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Hemorrhoid Treatment in Ayurveda

Hemorrhoids are essentially varicose veins of the rectum and anus. People between 45-60+ years of age have shown to be more likely to develop them, although they can occur much earlier in life.

Internal hemorrhoids are typically not visible and manifest above the anal orifice within the rectal canal. They are often asymptomatic unless they become large enough to prolapse and protrude, which is commonly noticed after having a bowel movement. If they become engorged they can occasionally bleed and ache due to downward pressure.

External hemorrhoids are visible and are often reddish to purple in color, and cause a feeling of fullness, dull to sharp aching pain, stinging and itchiness.

Common Causes of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are commonly caused by a disturbance or increased pressure to the anus due to the following factors:

  • Digestive problems
  • Constipation
  • Child birth
  • Prolonged sitting or standing a long time
  • Lifting heavy weight or Powerlifting
  • Hereditary predisposition
  • Dietary Factors
  • Obesity

An Ayurvedic Perspective

According to Ayurveda, there are six varieties hemorrhoids (Arsha) referred to in the classical text Nidana Panchakam.

  • The first three involve the disturbance of one of the three doshas (bodily humors)- vata, pitta or kapha, although two doshas can be involved.
  • Tri-Doshic (involving all of three dosha combined)
  • The disturbance of rakta dhatu (blood).
  • Genetic or hereditary factors (khavaiguniya)

When one or more of the doshas becomes aggravated or increased, they can disturb the Agni (digestive fire) and eventually exert a negative influence

Ayurveda - Herbal Medicine - Nutrition - Self Care - Yogic Healing - Meditation

One of the most powerful and simple pranayama methods (breathing practices) is Nadi Shodhana. It is designed to balance the right and left sides of the brain, thus bringing balance to the solar and lunar pathways of the metaphysical body. It also helps to purify all nadis or subtle pathways of the body, so vital life force can freely move throughout the body.

There are three major nadis, or pathways in the body, two running on either side of the spine in a spiraling motion, and the third in the center that follows the same pathway as the spinal cord. The left side represents the Ida Nadi is lunar, female, and cooling, while the right side is named Pingala Nadi and represents the solar, male and heating energy. When these two forces of the sun and moon within the body are harmonized it allows the prana, or life force energy to more easily enter the central channel know as Sushumna Nadi. The Kundalini Shakti, the serpant like spiritual force, moves along this pathway form the Muladhara chakra at the base of the spine, to the crown of the head, Sahasrara chakra.

Practicing this technique is easy, but it should be done with enthusiasm and concentration. If the mind wanders while performing it, gently redirect your attention back to the practice. Below is a simple hand gesture called Vishnu Mudra that can be used to help block the nostrils while preforming this practice.

Benefits of Nadi Shodhana - Alternate Nostril Breathing Ayurveda Medicine

Instructions of Nadi Shodhana

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