Haemorhoids

Just like for all dysfunctions in a person’s system the sole reason for illnesses is the imbalance of the 3 body Humors. According to Ayurveda these Humors are called Doshas and are characterized by the five elements of nature. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Altogether they are called Tridhosa.

Vata has the element of Ether and Air; Pitta the element of fire and Kapha the element of Earth and Water.

By being familiar with these elements we can observe the structure, the color of the haemorrhoids, recognise which body type has an imbalance and we can go on to the therapy which is none other than the balancing of the body type.

Haemorrhoids are veins which have expanded. They protrude and can be found under the anus. This area is called the intermuscular groove (white line of Hilton) and is the stool exit.

Haemorrhoids may be either internal or external. The anal canal where the haemorrhoids can be found has two types of anal skin. The skin which can be found on the bottom wall is not sensitive to pain but the skin below this line is extremely sensitive.

The internal haemorrhoids appear above this line and bleeding does occur but there is usually no pain.The external haemorrhoids appear below and are in general painful. It may be because there is blood clotting and the inflammation that occurs causes the pain. Another characteristic is the swelling of the rectum.

Toxins in the body are created due to weak digestion (Ama) and defecation becomes difficult so that feces (useless for the body) accumulate and settle in the rectum. The result of this weak digestion comes in the form of sweat, urine and feces which block the circulation of the body canals and give the feeling of inflammation.According to Ayurveda there are two types of external haemorrhoids. One is characterised as genetic and the other is developed during one’s life. The symptoms for both these types are dryness and bleeding.

Haemorrhoids by birth---Sahaja (Ιndian)

Fat and inappropriate or unhealthy actions by parents are responsible. For the Tridhosa type (all three Humors) haemorrhoids can’t be fully cured just as in all hereditary diseases. The form of these is: Some are round, dry, asymmetrical or mixed up, usually yellow-white, small and characterised as a disease. These people have usually been born thin, weak, in poor health and suffer from extreme gas and feces.

Other symptoms: poor color, stones in the urinary system. The feces may range from constipation to dryness in diarrhoea or to normal. A symptom like this may bring other dangers so must not be ignored. A visit to a doctor is a must. Sometimes the feces have toxins and mucus.

They may change color and become white, umber, green, yellow, reddish and also become thin, thick and slimy. Strong pain may develop either in the navel area, in the bladder or in the pelvis area (Apana Vayu).Other symptoms are: dysentery, urinary difficulty, diabetes, bowel sounds, a sticky feeling in the heart and in the sensory organs.These people are prone to sour burping, poor digestion, irritability and weak physical condition.

Further symptoms are coughing, difficulty in breathing, asthma, thirst, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, chronic rhinitis, sneezing, fainting and headaches.

Ear problems, fever, joint and bone pains are part of general weakness as are stiffness of the chest, stomach and heart area, back and lower back pains and sciatica. They may be deep thinkers, thoughtless or lazy.

After giving birth---Janmotta- raja(Ιndian)

After giving birth there are 5 types of this illness that may appear. There may be an imbalance of the Humors VATA—PITTA—KAPHA and Tridhosa (all 3 Humors). The Humors or body types VATA and KAPHA are the reasons for dry haemorrhoids whereas ΡΙΤΤΑ is for the bleeding ones.

Acquired haemorrhoids

Causes:
As mentioned above haemorrhoids may develop because of extreme deterioration of Doshas(the body Humors), through bad diet and lifestyle which weaken the peptic fire. Another cause may be too much sex, horse riding, excitement or sedentary lifestyle. Deterioration reoccurs when sitting for a long time especially on a hard surface. Other causes: washing of the area with very cold water, difficulty during defecation and pressure to rid oneself of gas, urine and feces. Suppression of fever, stomach tumors, diarrhea, extreme Ama (toxins).

Stomach ulcer, disorders of duodenum, swelling, anaemia and extreme exercise may be the cause of this illness.
These disorders in pregnant women may lead to abortion or miscarriage. Undigested food which creates toxins has helped to create the above. Feces find refuge in the rectum, hardening and creating friction from which haemorrhoids develop.

Causes:
Simultaneous destruction of all 3 body juices (Doshas---VATA-PITTA- KAPHA), weakness in the skin, muscles and fat, vein obstruction in the rectum. The dominant Dosha will decide about the serious causes and symptoms.

Characteristics of body types

Haemorrhoids type Vata

They are dry, blueish red and wrinkled, hard and rough, cracked, painful and they sting, crampy and extremely itchy, numbness and bring on strong feelings. Symptoms: strong headaches, pain in the ribcage, shoulders, lower back, thighs and groin as well as sneezing and burping.
Other disorders: Bad digestion, heart pain, anorexia, shortness of breath, ringing in the ears, dizziness and dark skin.

Hot and oil compresses relieve the patient.

Haemorrhoids type ΡΙΤΤΑ

Thin, soft, warm, blue, yellow or black, bleeding, smelly and a swollen Symptoms: Asthma, ulcer, fever, perspiration, extreme sweat, thirst, faintness, lack of taste and appetite.Other affects: heave feces, brown color, green, yellow or deep yellow, bleeding, burning felling and itchiness. Colic or jabbing pain, maybe even diarrhoea.

Hot and oil compresses relieve and soothe the patient.

Haemorrhoids type ΚΑΡΗΑ

They have deep roots and are long, hard, round and big in size. Symptoms: Itchiness and pain in the rectum, urinary tract and navel. Difficulty in breathing, nausea, saliva, mucus and urinary disorders (difficulty in urinating, diabetes, stones). Also common are vomiting, coughing, cold, headaches and chills and fever. Ample excrement of feces with mucus. The colour of the feces is reddish white and have a strong smell. Urine is heavy, white and also has a strong smell. Skin color is yellow and white. There is constant swelling and a feeling that the intestines are covered by a sticky substance.
There is a sweet taste in the mouth.

Tuberculosis may develop as also a weak digestion with strong disorders which are caused by Ama (toxins).This may happen when a condition is chronic.

Dry and hot compresses soothe and revitalize the patient.

Bleeding haemorrhoids

A bleeding haemorrhoid means that ΡΙΤΤΑhas worsened and is heading towards a worsening of Vata. Feces are hard and the blood looks greenish. When constipation starts the situation is serious and painful.

Ayurveda therapies

  • Abhyang Mardan with warm ayurveda therapeutical oils running onto the body. Enema with the suitable herbs. The ayurveda therapist has the knowledge to help with the therapy.
  • Herbs which are especially effective: Triphala, Neem, Guduchi, licorice, chitrak, vidanga and pitta papra.
  • Hemostatic herbs for detoxination: Kutaj, Ginger, Sandalwood, Neem, Musta, Bilwa, Nagkehar, Pittapapra, red and white persimmonand cinnamon.
  • The nutritional therapy is that of a vegetarian. Vegetables seasonal fruit, Ghee butter, soups, milk and Lassi.

Warning symptoms

The body shows and announces that it needs attention by giving warning symptoms. These are: Poor digestion, weak thighs, dizziness, weak parts of the body, swelling of the eyes, diarrhoea or constipation, gas and abdominal pain, pain in the external rectum venus plexus and the excrement of feces becomes difficult.

Other symptoms that may occur: intense rumbling of the intestines, bloating, emaciation, extreme burping, extreme urination and insufficient feces, not feeling the need to excrement, the gases are characterised as warm and acidic, headaches, back and chest pain, exhaustion, decolourisation of skin, stupor, emaciation of the sensor organs, anger and misery.

Characteristic: bad taste in mouth.

Other symptoms: Hemorrhaging, pain and maybe itchiness, pain during bowel movement especially during excreting and emission of mucus. This is a usual symptom for bleeding haemorrhoids.

Prevention

Below you will find advice about the prevention of haemorrhoids if you feel you have some symptoms.

  • Drink 2 litres of water every day – preferably warm water. It cleanses the stomach and the undigested food.
  • Food should be rich in fiber, fruit and vegetables. Black flour, black rice, beans, Aryan, green salad and the herb Amla which helps with the breakdown of food and digestion. Oranges, figs, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, papaya, apples, grapefruit and mango also.
  • Avoid dry, cold and stale food as well as canned goods.
  • Also coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol.
  • The anus should be washed every day after every excretion. It is best to apply some oil to the area regularly before bed.
  • Avoid sitting on hard surfaces for a long time.
  • Don’t gain extra weight. Don’t eat during digestion anda void a variety of foods in one meal.
  • Take Lassi for 1 week to 1 month on a daily basis. Lassi is similar to Aryan. eg. 1 glass Lassi ----1st day 2 glasses Lassis ---2nd day, adding 1 Lassi per day 15 glasses Lassis ---- 15th day and after 14 glasses Lassis--- 16th day 13 glasses Lassis--- 17th day.

Up to 30 days Lassi cleanses the circulatory canals allowing Rasa to heal and enrich the 7 tissues.

External care

The advice you receive is sufficient. Chooses what you think suits you. Therapy is mild and pleasant.

  • Drink ample water and juice as refreshments, about 1-2 litres per day. Warm water is preferable.
  • Eat foods that are rich in fiber such as cereals and roughage, fresh fruit and vegetables. Black flour, beans, green salad, Aryan or Lassi. Oranges, figs, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas and mango.
  • It is important that the stool is excreted with ease, without putting pressure on the intestine.
  • If you are overweight, you need to lose weight.
  • Exercise every day.
  • The anus should be washed every day after every excretion.
  • Avoid sitting on hard surfaces for a long time.
  • Apply sesame oil to the anal area and also hot compresses.
  • Fill the bathtub with warm water and soak in it.
  • Before you go tobed wash the anus. Mix ½ teaspoon of mustard powder and ½ teaspoon of honey. Apply it to the area.
    Or ½ teaspoon Mix ½ teaspoon turmeric with 1 tablespoon mustard oil or papaya juice and Aloe vera gel. Apply it to the area.
  • Kaaseesaadi Taila (oil) for external use, especially when there is itchiness.
  • Pulverized parsnips stop bleeding -for external use. To stop the bleeding also eat cooked carrots. Mix naagakesar (herb) with seeds from black sesame with Ghee butter.
  • Grate 2-3 parsnips, mix them with a little milk and place the mixture on the anus. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
  • For the pain prepare turmeric and onion in warm sesame oil and apply it.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of cumin with water. Apply t to the anus, leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of ginger with a little mint. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply it 2 times a day.
  • Apply pulverized dried skin of a pomegranate on the area.
  • For numbness, swelling and pain, take Triphala, bilwa or chitrakin oil form. Apply it to the area. We can also mix sesame oil with Ghee and add the following herbs: Pippali, chitrak, turmeric, Triphala and a little sugar. Apply the mixture to the area.
  • Use hot compresses made of barley oil or sesame oil with Vacha powder, corn flour with sesame oil or Ghee butter, pulverized parsnips.
  • In some water add Triphala, bilwa yoghurt mixed with water or parsnip leaves.

This is an detoxificant. Put it in a basin and sit in it. When finished dry yourself well and apply the oil Triphala or Ghee.

  • Bath herbs are sandalwood and ginger. The ointment should contain sandalwood and the Neem.
  • Ghee butter or sesame oil and Manjistha, licorice, sandalwood, Neem and honey.
  • Mix Ghee, sandalwood and durba.

Internal

Select which therapy suits you best.

  • Put 4 figs in a glass of water and leave it all night. In the morning eat 2 figs and 2 more at lunchtime. Do this for 4 weeks. Remember not to drink water before eating the figs.
  • Take ¼ teaspoon Triphala at night in either warm water or milk. Triphala is a herb which helps with excrement. It is a wonderful herb for internal use.
  • You may also take 1 teaspoon of castor oil every night for one week and immediately drink some water.
  • To suppress Vata and Kapha haemorrhoids we give the following herbs: Ginger, pippali and black pepper. They help the digestive system, subdue gas, regulate sweat, itchiness and pain.
  • To suppress Pitta: barley, turmeric, Triphala and Vidanga.
  • No alcohol especially red wine.

  • Vata haemorrhoids ---soothed with hot and herbal oils .
  • Pitta haemorrhoids --- soothed with cold and bitter herbs.
  • Kapha haemorrhoids --- soothed with hot and bitter herbs.

Exercise

Exercise helps for prevention but also for the cure. Suggestions are: walking, yoga and swimming.

Avoid sleeping during the day.

Making Lassi

Mix very little water with 250 grams yoghurt. Add a fruit or whatever flavor you wish eg. some drops of rosewater which are good for the heart. You may also try some papaya juice. Mix well.

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