What are Piles?
Piles (Haemorrhoids) are swollen and inflamed blood vessels (veins) in the rectum and anus.
Piles are broadly classified as follows:
Externalhaemorrhoids:occur at the distal end of anal canal
Internal haemorrhoids : occur inside the rectum
Prolapsed haemorrhoids : These are internal haemorrhoids which are highly distended and have been pushed outside the anus.
Strangulated haemorrhoids : This occurs if the anal sphincter muscle goes into a spasm and consecutively traps a prolapsed haemorrhoid outside the anal opening and as a result supply of blood is cut.
Gradation of haemorrhoids - Piles/haemorrhoids are graded based on the severity of the disease/illness. Grade I indicates moderate severity whereas Grade IV indicates the highest severity.
Grade I – haemorrhoids present into the anal canal and often bleed but there is no prolapse.
Grade II – haemorrhoids may extend beyond the anal verge with straining or defecating but reduce by itself when straining due to defecating ceases.
Grade III – hemorrhoids require manual reduction.
Grade IV – haemorrhoids are chronically prolapsed and cannot be reduced. At this stage, t hey usually contain both internal and external components, and there is a good chance of malignancy.
Cause of Piles
Causes of piles are interlinked. Obesity, sedentary lifestyle, hypertension esp in the portal vein, lack of fibre in the diet, constipation, increased consumption of alcohol, coffee are some of the lifestyle causes of piles. These can be easily corrected. Other reasons include ageing and pregnancy
Symptoms of Piles or Haemorrhoids
There are some commonly seen symptoms. One major of symptom is pain which varies from mild to excruciating which can make standing or sitting painful. Some patients report itching and bleeding as well.
Treating Piles or Haemorrhoids
The only treatment for piles or haemorrhoids that is offered by Allopathy is the surgical option. There are some obvious disadvantages of surgery. One is that it is cumbersome and other that it is expensive. At the same time, the very purpose of the operation is lost when this problem recurs after some point of getting a surgery done.
Non-surgical treatment or Home treatment for piles
When it comes to alternative or complementary treatments for piles or haemorrhoids, Homeopathy offers the best treatment for piles because the cure rate is excellent. It is very economical and has no side effects.
Homeopathy can treat piles even in Acute stage – be it bleeding or pain or congestion.
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole focusing on his/her complete pathological condition on a case to case basis which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account .
In Homeopathy, there are very effective homeopathic medicines for piles that can cure Haemorrhoids very quickly.