Okay, so hemorrhoids is difficult to spell and pretty gross looking (there’s a definite reason that there are no photos of hemorrhoids enclosed in this post) but around 70% of the population will experience hemorrhoids before the age of 50. Both men AND women (but men are more likely to visit the doctor to figure out what’s happening down there).
In fact, hemorrhoids are a normal part of your anatomy (veins around URANUS). It’s when they become swollen or inflamed that they are a problem. Then they start going by the name PILES. Piles are related to vericose veins….the veins have become stretched due to pressure (usually from straining).
Fun fact: in Ayurveda piles is called Arsha Shoola which means “like needles pricking pain.”
Helpful dietary changes are:
*Immediatly stop eating fatty foods and alcohol.
*Start eating easy to digest fiber:
Whole juicy fruits (especially berries and watermelon)
Rice (white and brown)
*Eat a banana on an empty stomach every day (if you’re bleeding, eat 3)
*A weird thing you can do that will help your digestion a lot is to soak dried figs in warm water overnight and then eat them first thing in the A.M.
*Drink a mixture of lemon, ginger, honey and mint.
*Other good drinks are apple juice and cranberry juice
*Try wheatgrass juice, too. (Great for detoxifying the body)
*In general greatly increase your water intake
*Vitamin C is great for vein health so taking vitamin C supplements can help.
*Try to also up your intake of anthocyanins to strengthen your veins.
These include dark red berries, blueberries, cherries, and red grapes.
Herbs that can help:
*Triphala (an ayurvedic herb)
Lifestyle changes that can help:
*Get your body moving. Obesity and sedentary lifestyle are major contributing factors to inflamed hemorrhoids.
*Taking a morning walk is EXCELLENT for dealing with this situation
*Walking in general is THE BEST treatment for piles. Not only does it alleviate symptoms it can reduce stress and anger which are very aggravating to hemorrhoids.
*Also: don’t sit on the toilet too long (don’t hang out and read in the bathroom….places stress and extra pressure on the hemorrhoids)
*Use witch hazel on the area after wiping (add chamomile, frankincense and myrrh essential oils for quick healing)
*Rub rosemary & marjoram essential oils on abdomen
*Take a 15-20min bath with juniper, cypress, and lavender. (Relieves pain and shrinks hemorrhoids)
*Lots of nice warm showers
*Make sure to take breaks from sitting to get up and walk around and stretch.
Here are some yoga stretches to try:
*Legs up the wall
*Wind relieving pose
*Standing forward bend
In Chinese medicine one cause of piles is blood stasis.
Here are some helpful acupressure points:
*It’s important to balance your root chakra to recover from hemorrhoid damage.