Hemorrhoids are a cushion of physical structures within the anorectal canal. The term hemorrhoids is also a condition when experiencing pain, swelling, and itching of the cushions within the anorectal canal. When the cushion like structures are in their normal state they help control the release of stool. There is an older medical term for hemorrhoids known as piles. The word piles is derived from a Latin word pila, which means ball or pill, this is in reference to their appearance.
There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal hemorrhoids which are painless and usually have bright red rectal bleeding when releasing stool. The external type of hemorrhoids are painful with swelling and itching on the outside of the anus, if bleeding occurs it’s usually a darker red color.
Supporting Hemorrhoids with Ayurveda
Ayurveda recognizes a similar condition called arsha. According to Ayurveda, the root cause is improper eating and lifestyle habits. The tri-dosha energies of vata, pitta, kapha become aggravated which causes the vitiation of both vata and pitta dosha. The vitiated pitta dosha accumulates ama within the digestive system and vata dosha then obstructs the digestive channel. This causes the structural cushion tissue to protrude both internally and externally.
Diet and Lifestyle Habits that Cause Arsha
Arsha manifests from improper diet and lifestyle habits and always involves the aggravation of all three doshas. The predominance of one dosha determines the type of hemorrhoid.
Two Types of Arsha
The natural downward movement through the colon becomes aggravated by improper foods and lifestyle habits. This causes an accumulation of toxins that inflames the anal sphincter.
Symptoms Related to Arsha
Three Dosha Aggravation
Arsha occurs when all three dosha are aggravated and it is the predominance of one or all of the doshas that defines the type.
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