Piles Treatment at Home

Are you suffering from Piles ?

While people who are in their 30s and early 40s are busy struggling with midlife crisis, there is another big problem, which most face but hesitate to discuss- Piles. Piles or hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels around rectum and the anus. Piles do not usually hurt unless they move outside the anal canal (prolapse) and when they become large (due to straining).

Piles have become extremely common nowadays owing to our sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy food habits. Constipation is one of the most important causative factors for Piles and having normal bowel movements is an absolute must to relieve discomfort and relieve Piles.  Following certain self-help measures can be helpful to ease bowel movement and heal bleeding piles:


  • Being active helps to improve your digestive system. It also helps to keep the bowel active and propel the stools.
  • You could opt for any physical activity, like walking, jogging, yoga, swimming and aerobics.
  • However, avoid lifting heavy weights. Heavy weights increase the abdominal pressure and make hemorrhoids worse.

Load your daily food with good fibres:

  • Adding fibre to your diet is perhaps the most popularly recommended way to relieve constipation.
  • Fruits such as bananas, pears and apples, vegetables such as cabbage, peas and spinach, wholegrains such as brown rice, barley and oatmeal and pulses such as black beans, kidney beans and split peas are all great sources of fibre.
  • Fibre adds bulk to your stools and make them softer. This makes it easier to eliminate stools.

Don’t fight the defecation urge:

  • One of the best ways to prevent hemorrhoids is to listen to your body, go to the loo when it tells you to.
  • Delaying nature calls can harden the stools and cause constipation or worsen the already existing constipation.

Add lubricating oils in your grocery list:

  • Having organic oils such as sesame oils, olive oils or even a small quantity of mineral oil coats the stools and makes it pass through your bowels more easily.

Do not strain while you defecate:

  • When you strain to pass stools, there is an additional pressure on the veins around the rectum and the anus, and the haemorrhoids enlarge
  • This causes pain while defecation.

Avoid sitting for a long time:

  • Sitting for a long time puts more pressure on the veins around the anus.
  • If you have piles, avoid sitting on hard surfaces as this can put more pressure in the area around your anus.

Keep fibre supplements handy:

  • In our modern-day lifestyle, most people do not take in adequate amount of fibre in their diet.
  • Therefore, it is advisable to take external fibre supplements such as psyllium husk and methylcellulose (Women: 25 grams a day, and Men: 38 grams a day) to have regular and soft stools./li>

Befriend Water:

  • Constipation is sometimes due to dehydration. Therefore, drinking adequate water may help loosen the stools and make it easy to pass.
  • Moreover, if you take high fibre diet, you must take water as well. Without water, the fibre makes your stools hard and this can aggravate constipation.

Take Sitz bath:

  • A sitz is a shallow tub which is filled with warm water.
  • You need to sit in the bath and immerse your bottom (anal area) in warm water.
  • This helps to relieve burning and inflammation of the genital area. If piles is really bothering you, it is the best option for instant relief.

Piles is not a life-threatening condition but causes immense discomfort. But the good news is that it can be managed by following some simple steps. However, in spite of following these measures, if piles discomfort doesn’t get relieved, consult your doctor.

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