use of cinnamon is with black seed; grind equal amount of cinnamon and black seeds (Kalonji) and mix them well to store into a jar. To cure piles, take a pinch of this powder mixing with a little amount of pulses, vegetable or soup.
Moreover, you can also take cinnamon with tea; put a little quantity of cinnamon while making tea for 3-4 times a day.
Caution: Pregnant ladies should not use black seeds (kalonji).
10. Ripe Banana (Kela):
To cure piles naturally, eat 2 ripe bananas after boiling into water twice a day. It is a good laxative and effective in curing of hemorrhoids (bawasir).
Another remedial use of banana (kela) is with a cup of milk; boil a banana with a cup of milk and consume it thrice a day.
Eating a banana daily before going to bed at night also gives relief in piles.
11. Cumin Seeds for Piles:
Black cumin seeds (jeera) are good for the treatment of hemorrhoids and can be used in a number of ways to cure it.
Mix black cumin seeds and rock sugar in equal quantity (2-3 tsp) every day and ingest. After taking this mixture, one has to drink at least 3-4 glasses of water for best results.
Another remedy of curing piles is to drink cumin seeds tea. Simply, roast 50 gm cumin seeds (jeera) and grind them to make powder. Whenever you drink tea, add a pinch of roasted cumin seeds powder into tea and drink.
12. Lemon to Cure Piles:
For the treatment of piles (bawasir), take a lemon (nimbu) and catechu (kattha) powder; cut the lemon into two pieces. Then spread the catechu powder (4 gm) on the pieces of lemon and keep them on the roof under open air overnight. On the next day morning, suck both the pieces of lemon. It is an excellent home remedy of piles.
Lemon with milk is another remedy to cure hemorrhoids (bawasir). Squeeze a half of lemon juice in a glass of hot milk and drink it immediately. It can stop hemorrhoid bleeding; you can take it 3-4 times a day if required.
13. Bel-giri with Jaggery:
Firstly take a bel fruit, grind it after peeling. Now, keep it on heat in a pan and add some jaggery. Then heat it for 5-8 minutes till the jaggery dissolves completely). Consume this bel fruit once a day for few days regularly.
14. Ginger with Mint and Lemon:
To cure piles without medicine, take a mixture of ginger juice (half tsp), mint leaves (pudina) juice (1/2 tsp), lemon juice (1/2 tsp) and honey (2 tsp) once a day; follow this remedy for few days to get complete relief.
15. Sesame Seeds (Til) for Piles:
Black sesame seeds (kale til) are good to cure piles naturally. Eat 10-12 gm black sesame seeds with fresh butter daily to get relief in hemorrhoid bleeding.
16. Black Cardamom (Badi Elaichi):
To cure piles, roast some black cardamom (badi elaichi) in a pan over heat. Then, grind it after peeling and keep the powder into a jar. Ingest half tsp of this powder with water daily in the morning on an empty stomach. It will cure piles completely.
17. Onion or Pyaj for Bawasir:
To treat external hemorrhoids, grill a piece of onion on heat or sand. Peel it and mash thoroughly. Tie this (lugdi) on the hemorrhoids; it gives instant and fast relief in piles.
18. Henna (Mehndi) Leaves:
Henna (mehndi) leaves are good to treat external hemorrhoids (bawasir masse). Grind the henna leaves after cleaning with water thoroughly and apply it on the hemorrhoids. Cover it with a cotton cloth; you will get relief.
19. Papaya (Papita) for Piles:
Most prominent cause of piles (bawasir) is constipation. Papaya (papita) is an excellent fruit which contains a protein-digestive enzyme- ‘Papain’ along with many vitamins and minerals. It works amazingly in curing constipation related diseases. Therefore, eat 200- 300 gm papaya daily with breakfast or before lunch. It helps to cure bawasir in a natural way.
20. Leaves of Guldaudi Plant:
Piles (bawasir) can also be cured with Guldaudi leaves (Chrysanthemum). Take some leaves of Guldaudi plant and extract the juice of these leaves by grinding and sieving through thin cloth. Ingest 5-10 gm of this juice with 20 gm of rock sugar (mishri). It gives instant relief and stops bleeding with defecation.
21. Basil (Tulsi) to cure Piles:
Basil (tulsi) is an amazing herb which has lots of health benefits. If you are suffering from piles, try the seeds of basil.
- Firstly, take some seeds (manjari) of basil and dry them in sunlight.
- Then, grind these seeds to make powder and keep into a air tight jar.
- Now, eat 1 tsp powder of basil seeds with half cup of curd daily; it controls blood in piles.
22. Carom Seeds for Piles:
Carom seeds (ajwain) are good to cure piles (bleeding); take it with buttermilk. Mix ½ – 1 tsp of carom seeds powder with a pinch of rock salt in a glass of buttermilk and drink after meal twice (lunch and dinner) daily.
Other Remedies for Piles (Bawasir):
1. Drinking Sufficient Water:
Drink sufficient water to improve bowel movement and hydrate your body. 2-3 litres of water daily is sufficient to keep away the disease naturally.
2. Warm Bath:
Sit in a warm water tub filled with few inches of warm water for 15-20 minutes at a time. Repeat it 2-3 times a day after every bowel movement to get relief in painful condition of hemorrhoids.
3. Ice Pack:
Applying Ice pack locally on the external hemorrhoids to get relief in pain and irritation. Ice will help to shrink the blood vessels, reduce swelling and give you immediate pain relief.
4. Fiber Rich Diet:
A fiber rich diet is recommended to cure piles in a natural way. Fiber rich diet helps in smooth bowel movement; it lessens the pain caused by hemorrhoids. (2)
5. Yogurt (Dahi):
Include yogurt in your daily diet for healthy digestion. Yogurt is a good source of probiotic bacteria which helps to treat the root cause of piles.
6. Exercise (Vyayam):
Do regular exercise to cure piles. There are some effective asanas in Yoga; consult some yoga expert and practice them regularly.
All the above said home remedies are simple and easy to apply; there is no side effect of these remedies. But if you get no relief even after applying them, consult your doctor.
The natural remedies given above is for information purpose only, not to be considered as a substitute for medical care from a doctor. Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person; better to consult your doctor before applying any remedy.