The Nature Doctor
Haemorrhoids, MORE commonly known as piles, are often associated with chronic constipation.
A dense network of blood vessels runs through the intestinal lining. When the stool in the rectum becomes hard and accumulates there these blood vessels become stretched. The resulting obstruction causes the walls of the vessels in the anal canal to become dilated, turning them into varicose veins in and around the rectal opening – haemorrhoids.
The pressure needed to force out hard stools makes the veins in the thin membrane rupture; blood leaks out and we have what are called bleeding haemorrhoids. At the time of evacuation, light-coloured blood will usually be noticed in the stool. If this condition is not remedied, the tissues will become inflamed and hard, resulting in the well-known piles.
Women frequently get haemorrhoids after childbirth. Even during pregnancy the entire venous system is subjected to greater pressure than usual, often giving rise to varicose veins or enlarging those already there. In the weeks just before delivery the baby’s head presses on the vessels in the pelvis and this, in turn, affects the vessels in the rectum.
How should you treat haemorrhoids? First of all, you must take up the fight against constipation, for as long as you remain constipated any treatment will have only partial success. It must be said, however, that the cause of constipation is often more than the lack of a proper diet – one made up of wholegrain or wholemeal bread and plenty of fresh fruit and raw vegetables.
An additional factor can be the mental and emotional stresses and tensions many of us experience as a consequence of unsolved problems in our lives. An ‘uptight’ attitude can be an outward sign of a similar tension in the bowels, which, incidentally, are governed by the sympathetic nervous system.
Using Milk Thistle to promote the health of your liver can help relieve constipation in many cases. Tension in the bowel eases and regular movements result.
Linseed can be extremely useful for constipation. Use one teaspoon of these linseeds daily and, in many cases, the bowels move freely before too long. Once constipation has been remedied, it is relatively easy to treat the haemorrhoids.
For this purpose, there are some fine natural remedies available. Aesculus is good for the circulation and has aided many people in their efforts to get rid of varicose veins.