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Piles It is also known as Hemorrhoids, are swollen veins of the anal canal. The inflammation may be internal, occurring inside the anus, or externally protruding through the anus. They are often associated with a long history of indigestion and constipation, resulting in hard stools. They can be dry or may bleed. External hemorrhoids produce less bleeding than internal ones, where the veins more frequently will burst.

Home Remedies:

  • Apply sesame oil on external dry piles followed by warm fomentation (warm moist compresses or sitting in warm water). The easiest method is to sit in a tub with the buttocks submerged in warm water.
  • Make an ointment by mixing an equal amount of powdered long pepper and turmeric with milk (preferably cow’s milk). Apply this on the external piles.
  • Eat 4 figs twice a day, in the morning and evening. Saturate 4 figs in water for the whole night; eat these in the morning. Remember not to drink water prior to eating the figs. Saturate another 4 figs in the morning to be eaten in the evening. Do this every day for 4 weeks.

Diet and Lifestyle:

Avoid the intake of heavy, dry, cool, and stale foods. Avoid refined foods like jams, pastries, packaged, and canned foods. Also avoid tea, coffee, aerated drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Avoid pickles, potatoes, and root vegetables except radish and carrot. Also avoid excessive fasting, overeating, eating during indigestion, and eating incompatible food. Increase the intake of whole-wheat flour, whole grains, brown rice, barley, legumes (lentils, beans, peas, chickpeas, soybeans, etc.), buttermilk, rock salt, Indian gooseberries (amla; amalaki), green leafy vegetables, and foods that are rich in fiber. Eat more fruits including oranges, figs, strawberries, kiwis, bananas, pears, papayas, apples, grapes, and mangoes. Increase daily liquid consumption in the form of water, soup, juice, milk, buttermilk, etc. Have freshly-prepared warm food with a little purified butter added. Engage in light exercise like walking, yoga, and swimming. Avoid sleeping during the daytime and waking up late in the night.
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