Piles / Hemorrhoids
Piles otherwise known as hemorrhoids are enlarged, painful veins in your rectum. It refers to a condition in which the veins around the anus or lower rectum are swollen and inflamed. Piles arise from the increased pressure of internal or external veins around the anal canal. Piles are both internal and external.Internal hemorrhoids, unless they are severe, cannot be seen or felt.External hemorrhoids can be seen around the outside of the anus. Although uncomfortable and embarrassing, it is not normally a serious condition.
Types Of Hemorrhoids.
If the hemorrhoid originates at the top (rectal side) of the anal canal, it is referred to as internal hemorrhoid.
If it originates at the lower end of the anal canal near the anus, it is referred to as an external hemorrhoid.
These include the following:
Genetic predisposition (weak rectal veins, walls)
Poor muscle tone in the rectal region
Overuse of laxatives or enemas
Lifting heavy weights habitually
Symptoms vary depending upon the site of piles, duration of complaints and general health of the person.
External piles present as a swelling outside the anus with irritation and itching. These can be painful sometimes and usually do not bleed.
Internal piles are usually not painful but these bleed when they are irritated such as during the passage of hard stools. They can be classified into four grades:
First-degree hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids that bleed but do not prolapse.
Second-degree hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids that prolapse and retract on their own (with or without bleeding).
Third-degree hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids that prolapse but must be pushed back in by a finger.
Fourth-degree hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids that prolapse and cannot be pushed back in.
Homeopathic medicines are very effective in management of piles and the symptoms associated with it such as pain, bleeding, itching, etc. The point to be emphasized is that the relief of symptoms is obtained with absolute gentleness and without invasion or surgery of any kind. Moreover, the condition has high relapse rate following surgical treatment, since surgery does not target the root causes like genetic tendencies, habitual constipation, etc. Homeopathic medicines work at the root level and can modify these genetic tendencies thus reducing chances of relapse and recurrence of the condition significantly. Grade 1 and 2 of internal piles can be significantly helped with homeopathy. Grade 3 piles can find some relief of symptoms with homeopathy but may not be completely cured. Grade 4 piles can get symptomatic relief with medicines.