Hemorrhoids is a disorder characterized by inflammation or enlargement of veins in and outside rectum or around anus. The veins or blood vessels get inflamed in reaction to excessive pressure. Hemorrhoids can happen to people of all ages and to both men and women. But women are more plagued by the problem. Hemorrhoids is also known as piles. Hemorrhoids problem makes bowel movement quite painful, and people dread passing motion. Hemorrhoids is not life-threatening but causes much discomfort and embarrassment. Hemorrhoids is of the following 2 types:

1. Internal hemorrhoids occur in the inner lining of rectum. It cannot be seen. However in some cases, the vein may swell too much and extend across the rectal boundary. Such prolapsed internal hemorrhoids may be visualized at the anal opening as a protruding lump. The lump can be pushed back temporarily but cannot be fixed.

2. External hemorrhoids occur below the skin around anus. When it swells, it can be felt. When blood clots within an external hemorrhoids, it swells all the more and is termed as thrombosed external hemorrhoids. It pains a lot while passing motion or sitting.

The symptoms of hemorrhoids include throbbing pain, itching, burning sensation and rectal bleeding. The causes of hemorrhoids may be listed as follows:

1. Straining while passing stool
2. Constipation
3. Obesity
4. Pregnancy
5. Stress
6. Low fiber diet
7. Chronic diarrhea
8. Heavy lifting jobs
9. Over intake of spices and condiments
10. Dehydration
11. Lack of exercise
12. Improper blood circulation
13. Poor bathroom hygiene
14. Chronic liver diseases.

Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

1. Fill bathtub up to 4 inches with warm water and mix any anti-septic liquid with the water. Sit on the tub for 15-20 minutes. The warm water soothes and relaxes sphincter muscles and lessens pain of protruding hemorrhoids.

2. Boil 20 grams sesame seed in 500 ml water. Strain and drink the water. This treats hemorrhoids effectively.

3. Mix grated white radish with 1 tablespoon honey and consume. This reduces hemorrhoids.

4. Add a pinch of salt to 90 ml of radish juice and take twice a day to prevent hemorrhoids.

5. Dry and grind mango seeds to a fine powder and take 2 grams of the powder daily. This cures bleeding piles.

6. Dab visible hemorrhoids with a cotton containing petroleum jelly or zinc oxide paste. This facilitates fast healing.

7. Boil ripe banana and then add the pulp to a cup of milk and consume. This is an effective home remedy for hemorrhoids.

8. Soak 3-4 dry figs in water overnight. In the morning consume the figs and drink the water in empty stomach. This is a great solution to hemorrhoids problem.

9. Mix well grounded radish with milk to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on inflamed hemorrhoids to cure them.

10. Application of cold compress on the rectal area for an hour is beneficial in treating hemorrhoids.

11. A paste made out of crushed cumin seeds and water should be applied on hemorrhoids as a pain relief remedy.

12. Mix half teaspoon ginger juice, half teaspoon lime juice, half teaspoon fresh mint leaf juice and 1 tablespoon honey. Consume the mixture once daily to get rid of hemorrhoids.

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