Ayurvedic Treatment for Hemorrhoids or Piles

Ayurvedic medicine is holistic in nature, addressing the conditions of the mind, body, and spirit. It’s concerned with bringing the body back into balance to alleviate symptoms of illness.

A central tenet in Ayurvedic medicine is the idea that there are three doshas, or body types: pitta, vata, and kapha. Each dosha relates to a specific element – fire (pitta), air (vata), and water (kapha) – and a person with one dominant dosha will display physical or emotional characteristics consistent with that element.

The ultimate goal in Ayurveda is to balance each dosha. This is done through a combination of diet, lifestyle modifications, and herbal remedies.

Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins found in and around the anus and rectum. They can be either internal or external. Some symptoms of hemorrhoids or piles include:

• intense itching around the anus
• painful or itchy swelling or lump near your anus
• painful bowel movements
• bleeding from your anus during or after bowel movements
• irritation and pain around the anus
• leakage of stool

Types of Piles

Piles are divided into two categories- internal piles and external piles.

As the name suggests, internal piles occur inside the anal canal, but they can also come out and hang outside your anus. This type of piles is further classified on the basis of whether they come out of the anus and if they do, how far are they out. They are classified as-

First degree- This type of piles do not come out of the anus but might bleed
Second degree- They come out during a bowel movement but then go inside later
Third degree- They come out but will go inside if you push them
Fourth degree- They are partially out of your anus and cannot be pushed inside. They can swell and can result in immense pain if blood clotting occurs inside the lump

External piles, on the other hand, occur close to the anus below the anal canal. They too can be painful if blood clots inside the lumps.

Preventing Hemorrhoids

Lifestyle and dietary changes are the best way to prevent hemorrhoids. Staying physically active and eating healthy help to keep your bowel movements regular. Eat lots of high-fiber foods (especially from plants) and drink plenty of water to keep the digestive process moving correctly and prevent constipation. Regular exercise and avoiding sitting for long periods of time can also help prevent hemorrhoids. The most effective way to avoid constipation is to go to the bathroom when you first feel the urge. Delaying a bowel movement allows the bowel to reabsorb water from the stool. This makes stool harder when you finally do go.


While Ayurvedic hemorrhoid treatments appear to be safe and effective, it’s important to weigh your options. Before you decide on a treatment approach, carefully consider the benefits of the procedure. Talk with your doctor and practitioner before you decide which course to take.