10 home remedies for piles that ACTUALLY work!

Want some relief from piles? Here are natural remedies that can work wonders.

Piles is quickly becoming a fairly common problem. Marked by bleeding when passing motion, pain during and after passing motion and other symptoms, piles can be quite painful and in some cases may even get infected and affect your daily activities. While many studies have shown that using western toilets is one of the leading reasons for this condition, being constipated for a long time, having hard stools and not eating healthy can also lead to the formation of hemorrhoids (piles). If you have been suffering for a long time, here are some great home remedies that can help. Here's why you should squat when you potty.

Dry fig: The tiny seeds of figs contain a compound that help stimulate the peristaltic movement of the intestines which helps ease the evacuation of faeces and keeps your alimentary canal clean. The pressure on the anus reduced, it also helps relieve the pain and size of the haemorrhoids. Apart from that, it is rich in soluble content that soaks up the water and helps soften stools. Here are some health benefits of figs.

How to use this remedy

  • Soak three or four figs in hot water (ensure you wash them well first) overnight. The next morning have these soaked figs along with the water they were soaked in. The same process should be repeated in the evening as well. Continue this for three to four weeks.

Mango seeds: The kernel is known to aid in the quick healing of ulcers and wounds and therefore, helps reduce the pain and bleeding associated with piles. Here are the health benefits of mangoes.

How to use this remedy

  • Collect mango seeds during the season and dry them in the shade. Once dry, powder them and store this powder in an airtight container. In order to treat bleeding piles have one and a half to two grams of the powder with a little honey twice a day.

Jambul fruit or jamun: Another fruit that is very effective in treating bleeding piles. Jamun helps heal wounds and improve digestion. What's more, when had with salt, it helps soften stools and heal ulcers caused due to piles. You may also like to read about the health benefits of jamun.

How to use this remedy

  • Have 20 mL of jamun leaf juice with a little bit of sugar thrice a day to help relieve the symptoms of bleeding piles.
  • Another great remedy is to have 20 ml of jamun leaf juice with milk three times a day to control bleeding.

Radish or mooli: Specifically white radish can help relieve the symptoms of piles. Not only does it help improve digestion, but it also helps reduce inflammation caused due to piles and also quickens the healing process. Apart from that, its high fibre content helps soften stool, therefore relieving symptoms of piles. You may also like to read about the health benefits of radish.

How to use this remedy

  • Take about 100 milligrams of grated white radish and mix it with a teaspoon of honey. Have this mixture twice a day.
  • You could also have about 60ml to 90ml of radish juice with some salt twice a day for effective relief.
  • Another great remedy is to peel one medium sized radish, and crush it to extract its juice. Now add about 6 grams of ghee and have this early in morning.

Turnip: The leaves of turnip have been found to be very effective in helping treat piles as it is known to soften stools and aid in improving digestion.

How to use this remedy

  • Have about 50 ml of this juice along with the juice of watercress, spinach and carrots once a day for effective relief.

Bitter gourd or karela: Not only does it have anti-bacterial properties, but this bitter vegetable also has laxative properties that help cleanse out your stomach, improve digestion and help soften stool -- all in all helping relieve symptoms of piles. You may also like to read about the health benefits of karela.

How to use this remedy

  • Take three teaspoons of bitter gourd leaf juice, mixed with a glass of buttermilk and have this mixture every morning.
  • Another great remedy is to take the upper, thick part of karela root, grind it up and make a 50-200ml decoction. Add some sugar to this juice and drink this once a day for effective relief.

Ginger: Due to its carminative and antibacterial properties, ginger combined with lemon and mint helps relieve symptoms of piles. While ginger helps in the digesting food, lime juice and mint juice helps give the mixture an astringent and antibacterial property, which helps heal piles sores. You may also like to read about the health benefits of ginger.

How to use this remedy

  • Take half a teaspoon of ginger juice, mixed with one teaspoon of fresh lime juice and one teaspoon of fresh mint juice. Mix them together and add one teaspoon of honey to it. Have this once a day for effective results.

Onion: Commonly used in cooking, onions can also help heal piles. Not only does this vegetable have antibacterial and antifungal properties, but it also helps improve digestion and relieve symptoms of piles. You may also like to read about the health benefits of onion.

How to use this remedy

  • Take a piece of onion and rub it on a rough surface with water. Collect the juice. Mix this with sixty grams of sugar. Have this twice daily for relief.

Sesame seeds or til: These seeds are great to cure ulcers and wounds and improve digestion. They also help soften stool and help cleanse your colon.

How to use this remedy

  • Boil 20 grams of the seeds in 500 ml of water till it reduces to one-third of its original quantity. Strain the mixture and have this decoction once a day.

Chebulic Myroblan or haritaki: This herb is extremely effective for piles. Not only is it an effective laxative, it is also highly astringent and aids in cleaning out the colon and healing the masses formed due to piles.

How to use this remedy

  • Roast one fruit in castor oil till it turns brown. Grind it to a powder and store it in an airtight jar. Having half a teaspoon of this powder at bedtime helps normalise bowel movements the next morning.

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Natural Home Remedies -- for common ailments By H.K Bhakru, Orient Paperbacks, 1998, Delhi. Pages 239.

Secrets of Indian Herbs for good health by Acharya Balkrishna, Divya Prakashan, Delhi, 2008. Pages 422.

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