Yoga for Piles

(February 10, 2011)

Can yoga cure piles disease?

Piles Disease

Piles or piles disease, also known as hemorrhoids, is a condition caused by the swelling and inflammation of the veins present around the anus. Although this condition is not normally life threatening or serious, a lot of pain will be caused which can be become a problem. There are basically two kinds of piles, internal and external, which are differentiated based on their location to the dentate line. External piles are considered to be more painful than internal piles because of the sensitivity of the skin around them. At times, there is also the rupturing of the external piles causing a little bleeding to occur. Sometimes, after the stools are passed with a lot of straining, you might see some blood on the toilet paper. In some cases that are rare, there will be the breaking of the veins present inside the external hemorrhoids and there may be a pooling of blood beneath the skin causing a painful and hard lump to form. This is known as clotted or thrombosed hemorrhoid. A sharp and sudden burning pain during the movements of the bowels along with a little blood on the toilet paper will probably be an anal fissure rather than a hemorrhoid. When it comes to external piles, symptoms are swelling, severe pain, and a lump that is hard around the anus. There may be a purple of blue tint on the lump. Other symptoms are itching, irritation, and burning.

Internal piles are formed on the inner part of the anus’s passageway above the dentate line. Usually, there is no pain experienced with internal piles as the visceral veins present above the dentate line sense only pressure and not pain. However, minimal bleeding and a discomfort may be caused if a hard stool comes up against them during the movements of the bowels. They may also protrude outside the anus and appear as tiny masses of grapes which can cause an intense pain. Protrusion and a painless bleeding are the typical symptoms of internal piles. Other symptoms include an itching and skin irritation. The bulging of large hemorrhoids from the anus may produce mucus causing an irritation that is mild. Discomfort may also be experienced as the urge to pass the stools will still be felt even after the movements of the bowels. This feeling is caused when the hemorrhoid bulges in the last portion of the large intestine. The larger the hemorrhoid is the greater the discomfort will be felt.

Yoga Asanas for Piles

The process of a piles cure starts with bringing relief to the symptoms of the disease. For around 10 minutes each day you could take a bath using warm water. With the guidance of a physician you can put a hemorrhoidal cream or just a hemorrhoidal suppository. Drinking chamomile tea is also considered to be very effective in treating piles. To make dealing with piles more comfortable you should wear underwear made of cotton. As a piles treatment, the swelling and pain can be reduce be with the application of an ice pack. Practicing some yoga asanas for piles is considered to be effective for the treatment of piles. Some of the effective yoga asanas for hemorrhoids are Talasana (Palm Tree Pose), Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose), Ustrasana (Camel Pose), Navasana (Boat Pose), Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose), Tadasana (Mountain Pose), and Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend Pose). For the treatment of hemorrhoids, these yoga poses should be performed on a regular basis, otherwise they will not be as effective.

Piles in Pregnancy

There are many factors that can cause hemorrhoids or piles in pregnancy, particularly during the third trimester and delivery. However, it also is possible for women to complete the period of pregnancy without piles and develop them only in labor. The pushing action during labor is similar to the straining used when on the toilet and it aggravates the veins in the area. Weight gain and an increased volume of blood are also contributors to piles. Piles can happen after pregnancy because of the pressure created by the fetus or baby; it can also occur during ovulation and conception. The increased circulation of blood causes the dilating of the blood vessels, and the uteruses increased weight presses the veins under it. Piles in women during pregnancy can be expected because of the strain and difficulty of the movements of the bowels. A good piles home treatment is using wheat grass as an enema to help detoxify the walls on which the piles are. The normal procedure is to take an enema with some margosa or lukewarm water. After around 20 minutes, 90 to 120 ml of wheat grass juice is given. An effective bleeding piles treatment is the use of mango seeds. During the mango season, collect the seeds, dry it in the shade, powder it, and store it to be used as a medication. You should take this powder twice a day in doses of 1.5 to 2 grams with or without some honey. For external piles an effective treatment is preparation H or phenylephrine. The application of this ointment will reduce the swelling and irritation and constrict the arteries. It should be applied frequently to completely get rid of the condition.

For internal piles, treatment during the first two stages may only require you to bring a change to your diet and lifestyle. This would mean increasing the fiber content in your diet, increasing the consumption of water, getting more exercise, and using simple remedies like a sitz bath and applying petroleum and other gels. However, treatment for the third stage of internal piles may require surgery or hemorrhoidectomy. For patients with piles, an operation will be required only for a few while others may be treated with phenol or banding injections. To permanently get rid of piles you must make sure to eat foods rich in fiber like whole grains, vegetables and fruits. You should also make sure to drink eight glasses of water at the least, as it makes the stools softer and easier to expel. By following a healthy lifestyle and getting enough exercise you should be able to see the last of piles.

Submitted by A on February 10, 2011 at 04:59

Hemorrhoids are more popularly known as piles. Piles are an inflammation of veins in the rectum and the anus area. It causes severe discomfort and can be extremely painful. Piles can infect internally as well as externally. Internal piles are more perilous than external piles as they cause internal bleeding. Piles are a very common medical condition and it affects one out of every eight Americans. It is more commonly seen in men than women. Teenagers and people in the 20s are usually not seen with this condition. Women may suffer from piles during pregnancies. Due to this condition, sitting and sleeping becomes extremely painful.


There are various causes for the rise of piles. Some of the causes are listed below:-

  • Improper diet
  • Lack of exercises
  • Obesity
  • Stress

Yoga Techniques to cure Piles:

Yoga is believed to play a major role in curbing piles to a great extent. There are various Yoga techniques (asanas) which you can do at the convenience of your home and greatly benefit from it. Some of the Yoga techniques for piles are as follows:-

  • Sarvanga Asana - This Yoga Asana is also known as the 'Candle Pose'. Lie down on your back with your feet together and hands on the side. By applying pressure on your hands, slowly raise your legs to a 90 degree angle. Now raise your spine in the same angle. Hold this position for 10 seconds and slowly rest your body on the ground. Repeat this method at least four more times.

  • Shirsha Asana - This asana is known as the 'head stand' posture. This is the most popular yoga asanas as there are many benefits attached to it. Kneel down on a padded mat and slowly place your head on it. By applying pressure with your hands and head, raise your legs in the air. Keep your hands behind the head. Now your body will be in an upside down position and a 90 degree angle. This technique should be done only once a day for around 30 seconds. You can increase the time by 30 seconds every week.

  • Matsya Asana - Matsya Asana is also known as the 'fish pose'. Lie on your back with your hands on the side. Bend your knees completely and with the help of your head, hands and legs, raise your chest. Hold this position for at least 30 seconds and come down slowly. Do this technique at least four times in a day. You can also perform this technique without bending your knee.

In order to do yoga exercises on a daily basis, it is recommended to purchase a yoga mat which is padded from all sides. Visit a yoga teacher or a yoga center in your city to avail more benefits.

Submitted by S C on August 18, 2008 at 07:28

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