Natural cures and diet for piles in elderly

Piles are a painful condition in which the veins in the lower rectum and anus get inflamed and swollen. Piles are also referred to as hemorrhoids and occur as a result of chronic constipation, straining while passing of stools, sitting in the toilet for long periods of time and due to aging. For people who are 50 years and above, piles is not an uncommon condition. This is because, with age, the tissues around the anus and lower rectum lose their elasticity. Piles are not a life threatening condition; however, it is a very painful condition and causes immense physical as well as psychological stress to the patient/individual experiencing it. Obesity is also known to be a causative factor for piles.

Piles displays the following symptoms; constant and severe itching or irritation in the anal region, painful or painless bleeding during the passing of stools, swelling in and around the anus, the formation of a sensitive or painful lump near the anus and unintentional leakage of feces. In most cases of piles, home remedies prove to be extremely effective; however, in some cases medical or surgical procedures are imperative. It is therefore advisable that you visit your doctor and find out how severe the case is and if medication is necessary.

You can treat piles at home by following these simple home remedies and lifestyle changes. The primary cause of piles is excessive pressure placed on the lower rectum or anus; therefore healthy bowel movements are essential in avoiding the occurrence of piles.

  • Figs soaked in water overnight are very effective when it comes to treating piles. Make sure that you wash the figs thoroughly before soaking them in boiled water. Eat the soaked figs on an empty stomach the next morning and then drink the water in which they were soaked. Figs are an excellent source of fiber and also help in simulating bowel movements, thus releasing the pressure on the lower rectum.
  • Your mother can follow a fiber rich diet comprising of all barn cereal, spinach, carrots, sweet corn, whole meal brown bread, potato baked along with its skin and kidney beans that is effective when it comes to treating piles. Fiber is the component that helps in the transportation of waste mater from the colon to the anus.
  • Eating or drinking juices made from fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, lemons are also effective in treating piles.
  • You may apply cold compresses externally in order to relieve the pain and itchy sensation.
  • It is very beneficial to squat while defecating rather than sit on a western toilet. Squatting ensures that pressure is maintained on the intestines and colon rather than on the rectum or anus.
  • Practicing yoga on a regular basis will help your mother improve her condition drastically. It will also ensure that she does not encounter this painful condition in the future.

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