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What are piles?

Piles or haemorrhoids are very common.  It is a thickening and inflammation of veins, inside or just outside the rectum.  In external piles, there is a lot of pain, but not much bleeding.  In the case of internal piles, there is discharge of dark blood.  In some cases the veins burst and this results in what is known as bleeding piles.


Chronic constipation and other bowel disorders, prolonged periods of standing or sitting, strenuous work, obesity, general weakness of the tissues of the body, mental tension, and heredity.


Pain while passing stools, slight bleeding in the case of internal trouble, and feeling of soreness and irritation after passing a stool are the usual symptoms of piles.  Itching, discomfort around the rectal area.

Remedy (Nuskhe)

Precaution:  Constipation should be avoided as it leads to an aggravation of piles.

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh juice of mint (pudina) leaves with 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon honey.  Take 3 times a day.
  • Boil a mashed ripe banana in 1 cup of milk and take 2-3 times a day.
  • Mix juice of 15-20 tender curry leaves (curry patta) with 1 teaspoon honey and drink everyday.
  • Take 1 tablespoon black cumin seeds (kala jeera) and roast them.  Mix in another tablespoon of black cumin seeds (unroasted) and powder them finely.  Take ½ teaspoon of this powder with a glass of water everyday.
  • 3 teaspoon of the juice of the leaves of bitter gourd (karela) mixed with a glassful of buttermilk taken every morning for a month is a good remedy for piles.
  • The juice of radish (mooli) or consuming fresh radish is very effective.  The juice should be given in doses of 60-90 ml (¼-½ cup), morning and evening.
  • Take ½ teaspoon each of dried and powdered pomegranate (anaar) flowers, poppy seeds (khus khus) and dried and powdered neem leaves, twice a day with milk for bleeding piles.
  • Grind 1 onion to a paste.  Mix with curd (dahi) and eat it once or twice a day for 7 days.  Eating raw onion is very good.
  • Have a glass of butter milk (lassi) ever day after lunch.  To 1 glass of lassi add ¼ teaspoon ground carom seeds (pisi ajwain) and a pinch of rock salt (sendha namak).
  • Take equal quantities each of garlic (lasan), neem seeds, asafetida (hing) and dry ginger (sukhi adrak).  Grind them all together with a little water.  Make ¼ inch size tablets, dry them in shade and store them.  Take 1-2 tablets morning and evening together with water for a few days.
  • Finely powder the husk or the covering of the tamarind seed (imli ka beej).  Eat a pinch thrice daily for a week to cure bleeding piles.
  • Dry the leaves of "touch me not" plant (mimosa pudica) in shade and powder them.  Add a teaspoonful of this powder to 1 cup of hot milk and have it at bed time.  It is an excellent cure for piles.
  • Extract 2 tablespoon juice of bitter gourd (karela) and mix 1 tablespoon of sugar candy (mishri) and drink first thing in the morning for 7 days.  Wash and grate the karela and squeeze out the juice.
  • For itching of anus, apply plain Vaseline with boric powder or plain coconut oil (narial ka tel).  Pulp of tender coconut is used for piles and the oil from the nut when externally applied controls the pain due to piles.
  • Figs being laxative in nature are a great help and an excellent remedy for piles.  Clean 3-4 dried figs well.  Wash with warm water and then soak them in 1 cup or 1 glass of water, preferably in an enamel container overnight.  Next morning eat these and drink the water also in which they are soaked.  Similarly soak 3-4 figs in the morning and have them in the evening.  Continue this treatment for at least a month.  As there is no straining at the time of evacuation, piles get cured in due course.
Eating a few jamuns every morning either with salt or honey proves to be very effective in controlling and curing bleeding piles.