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.
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DIET REMEDIES FOR 'HEMORRHOIDS'
HERBS & PRODUCTS FOR 'HEMORRHOIDS'
DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA HEAL 'HEMORRHOIDS'?
AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTSAccording to Ayurveda, one or more of the following doshas and biocharacteristics may aggravate 'Hemorrhoids'. If you have an excess of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them. Click on the biocharacteristic to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be reduced.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances. Symptoms show you where your body is weakened. Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself. Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & biocharacteristics. If you notice a biocharacteristic or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
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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...
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 4HEMORRHOIDS IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 4 - TISSUE DISEASE
If you have symptoms in this category it means your imbalances have overwhelmed your body's resistance causing a full-fledged disease. Once imbalance reaches this stage it is more likely to cause acute or chronic conditions. You might be tempted to focus your attention on fighting symptoms in this category, but dismiss earlier warning signs of imbalance - i.e. symptoms in the stage 1 category. It is ideal to find and address the root causes weakening your system and remove them first. This ensures you are not adding fuel to the fire of disease. Once the root causes are removed, you can work on addressing the disease head on along with strengthening your body. This typically yields a quicker recovery and prevents recurrence. Ayurveda's preventative approach suggests you pay careful attention to every stage of disease development.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Hemorrhoids'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
Biocharacteristics of the 11,870 People Reporting HemorrhoidsOn average the biocharacteristics of people reporting Hemorrhoids were less aggravated than 77% of other symptoms. From the 11,870 people who reported Hemorrhoids in this study, average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:
Risk Factors of Hemorrhoids
People who reported the symptoms below were also more likely to report Hemorrhoids. Overall, 31.03% of 37,794 surveyed reported Hemorrhoids.
Complications of Those Reporting Hemorrhoids
People who report Hemorrhoids are more likely to report the following:
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKSARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of focusing only on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of biocharaceristics (gunas). For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalanced biocharacteristics. By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, 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.
GET STARTEDTo get started on your Ayurvedic journey, we first recommend that your find your body type by taking our free quiz. In Ayurveda, every solution is based on your unique body type, so by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
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