Anorectal Diseases – Piles
Most anorectal problems arise from faulty eating habits. Individuals not taking enough fibrous food are prone to constipation and therefore, more prone to various anorectal problems. Not responding to the natural process of defecation, irregular bowel movements, lack of fluid intake also lead to this problem, besides causing local infections around the anus. Swelling around the anus or formation of a mass in the rectum resulting in piles is common.
If the piles are swollen or protruding, hot and cold contrast pad on the anus should be applied. Keep the anus clean by carefully wiping with damp tissue. Bed rest helps to reduce both swelling and pain. Avoid straining while passing stools. Eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, sprouts (which provide roughage) help get rid of piles. Drink adequate liquids. Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol and spices.
Piles – Causes and Symptoms
Piles is a very common ailment. The term ‘hemorrhoids’ is also used to denote piles. It is not confined to older persons only, but is prevalent amongst all age groups, even in children. The symptoms are – appearance of blood in the stools, a lump near the anus and an accompanying pain. Men suffer from this ailment more than the women. However, even case of bleeding in the stools need not necessarily be a case of piles. Piles are labeled internal or external depending upon whether they erupt in the mucous-membrane part of the anal canal which is insensitive to pain or the skin-covered part of the anal canal, respectively. ‘Nature cure firmly believes that the root cause of piles is constipation which arises from various reasons, besides bad dietary habits.’
Piles – Prevention
Diet plays a major role in prevention as well as curing piles. While piles is a common condition affecting the Western population which consumes a diet with low fiber content, it is seen that ethnic Africans who consume high fiber diet are not prone to this malady. This is one of the reasons why a diet with a high fiber diet content is generally advocated by Naturopaths as it also avoids constipation. Such a high fiber diet consists of fruits, vegetables, wheat bran, unpolished rice etc. Spicy and fatty food, including fried food and rich in calories, must be avoided at all costs as these cause constipation.
While for cases of third and fourth degree piles the only solution lies in a formal operation, called hemorrhoidectomy, in the case of first and second degree piles, Naturopathy works wonders and cure is certain, provided the patient extends full cooperation and adopts the follow-up procedures at home. The treatment part