WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Hemorrhoids'?
Hemorrhoids are engorged veins in rectum. During evacuation these veins swell to provide extra padding to protect the colon and the anal sphincter. these veins remain 15-20% swollen between bowel movements. Pressure from the veins helps keep the anal sphincter closed and prevents incontinence. Decongestion of these cushions, achieved by a rapid decrease of anal tone, allows rapid emptying of the rectal content.
Hemorrhoids may be prolapse and protrude externally. They may protrude when straining to eliminate, coughing, sneezing, laughing, sitting for a long time, or standing. Hemorrhoids may also be invisible, occurring higher up in the rectum.
Hemorrhoids may be caused during childbirth, due to constipation & straining to eliminate, excessive downward flow of blood, or inflammation of the rectum. The rectum becomes inflamed due to various causes but most commonly when fecal matter putrefies in the colon or if there is an infection.
Hemorrhoids may clot or burst. They may be painful, itchy or asymptomatic. Mucus leakage may create a feeling of incomplete elimination. If you have hemorrhoids you may notice streaks of blood on the toilet paper when wiping. If hemorrhoids are irritated, cleanse the colon after evacuation with your hand instead of toilet paper, which irritates the sensitive tissues. Hemorrhoids may obstruct bowel movements. Call the doctor if hemorrhoids bleed more than once, bleeding occurs between bowel movements or lasts more than a week, or if stool becomes narrow or has a groove in them, if a lump grows in the area, or if you have a fever.
If you have hemorrhoids, avoid straining to eliminate, straining to lift heavy objects, and foods that cause gas, constipation, or irritation of the digestive lining. Avoid hard seats, eliminate any infection of the colon including parasites, and snacking between meals. Salty, sour and sweet foods tend to soften stools. Slimy foods including cooking oils, okra, oatmeal, flax and chia seeds can help. Use stool softening herbs like vidanga and haritaki. The hemorrhoid CD below contains a more comprehensive list of treatments.
Disclaimer: Conditions such as 'Hemorrhoids' that cause tissue changes could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
FAVOR HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL PROPERTIESIngredient and herbs each have unique effects on the various organs of your body. Herbalists study these effects and categorize them, so it is easy to identify which foods and herbs are most helpful for your unique body type. Click on the medicinal properties below to learn more about them, and to figure out which recipes, ingredients and products will be a good match for you. Individual results will vary depending upon the root cause of your imbalance. The following medicinal properties are useful for a general case of 'Hemorrhoids'. You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Hemorrhoids.
Heart & Circulation:
STYPTICA herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
Lung and Sinus:
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
Skin Care & Beauty:
ANTIPRURITICAntipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching that is often associated with itching skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy exposure.)
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
BREAKS-UPThe Sanskrit word for breaking up congealed matter / clogs in the body. Often used for constipation. Be careful with herbs that have Bhedana action.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
DIET TO BALANCE 'HEMORRHOIDS'
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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR HEMORRHOIDSBrowse these educational resources for 'Hemorrhoids'.
SPECIALITY FORMULAS, AYURVEDIC HERBS, & NATURAL PRODUCTS FOR HEMORRHOIDSWe've specially chosen these products because of their potential for healing imbalances associated with 'Hemorrhoids'. Choose a product from this list that also matches your imbalanced doshas and qualities, to ensure a good fit. Please review these products to determine which are right for you. Before making any changes to your health and wellness routine, please check with your medical doctor.
Other Related Herbs & ProductsTriphala,   Amalaki,   Haritaki
REMOVE THE CAUSES OF YOUR IMBALANCEWith Hemorrhoids, one or more of the following doshas and qualities may be aggravated. If you have an imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda recommends avoiding foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate that quality and/or dosha. These imbalanced doshas and qualities will need to be brought back into balance before this condition can be healed. Click on the quality to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be avoided. If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend avoiding foods and lifestyle habits with that quality.
HEMORRHOIDS USUALLY MEANS THESE
|GUNA||DO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?|
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Hot' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Dry' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you need to decrease Difficult to digest foods
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Pungent' taste
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food in relation to qualities (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.